Nearly three thousand athletes have made their way to the Winter Olympic this month, and probably at least a couple are cursing the day they ever decided to become world-class bobsledders: Reports out of Pyeongchang list the temperature at or around a murderous subzero, putting this year’s games on track to be the…
While waiting for the bus in the dead of winter, you’ve probably wondered if taking a run around the block would help you battle the freezing cold. After all, your body generates heat and warms up when you exercise, right? It turns out that strategy has some merit, but only at certain speeds.
Are you obsessed with packing light when you travel, even if it means not being prepared for the weather where you’re going? Then you’ll like the Uncharted Supply Company lightweight, highly-packable windbreaker that can transform into a puffy, warm parka.
When it comes to cooling things in the lab, scientists have long found an experimental lower limit just above the theoretical coldest temperature. Well, a group of American scientists have now made things (lowers shades) ...even cooler.
It doesn’t matter how fancy the office you work in is, it’s an unwritten rule that when winter arrives, you’re going to be cold at work. Even the pool tables and catered lunches in your dot-com wonderland can’t keep you warm, but this folding under desk heater from Panasonic certainly will.
Antarctica isn’t exactly a place I want to know more about. I mean, it’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s probably not meant for human life. Turns out, as always, I’m wrong. The history of Antarctica is fascinating. Kyle Sullivan weaves a really entertaining video (that’s so much better than any school lecture) about the…
Muskoxen look like mythical creatures, stuff you’d see in a museum or on a TV show. That’s because they’re animals from a prehistoric age. Rolf Steinmann made this short film In Between to show the animals life in the bitter cold of the Arctic and document their current plight. The footage of these animals huddled…
Here is footage taken using the military spec Selex Merlin thermal imaging camera of a shirtless man in the Scottish highlands during winter. The point is to show how fast humans lose the heat on their body when their bare skin is exposed to the bitter blistering cold. When he first takes off his clothes, you can see…
If you were idly wondering what it might be like to visit the High Canadian Arctic in the dead of winter, this incredible new shot of a cup of hot tea freezing in mid-air sums it up nicely: Cold. As. Hell.
Well, are you? Here’s a comprehensive guide to staying warm, staying dry and staying active when it’s cold outside. We’ll show you the best ways to do that, but also the affordable ways.
Pick your pop culture reference—the Fortress of Solitude or Hoth—and brush the mountains in cotton candy white and add water raging underneath the frozen sheets and you get a little bit close to what Niagara Falls looks like right now. NBC News has footage of the frozen Niagara Falls and it looks like another planet.
This monster snow plow, the TowPlow, totally looks like it's drifting and dangerously flying through the snow covered roads but it's actually really smartly extending itself and making the plow wider so it can clear roads even faster. The TowPlow is dragged by the snow truck and swings out to cover more area. Slick.
In the latest installment of Mental Floss' debunk-tastic series Misconceptions, Elliott Morgan serves up factual counterpoints to ten of the most common misconceptions about getting sick. It's all in here – from food poisoning myths to false notions about the common cold.
If you've ever experienced the overwhelming "flash snowstorm" that is lake effect snow, you know that the sudden white-out conditions can disappear just as quickly as they came, a giant pile of freshly fallen snow the only evidence they were there at all. But how does it work? Here it is, explained in one picture.
The average temperature in Winnipeg during the winter hovers around 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit—a number most of would consider cause for hunkering down for the season. In Canada, it's cause for parties.
The polar vortex was all over the news (and our thermostats) last year, and for many people that was first they'd heard of the alarming phenomenon. But the phrase actually originated over 150 years ago in a magazine edited by Charles Dickens, as explained in this linguistic history of the term.
Winter is coming, this we know. But when will the coldest day come for you? That, as this map shows, depends on where you live.
It's hard to describe exactly how cold the coldest cubic meter in the universe will be. Frozen to just a blip above absolute zero—the temperature at which atoms cannot even vibrate—the CUORE experiment will try to nail down a tiny number that has long eluded physicists: the mass of a neutrino.