Tardigrades, or “water bears,” are renowned for their remarkable survival skills. But these microscopic creatures are far more indestructible than we thought. In a recent experiment, scientists in Japan successfully revived a tardigrade that had been frozen for more than three decades.
It's not only Buffalo engulfed in a terrifying snow wall. Yesterday was the coldest November morning since 1976: More than 85% of the surface of the contiguous United States reached or fell below freezing. This is much more anomalous than last year's polar vertex: Ten degrees celsius below normal temperatures!
The sound of summer is ice cracking as you pour yourself a cold drink. Hearing that snap and pop cools everybody down. But why does ice crack? Periodic Videos explains the reason why ice straight from freezer suffers that sudden crack versus how ice left on a tray will just melt instead of crack.
While human cryogenics is still in its pie-in-the-sky, butt-of-the-joke phase, a frog that lives in Alaska's subzero temperatures can pull off a surprisingly similar feat. Scientists have now documented the wood frog surviving through its longest and coldest states ever. This frog could someday hold the key to…
We Will Live Again is a fascinating documentary on the Cryonics Institute, the place where 99 dead human bodies are stored at freezing temperatures in hopes that they'll be able to be revived and live again in another life. It's crazy and bizarre and eerie in all the right ways.
A mystery fluid is placed in a container and all the air is removed. The substance begins to freeze and boil at the same time. So what's going on?
It's 70 degrees where I am right now but I'm shivering. I have goosebumps all over my body and my teeth are chattering and I swore I just saw my own breath. I want to put on my winter coat and scarf and earmuffs and gloves. Why? Because I just watched this frigidly beautiful video directed by Oliver Würffell. It's…
If the thought of smooshing, crushing, smashing, squishing, or even touching a cockroach grosses you out, a Japanese company called Fumakilla has come up with a better way to dispose of them. Taking inspiration from
Vader's Lando's carbonite chamber, this aerosol can literally freezes them in their tracks.
Whether you prefer to spend your summers in the Arctic or simply miss the suffocating warmth of a mother's womb, Nemo's newly launched Canon -40 sleeping bag may just cure what ails you (unless it's the latter in which case please seek professional assistance).
"Damn, it's freezing. I know I said I'd go for a run, but in this cold it's probably unhealthy, right?"
Sound familiar? It's this line of reasoning that keeps me on the couch, watching Downton Abbey, crying into my nachos. But is running in cold weather actually unhealthy, or is it just a flimsy excuse?
You might think that sounds like a dumb question: why does it matter how many molecules there are, they just need to be cold enough, right? Wrong: you need enough to make the complex crystal structure that you see so clearly in snow flakes—and now scientists have worked out exactly how many that is.
Most of the world’s ice cubes are cloudy, soft, and weak. These hazy rocks are less dense, and they melt faster, leaving your drink watered down and terrible. Plus, opaque ice is just ugly.
Heads up: Apple has officially acknowledged a 1TB Seagate hard drive failure issue affecting iMacs sold between May and June 2011. Hard drive replacement is free, so just click the source link for all the info. [Apple]
We know: You're freezing. New York's a slushtrap, the Midwest is doing its best Hoth impersonation, and the West Coast is... uh... well, we'll just skip the discussion of California weather. We can help you! GEAR can help.
At -55 degrees, your phone's dead, but unlike people, it can be revived. In fact, a Moto Krzr survived a bath in a -314.7F bucket of liquid nitrogen. More from Popular Mechanics' winter hell phone survival test here: [PopMech]
I thought consumer digital cameras had enough temperature operational margin to handle most situations this side of being stationed in Antarctica. Apparently, I was wrong, because I keep hearing reports on problems at low temperatures.