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Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Road salt photo from Shutterstock It's been a particularly harsh winter for the Eastern United States, and many local governments have exhausted their stockpiles of salt used to melt ice on roads and

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Colorful Ice Fort Makes the Most of Below Freezing Temps in Ontario

Colorful Ice Fort Makes the Most of Below Freezing Temps in Ontario

In December 2013, in Northwestern Ontario, temperatures averaged a daytime high of about -25 degrees celsius (-13 degrees fahrenheit) or colder for about 4 weeks in a row. The cold may have kept Marchand

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Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of research, we can

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen told the

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Ralf Sander’s World Saving Machine Uses Solar Energy to Create Ice!

Ralf Sander’s World Saving Machine Uses Solar Energy to Create Ice!

The World Saving Machine III is an incredible sculpture that transforms solar energy into ice – literally, as well as (on a larger scale) metaphorically. The project was installed at the Seoul Museum of

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was forming in

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Jason Tozer Captures the Beautiful and Fragile World of the Soap Bubble

Jason Tozer Captures the Beautiful and Fragile World of the Soap Bubble

Whether at age eight or eighty, there is something endlessly fascinating about the beauty of a soap bubble. Jason Tozer captures the fleeting colors and swirls of suds in his series of high resolution

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Polar Opposites: Why the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice is not Balanced Out by More Ice in the Antarctic

Polar Opposites: Why the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice is not Balanced Out by More Ice in the Antarctic

In September, news media widely reported the record-breaking drop in Arctic sea ice extent. The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported that the extent of Arctic sea ice reached a record

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World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

Image: “L.A. Ice” by Victor Hadjikyriacou, produced for Unit 11 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, part of last year’s Landscape Futures Super-Workshop via BLDGBLOG Mongolia seems

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Illuminated IceWall Releases Seeds Into Ground to Celebrate MIT’s 150th Anniversary

Illuminated IceWall Releases Seeds Into Ground to Celebrate MIT’s 150th Anniversary

Back in January, Okamoto, with the help of Kian Yam, froze large blocks of ice embedded with flower seeds. The blocks were then stacked into a long, head-high spine in an open space on MIT's campus near

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Self-Heating Radiator Roads Save Cars From Icy Conditions

Self-Heating Radiator Roads Save Cars From Icy Conditions

It's about that time of the year when roads start freezing over and cars slip-slide into accidents. Fortunately for drivers, Researchers at the University of Houston, Texas want to make these ice-related

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MELTING MEN Eco Art Calls Attention to Global Warming

MELTING MEN Eco Art Calls Attention to Global Warming

Ice melts. Simple, yes, and yet it seems to be one of those seminal issues of our time. Ice is melting, in a big, thundering, shuddering, streaming-down way, and it's making polar bears swim longer,

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