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Here's What 12 Inches of Overnight Snowfall Looks Like in 45 Seconds

Check out this GoPro footage capturing more than 12 inches of snow piling up over one night, made by YouTube user bshenal. Read More >>

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Tissue Stockpiles to Become Obsolete as Cure for Common Cold Draws Closer

It's the question that's puzzled pharmaceutical companies for an age: Is it possible to cure the common cold? Well, maybe now, yes -- British scientists have developed a new drug that could massively decrease the virility of the virus. Read More >>

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This Leech Can Survive For 24 Hours in Liquid Nitrogen

You're looking at Ozobranchus jantseanus, a little leech found in East Asia. It doesn't look much, but it has a very special skill indeed: it can survive for up to 24 hours immersed in liquid nitrogen. Read More >>

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It Was So Cold in Canada, the Ground Exploded

Even before the polar vortex put large swathes of the US into a deep freeze, subzero temperatures in Canada were causing frost quakes. A few nights ago, residents around Ontario woke up to mysterious booms—like an explosion or falling tree. Turns it was just the cold. Read More >>

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This Tricycle is Headed Across the South Pole

Right now three people are competing in a bike race from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. The winner will be the first person to bike there ever. And 35-year-old Maria Leijerstam is attempting to trike there on a really weird/badass-looking tricycle. Read More >>

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Rock Piles, Graves, and Ice Caves are Historic Monuments in Antarctica

On these frigid days, it helps to think about a place like Antarctica, which was recently determined to be without a doubt the coldest place on Earth (as if anyone was really surprised?). But it's also home to unique historic monuments befitting the treacherous environment that include 100-year-old huts, industrial tractors, and even one nuclear power plant—but, often, they're literally just a pile of rocks. Read More >>

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British Gas Boss Battered in Twitter Q&A Disaster

Bert Pijls, the customer services director for British Gas in the UK, thought it might be a good idea to get in touch with the common people by manning a live Q&A on Twitter. It didn't go particularly well for him. Read More >>

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What Is Freezer Burn and How Does It Destroy Your Food?

Most of us just accept that fact that food left in the freezer too long will eventually become covered in ice and almost inedible. But have you ever stopped to think about why that happens exactly? After all, it's not like everything in your freezer is completely thawing and refreezing every day.
The culprit here is sublimation, the process you learned about in grade school science whereby a solid turns directly into a gas. In this instance it's the frozen water in your food escaping as water vapor and then refreezing on the outside again. Which leaves food dry and tough, not technically burned. It's also the reason ice cubes seem to magically shrink, and why an abandoned freezer will slowly turn into a Hoth-like ice-covered cave. Read More >>

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Can Drinking Cure Your Cold?

There's a lot of nasty, virulent bugs going around this year. Colds and flus are putting people out of commission for weeks on end. This means that by now one of your friends has told you to drink some whiskey because that'll knock the cold right out. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About Running In the Cold

"Damn, it's freezing. I know I said I'd go for a run, but in this cold it's probably unhealthy, right?" Read More >>

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Weirdly, Venus Is Both Hotter and Colder Than Earth

Earth's hotter, meaner twin is blowing hot and cold. This picture from Venus Express, the European Space Agency's planetary orbiter, shows Venus' south pole in transition between day and night. Read More >>

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How To Capture Your Own Snowflake To Keep Forever

It’s been snowing in parts of Britain, and that Siberian icy blast doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. So here’s a topical how to for the weekend. Capture your own snowflake that you can keep, hold and marvel at even in the middle of the summer. Read More >>

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