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Snow Tyres With Studs That Retract at the Push of a Button

Studded tyres are probably the best way to avoid sliding all over the place on slippery, icy roads. But when that layer of snow and ice is gone, they're not particularly friendly to bare asphalt. Nokian Tyres, though, has developed this concept tyre with studs that extend and retract with the push of a button on your dashboard. Read More >>

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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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This RC Snowplow Lets You Shovel Your Driveway From Your Living Room

This six-wheel-drive remote control robot snow plow is powered by six 24-volt 127RPM electric motors. Its 1.3-metre-wide blade can clear your driveway in no time, all from the comfort of the warm indoors. Read More >>

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7 Surreal, Towering Ice Castles That You Can Actually Visit

Are you sick and tired of skiing and ice skating? Why not take a trip to see one of America's mind-bendingly amazing ice castles. It's like a walking through a frosty landscape dreamt up by Richard Serra but built by nature. Tickets are now available! Read More >>

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Throwing Snowballs is for Losers Who Don't Have Specialised Weaponry

It shouldn't surprise you that that's what our good buddy Joerg Sprave is talking about too. He's here to clear up any misconceptions you might have about slinging snow, and launch puffy white projectiles that boast serious speeds without threatening to take your shoulder out with them. Read More >>

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New York's East River Looks Spectacular Half-Frozen

New York's frozen East River—seen from Pier 1 Playground in Brooklyn—is evidence of the extraordinary cold temperatures gripping much of the central and eastern United States this week. Video of the scene shows the ice choked waters moving at a surreal and unexpected speed. Read More >>

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8 Otherworldly Songs Performed on Instruments Made of Ice

We're smack-dab in the middle of winter and baby, it's cold outside (or so I've heard; I live over in LOL). I imagine that it might be tough to find the beauty in yet another day of icy temperatures, but for some enterprising creative types, bone-chilling frost is more than a major nuisance—it's the stuff that musical dreams are made of. Read More >>

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Niagara Falls Isn't Frozen--But it's Getting There, And it's Beautiful

It's probably one of the most amazing wonders of mother nature. Because of the severe cold weather, huge ice formations are starting to take shape along Niagara Falls—the American side—and the result is an incredible landscape of bubbling, whirling ice. 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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Google's Auto-Awesome Will Make Your Photos Snow or Twinkle

Google's Auto-Awesome feature that's baked into Google+ already does cool things, like make your pictures more balanced, auto-stitch panoramas, and even create animated GIFs. Today, it's adding two new Holiday-ish Auto-Awesomes. It's either the best new feature, or the cheesiest, worst new feature. Read More >>

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Who Fancies Trying a Man's 8p-a-day Room Heating Method?

This week's viral internet sensation isn't a cat eating a wasp, a lady falling over or down something, or a baby saying something stupid because its brain doesn't work properly yet -- it's a rather ordinary man talking about convection heating systems. Read More >>

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A Self-Propelled Snowboard Makes Going Uphill Just as Fun

When Archimedes thought up his revolutionary water-pumping screw, little did he know that one day a group of high school students in Lyon, France would find a better use for his design. Their Propul-Surf uses a pair of horizontally-mounted screws to push a snowboard through the snow when gravity doesn't provide enough momentum. Read More >>

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A Converted Silo Ice Climbing Wall Is the Only Reason Why Winter Exists

It's March, which mean it's still a little colder than you want it to be. Which means eventually you'll ask yourself why in the hell is it still cold. Which will lead to yourself questioning why does it have to be cold at all? And then you'll see this converted silo in Cedar Falls, Iowa and the cold, winter, slushy snow, all of it will make complete sense. The world gets cold so that people can create an epic ice climbing wall. Read More >>

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AnyGlove's "Secret Goo" Turns Normal Gloves into Capacitive, Touch-Friendly Techno Gloves

Given that the UK's chaotic new weather systems seem to involve us wearing gloves all the way up to September's surprise 110-degree heatwave, there might be quite a market for AnyGlove. It's a liquid you dribble on your wool-covered fingertips so soft fabric gloves work on a touchscreen. A much more elegant solution than poking your phone with a sausage. Read More >>

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