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20

Sep

Red fox’s secret hunting weapon revealed
Watch a fox dive headfirst into 3 feet of snow and emerge with a snack. Scientists weren’t sure how the animal did this amazing feat until they discovered a pattern in the pouncing.

25

Jun

How snow can help build better wind turbinesBy studying how snow moves in the wake of a turbine, researchers can develop better blades and frames while also increasing energy gathering and efficiency.

How snow can help build better wind turbines
By studying how snow moves in the wake of a turbine, researchers can develop better blades and frames while also increasing energy gathering and efficiency.

05

Mar

Snow kayaking takes sledding to the extreme
The Winter Olympics have come and gone, but plenty of winter athletes are still going at it, including these snow kayakers participating in the annual Red Bull Snow Kayak competition on March 1 in Druskininkai, Lithuania.

14

Feb

Olympic athletes rally in defense of winterFaced with warm, slushy conditions in Sochi and other recent Winter Games, a coalition of Olympic athletes is fighting to save their sports from climate change.

Olympic athletes rally in defense of winter
Faced with warm, slushy conditions in Sochi and other recent Winter Games, a coalition of Olympic athletes is fighting to save their sports from climate change.

11

Feb

Preparing for an extended power outageWhat to do when the lights and electricity go out for more than a few hours.

Preparing for an extended power outage
What to do when the lights and electricity go out for more than a few hours.

04

Feb

Snowmaking at 70 degrees? It’s possible (with a $2 million device)The Sochi Olympic Games aren’t relying on a single flake of natural snow.

Snowmaking at 70 degrees? It’s possible (with a $2 million device)
The Sochi Olympic Games aren’t relying on a single flake of natural snow.

Snowmakers are saving ski resorts … for nowArtificial snow helped build the ski industry, but can the snowmakers protect their slopes and their resorts from a warmer world?

Snowmakers are saving ski resorts … for now
Artificial snow helped build the ski industry, but can the snowmakers protect their slopes and their resorts from a warmer world?

03

Feb

7 snow white animals that flourish in winter
Arctic critters have no trouble gallivanting across bitter tundras or gliding through freezing polar sea water in the dead of winter. While other animals hunker down as cold weather approaches, these creatures with snowy camouflage and thick layers of fat, fur and feathers don’t skip a beat.

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30

Jan

The silly snow day antics of red pandas
A pair of red pandas wrestle during snow flurries at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.
 
Slightly larger than a domestic house cat, these adorable arboreal creatures are native to southwestern China and the Eastern Himalayas, where snow and freezing temperatures are no big deal.

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Why is it warm in Alaska and snowing in Atlanta?Jet-stream patterns have affected the weather all across the country, meteorologists say, from the California drought to Georgia’s ‘snowpocalypse.’

Why is it warm in Alaska and snowing in Atlanta?
Jet-stream patterns have affected the weather all across the country, meteorologists say, from the California drought to Georgia’s ‘snowpocalypse.’