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Melting Ice On Danube Wrecks Hundreds Of Boats, Sinks Landmark Nightclub
2012-02-21 05:43:01

Warming temperatures sent icebergs up to three feet thick crashing into hundreds of boats on the River Danube near Belgrade, whisking away several barges and sinking one of Belgrade's trademark floating restaurants, Alexander, according to witness accounts on Monday. The ice floes, which had closed large parts of the 1,800-mile-long waterway as the region fell under a record-setting two-week cold spell, began shifting Sunday afternoon due to rising temperatures. There were no reports of...

Image 1 - Preps Continue For Launching Engine Icing Research
2012-02-20 09:25:21

NASA scientists are making progress in their preparations to mount a detailed research campaign aimed at solving a modern-day aviation mystery involving the unlikely combination of fire and ice inside a running jet engine. The investigation deals with the seemingly strange notion that ice crystals associated with warm-weather storms can be ingested into the core of a jet engine, melt and then re-freeze, potentially causing the engine to lose power or shut down altogether. Safety officials...

New Study Sheds Light On Little Ice Age
2012-01-30 15:44:41

University of Colorado researchers report that they have answered some questions surrounding Earth's Little Ice Age, which started between A.D. 1275 and 1300, and lasted into the late 19th century. According to the new study, the Little Ice Age was triggered by repeated, explosive volcanism and sustained by a self-perpetuating sea ice-ocean feedback system in the North Atlantic Ocean. Professor Gifford Miller, who led the study, said the team's evidence from radiocarbon dates from dead...

2012-01-23 08:00:00

Most people are aware of the notoriously dangerous driving conditions that occur on icy roads during the winter, but fewer know about the hazards of participating in winter recreation such as ice skating, fishing and hockey, or simply walking on ice. All Hands Fire Equipment offers some important guidelines that should be remembered when dealing with ice during outdoor recreation in the winter months. (PRWEB) January 23, 2012 The big question that comes up regarding winter sports is...

2011-12-02 01:17:08

They should prove a challenge for the athletes, but not put them in danger: bobsled runs have to be simulated before being built. This simulation is based on the friction levels of the runners on the ice. Now it has become possible to measure these levels accurately. These results will help build the run for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Lightning fast, the sled bolts down the icy run. Will the team make it to the finish faster than their competitors? The tension in the crowd depends...

Notebook From Ill-Fated Apollo 13 Sells Big At Auction
2011-12-01 09:07:47

It was during the ill-fated Apollo 13 flight to the moon that astronauts reported the immortal words, “Houston, we've had a problem.” During that incredibly risky flight back to Earth, commander James Lovell jotted down handwritten calculations in hopes of guiding his crew and craft safely home. The notebook with those calculations was auctioned on Wednesday of this week in Dallas where it was sold to an unidentified American collector who paid $388,375 for piece of history,...

Artist Building Ice Sculpture In A Desert
2011-10-27 05:17:32

Ap Verheggen, a Dutch artist, is using solar energy and the water vapor in the air to create ice in a desert. The SunGlacier project is a "counter-intuitive project" the group is trying to perform to "inspire people to tap into new dimensions with creativity, art and science." Verheggen will design an ice sculpture in a desert with the hope to "stimulate people to think creatively about solutions to the challenges of climate change." According to the project's website, the team will...

2011-10-17 22:00:23

An amorphous diamond — one that lacks the crystalline structure of diamond, but is every bit as hard — has been created by a Stanford-led team of researchers. But what good is an amorphous diamond? "Sometimes amorphous forms of a material can have advantages over crystalline forms," said Yu Lin, a Stanford graduate student involved in the research. The biggest drawback with using diamond for purposes other than jewelry is that even though it is the hardest material known,...


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2010-10-07 15:28:10

James Irwin was an American astronaut, an engineer, and was the eighth person to walk on the moon. He was born James Benson Irwin on March 17, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He lived a fairly normal childhood and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1947. He went on to attend the United States Naval Academy and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. Following the Naval Academy, he attended the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Science in...

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2009-07-06 16:09:35

Soft rime is a type of milky white ice that forms when water droplets in light freezing fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects. This formation usually occurs with light winds or in calm conditions. The rime forms to the windward (side facing the wind) side of solid objects. Soft rime is similar in appearance to hoar frost, but is formed differently. Soft rime is formed when vapor first condenses to liquid droplets and then attaches to the surface. Hoar frost is formed when water vapor is...

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2009-07-06 15:49:33

Hard rime is a type of white ice that forms when water droplets found in fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects. Hard rime is most often found on trees atop mountains and high ridges in winter, when low clouds cause freezing fog. This fog freezes along the windward (sides facing the wind) side of trees, buildings, and any other solid objects. The air temperature needed for hard rime to form is less than 29 degrees Fahrenheit and typically higher than 17 degrees Fahrenheit. High wind is...

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2009-07-04 15:43:10

Clear Ice refers to a solid precipitation that forms when air temperature is between 32 degrees and 27 degrees Fahrenheit and there is a presence of super-cooled, large drops of water (from freezing fog). A rapid build up and slow dispersing of latent heat of fusion favors conditions for the formation of the transparent ice. A similar phenomenon occurs when freezing rain or drizzle hit's a surface and freezes causing what is known as glaze. When clear ice forms on the ground, it is...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'