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2010-07-28 13:13:34

Earth's climate is strongly influenced by the presence of particles of different shapes and origins -- in the form of dust, ice and pollutants -- that find their way into the lowest portion of the atmosphere, the troposphere. There, water adsorbed on the surface of these particles can freeze at higher temperatures than pure water droplets, triggering rain and snow. Researchers at Spain's Centre d'Investigaci³ en Nanocincia i Nanotecnologia (CIN2) have studied the underlying mechanisms of...

2010-07-08 07:15:00

NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IntercontinentalExchange® (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today announced the five year anniversary of the launch of the ICE Link product, which is the leading affirmation and novation consent platform for credit default swaps (CDS). ICE acquired the ICE Link product, formerly known as T-Zero, as part of its acquisition of Creditex in August...

2010-06-16 22:02:23

The secret life of water just got weirder. For years water has been known to exist in 15 phases -- not just the merry threesome of solid, liquid and gas from grade school science. Now, University of Utah chemists have confirmed the coexistence of ice and liquid after water crystallizes at very low temperatures. They describe their work in the June 21 issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics, which is published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). It takes more than a swizzle stick and...

2010-06-11 08:00:00

LAS VEGAS, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Minus5 Ice Lounge, who opened America's first permanent ice lounge, is showcasing their innovative concept, The Minus5 Igloo, this summer at Power Plant Live! in Baltimore, Maryland. This location marks the second venue for the feature of the portable ice lounge, with the first at Whistler Mountain in Vancouver during the 2009 Winter Olympics. Created in New Zealand, Minus5 is an ice lounge where you can touch, feel, and explore handcrafted ice...

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2010-04-28 13:36:49

Scientists have discovered that changes in the amount of ice floating in the polar oceans are causing sea levels to rise. The research, published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, is the first assessment of how quickly floating ice is being lost today. According to Archimedes' principle, any floating object displaces its own weight of fluid. For example, an ice cube in a glass of water does not cause the glass to overflow as it melts. But because sea water is warmer and more salty...

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2010-04-26 13:20:00

Scientists hope to save artifacts as ice recedes High in the Mackenzie Mountains, scientists are finding a treasure trove of ancient hunting tools being revealed as warming temperatures melt patches of ice that have been in place for thousands of years. Tom Andrews, an archaeologist with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife and lead researcher on the International Polar Year Ice Patch Study, is amazed at the implements being discovered by researchers. "We're just like...

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2010-04-08 06:48:59

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that the extent of sea ice over the Arctic Ocean grew until the last day of March, which is the latest the annual melting season has begun in 31 years of satellite records. The center said in a statement on Wednesday that cold weather and winds from the north over the Bering Sea and Barents Sea meant the area of ocean covered by ice expanded through last month.  That is two days later than in 1999, the previous latest start to a melting...

2010-03-22 06:39:00

LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- ICE Futures Europe, a leading regulated London-based futures exchange for global energy markets, today announced strong volumes in the first week of trading of the ICE TTF Natural Gas futures contract. ICE Futures Europe introduced the contract on 15 March. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090727/CL51999LOGO ) TTF Natural Gas futures volume in the first week were 1,560 lots, equivalent to over 1 million megawatt hours. As of close of...

2010-03-03 13:41:11

KINGSTON, ON "“ The same antifreeze proteins that keep organisms from freezing in cold environments can also prevent ice from melting at warmer temperatures, according to a new Queen's University study. The study presents the first direct measurements of the superheating of ice crystals in antifreeze protein solutions. Superheated ice crystals can be stabilized above the melting point for hours, at a maximum temperature of about +0.5 degree Celsius. "You can hold the ice crystal at...

2010-03-03 08:00:00

BEVERLY, Mass., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensitech Inc.'s new TempTale®4 USB Dry Ice temperature monitor is the first on the market to offer a self-contained, probeless temperature monitor with automatic Adobe® PDF file generation capabilities and a USB communications interface. Sensitech, the global leader in cold-chain visibility solutions, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carrier Corp., a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)....


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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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'