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First Thin Films Of Spin Ice Reveal Surprising Secrets
2014-03-12 10:52:39

University College London Thin films of spin ice have been shown to demonstrate surprising properties which could help in the development of applications of magnetricity, the magnetic equivalent of electricity. Published today in Nature Communications, a team of researchers based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), in collaboration with scientists from Oxford and Cambridge, found that, against expectations, the Third Law of Thermodynamics could be restored in thin films of...

Warm Rivers Play A Role In Arctic Sea Ice Melt
2014-03-06 06:32:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from NASA researchers, warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean are adding to the melting of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean each summer. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers reported on an abrupt inflow of warm river water into the Arctic Ocean that swiftly warmed the top layers in the sea, fueling the melting of summer ice. “River discharge is a key factor contributing...

Arctic Sea Ice Trends
2014-03-05 08:10:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research from the University College London, the melt season across the Arctic is getting longer by five days every ten years. Julienne Stroeve, Professor of Polar Observation and Modeling at UCL Earth Sciences, led the team in analyzing satellite data. The analysis, published in Geophysical Research Letters, revealed that the Arctic Ocean is absorbing even more of the sun’s energy in summer, leading to an even...

Icy Work In Store For NASA Scientists
2014-02-28 05:09:31

[ Watch the Video: HAIC SAFIRE Night ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many airline passengers have experienced the result of icy conditions during the cold winter months. It becomes difficult to get to the airport on icy roads, and planes can be delayed and also face de-icing while on the ground. Another concern year round, however, is ice formation inside the engine while the plane is in flight. An international research group, including NASA scientists, will...

2014-02-20 23:02:04

Historic demonstration based on three years of research. Tampa, FL (PRWEB) February 20, 2014 One year ago today, researchers at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) made history by creating the first-ever full-scale hailstorm in a controlled laboratory environment during a test demonstration at the IBHS Research Center in Richburg, S.C. “Replicating a hailstorm as closely as possible to what we observe in the field involved a great deal of creativity, scientific...

2014-02-17 23:24:13

Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) Better Protects Businesses From Audits and Fines from the IRS and ICE While Reducing Losses and Net Charge-offs of Unauthorized Workers and Applicants Riverside, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2014 Since implementation of the E-Verify program, most employers feel confident that they are taking adequate precautions with employment background checks to protect themselves from identity fraud and risk. However, USAFact, a leading nationwide...

Winter Olympics In Sochi, Russia Highlights Dangers Of Climate Change
2014-02-05 13:40:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia is just around the corner and not only will the event feature some of the best classes of athletes the world has to offer, but it also showcases how climate change is affecting Earth. The US Geological Survey (USGS) is using this year’s Olympics to bring awareness to climate change and how the Arctic Ocean is being affected by it. Over the years, the USGS has studied changes in...

Winter Ice Is On The Decline Across Alaskan Lakes
2014-02-03 10:22:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from the European Space Agency, ice in northern Alaska’s lakes during winter months is on the decline. Twenty years of satellite radar images in the study, which was published in The Cryosphere, show how shifts in our climate are affecting high-latitude regions. [ Watch the video: Monitoring Lake Ice ] Alterations in air temperature and winter precipitation over the last 50 years have affected the timing,...

Ice Worms Insights Into Surviving The Cold
2014-01-30 16:11:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the Polar Vortex may have kept temperatures around New Jersey dangerously low, scientists at the state’s Rutgers University-Camden have been working on combating the cold on a biological level, by keeping cellular energy up. “If you want to live in the cold, you have to make lots of energy,” said Daniel Shain, a professor of biology at Rutgers–Camden. “That means your cells would have to produce more adenosine...

LittleBits: The Next Generation Toy For The Engineer Wannabe
2014-01-15 14:04:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An MIT entrepreneur has developed the next generation toy for the child or adult who wishes to be an engineer. The fast-growing startup littleBits sells small modules that can be connected together to help create motorized toys, interactive art displays, flashlights and even musical instruments. The “Bits modules” are each integrated with electronic functions like lights, sounds and motors, and they can be snapped together with...


Latest Ice Reference Libraries

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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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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