After building himself an airplane, Peter Sripol decided to make himself something a little less ambitious, but just as fun – a tricked-out sled that can glide across the snow thanks to an airplane propeller on the back. It’s not exactly fast, but it lets him go sledding without a hill.
Do you want to make a snowball? Don’t run outside and start packing the white stuff just yet. Popular Science provides a studied and intellectual method to determining the type of snow you should use for a snowball that holds together, but doesn’t maim its victim.
Imagine downhill skiing, but without the hassle of carrying around long skis and poles. The video makes Snowfeet look like a blast, but we do wonder how easy it is to turn and stop with these things, and if they’d possibly be safe on anything more than the bunny hill or a Green.
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and team set out to cross Antarctica by boat. They ran into ice, and were stranded for 634 days. He helped save his entire crew, but never finished his mission. 100 years later, his great-grandson completed the task in a tricked-out Hyundai Sante Fe.
You’ve just trudged through a foot of snow to get to the train so you can head to work. But the blizzard is far from over. Nick Colvin captured this awesome slow-mo footage of a commuter train covering passengers with a deluge of the white stuff as it pulls into the station.
Crescent Moon’s innovative snowshoe design does away with the stiff old stompers and replaces them with flexible foam soles and hard plastic cleats for grip on ice and snow. Their rocker shape makes walking and running more natural on the white stuff. Avail. Fall 2017.
To show off their nanofabrication process, scientists at Western University used elecrton beam lithography to create this microscopic silica and platinum snowman that measures less than 3 microns tall. For comparison’s sake, a human hair is about 100 microns thick.
Freeskier and car enthusiast Jon Olsson outfitted his Lamborghini with studded tires and proceeded to drive it to the summit at Norway’s Fonna Glacier Ski Resort. It’s not the most practical way to traverse the snow and ice, but it might just be the most entertaining.
General Electric engineers dropped a snowball into a vat of molten metal slag, yet it did not melt, thanks to the amazingly well insulated superalloy container they placed it inside of. These materials are designed to withstand the extreme heat produced by a jet engine.
After turning his living room into a ball pit, Roman Atwood is back to turn his house into a play place yet again. Only this time, he’s loaded his home with a mix of fake and real snow, which we’re guessing is a little more difficult to clean up than plastic balls. BTS here.