Witness the Birth of a Snowflake

One of the more technically creative time lapses we've seen in a long while, Snowtime is a 2-minute "microscopic time-lapse" by Vyacheslav Ivanov that captures the mesmerizing bloom of budding ice crystals in all their hexagonal glory. » 2/22/14 11:00am 2/22/14 11:00am

Two possible ways that life evolved in ice

We know the first single-celled organisms were swarming across the planet over 3.5 billion years ago. The big question is how the precursors of those cells made the jump from collections of chemicals to multicellular organisms. Two recent theories explain that it's all about ice. » 5/31/13 3:02pm 5/31/13 3:02pm

Antarctic timelapse aboard an icebreaker… for science!

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an icebreaker operated by the US National Science Foundation. Cassandra Brooks, one of the 37 scientists the ship can accomodate for missions of up to 75 days and deep in the Antarctic winter, shot this timelapse video of the ship doing its stuff over a two month period while traveling… » 5/05/13 12:32pm 5/05/13 12:32pm

These are among the world's first 3D photographs of untouched snowflakes

Researchers at the University of Utah have teamed up with the NSF to understand better just how fast and in what form snowflakes truly fall. To do it, they're using a high-speed Multi-Angle Snowflake Cam (aka "MASC") to capture real-time 3D images of snowflakes in freefall at Utah's Alta Ski Area. » 4/12/13 12:20pm 4/12/13 12:20pm

Glowing castles made from icicles look like something out of a wintery …

Brent Christensen's Ice Castles could be the haven for an ice queen or the hideout for a race of wintery sprites. But they're actually man-made structures, created by pouring water over an icicle structure. The results are towering architectural sculptures that seem plucked from a place of myth and legend and plopped… » 2/16/13 9:30am 2/16/13 9:30am

Shout Out Louds release a record made entirely from ice

It's been three years since we last heard from Swedish indie rockers Shout Out Louds, but their latest single, "Blue Ice," is certainly bound to draw some renewed attention. In collaboration with ad agency TBWA Stockholm, they have produced 10 limited edition kits that can produce a functional album out of frozen water. … » 12/28/12 7:20am 12/28/12 7:20am

Wind and water can build up ice feathers

We've seen frost flowers, which I do want to try to make in my freezer (since I live in a place far too warm and dry to ever get frost flowers naturally). But I'm afraid that ice feathers, or rime ice, are not as easily doable. You can see them building up on the side of water, rocks, or branches, or you can see them… » 11/30/12 9:20am 11/30/12 9:20am

This naturally occurring flower is made of ice

Some people who live in wooded areas where it is both wet and cold have seen blooming flowers of ice grow from stems either in the early morning or early evening. These are called frost flowers. They can look like curling flower petals, down, or even tiny ice hairs growing from the stems of plants. We'll tell you how… » 11/25/12 8:00am 11/25/12 8:00am