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Change Up Your Homemade Ice Cream Recipe With Chemistry
Looking for dairy-free or low-sugar ice cream recipes? A chemist gives tips and substitutes to customize your favorite frozen treats.
Sci Fri Science Club: Freeze Challenge
We challenge you to create something totally new, and totally frozen.
How To Grow Your Own Crystals
At the United States Crystal Growing Competition, chemistry gleams and sparkles.
Creating The Perfect Ice Cube
Researchers at Ohio State University have come the closest yet to mimicking a type of ice crystal found only in earth’s upper atmosphere.
How To Collect, Preserve, And Make Snowflakes
An excerpt from “Mama Gone Geek.”
What’s So Cool About Frozen Water?
Ice can be hard to get a handle on, literally and figuratively.
Growing Snowflakes In A Bottle
Try making your own winter wonderland!
The Albedo Effect, Urban Heat Islands, and Cooling Down Your Playground
Explore the albedo effect by designing a school playground with lower surface temperature, then learn how soot from wildfires changes the albedo of the Greenland ice sheet.
Forecasting the Meltdown
NASA has developed the Airborne Snow Observatory, a program that uses specialized instrumentation to carefully measure the water content.
The Mystery Of Ice Spikes
One experiment shows that this little understood phenomenon seems to perform better with distilled water.
Total Meltdown: The Rate of Ice Cream Collapse
A food scientist explores how the microstructure of ice cream controls the rate at which it melts.
Cold-Water Fish Break the Ice with Antifreeze
Cold-water fish and snow-dwelling insects have evolved antifreeze proteins to avoid icing up. This natural antifreeze also keeps the “ice” out of some ice creams.
Antarctic Ice Sheet Slipping Into the Sea
Scientists confirmed a West Antarctic ice sheet the size of the Dakotas is melting.
Crafting the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth’
Marc Norman obsessively monitors the ice at the Utah Olympic Oval to create the perfect skating surface.
How Dense Is Snow?
Use a measuring cup to figure out the density of snow.
Ice Science a Slippery Quandary for Physicists
Friction researcher and avid curler Robert Carpick discusses the tricky physics of ice.
Food Failures: I Scream, You Scream…When We Ruin Our Ice Cream
Jeff Potter, author of “Cooking for Geeks” returns to share homemade ice cream hacks.
The History Of Ice Skates
From bones to blades, they just don’t make ice skates like they used to.
Ice Spikes: Your Photos
We asked you to submit your own photos of the ice spike phenomenon.
Microbes Thrive in Antarctic Lake Buried Beneath Ice
Microbes have made a home in a lake trapped beneath an 800-meter-thick ice sheet in Antarctica.
Melting the World’s Biggest Ice Cube
As Antarctica warms, its ice sheets are sliding into the ocean–raising sea levels across the globe.
Photographer James Balog on Climate Change and ‘Chasing Ice’
A new documentary explores how climate change is affecting the world’s glaciers.
The Polar Bear Necessities
USGS wildlife biologist Karyn Rode monitors how populations of polar bears are affected by shrinking sea ice and other changing conditions in the Arctic.
World’s Largest Neutrino Telescope Buried in Antarctic Ice
The IceCube telescope detects over 100,000 neutrinos every year.
Use Clues to Solve an Ice Mystery
Use the physical characteristics of ice to determine where and how several mystery samples could have been frozen.
Above the Ice, an Artist Goes Deep
Artist Justin Brice Guariglia will be collaborating with NASA in Greenland to explore how its icy landscape is changing.
The Man Who Froze Snowflakes In Time
Wilson Bentley brought the beauty of snow crystals to the public using a technique called photomicrography.
Next snowstorm, grab a magnifying glass and try snowflake hunting.
Life Beyond Earth
We delve into the science of listening, and looking, for possibilities of life in the universe.Read More