Snow

  • Studded tires are a popular choice in northern climes come winter, thanks to the extra grip they afford on ice and compacted snow. But new research from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden says they actually cost more lives than they save.
  • ​​Snow season can pose a number of problems for folks trying to get their day started, but could all these be solved by a single tool? The folks behind the Tusk reckon they’ve got a few scenarios covered with a durable multitool that can be used to shovel snow, scrape ice and squeegee windows.​
  • Scientists have proposed a whole range of theories for what might have caused the world to freeze over in the "Snowball Earth" period 700 million years ago, and a new study has now suggested the root of them all could have been the beginnings of plate tectonics.
  • Bacteria are hardy, but even they have their limits. One of those was previously thought to be polar ice, but a new study has now observed bacteria living in those conditions. That discovery has implications for our understanding of Earth's past climate, as well as life elsewhere in the universe.
  • GMC has taken its Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD and turned it into a snow-munching monster with four grippy tank tracks replacing the wheels. The All Mountain concept vehicle looks like an absolute blast as it tears its way up the ski slopes of Whistler in a promo video.
  • ​​A team of astronomers may have discovered a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet with an atmosphere that snows titanium oxide – a kind of sunscreen – exclusively on the one side of the planet that is bathed in perpetual darkness.
  • ​Anyone who lives in an area prone to snow will know how important it is to have a shovel and scraper in the car. Thing is, those tools might not be enough to dig you out of a tricky spot. The solution might lie in the Spare-Me, a five-in-one tool designed to help drivers get moving again.
  • ​​It's not just airplane wings that need to stay ice-free in the winter – it's also pretty darn important that the runways not be icy, either. With that in mind, an Iowa State University team has developed a new type of electrically-conductive concrete that melts snow and ice.
  • The Snowsuite is a different way of venturing out into the wilderness and spending the night. A cross between a motorhome, yacht and ski-in/ski-out hotel room, this all-new mobile shelter concept invites you to find a scenic spot on a snow-covered mountain or meadow and spend the night.
  • Every winter in Sweden, a magical hotel is constructed out of ice and filled with glittering ice sculptures and artworks. Then it melts away when temperatures rise. This year, though, an extra Icehotel is being constructed and the arctic circle's 24/7 summer sun will help it to stay cool.
  • Snowmobile and bike combinations come in all different shapes and sizes, but few are as dramatic as Joey Ruiter's new Snoped (pronounced "snow-ped"). Created as a "mash-up between art, design, fashion and lifestyle," what it may lack in conventionality​, it makes up for in style.
  • Self-driving cars are ultimately expected to become safer than those driven by people, but first they will have to overcome their biggest nemesis: snow. It's slippery, unpredictable and obscures road markings. Ford has given some insight into how its autonomous cars will deal with the white stuff.