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Surface atoms on a dust particle (shown in red, white, pink and yellow) impose an arrangement on water molecules (blue) that can promote or inhibit ice formation. Image credit: Sapna Sarupria and Ryan DeFever
Chipping away at how ice forms could keep windshields, power lines ice-free

August 29, 2019

How does ice form? Surprisingly, science hasn’t fully answered that question. Differences in ice formation on various surfaces…
Glaciologists unveil most precise map ever of Antarctic ice velocity

August 1, 2019

Constructed from a quarter century’s worth of satellite data, a new map of Antarctic ice velocity by glaciologists…
Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions ice, water theory

May 24, 2019

Through an experiment designed to create a super-cold state of water, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak…
How penguins can stand on Antarctic ice for so long without freezing their feet off? They use one trick

January 27, 2019

Penguins spend months standing on freezing Antarctic ice. Not only they don’t have shoes, but their feet are…
Drop of water or a piece of ice – which one will disappear quicker?

October 27, 2018

People from countries with strong winters know something that many other people don‘t know. It doesn‘t have to…
New understanding of the solidification of high-pressure ice found in ‘ocean world’ planets

October 11, 2018

A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation…
World’s first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice

September 24, 2018

Nothing foretells the coming of winter like frost on windshields. While the inconvenience of scraping or defrosting car…
Moving Magnetic Fields Disrupt Ice Nucleation

May 11, 2018

Atsuko Kobayashi (MS ’91) and Caltech professor Joseph Kirschvink (BS, MS ’75)—a husband-and-wife team of researchers who divide their time…
Why does ice make that sound?

May 4, 2018

What began as a “silly pastime” of tossing ice chunks down a borehole in Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, has…
A new topology of matter emerges from artificial spin ice

April 4, 2018

An intricate lattice of microscopic magnets has led researchers to observe behavior that is reminiscent of the complexities…
NASA Visualizes the Dance of a Melting Snowflake

March 30, 2018

A new video features a visualization of the first three-dimensional numerical model of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere,…
Ice core shows North American ice sheet’s retreat affected Antarctic weather

February 14, 2018

Researchers at the University of Washington were among the co-authors of a new study that uses ice core…
NASA Scientists Embark on Extreme Antarctic Trek

December 16, 2017

In temperatures that can drop below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, along a route occasionally blocked by wind-driven ice dunes,…
New laser technology could reduce accidents on winter roads

December 14, 2017

Experts have detected a problematic substance known as ‘hydrohalite’, which forms on icy roads that have already been…
Ice scientist puts new spin on why curling rocks curl

December 6, 2017

The sporadic and hazardous jolts that accompany a circular saw that jams while cutting through a particularly heavy…
Why ice is so slippery? Because it is not just ice – it is also some liquid water

December 1, 2017

It is winter and it is time to enjoy it. One of the popular winter sports that all…
Water freezing into ice actually warms up? Cool experiment you can do at home

November 29, 2017

You know that when you cool the water down, it freezes. That is how nature is – you…
How ice in clouds is born

November 13, 2017

Something almost magical happens when you put a tray full of sloshing, liquid water into a freezer and…
IceBridge Launches Two Sets of Antarctic Flights

November 1, 2017

Scientists with NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to map polar ice, Operation IceBridge, completed a successful science flight on…
Nice ice, maybe? Research finds ice removal can be a breeze

October 20, 2017

The researchers discovered that ice grows differently on absorbent vs. water-repellent surfaces, demonstrating that a gust of air…
New research suggests Mercury’s poles are icier than scientists thought

September 20, 2017

The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the…
Researchers find a new bacterium that helps turn water into ice

August 16, 2017

Pure water can stay in liquid form at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit, freezing at higher…
Two Decades of Changes in Helheim Glacier

July 30, 2017

Helheim Glacier is the fastest flowing glacier along the eastern edge of Greenland Ice Sheet and one of…
Massive Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica

July 13, 2017

An iceberg about the size of the state of Delaware split off from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf…
Scientists make “squarest” ice crystals ever

July 11, 2017

You won’t find ice cubes like this in your freezer. An international team of scientists has set a…
Black carbon persists in snow and ice around the world

July 3, 2017

A new CU Boulder study comparing dissolved black carbon deposition on ice and snow in ecosystems around the…
New model helps predict regional and seasonal sea ice extent

May 29, 2017

Scientists have developed a new method to forecast the extent of sea ice in some regions of the…
Study looks to ice for fabricating useful porous materials

May 3, 2017

Discovering a way to harness ice recrystallization could enable fabrication of highly efficient materials for a range of…
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content

April 20, 2017

As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount…
Glacier Shape Influences Susceptibility to Melting

April 18, 2017

A new NASA-funded study has identified which glaciers in West Greenland are most susceptible to thinning in the…
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