Won’t Someone Please Think of Microsoft?

Late last night, an email leaked to advocacy group Fight For The Future detailed how Github – the code repository Microsoft bought last year for $7.5 billion – would be renewing its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of carrying out the Trump administration’s xenophobic war on immigrants that’s left at least seven children dead and tens of thousands more in cages. Read More >>

‘Unprecedented Conditions’ Will Rule the Oceans This Century, Striking New Report Finds

Humans live on land, but it’s the watery parts of the planet that dictate our fate. The frozen ice at the poles and in high mountains and the vast swath of ocean that covers nearly three-quarters of the planet mean this place is primarily earth in name only. The ice – dubbed the cryosphere by scientists – and the oceans provide sustenance and livelihoods for nearly 20 percent of the world’s people, and yet climate change is putting them all in danger, according to a new groundbreaking report. Read More >>

Artist Makes Global Warming Worse by Melting Ice on Purpose

Artist Olafur Eliasson has had an idea for something clever to do and say it's art. He's shipping massive chipped-off chunks of ice sheet to London, so we can watch, live, as the ages-old ice melts away because of all our fridges, cars, cows and radiators. Read More >>

Lunar Meteorite Found in Africa Points to Ice Beneath the Moon’s Surface

Good news, future lunar colonists! Scientists have discovered traces of moganite in a lunar meteorite that was discovered 13 years ago in Africa. This mineral requires ice to form, so its discovery is being taken as potential confirmation that frozen water exists beneath the Moon’s dusty surface. Read More >>

David Attenborough Could be Breaking Out the Big Socks for Frozen Planet II

Sir David Attenborough might be about to front another big-budget BBC wildlife sequel on top of recent smash revivals Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, with a production job posting from the corporation's Natural History Unit asking for someone with a keen interest in cold things to help reveal "...the wonder and majesty of the frozen third of our planet." Read More >>

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Watching Lake Ice Slowly Pile Up on Shore Is a Soothing Reminder That Spring Is Coming Soon

Those of us who experience the cold of winter have definitely had our fill of snow and frigid temperatures. There is beauty to be found when the thermometer drops below freezing, like the sights and sounds of lake ice cracking and piling up on the shore, but it’s mostly soothing as a reminder that spring will soon be here. Read More >>

Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus’ Centre

Here is an ice cube you do not want to put in your Diet Coke: A solid lattice of oxygen atoms with protons whizzing around inside of it. This ice is not normal on Earth, but might be elsewhere. And scientists have created it in a lab. Read More >>

Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, and It’s Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. “Supercooled” water is water that exists below that point. Scientists in a few labs lab have now made the coldest water yet. Read More >>

Why Is Greenland’s Ice Sheet Covered in Industrial Waste-Chowing Bacteria?

The Greenland ice sheet is vast, majestic, pristine....and peppered with bacteria that seem equipped to survive in industrial waste, according to a new study. Which really makes you question the whole the pristine bit, now, doesn’t it? Read More >>

Flat Earthers Won’t Believe This News on Antarctica’s Climate

The Arctic is the fastest-warming place on our overheated planet, but so far, its polar opposite has managed to stay pretty cool. Why is Antarctica warming so slowly compared with the Arctic? The answer is complicated, but a new study suggests we’re overlooking a basic reality of geometry. Read More >>

A Wild New Hypothesis for How Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Got Its Geysers

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is a beautiful mystery. Though it looks like a lonely ice ball, this moon is concealing what’s probably an underground ocean, engulfing a rocky core. In fact, Enceladus’s south pole contains active jets that shoot out water vapor and icy particles from this ocean, which were first observed by NASA’s Cassini orbiter in 2005. These origin of these incredible jets, along with well-defined fractures along the south pole called “tiger stripes,” is still being debated—but a team of scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have put forth an intriguing explanation. Read More >>

The Last Scrap of the North American Ice Sheet Is Melting

The planet is warming and Arctic ice is melting. These facts are hardly news. But it’s not just habitat for polar bears that’s being lost—a piece of Earth’s history is disappearing, too. Read More >>

What’s Causing These Eerie Spinning Ice Discs?

Physics causes some strange phenomena, like slowly-rotating discs of ice on a frozen river that resemble UFO saucers. But have no fear, science is here to explain away your excitement. Read More >>

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This Lighthouse Completely Covered in Ice is An Incredible Sight

Photographer Joshua Nowicki captured photographs of the St. Joseph lighthouse at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in Michigan and it’s beautifully (and completely) covered in ice. And because the thick icicles that accentuate the lighthouse are angled back from the strong winds, it looks like an alien sculpture that’s frozen in time. Read More >>

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Skiing Through These Ice Caves on a Glacier Looks Majestic

Watching Sam Favret ski through Mer de Glace makes me think that there probably aren’t too many places in the world that are more fun to ski than that beautiful valley glacier in the Mont-Blanc massif in the French Alps. There are all these narrow pathways to zip through with huge ice walls surrounding you, little mysterious ice caves to explore, and makeshift ice halfpipes and ramps to pull tricks off of. Sure, crashing would hurt like hell but the views are incredible. Read More >>