Why Arctic ice is disappearing more rapidly than expected

A new study led by Lance Lesack, a Simon Fraser University geographer and Faculty of Environment professor, has discovered unexpected climate-driven changes in the mighty Mackenzie River’s ice breakup. This discovery may help resolve the complex puzzle underlying why Arctic ice is disappearing more rapidly than expected.  

Modular ICE xPC weighs less than 100g (4oz) 



The ICE xPC modular computer, which recently hit Indiegogo, is said to offer the processing power of a portable or desktop PC, even though the device weighs less than 100g (4oz).

Fire vs. Ice: The science of ISON at Perihelion

After a year of observations, scientists waited with bated breath on Nov. 28, 2013, as Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. Would the comet disintegrate in the fierce heat and gravity of the sun? Or survive intact to appear as a bright comet in the pre-dawn sky?

Melting the secrets of Great Lakes ice

Two scientists from NASA and NOAA have developed a new space-based technique for monitoring the ice cover of the Great Lakes that is so accurate it can identify a narrow channel of open water cut through the ice by an icebreaker -- even at night.

Water and ice on the moon - a metamorphosis

Using data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, scientists believe they have solved a mystery from one of the solar system's coldest regions—a permanently shadowed crater on the moon.

Mars water-ice clouds hold key to odd thermal rhythm

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found that temperatures in the Martian atmosphere regularly rise and fall not just once each day, but twice.

This floating house is sustainable

While winter holds the northern hemisphere in its icy grip, here’s a design to bring you right back to the lazy days of summer by the lake.

Climate change could trigger more volcanic eruptions

As if hurricanes and heat waves weren't enough, a new study indicates that climate change can cause volcanic eruptions too.

Frozen water on Mercury reveals its cooler side

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has found that water ice likely exists on the frozen poles of Mercury, the planet closest to the sun.

Feds crack down on Cyber Monday fraudsters

US and European law enforcement agencies yesterday seized 132 domains that exploited Cyber Monday holiday shoppers by allegedly selling counterfeit goods.

Ice-like solar roof tiles keep homes toasty warm

There are few homeowners who would complain about a smaller utility bill. 



Icy organics help understanding of origin of life

NASA scientists are zapping organics with lasers in an attempt to discover how life arose on Earth.

Mars image may indicate presence of water ice

Scientists studying data from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft say they may have spotted signs of water on the planet's surface.

Antarctic ice could be hiding methane

A massive reservoir of the greenhouse gas methane could be lying hidden beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet, in a ticking time bomb for climate change.

Did the universe crystallize into existence?

The universe began not as a Big Bang but rather like water freezing into ice, a team of theoretical physicists suggests.

Greenland ice melt 'unprecedented', says NASA

Almost all of Greenland's surface ice cover has melted at some point this summer - twice as much as usual. It's the largest melt ever seen in more than 30 years of satellite observations.

Extensive water ice found in lunar crater

Almost a quarter of a crater near the moon's south pole is covered with ice, scientists using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have found.

Himalayan glaciers in better state than feared

Himalayan glaciers aren't shrinking as fast as thought - indeed, some are actually growing. 

Fastest electric car on ice tops 150 MPH

World tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres announced that driver Janne Laitnen reached the fastest speed ever on ice with an electric vehicle earlier this spring. 



Cosmic rays alter chemistry of lunar ice

A bombardment of cosmic rays on the moon's surface could be creating  complex carbon chains similar to those that form the foundations of biological life.