Smart headlight system lets drivers see through rain and snow

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I am sure everyone has noticed when driving through a pounding thunderstorm or heavy snowfall at night that your headlights illuminate the maelstrom of raindrops or flakes more than they shed light on the road ahead. This safety hazard can be greatly reduced by anticipating the movement and velocity of the drops or flakes and shining the headlights into the spaces between them, according to a team of researchers who’ve built just such a “smart” headlight system.

 

 

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Evaporative snowfalls

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If your choices were fog, foam or snow, wouldn’t snow be a welcome change from the others?

In the early 1990’s, Francisco Guerra started making snow for his magic act. Within a few years, special events, movies, and theme parks wanted to use this unique effect to create magical snowfall.

What is amazing about this effect is that the snow never accumulates. It evaporates within 90 seconds and leaves no residue. This biodegradable, non-toxic, non-slip, flame retardant effect can be performed indoors as well as outdoors, from a small dance floor to a theme park. Global Special Effects is known as the inventor of evaporative snow™…

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Shoveling snow really does increase risk of heart attack

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Snow shoveling increases risk of having a heart attack.

A new study confirms that snow shoveling really does increase the risk of heart attack. While many people believe this, there has been little actual evidence, according to researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. So they decided to look for proof.

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Airplanes can alter weather increasing chances of rain and snow: Study

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Aircraft increase the chances of snow or rain when they punch holes in clouds after taking off.

Airplanes can influence local weather when they take off and land.  Aircraft increase the chances of snow and rain during take off and landing, according to a  new study, published in the ‘Science’ journal. The finding is based on satellite images of clouds around airports.

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Wheel + Shovel = Wovel

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It’s snowing in Wisconsin, today. A lot. About an hour ago, I took the trash out, and came back to the house with a snow line around my knees. And it’s still coming down.

That’s all fine, though. What I’m really dreading is tomorrow, when I have to shovel it all up. Increasingly, I find my fancy turned toward the wovel—a ridiculous-looking piece of hand-powered machinery, that’s supposed to help you clear a sidewalk easily, without the lower back pain*…

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The Mobile Sno Pro – Combo Shovel, Brush Broom and Ice Scraper

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2010

The Mobile Sno Pro is your one all around tool to get you out of a jam and keep you on the move!  With the Mobile Sno Pro you have a collapsible full size combo shovel, Brush broom and Ice Scraper to aid you in removing snow from and around your vehicle. (pics)

 

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Homemade Snowmobiles

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One Kick Ass Snow Sliding Contraption

You may be done thinking about snow, but English Russia has a gallery of snowmobiles made from scrap and repurposed materials.  The one above is arguably the most awesome:

This bulky machine constructed by one enthusiast retiree from the Russian city of Kirov is powered by the old Yamaha motorcycle engine and is entirely made of scrap….

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Road Salt is Affecting Aquatic Life And Drinking Water Across North America

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Mountain of road salt, Toronto. Image: katalogue on flickr

Mountains of salt are spread on snowy roads in North America every winter, and environmentalists have been complaining about it for years. But studies are piling up that indicate that the cost may be too high.

Martin Mittelstaedt reports in the Globe and Mail about a new study of Frenchman’s Bay, a lagoon off Lake Ontario by University of Toronto Geologists. The conclusion:

“Our findings are pretty dramatic, and the effects are felt year-round,” said Nick Eyles, a geology professor at the university and the lead researcher on the project. “We now know that 3,600 tonnes of road salt end up in that small lagoon every winter from direct runoff in creeks and effectively poison it for the rest of the year.”

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Google Street View Snowmobile Gives a Slopes-Eye-View of Winter Olympics Resort

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First there was the Google car, which roamed the roads of Britain to build up a Street View perspective of the nation.

Then came the Google Trike, powered by super-strong employees to chart harder to reach areas such as Stone Henge.

Now the internet search giant has headed to the mountains with the Google snowmobile…

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