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 solving the riddle of the snow globe
solving the riddle of the snow globe

If you've shaken a snow globe, you've enjoyed watching its tiny particles slowly sink to the bottom. But do all small objects drift the same way and at the same pace?

understanding and predicting snow behavior

Engineers from the University of Luxembourg are working together with scientists from the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Switzerland to better analyse mechanical properties of snow. The project has the goal to develop a computer model that can help solving typical snow-related engineering problems. The model could, for example, be used to anticipate avalanches, to determine the load on buildings caused by snow or calculate the traction of vehicles on snow-covered surfaces by predicting the behaviour of snow.

solving the riddle of the snow globe

If you've shaken a snow globe, you've enjoyed watching its tiny particles slowly sink to the bottom. But do all small objects drift the same way and at the same pace?A new Tel Aviv University study finds the sedimentation of asymmetric objects in liquid is very different from that of symmetrical objects like spheres. The research solves a long-standing puzzle concerning the cause and the extent of "storminess" in sedimentation, and may be useful in improving water treatment and industrial processes that rely on suspensions, which are liquids that contain small solid particles. The research may also have use in the study of geological deposits, because variations in the concentration of particles from place to place affect the progress of sedimentation.The research was led by Prof. Haim Dia

understanding and predicting snow behavior

Credit: CC0 Public DomainEngineers from the University of Luxembourg are working together with scientists from the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Switzerland to better analyse mechanical properties of snow. The project has the goal to develop a computer model that can help solving typical snow-related engineering problems. The model could, for example, be used to anticipate avalanches, to determine the load on buildings caused by snow or calculate the traction of vehicles on snow-covered surfaces by predicting the behaviour of snow.
After having studied various flood scenarios, developed an innovative mathematical method to simulate the flow of debris and predicted its mechanical impact on buildings and structures, Bernhard Peters, professor of Thermo- and Fluiddyna

weather service decided last minute not to cut snow forecast

Before the first snow fell, federal meteorologists realized there was a good chance the late-winter storm wasn't going to produce giant snow totals in big Northeast cities as predicted.

diversity improves problem-solving success: just ask songbirds

Humans seeking to improve their problem-solving and survival skills can learn a thing or two from an unlikely source—songbirds.

winter storm expected to bring snow to east coast

A winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions to parts of the East Coast starting on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.The weather service issued a blizzard watch across New York City, Long Island, southern Connecticut, southern Rhode Island and parts of southeastern Massachusetts Sunday in preparation for the stor.According to the National Weather Service, the blizzard watch will be in effect from Monday night through Tuesday evening. Between 12 to 18 inches of snow could cover the region, following what has been a relatively mild winter for the area. This February had the most above-average temperatures across the globe since meteorologists started keeping records 150 years ago.Winter storm watches were also issued in parts of the mid-Atlanti

tenure track faculty in aerospace engineering

Department: Department of Aerospace Engineering
Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida has an ambitious agenda for the next five years, which is focused on expanding its graduate programs, research capabilities, facilities, and recruiting highly talented faculty. In support of this agenda, a new state-of-the-art engineering building, the John Mica Engineering and...
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speeding train causes a hilarious snow blast

Snowball fights can be awesome fun. But, not when you’re getting blasted by a speeding train that is running through the snow. And that’s not even the best part.The best part are all the passengers standing on the platform getting video for their Facebooks. They have no idea what’s about to hit them. They’re just minding their own business shooting video of a train coming and all that beautiful snow on the tracks. It’s a wondrous scene.That is until it’s too late. I don’t have the 411 on what happened after. I hope no one was hurt in the shooting of this video. It looks pretty cruel. I’m just imagining a platform full of snow-faced people looking around at each other like, “What just happened?”You just got hit by a train. That’s what just happened!Snowball FightSourceLike I said, they can

boulder sees 7.5 inches of snow, hard freeze on deck

Boulder received 7.5 inches of snow by 6 p.m. today, and an intermittent light snow fell throughout most of the day.Snow was sticking to grassy surfaces, trees and vegetation. Very little was sticking to the road surfaces, during the day, but Boulder police placed the city on accident alert at 9 p.m.Much higher totals were recorded elsewhere in the county, however. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said Nederland saw 13 inches by 7:30 a.m., Allenspark registered 11 inches, Eldorado Springs recorded 8.6 inches, while Louisville by 8 a.m. had just 2.9 inches. Snow totals for Longmont were not readily available.Hygiene's snow total was 1 inch, and Niwot reported 2 inches as of 8 a.m..The National Weather Service forecast called for snow to continue until about 5 p.m., but tota

boulder receives 8.2 inches of snow

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See what Boulder's weather is like now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research hereBoulder saw more than 6 inches of wet, heavy snow fall overnight and could see up to 3 more inches by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service.
Local meteorologist Matt Kelsch said the city of Boulder received 6.5 inches of snow as of 7 a.m., with 0.73 inches of liquid. That breaks the previous record snow total for April 4, which was 5.1 set in 1971.
According to the National Weather Service, the city saw 8.2 inches of snow as

assistant professor of commercial space operations

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Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is seeking a Tenure Track/Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor to teach introductory and higher level undergraduate space operations and technology courses in the Commercial Space Operations degree program at our Daytona Beach, FL campus.
 
The Commercial Space Operations degree program is a unique B.S. degree focused on the regulation, pl...
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snow to return to moscow on wednesday

Temperatures are still expected to rise above zero on Tuesday and Wednesday, before plunging as low as minus three in the evening.The lower night-time temperatures will see snow fall on the Russian capital on Wednesday night, mixed with some rain and sleet.Forecasters remain hopeful that the snow will only be a temporary spring setback, with daytime temperatures bouncing back to eight degree Celsius at the weekend.

are wolverines in the arctic in the climate change crosshairs?

Will reductions in Arctic snow cover make tundra-dwelling wolverines more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought? That's a question scientists hope an innovative method described in a new study co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) will help answer. Wolverines are the largest land-dwelling members of the weasel family, and use snow-pack for denning, caching food, and other needs. Since snow cover provides a key component to wolverine habitat, determining where snow will be available, and in what amounts, will be critical to managing the future for the elusive carnivores. That determination is seen as key to deciding listing under the Endangered Species Act. To better inform this discussion, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has stated the need for more

boulder sees 7.5 inches of snow, hard freeze on deck

Boulder received 7.5 inches of snow by 6 p.m. today, and an intermittent light snow fell throughout most of the day.Snow was sticking to grassy surfaces, trees and vegetation. Very little was sticking to the road surfaces, and the city never went on accident alert, according to the Boulder Police Department. Longmont also did not go an accident alert, although agencies across the area were dealing with numerous accidents.Much higher totals were recorded elsewhere in the county, however. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said Nederland saw 13 inches by 7:30 a.m., Allenspark registered 11 inches, Eldorado Springs recorded 8.6 inches, while Louisville by 8 a.m. had just 2.9 inches. Snow totals for Longmont were not readily available.Hygiene's snow total was 1 inch, and Niwot r

what's the difference between snow peas, snap peas, and garden peas?

Snow, snap, and garden peas are all climbing plants and members of the legume family, but there are subtle differences between the three. Here's a guide on what they look and taste like, plus a few recipes to get you cooking with all three.
Snow Peas
(Image credit: Christine Gallary) Snow Peas
Snow peas are also known as Chinese pea pods since they are often used in stir-fries. They are flat with very small peas inside; the whole pod is edible, although the tough "strings" along the edges are usually removed before eating. Snow peas are mildly flavored and can be served raw or cooked.
Snow Pea Recipes
Garden Peas
(Image credit: Christine Gallary) Garden Peas
Garden peas are also sometimes called sweet peas or English peas. The pods are firm and rounded, and the round peas insi

boulder receives 6.5 inches of snow overnight with more expected today

Five-day forecast
Check out what weather is in store for the Boulder County area hereNational Weather Service
See what the National Weather service is predicting here24-Hour satellite
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See what Boulder's weather is like now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research hereBoulder saw more than 6 inches of wet, heavy snow fall overnight and could see up to 3 more inches by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service.
Local meteorologist Matt Kelsch said the city of Boulder received 6.5 inches of snow as of 7 a.m., with 0.73 inches of liquid. That breaks the previous record snow total for April 4, which was 5.1 set in 1971.
Today's forecast calls for a high of 38 with 1 to 3 inches of snow. The overni

national weather service issues winter weather advisory for boulder

A cyclist who didn't stop to give their name rides in snowy Boulder on Feb. 23.
(Paul Aiken/Staff Photographer)The National Weather Service on Thursday afternoon issued a winter weather advisory stating that precipitation is expected to begin developing this evening that will likely bring rain and snow to Boulder.Rain is likely until about 4 a.m., when is it expected to turn to snow with west/southwest winds between 10 and 18 mph but could gust to nearly 30 mph. The overall chance of precipitation is 70 percent with snow accumulation of 1 or 2 inches.Snow is also likely on Friday but is expected to become a mix of snow and rain after 9 a.m., becoming mostly clear by Friday evening. Another inch of snow is possible and the chance of precipitation remains at 70 percent.The high temperature

best weather snow news bloopers

While late spring blizzards feel like a universal joke played on the Northeast, a new blooper reel of news anchors wiping out in the snow may warm the cockles of your cold cold heart.The YouTube channel News Be Funny Videos put together this montage of reporters who were simply trying to do their job in the snow and suffering the indignities of slips, slides, wipe-outs, and snowballs to the face. These intrepid journalists far and wide were doing the best they could while working in inclement weather with Jack Frost nipping at their nose. The one thing these reporters likely have in common is that they were all wishing they were back in the office.Go ahead and laugh, it’s better for your heart than shoveling snow—or wiping out in it. Expect a whole host of people making ridiculous faces an

snow in hawai'i: what does the future hold?

IMAGE: Snow is on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawai'i.
view more Credit: Gisela SpeidelDaydreams of the tropical paradise of Hawai'i rarely include snow in the imagery, but nearly every year, a beautiful white blanket covers the highest peaks in the state for at least a few days. However, systematic observations of snowfall and the snow cover dimensions on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are practically nonexistent. A group of climate modelers led by Chunxi Zhang from the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa used satellite images to quantify recent snow cover distributions patterns. They developed a regional climate model to simulate the present-day snowfalls and then to project future Hawaiian snowfalls. Their results indicate that the two volcano summ

boulder sees 4.3 inches of snow, hard freeze on deck

Boulder received 4.3 inches of snow by 7 a.m. today, and it continued to fall across the Front Range as a spring storm started to wind down.Snow was sticking to grassy surfaces, trees and vegetation. Very little was sticking to the road surfaces, and the city never went on accident alert, according to the Boulder Police Department. Longmont also did not go an accident alert, although agencies across the area were dealing with numerous accidents.Much higher totals were recorded elsewhere in the county, however. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said Nederland saw 13 inches by 7:30 a.m., Allenspark registered 11 inches, Eldorado Springs recorded 8.6 inches, while Louisville by 8 a.m. had just 2.9 inches. Snow totals for Longmont were not readily available.Hygiene's snow total

winter storm stella: internet braces with snow memes

As the Northeast prepared for Winter Storm Stella to drop up to two feet of snow Tuesday, many on the Internet had a humorous outlook on the blizzard.Those living in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states expected to get the brunt of the nor'easter were quick to create memes poking fun at the pitfalls of being caught in a snow storm. Riffing on everything from the inevitable supermarket rush to the amount of clothing needed to venture outside, Twitter users gave the incoming whiteout a light-hearted spin.See a selection of the best memes below.

three new sub-species of snow leopard discovered

A recent research paper in the Journal of Heredity reveals that there are three sub-species of snow leopard. Until now, researchers had assumed this species, Panthera uncia, was monotypic.

what does the future hold?

Snow is on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawai'i. Credit: Gisela SpeidelDaydreams of the tropical paradise of Hawai'i rarely include snow in the imagery, but nearly every year, a beautiful white blanket covers the highest peaks in the state for at least a few days. However, systematic observations of snowfall and the snow cover dimensions on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are practically nonexistent. A group of climate modelers led by Chunxi Zhang from the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa used satellite images to quantify recent snow cover distributions patterns. They developed a regional climate model to simulate the present-day snowfalls and then to project future Hawaiian snowfalls. Their results indicate that the two volcano summits are typically s

boulder weather: up to 3 more inches of snow possible today

Five-day forecast
Check out what weather is in store for the Boulder County area hereNational Weather Service
See what the National Weather service is predicting here24-Hour satellite
Watch NOAA's 24-hour satellite image hereReal-time conditions
See what Boulder's weather is like now at the National Center for Atmospheric Research hereBoulder saw a few inches of wet, heavy snow fall overnight and could see up to 3 more inches by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service.
Today's forecast calls for a high of 38 with 1 to 3 inches of snow. The overnight low is expected to be near 26, with a 60 percent chance of snow and rain.
Wednesday's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 54 and a 10 percent chance of snow before 7 a.m. The overnight low is ex

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