You know how much we love experimenting. You also know how much we love art, cold and Canada. Well, we found this amazing picture of talented photographer Michael Davies. It was taken around 12 miles from the arctic circle in northern Ontario. With temperature around -35ºC (-31ºF) he captured the instant freezing of some hot tea leftovers in an spectacular way. We found this at IFLScience, which is a very neat blog about science. Check it out. Enjoy the New Year! Z.
In a previous post we explained how permafrost is the way of nature's keeping the temperature constantly low. Permafrost has helped scientists find all kinds of specimens from plants, animals and all the way to viruses, by keeping them in 'tip-top' shape for thousands of years. Working in the north east of Siberia, researchers recently found the most complete Bison mummy with all of its organs still intact and in a sleeping position which revealed that it probably died from starvation by the end of the ice age. This new work was presented at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in November 2014 in Berlin and will be published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Please read the post from IFLS here.
We like cold: we are based in Canada and manufacture a whole bunch of cooling and freezing equipment. At least, we embrace it! We are very happy to share this great story originally posted by IFLScience from a paper published in Nature Medicine about supercooling organs in order to lengthen the transplant window. To summarize, they excised livers from rats and cooled them down to 4C without completely freezing them to store later at -6C. After three days the livers were ready for transplant and recipients rats were alive for three months after the transplant. You see? Cold is actually, pretty cool! We invite you to read the original post here.