Cold War-era satellites bring bad news about melting glaciers around Everest

At almost 29,000 feet, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the World. The melting of its glaciers threatens the water availability for millions of people. (abhishek91yo for Pixabay/) If you’re in Nepal, you call it Sagarmatha, “Head of the Earth in the Sky.” If you’re in China, the preferred term is Qomolungma, ’’Mother Goddess […]

The hottest gifts to buy for the friend who’s always cold

Invite your friends to come out and play regardless of the weather. (Dan Gold / Unsplash/) For some people this time of the year is far from a winter wonderland. While others are going on strolls to enjoy the crisp air or playing in the snow, these folks just don’t seem to be built to […]

Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold

Pfizer is racing to get approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, applying for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on November 20. But the pharmaceutical giant faces a huge challenge in distributing its vaccine, which has to be kept an ultrafrosty –70° Celsius, requiring special storage freezers and shipping containers. It “has some unique […]

Cretaceous cold case of ‘dueling’ T. rex and Triceratops may finally be solved

The “Dueling Dinosaurs” fossils — the 67 million-year-old remains of what may be the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops on record, beasts that were possibly locked in combat when they died — are finally spilling their secrets. The iconic fossils are heading to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), where a cutting-edge […]

Folding proteins feel the heat, and cold

An illustration shows the dynamics of protein folding in a solution as previously understood and as revealed by new models developed at Rice University, Tulane University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Credit: Dilip Asthagiri It’s a long-standing assumption that the presence of water influences how proteins fold. A new study is challenging […]

How frigid lizards falling from trees revealed rising cold tolerance

After the coldest night in south Florida in a decade, lizards were dropping out of palm trees, landing legs up. The scientists who raced to investigate the fallen reptiles have now found that, despite such graceless falls, some of these tropical, cold-blooded creatures are actually more resilient to cold than previously thought. The finding sheds […]

Man almost dies from an allergic reaction to cold air

Stepping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom almost killed a Colorado man, who had developed a serious allergic reaction to cold temperatures. The 34-year-old old man collapsed after getting out of the shower, and his family found him on the floor, according to a report of the case published Oct. 27 in […]

What cold lizards in Miami can tell us about climate change resilience

Central American brown basilisks (Basiliscus vittatus) are among the members of a lizard community that converged on a lower temperature tolerance after a cold snap in Miami. Credit: Day’s Edge Productions It was raining iguanas on a sunny morning. Biologist James Stroud’s phone started buzzing early on Jan. 22. A friend who was bicycling to […]