It doesn't matter how fancy the office you work in is, it's an unwritten rule that when winter arrives, you're going to be cold at work. Even the pool tables and catered lunches in your dot-com wonderland can't keep you warm, but this folding under desk heater from Panasonic certainly will.
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Video: As you grow older, you start realising that you might never get to see certain cities or visit some places around the world. Like, I'm fairly confident that I'll never visit the Arctic. And, whatever, that's OK, it's too cold up there anyway. But my oh my, is it beautiful. It looks almost unreal — the white of the ice looks completely pristine and the structures just look untouched.
Video: When you run over 240km on the same route over the course of a year and take a total of 98,366 photos of that route while braving the snow, the rain, the cold, the heat and all the crazy things the elements can thrown at you, you get a pretty fantastic hyperlapse video that blends all the different seasons together. It's really cool to see the environment and the city suddenly morph and change all around a single 8km loop in Montana.
If you've ever driven a car that's parked outside in winter, you'll know it's frigid as hell inside your car and the windshield can be totally opaque from all the foggy arse frost. Not cool. How do you get rid of it? Hit the defrost button right? That's not all. The always inquisitive Mark Rober tested out every combination on how to defrost your windshield and came up with a way that is twice as fast as other methods. That means you'll get a clear windshield in half the time.
If you're feeling a little bit sniffly and you don't want to go into the office — don't worry, we've all been there — the time-honoured tradition is to put on your best sick-person voice and make a gurgly phone call to your boss. If that all sounds a little bit too low-tech for your 21st century job, how about 3D printing an entire human doppelganger?
Mother Nature always forgets to end winter in places like Norway so it's up to these giant snow blower tractors to clear the road. You can see how it works in the video below, the monster snow blower blasts through the layers of thick snow and carves out an open path, revealing the mountain road that was buried underneath.
Video: Muskoxen look like mythical creatures, stuff you'd see in a museum or on a TV show. That's because they're animals from a prehistoric age. Rolf Steinmann made this short film In Between in order to show the animals' lives in the bitter cold of the Arctic, and to document their current plight. The footage of these animals huddled together is totally gorgeous.
Video: Fall is probably the most picturesque season but there's always something beautiful about seeing the stillness of winter give way to the colour of spring. Here's a collection of photographs from photographer Jim Brandenburg that documents the transformation from winter to spring. According to National Geographic, Brandenburg took a photo everyday in Minnesota from the 2014 vernal equinox to the day before summer solstice.
Video: If there is a mountain, people will climb it. Or at least, people that are much, much bolder than I am. Here is some incredible point of view footage from David Lama and Conrad Anker as they become the first expedition to reach the headwall of Lunag Ri, a 6907m tall mountain on the border of Nepal and Tibet.
Video: I don't know how this is possible (though I am very thankful it is), but immediately after skiier Angel Collinson tumbled 300m down the side of an Alaskan mountain, she sat up and told everyone that she was going to walk back up the mountain to get her stuff. I mean, how badarse is that? After being put in the dangerous whirlwind free fall for what seemed like forever (the drop kept going and going and going), she just brushed it off like it was nothing. Incredible.
Video: It's entirely plausible that one day extreme athletes will be blasting across a snow-covered field on a snowboard, powered not by the pull of gravity, but by a flying drone pulling them along. However, as this video of the world's first droneboarder reveals, that day is still a long ways off.
Video: Here's absolutely gorgeous footage of a huge herd of reindeer making their way across Norway during winter from photographer Jan Helmer Olsen. Seeing all those reindeer walk through the snow in search for warmth is especially beautiful because of the aerial drone view. Their movement is almost like a ballet from up there.
Video: Night skiing and night boarding usually requires some sort of light. But what if that light was a torch attached to the ski or snowboard? Then you'd get this fiery visual of a man on fire shredding the slopes. The white of the snowy mountain gets replaced with this hellish red and it looks more like a crazy tour in the underworld than the pristine slopes of Switzerland.