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Self-heating windows have existed for decades. However, they have have always relied on near-invisible wires that can be a distraction when revealed by oncoming headlights. So instead of wires, the laminated glass used in Volkswagen's new windshields includes an ultra-thin invisible layer of silver connected to the vehicle's electrical system so that it heats up and melts away ice.

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Video: Damn. In a terrifying accident in Utah, a FrontRunner train crashed into a FedEx truck and basically shredded its trailer into pieces, sending boxes flying everywhere. Thankfully (and impressively), there were no serious injuries in the crash, as it seemed the train busted through the softest part of the FedEx truck.

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Video: If you're from a place where it snows a lot (I'm not), and where people don't annoyingly complain about how cold it is all the time (not me), and are totally prepared when the winter months roll around (also, not me), you're probably not as surprised as I am about this seemingly never-ending stretch of badarse snow plowers attacking each lane of the snowy road until it's all cleaned up.

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Photographer Joshua Nowicki captured photographs of the St. Joseph lighthouse at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in Michigan and it's beautifully (and completely) covered in ice. And because the thick icicles that accentuate the lighthouse are angled back from the strong winds, it looks like an alien sculpture that's frozen in time.

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The Algerian town of Ain Sefra is known as the Gateway to the Sahara, and it's not the kind of place that gets associated with winter weather. So imagine the surprise of amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata when he awoke to see his picturesque town and the surrounding sand dunes covered in a blanket of snow. Thankfully for us, he grabbed his camera.

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Video: Watching Sam Favret ski through Mer de Glace makes me think that there probably aren't too many places in the world that are more fun to ski than the beautiful valley glacier. Located in the Mont-Blanc massif in the French Alps, there are all these narrow pathways to zip through with huge ice walls surrounding you, little mysterious ice caves to explore and makeshift ice halfpipes and ramps to pull tricks off of. Sure, crashing would hurt like hell, but the views are incredible.

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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.

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One reason a product ends up on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo is because companies, or investors, have deemed it too dangerous to bring to market. Wearing a wingsuit while skiing seems like it would make an already dangerous sport even riskier, but you can still pre-order one via Indiegogo.

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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.

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If you've been to the snow in the last couple of years, you'll have had some trouble getting online on your smartphone. Australia's ski towns have been notoriously poorly served for high-speed mobile data, but that's been changing: Telstra now says its customers use nearly two terabytes of 4G data per week at Victoria's Mount Buller resort alone.

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Quick! Something white, cold, and flaky is falling from the sky. Should you start eating it, perhaps by the spoonful? Maybe — but, more likely, maybe not.