Winter is fast approaching and many solar panel owners are already anticipating the drop in solar power output that comes in the cooler months. With shorter days, more cloud cover and the sun shining at a different angle, it feels like a foregone conclusion to lose up to a third of your solar system’s usual output. But don’t despair too quickly — there are things that can be done to make sure your panels continue operating as efficiently as possible all through the winter.
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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.
Video: Snowboarder Tom Oye was snowboarding in Whistler, Canada when he got caught in a pummelling avalanche, and it's beyond terrifying. In this video we get to see the entire harrowing slide down the mountain. One second he's getting ready to carve the slopes, and the next he feels the ground crack underneath him and finds himself trapped inside the avalanche.
Video: My advice in surviving summer? Move somewhere cold. Can't do that? Then just stay inside for three months. Can't do that? Then... wait, why can't you do that? Friend's birthday? Forget about it. Dinner? Order in. Life? Experience it through videos on the internet. Like this one by ZALUSKart, where bubbles freeze over and over again and reveal wonderful patterns right before they do. Watch it, pretend it's winter and imagine being as cool as that bubble.
Video: Adding to the near-infinite list of things you saw on the internet that you really shouldn't try at home, YouTube's The Hacksmith strapped a couple of jet turbine engines to the back of a snowboard and hit his Canadian snow-covered streets, because when you have a jet-powered snowboard you don't need a mountain.
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.
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.
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.