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Magnets Glue Fidgety Kids to Ski Lifts, Still Confound ICP

No one's denying that chair lifts at ski resorts can be deadly. Although most of those killed on lifts are adults, parents won't have to worry about their children tumbling through the chilly air this winter -- that is, if they opt for a resort that's installed the Magnestick. As Wired reports, the Magnestick is a giant wearable magnet that secures children in place while they ride ski lifts. A y...

Ohio School District Crushes Kids' Dreams With Online Snow-Day Classes

The eyes of nearly every child in the United States instantaneously sparkle at the mere mention of two words: "snow day." Even those of us who grew up in the warmer parts of the country would sometimes be granted the glorious reprieve from school by icy roads, or -- if Heaven would have it -- respectable piles of the white stuff. All those young, wistful, smiling eyes may soon be permanently dulle...

Russian Builds 'Mad Max' Snowmobile From Scrap Parts

How does a Russian get around the frozen countryside during sub-zero winters? He builds an awesome snowmobile that looks like something out of 'Mad Max.' According to the English Russia website, an unnamed retiree built the pictured snowmobile, which is powered by an old Yamaha motorcycle engine and constructed from pieces of scrap metal. The gearshift is fashioned from a wooden Coke bottle [Ed...

Fire-Breathing Dragonbot Melts Snow, Next Engadget Show Announced

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Snow scooping robots may be cool, but honestly, do they really have a chance against this fire-breathing, snow-melting dragonbot? [From: Neatorama] If you're in New ...

iPhone Detective: App Ends Inflated Snowfall Numbers at Ski Resorts

Like moths drawn by a campfire, skiers flock to the slopes with the promise of fresh powder. But what happens when you ditch work, only to find that those six inches of fresh snow reported in the paper are more like two inches on the mountain? If you're a couple of Dartmouth College professors, you research why these false reports occur. According to The Globe and Mail, Professors Eric Zitzewit...

Newark Mayor Responds to Tweet for Help With Snow Shoveling

What's the quickest way to get a city government official to take action? A phone call? Or maybe a visit to city hall? If you live in Newark, New Jersey, it might be more effective to just send a tweet to Mayor Cory Booker. According to Mashable, Ravie Rave, a Newark radio DJ, sent a tweet on New Year's Eve asking the mayor to dispatch somebody to help shovel snow from her father's driveway. S...

Norwegian Ski Billboard Gets Snowy When Texted

We've certainly seen mobile-activated bus stop ads before, but the cool factor on this one was just too impressive to overlook. Tryvann Winter Park, a ski resort that sits just 15 minutes away from downtown Oslo, was searching high and low for ways to better market itself to residents of the bustling Norweigian city. In order to do so, it turned to JCDecaux, which conjured up the brilliant idea yo...

Student's Snow-Day Question Causes Internet Brouhaha

Dean Tistadt, Chief Operating Officer for the Fairfax County, Virginia school system, and his wife, Candy, learned a tough lesson in the power of the Internet after an angry voicemail left on a student's cell phone became an Internet phenomenon. The ordeal started when Devraj "Dave" S. Kori, a senior at Lake Braddock Secondary School, called Dean at his listed home phone number to find out why h...