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An Ariel Atom and a snowmobile line up side-by-side with a long, straight strip of roadway ahead. In an elemental move that would seemingly bend the contest's favor in the direction of the snowmobile, these machines are racing on a strip of ice.

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Huge chunks of ice fell on a man's car in Portland, Maine on Sunday, smashing windows, caving in his bumpers and thoroughly trashing his only form of transportation.

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The Rotary Club in Iron Mountain, MI, is reviving a fundraiser of betting on when a Saturn falls into a frozen lake. The person with the nearest time wins $1,000.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, might consider a proposal to create 6.8 miles of ice skating lanes through the city on what is being called the Freezeway. During the summer, it could turn into a bike route or artificial ice could handle skaters all year long.

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With between four and six hundred horsepower channeled to the rear wheels from a V8 or V12 engine mounted up front, an Aston Martin – any Aston Martin, really – might not seem like the smartest choice for driving on ice and snow. But that can also make it the most fun, and the most enlightening to experience.

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Spokesperson says solicitation was published without knowledge of top officials

One day after its plans to create a massive database of information collected from license-plate scanners became widely known, the Department of Homeland Security scuttled the project.

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Deicing wintry roads is not an inexpensive venture, with The New York Times projecting that the city of Milwaukee spent nearly $6.5 million just on snow removal and salt for deicing. So it's no surprise that some municipalities are looking for cheaper alternatives to the traditional gritters. What the state of Wisconsin has come up with, though, might just take the cake for most innovative salt replacement.

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Ice several inches thick rained down on cars and trees

This scary video was taken in Plano, Texas, where warming weather caused thick ice sheets deposited by a winter storm to slide from the roof of an apartment complex Sunday.

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Park your gas-powered car in an electric-vehicle-designated spot in the Emerald State and you could find yourself Cashless in Seattle. The Washington State legislature has approved a bill that would impose a $124 fine on conventional-vehicle drivers busted for parking in spots slated for plug-in vehicles, the Associated Press reports. Legislators approved the bill by a seven-to-one margin. The bill now needs approval from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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It looks like electric vehicle owners living in Dallas need Eric Cartman to yell "Respect my authoritah!" while having their non-plug-in vehicles towed from designated parking spots.

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There's something about the boffins over at Nissan – particularly those working at its racing headquarters in the UK. We're not quite sure what it is. Oh, right: they're bonkers. Absolutely off their rockers, in the best way possible. How else would you explain the decision to take an entry-level crossover and swap out its powertrain for that of a supercar?

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If a car screams across a sheet of ice at such a high speed that the ice is being melted to water, is the car really driving on ice?

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As we head towards the second half of February without having had a real winter here in the Midwest, we'll admit to being ticked off. Those Blizzaks we bought for our long-term Mini Countryman? We haven't had much chance to put them to use. Nor have we had any occasion to enjoy the singular pleasure of driving a massively overpowered sports car on an icy road, enjoying every fishtail, opposite-lock correction and powerslide, all while traveling under the legal speed limit, of course.

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Mazda6 Skyactiv Mule – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford SYNC with AppLink – Click above for high-res image gallery

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THE WHAT AND THE HOW

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