Natural Ice Shipments Begin Late Due To Pandemic

Natural ice shipments begin late due to pandemic

Shipments of ice have begun in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, two months later than usual due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Blocks of natural ice are used in the food industry to make shaved ice treats and for other purposes. Yatsuyoshi, a company in the city of Hokuto, usually starts shipping to restaurants and hotels in April ahead of the peak summer season.

Ice Floes May Disappear At The End Of This Century

Ice floes may disappear at the end of this century

A scientific research group says ice floes may disappear from Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido at the end of this century.

Ice floes from Russia's coastal areas are spotted off the coast of the city of Abashiri in January or February each year. They attract many tourists.

Nissan E-nv300 Turned Into An Environmentally Friendly Ice Cream Van

Nissan e-NV300 turned into an environmentally friendly ice cream van

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions and other air pollutants, we typically focus on consumer vehicles, but they're far from the only vehicles that could use improvement. In particular, low-speed local vehicles such as buses and delivery vehicles could be excellent targets for electrification. Nissan chose a more fun example, though, in the form of an ice cream van based on the Nissan e-NV200, an electric commercial van available in Europe.

The van uses the same 40-kWh battery and powertrain from regular e-NV200 vans. But from there, it's been outfitted with a swing-open panel on the side to access shelving, freezer space and a soft-serve ice cream dispenser. The ice cream salesperson won't have to worry about eating into range while running this equipment, though. The van also features Nissan ROAM portable battery packs made from used Nissan Leaf batteries. We first saw this battery pack design coupled with a lightweight camper, and Nissan has announced it will put these packs into production for sale this year. As an extra bonus, there are solar panels mounted to the roof to keep things topped up.

Subaru Ice Driving And Mercedes-amg G 63 | Autoblog Podcast #571

Subaru ice driving and Mercedes-AMG G 63 | Autoblog Podcast #571

In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder. They kick things off by talking about the cars they've been driving: the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 and Autoblog's long-term Kia Stinger. Then they discuss hooning the Subaru BRZ, WRX and WRX STI on ice at the Subaru Winter Experience. Then they talk news, specifically Amazon investing $700 million in EV startup Rivian, and Maserati finally launching the Alfieri. Finally they help spend a listener's money on a new, green car.

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Winter Ice Floes Reach Hokkaido

Winter ice floes reach Hokkaido

The winter's first ice floes have reached the coast of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Officials at the observatory in Abashiri City say they spotted the floating ice on the seashore on Tuesday.

'ice Bamboo Shoots' Reach For The Ceiling In Hokkaido Cave

'Ice bamboo shoots' reach for the ceiling in Hokkaido cave

DATE, Hokkaido--A curious spectacle of thin and tall ice pillars resembling bamboo shoots inside a cave here is attracting visitors to the southwestern part of the northernmost prefecture.

In Hyakujojiki cave, as the temperature dropped, drops of water from the ceiling have slowly and gradually congealed and piled up to form pillar-like figures reaching upward. These are called "hyojun," or ice bamboo shoots.

'diamond Dust' Ice Crystals Seen In Hokkaido Town

'Diamond dust' ice crystals seen in Hokkaido town

A winter phenomenon known as "diamond dust" has been observed in the town of Biei in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.

The natural phenomenon is seen when frigid temperatures cause water vapor in the air to freeze and sparkle in the sunlight.

'diamond Dust' Ice Crystals Seen In Hokkaido

'Diamond dust' ice crystals seen in Hokkaido

Shivering cold weather continued to grip the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido on Monday.

A winter phenomenon known as "diamond dust" was seen in the inland town of Rikubetsu, where the mercury stood at minus 21.8 degrees Celsius in the morning. It was the third day in a row the temperature fell below minus 20 degrees.

Google Officially Ends Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Officially Ends Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released back in 2011, making it 7 years old. Given that it is now Android 9.0 Pie, it is safe to assume that many Android users have since updated to newer versions of Android and have gotten newer devices, so much so that it doesn’t come as a surprise that Google is now discontinuing support for the update.

Announced on its Android Developers Blog, Google has revealed that they will no longer be supporting devices that run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. “The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time. Consequently, we are deprecating support for ICS in future releases of Google Play services. For devices running ICS, the Google Play Store will no longer update Play Services APK beyond version 14.7.99.”