12 of the Oldest U.S. Structures!

These structures have survived the harshest winters and scorching summers, flooding and lightning strikes, making their histories undeniably interesting. Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors is a 400-year-old adobe structure built as a governmental seat by the Spanish in the early 17th century. The building’s cement stucco walls are crumbling, having withstood heat soaring into the 100s, wildfires, floods and intense thunderstorms. However, a project to restore the building has commenced, and the walls will be replaced with breathable lime stucco, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. (Photo Credit: Robert Wilson/Boonlong1) The C.A. Nothnagle Log House has surprisingly avoided any major damage due to nature since its construction between 1638 and 1643. It is the oldest log cabin in the United States and was part of the New Sweden colony. Gibbstown is in the southwest climate zone of New Jersey and experiences some of the state’s highest average daily temperatures and nighttime temperatures, says Rutgers University. This likely contibutes to the breakage of the clay that holds the logs together, however, a good samaritan and his wife constantly replace the clay to ensure the cabin continues to stand strong. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones) Taos Pueblo, built over a thousand years ago, is STILL inhabited and received the honors of being both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark. The adobe structure has stood firmly in the face of fires, floods and heavy snow. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ron Cogswell) Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built in 1764 and stands as a beacon to incoming ships, spreading it’s soft glow across the bay. In June of 1766, the lighthouse sustained damage...

Frigid Temperatures Turn Nantucket Water To Slurpee Waves

It has been so frigid outside when photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was on the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, that he was able to capture a truly incredible act of nature at its coldest: The mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean freezing over. A week later, Nimerfroh returned to the beach – which was colder by a few more degrees still – “nothing was moving. There were no waves anymore.” It’s pretty remarkable he was there to capture these amazing images of the Atlantic-mid-freeze. “I saw these crazy half-frozen waves. Usually on a summer day you can hear the waves crashing, but it was absolutely silent. It was like I had earplugs in my ears.” The Atlantic Ocean had become a giant salty, slurpee. The high that day was 19˚F (-7.2˚C) and it hadn’t gotten much higher than that for a few weeks. With snow up to his knees, Nimerfroh trekked to the water where he noticed a “really bizarre horizon.” Source: Boredom...

Oymyakon, Russia – The Coldest Town On Earth!

Photographer Amos Chapple set out to discover exactly what it takes to live in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest town on Earth, where the record low reached -96.16° F. The only way to Oymyakon is the perilous “Road of Bones,” which is a barren two day trip (and also a Metallica album, probably). Getting cold feet yet? This general store is the only source of items for the entire town. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) The attendants at this gas station work in 2 week shifts: 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. If you turn off your engine here, it won’t be restarting – the cold is too intense. The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. Yaktusk is the capital city of the Sakha region and is considered the coldest capital city in the world. In Oymyakon, the record low temperature is documented with pride. Oymyakon is about as north as towns go. The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so the frozen cloud of air wouldn’t obscure the shot. Also, the frigid temperatures began to make focusing the camera a chore since they froze the mechanisms in the lens. Outhouses are the only means of relief as the ground is much too cold, making plumbing a non-option. In the native language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water,” which likely reference to the hot springs in town that reindeer herders used to visit. It takes...

Amazing Metal that Repels Water!

Researchers at the University of Rochester have created a type of metal surface that can repel water using “laser patterning techniques.” The superhydrophobic surfaces are more more efficient at keeping water away than the traditional coating commonly applied to cookware metals. Those surfaces must be tilted to a 70-degree angle before liquid slides off. Comparatively, this water-repellant surface requires little or even no angle, according to...