Ice-Free Roads to Change the World
Researchers from the Harvard University claim to have found the solution which will put an end to the winter-tires industry altogether, will sent into unemployment thousands of highway maintenance workers and, above all, will allow for high speed driving during the coldest months of the year.
There is no word to describe this material yet, despite the fact that its advent was previewed ever since 2009 by a rival team from Pittsburgh University. Yet, even without a name, the invention is a wonder.
The secret lies in covering the surface of the road with a special material which will prevent water from spreading on the surface and freezing (you know, the larger the exposed surface of the water, the quicker the freezing process).
The secret lies in using microscopic silicon bristles which, even if they don't prevent water from freezing completely, it stops it from becoming rock solid ice. Meaning the thin layer of ice would mean much less effort to remove it.
The researchers from Harvard are currently looking into the matter, as the technology hasn't quite revealed all of its secrets yet. Revolutionary as it may be, especially if it develops into something which will prevent frozen roads completely, it's unlikely we'll see the technology getting applied very soon.