U.S. East Coast Digs Out After Historic Snowstorm


(NEWSER) – Get ready for some electrifying concrete news. No, seriously. UPI reports researchers at the University of Nebraska are developing conductive concrete that uses electricity to keep itself free of snow and ice during even the worst winter storms. Sounds like something the East Coast could've used this week.

The winter-defeating concrete is made with 80% traditional asphalt and 20% "carbon particles and steel shavings." It carries enough current to heat itself to 40 degrees, according to National Geographic. That's enough to melt snow and ice but not to hurt people, UPI reports. Funding for the concrete comes from the FAA, which hopes to use it in tarmacs. “They said that if we can heat that kind of tarmac, then there would be (far fewer) weather-related delays," civil engineering professor Chris Tuan says in a press release. "We're very optimistic."

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