Snow is great for kids. It closes schools, is fun to play in, and, somehow, makes hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows, of course) taste even better. But in the doldrums of adulthood, when responsibilities tend to supersede having a good time, snow can really cause some headaches.
Dr. Chris Tuan, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska is doing his best to relieve some of those headaches through the use of his de-icing concrete. The concrete, which is made up of about 20% steel shavings and carbon particles, has the ability to carry a small electric current that generates heat and melts snow and ice from its surface.
The concrete has the potential to make winter driving safer by melting dangerous ice from roads in the places where it is found most often.