For centuries we’ve fought it, shunned it, and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. From preserving life to cooling the planet to building revolutionary new technologies and a better understanding of the universe, scientists are harnessing the power of cold in amazing ways. In “Making Stuff Colder,” David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science and how it may be used to save the lives of severe trauma patients and to cool our warming planet. He travels to the places leading the way in the strange world of ultracold physics, a science still in its infancy, in which bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and super-fast quantum computers. In labs around the world, scientists are pushing the boundaries of body temperature — dropping it a few degrees to save lives, freezing organs and tissue and bringing it back. Pogue even watches incredulously as a frozen frog thaws out and comes back to life before his eyes. But could a human ever be placed in suspended animation?