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It is observed that the  maximum operation time of the batteries become shorter as the temperature falls. At a temperature of  -78°C, the batteries only lasted a few minutes.

Battery Time taken for the fan to stop (minutes)
  -78°C 0°C 24°C
Energizer 6.7 38.5 112.3
Duracell 4.8 28.3 103.7
Eveready 2.9 24.9 81.2

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Time required:
2 hour to prepare, 1 day for observation
Material availability:
Easily found at a hobby store. Access to a laboratory is required
Safety concerns:

Proper precautions must be taken when handling dry ice.
1.    Avoid direct contact with skin or eyes. Wear a lab coat, goggles and thick gloves.
2.    Do not store dry ice in air tight containers.
3.    Perform experiment in a well ventilated area.