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It is observed that the ice in the conical flask covered with the aluminum foil stayed frozen the longest. The ice in this flask stayed frozen (at least some of it), for a significantly longer period of time than the other flasks.

Thermal insulation Time taken or the ice to melt
  Start 0.5 hour 1.0 hour 1.5 hours 2.0 hours 2.5 hours
None Y Y X X X X
Kitchen towels Y Y Y X X X
Aluminum foil Y Y Y Y Y X

Y - ice not melted, X – ice has melted

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