There’s a wonderful irony to the fact that every single snowflake is a unique masterpiece, but they’re too small for the human eye to enjoy. Thankfully they can also be grown in a lab, by scientists like Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht, the “Snowflake Consultant” for Disney’s Frozen, who also films his microscopic creations so…
You might say Ken Libbrecht is into snowflakes. In fact, he’s made a career of studying them in his lab at Caltech. He’s even got a high-tech snowflake machine, which he uses to grow dazzling designer flakes of all shapes and sizes.
Dear robots of the world, don’t for a second think you’re fooling us with adorable demonstrations of your crafting capabilities this holiday season. Because one second you’re making paper snowflakes, and the next you’re using those same scissors to usurp your human handlers. We’re on to you!
When you look at pictures of individual snowflakes, the snowflakes are clear. So why is snow white and not clear?
In our Scientific Guide to Celebration, we harness the power of science for enhancing all your celebratory moments. Today, embrace the power of symmetry for maximum science in your decorative snowflakes.
You've been told that "no two snowflakes are alike" more times than you can count. But is that actually the case? And if so—why? Fortunately, Joe Hanson of It's Okay to Be Smart has done us the favor of breaking down the science of snowflakes, how they become so intricate, and why, even though some may appear similar,…
As winter settles in, many of us are getting an up-close look at more snowflakes than we might care to. Let's take a moment to look at just what forces are shaping (literally) our winter weather.
These are the best kinds of snowflakes: the kind that are under the lens of a camera and not piled up outside my door. A Russian photographer uses a set up he made himself to take these photos. See more below!
Krystal Higgins has come up with a series of paper snowflake designs inspired by the great houses of Game of Thrones. Just print out the designs on Higgins' site, cut along the lines, and paste a flurry of your favorite house sigils to your windows.
Researchers at the University of Utah have teamed up with the NSF to understand better just how fast and in what form snowflakes truly fall. To do it, they're using a high-speed Multi-Angle Snowflake Cam (aka "MASC") to capture real-time 3D images of snowflakes in freefall at Utah's Alta Ski Area.
A few weeks ago we challenged you to decipher a black and white image full of seemingly random white blobs. They turned out to be clumps of snowflakes photographed as they fell to the ground, and the amazing camera that captured those images can now be yours—if you have deep enough pockets.
We probably all have a rough idea of how exactly a snowflake forms high above our heads, but BytesizeScience breaks down the specifics of why every flake has six sides, how they can become so intricate, and why there might actually be plenty of them that look exactly the same.
You forget how beautifully ornate snowflakes can be until you see them up close, in full detail. This photo series from Andrew Osokin shows how stunningly gorgeous each snowflake is. They look unreal.
Most of us spent part of our youth cutting up construction paper to make snowflakes which tended to look nothing like the globs of white moving past our windows. Check under a microscope, though, and you'll see that snowflakes are beautiful six-sided crystals. Why is this?
The Electron Microscopy Unit has been photographing and studying the structure of snowflakes under an electron microscope. Now you can reap the benefits — check out this amazing gallery of the tiny kingdoms in each falling piece of snow.
Snowflakes are just supercooled cloud droplets only 10 nanometers in diameter—ephemeral crystal structures of all kinds of shapes. On your hand, the tiny dancers disappear almost instantly. Under the telescope, they look like giant cities from planet Krypton.
In the 1930s, researcher Ukichiro Nakaya set to be the first human to grow snow. He succeeded using a cloud-simulating chamber and a rabbit's hair. And his personal footage, seen here, captures eureka in[frosty]carnate. UPDATE: Video pulled.