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?
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,…
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!
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.
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.