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Scientists Write “Merry Christmas” On A Snowflake! (Video)

Scientists Write “Merry Christmas” On A Snowflake! (Video)

Watch as experts from the University of Nottingham use a sophisticated combination of ion beam writer and electron microscope to engrave the words “Merry Christmas” on a snowflake.

“Although writing on a snowflake is on one hand a bit of seasonal fun, it’s also a neat demonstration of the powerful capabilities of the tools that scientists use in the lab on a day-to-day basis,” says physics professor Philip Moriarty (Futurity).

University of Nottingham researchers have also user the ion writer to carve all 118 elements of the periodic table into a single human hair.

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12:22PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

And I thought that tiny dot on my neck was just a birth mark

7:49PM PST on Jan 5, 2011

Really neat :)

4:03PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

It is great to see how far and how fast technology is travelling, and the multi functional aspects which are evolving daily. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer, Animal/Human Therapist, Metaphysical Counsellor

8:49PM PST on Dec 30, 2010

Thanks for the article and the video. Wow!

5:12PM PST on Dec 29, 2010

Pretty cool :) It's certainly not a waste of time. It's what's called, "proof of concept". Better to practice on snowflakes first to work out the bugs.

1:08PM PST on Dec 29, 2010

Facinating....it is so amazing what can be done now days in a lab or office.

10:20AM PST on Dec 29, 2010

What a useless waste of time.

5:31AM PST on Dec 29, 2010

Wow

10:26PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

Nice Art

1:39PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

Very nice. Now it's time for them to get back to work.

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