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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108 comments

Russell R.
Russell R.5 years ago

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

Lauren A.
Lauren A.5 years ago

Really neat :)

Rosi Caswell

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

David N.
David N.5 years ago

Thanks for the article and the video. Wow!

Mit W.
Mit Wes5 years ago

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.

Beth C.
Beth C.5 years ago

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

Ed O.

What a useless waste of time.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.5 years ago

Wow

Hafiz S.
Hafiz S.5 years ago

Nice Art

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

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