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 R6 years ago

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

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Lauren A.
Lauren A6 years ago

Really neat :)

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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

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David N.
David N6 years ago

Thanks for the article and the video. Wow!

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Mit W.
Mit Wes6 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.

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Beth C.
Beth C6 years ago

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

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Ed O.

What a useless waste of time.

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Cheryl B.
Cheryl B6 years ago

Wow

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Hafiz S.
Hafiz S.6 years ago

Nice Art

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Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

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

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