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14 fascinating physics facts about flakes (of snow)

Every snowflake is a unique marvel of physics, thermodynamics, chemistry, and pure natural beauty. Try to remember that next time you’re shovelling the driveway.

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‘Tis the season for snow, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Canada, many places are bound to be buried in a blanket of the fluffy stuff any day now (and some already are!). So we figured we’d take a look at the fascinating physics behind the crystalline wonders of winter, snowflakes.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and learn some frosty factoids you can use to impress coworkers at office parties or family members while you’re home for the holidays.

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Watch Kenneth Libbrecht’s 2012 Perimeter Public Lecture, The Secret Life of Snow:

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