Video: There's a wonderful irony to the fact that every single snowflake is a unique masterpiece, but they're too small for the human eye to enjoy. Thankfully they can also be grown in a lab by scientists like Dr Kenneth Libbrecht, the "Snowflake Consultant" for Disney's Frozen, who also films his microscopic creations so they can be studied, shared and made into captivating GIFs.
Growing Snowflakes In A Lab Is Science At Its Most Beautiful
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When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extroverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species — specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were "unbelievable."
Today is Hobbit Day — the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved heroes, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I also happen to be a few months away from celebrating my own Hobbit Birthday, 33 and a third years young. So I foolishly thought, "I’ve avoided watching Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies until now. Maybe it’s time I gave them a chance." Nine hours later, I feel as though I’ve aged another 33 and a third years. I’m older but none the wiser, doomed to wander the depths of Middle-earth full of sorrow, regret and troll spit chilli. Why did nobody warn me?