The Snowflake Mystery

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    Dr Ken Libbrecht is the world expert on snowflakes, designer of custom snowflakes, snowflake consultant for the movie Frozen - his photos appear on postage stamps all over the world. This video is sponsored by Brilliant. The first 200 people to sign up via brilliant.org/veritasium get 20% off a yearly subscription.

    Thanks to Dr Ken Libbrecht for showing us how to grow designer snowflakes. Obviously, this video would not have been possible without his help and his expertise. His website is full of information about snowflakes snowcrystals.com . His new book is also available to purchase from here -- ve42.co/SnowCrystalsBook

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    References:
    Libbrecht, K. G. (2019). A Quantitative Physical Model of the Snow Crystal Morphology Diagram. arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.09067. -- ve42.co/Libbrecht2019

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    Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Luis Felipe, Anton Ragin, Paul Peijzel, S S, Benedikt Heinen, Diffbot, Micah Mangione, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Sam Lutfi, MJP, Gnare, Nick DiCandilo, Dave Kircher, Edward Larsen, Burt Humburg, Blake Byers, Dumky, Mike Tung, Evgeny Skvortsov, Meekay, Ismail Öncü Usta, Crated Comments, Anna, Mac Malkawi, Michael Schneider, Oleksii Leonov, Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, Jim buckmaster, fanime96, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Vincent, Marinus Kuivenhoven, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Ron Neal

    Written by Derek Muller
    Filmed by Derek Muller, Raquel Nuno, Trenton Oliver and Emily Zhang
    Edited by Trenton Oliver
    Animations by Ivàn Tello and Trenton Oliver
    Additional video supplied by Getty Images
    Music from Epidemic Sound
    Produced by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev and Emily Zhang

PuzzLEGO
PuzzLEGO

This is the sort of content I need, just some guy who’s an expert on an extremely specific area of life

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Nitish Srivastava
Nitish Srivastava

Bye.

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Randolph Lievertz
Randolph Lievertz

An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Deltexterity
Deltexterity

hHi i'm ur biggest hater

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Extremely Handsome Genius.
Extremely Handsome Genius.

ADHD gang wuddup

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Riddem79
Riddem79

@Keith Wanta Hi, I'm a snowflake!

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ℂ𝕣𝕚𝕤
ℂ𝕣𝕚𝕤

just that genuine smile on this guy's face while talking about snow flakes shows how happy he is with what he's doing :) that's enthusiasm

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Rajadhiraj Maharaj
Rajadhiraj Maharaj

@Xapheus U see, this in itself changes over time. what is interesting at age 10 is no longer interesting at age 16 and age 26 makes anything but pleasure a pointless task.

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Xapheus
Xapheus

The key is to find what we can do in our own lives to bring us the same type and intensity of joy. Easier said than done for most of us, but we can start looking at what we want to do in the world that makes us enthusiastic.

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Zaquery Holbear
Zaquery Holbear

It's probably more about making money than snow flakes.

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Rajadhiraj Maharaj
Rajadhiraj Maharaj

he just had too many crystals in college parties.. got himself onto the cause... LOL

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MartinJaspis MartJ
MartinJaspis MartJ

and that somebody else wants to know something special like that, is making him happy

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Gavri1945
Gavri1945

This guy is absolutely awesome, science needs more people like him. The excitement and joy he shows while talking about snowflakes is freaking contageous 😃

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LordofCicadas
LordofCicadas

he is so wholesome

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Deltexterity
Deltexterity

would probably be a lot more common if people could divert all the money wasted on killing eachother in the military towards science.

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origano
origano

@Alan Wilkinson you are right.

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Alan Wilkinson
Alan Wilkinson

This is why he's so successful at it

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King Pistachion
King Pistachion

Yeah yuh

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Brandon Zavala
Brandon Zavala

I love his reasoning for studying snowflakes! Maybe we won’t really ever learn anything of any value from snowflakes but the curiosity is why we are where we are today and leads too undiscovered break troughs. We need way more people like him.

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Feathertail2205
Feathertail2205

@Secret Moon Yes, he was very lucky. I used to be in the research field myself, and understand that you only get to have certain flexibility when picking what you want to study based off of what others already figured out and what the topics of interest among the scientific community are. It's partially why I left.

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Secret Moon
Secret Moon

@Feathertail2205 That's what I want to talk about. I am a scientist myself, and when I see people praising Dr Libbrecht for "persistently following his passion for years regardless of how little value it've brought," I just shake my head of how little people understand about doing science. He was, in fact, much, much luckier than the vast majority of scientists out there, who're full of brilliant ideas but can never get the funds to persue them. Like, he jokes about publishing books after books until nobody read them anymore. Most scientists have to struggle with finding money to publish just an article.

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Feathertail2205
Feathertail2205

I'm sure there are lots of scientists out there that only want to study things that interest them, but don't have much flexibility to do so because institutions (governments or private industries) will only provide funds toward research that actually bring benefits to them. It's a limited way of looking at science research, cuz I agree that influential breakthroughs usually come from accidental discoveries if not years and years of persistence toward reaching a certain result, but it's the only way to decide how science research should be organized and prioritized in an attempt to bring forth the most "progress" 😕

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J London
J London

I think that discovery of different build dynamics for small vs large could be a key understanding. With the increase in nanotechnology and 3D printing, you could use it to make a leap in “growing” structures instead of printing. Maybe nanotubes or nanostructures have a whole new side to explore, or maybe they have discovered this separately and it’s just not been associated with ice. Hell, it could be ice is the only one with this particularity. I like the idea that it could influence gems and therefore be associated with all crystalline growth. Think of a ball of “x”. It’s our space to grow a crystal. You could seed that with your desired crystal and then manipulate the amount of your crystal’s ingredients that exist within “x”, carefully controlling other key factors such as pressure and temperature, and choose a specific shape you want to grow. It would have to be based upon your crystal’s materials molecular bonding traits, but you could make tubes with plates, or full thin plates with many branches, and all the shapes allowed. You could make a thing with a crystal that runs through it that easily allows electric signals through. While the rest of your thing is used as an insulator. On such a small scale you could pack a lot together, and while the signal would be weak and small, lots could cover a small area and be protected from signal jumping.

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hlicj
hlicj

@Secret Moon it is a small price to pay for knowledge.

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Animiles
Animiles

The stuff he discovered may prove to be useful in space travel or something like that. It basically just expands the fundamentals of water and ice physics. And since all our life is based around water, I think this is important to know.

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Jack B
Jack B

Yeah I was thinking it could be used to learn about other planets climates by knowing what conditions it when through, though I suppose you would need more research with different atmospheres and such.

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schwig44
schwig44

@Andrew Kennedy *All manufacturing. Imagine if we could grow a perfect metallic crystal to practical specifications, it would revolutionize aerospace manufacturing for starters, but the knock on effects would be tremendous

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Animiles
Animiles

@Andrew Kennedy Yes, very good examples :D

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Andrew Kennedy
Andrew Kennedy

Exactly, understanding the physics of crystal formation can have huge benefits in all sorts of other fields, like car batteries or electronics manufacturing.

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TimeBucks
TimeBucks

impressive that this guy is apparently doing both the theoretical and experimental physics

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kukul roukul
kukul roukul

wow !

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chuck1esHD
chuck1esHD

what’s up checkmark

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Sheik S
Sheik S

It's my favourite

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mildly_edgy
mildly_edgy

@Son&PopCo-OP Sure, yes, random stranger on the internet.

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Sednas
Sednas

@Krys Krys64 and the moon isn't real and the earth is a dinosuar

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TristonGats
TristonGats

This dude has my kind of curiosity, he didn’t like the fact that no one knew how snowflakes worked and it really bothered him cause he wanted to know too so he just figured it out himself. I love that, the determination just out of curiosity always fascinates me.

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TristonGats
TristonGats

@nieooj gotoy I love it, so thankful for people like this.

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nieooj gotoy
nieooj gotoy

Love the way he explain how it was started. Scientists always think differently, curious, and find out how things happen

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Revelacion Humana
Revelacion Humana

Nice to see in a lab w new equipment. The work of Dr. Masaru Emoto explains best what water molecules really are. Check him out!

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ravi sastri
ravi sastri

oooooh... 👍

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Abela Appelsínudóttir
Abela Appelsínudóttir

I once saw a perfect snowflake fall on the seat of my moms car when I opened the door back when we lived north of Iceland. It must have had a 2mm - 3mm radius or something, it was so visible. Been fascinated since. Keep up the good work! Curiosity is more than enough inspiration to pursue passions! Not everything has to have practical value, emotional value can be worth just as much, if not more.

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BILLY
BILLY

Understanding how snowflakes work will have a practical value, we just don't know what it is yet

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antanas smetona
antanas smetona

as a dane, i love your surname

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Nour Muhsen
Nour Muhsen

17:33 Mad respect to Dr. Ken! He's inspiring. That's right. We don't need a reason to study how things work. No amount of information is excessive at this point. We might as well study everything.

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Nour Muhsen
Nour Muhsen

@nieooj gotoy Yeah, I look at him and I am like that's what I want to be like in the future.

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nieooj gotoy
nieooj gotoy

My favorite thing is that Dr.Ken is smiling the whole time, what an achievement it is to be that excited about your work. For over 40 years at that!

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Pensador Ilógico
Pensador Ilógico

This man spent his career studying snowflakes and he is happy, that's the life I want to live

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Pensador Ilógico
Pensador Ilógico

Oh my goodness, THANK YOU GUYS so much for the 1.1K, I'm happy to contribute to the community 😃

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Schuring Leon
Schuring Leon

Ben Shapiro has been studying triggered snowflakes his entire life

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Harris
Harris

It all works as long as we are paid enough, and able to sell the books

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William Barragan
William Barragan

I am fan of him :)

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HAL NineOoO
HAL NineOoO

@C H A F F . G Not bs. A useful simplification that helps understand the recurrent behaviour patterns called personality traits and make better decisions. There are other models like the 5 something model, can't remember the name now. They're all necessary simplifications of a complex phenomenon. It's not as easy as in easy sciences like physics where you can make a pretty precise model with three variables and a pair of constants.

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Sreeakhil Pulipaka
Sreeakhil Pulipaka

I love people like this guy. He seems so passionate and entertaining to be around as well, on top of doing some really cool stuff because he likes it. Seems like a very chill, stress-free life.

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Brandon Gurley
Brandon Gurley

Every now and then, Derek posts a video that makes me stop everything and hyperfocus on something that I never questioned but now feel like it's something I always wanted to know.

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GUNSMOKE 114
GUNSMOKE 114

I love this guys energy. We made books… until we sold zero copies… Then we stopped 😂 also that little “damnit” at the end I love this man

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Greystorm1619
Greystorm1619

I love Snowflake guy’s excitement and energy he radiates when talking about his research. I hope to be that chill when I’m older.

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ᗯᕼIᔕTᒪEᗷᒪOᗯEᖇ ᕼOᗰOᔕE᙭ᑌᗩᒪ ᖴEᗰIᑎIᑎE ᗰᗩᒪE ᔕᒪᑌT
ᗯᕼIᔕTᒪEᗷᒪOᗯEᖇ ᕼOᗰOᔕE᙭ᑌᗩᒪ ᖴEᗰIᑎIᑎE ᗰᗩᒪE ᔕᒪᑌT

me too i like that snowflake male

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Tâm Đại Ca
Tâm Đại Ca

How does he have the finance to pursue his happiness?

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Daniel Jensen
Daniel Jensen

Honestly I 100% agree with his approach of "I'm studying this because it's cool and we don't know how it works". Really that's the foundation of science.

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Timemaster13
Timemaster13

It’s “cool” lol

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Truthful freedom fighter
Truthful freedom fighter

@Fate of Night actual science

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Indra Yudhawan
Indra Yudhawan

@Fate of Night agree

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A H
A H

I’m not

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yvonne pandora meehan ypm
yvonne pandora meehan ypm

Yeah...He got the "I wonder what would happen if I do THIS?" wonder factor.

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Noel Craig
Noel Craig

Would this work the same way for carbon? When carbon is laid upon a substrate, using processes like Chemical Vapour Deposition, the carbon forms hexagonal structures which we like to call Graphene or if many layers built up in columns then we call it graphite. Is it possible by controlling the temperature and saturation that you could make a carbon flake similar in appearance to a snowflake?

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TReXcuRRy
TReXcuRRy

I was shocked but the ending. Never have I asked myself during this whole amazing snowflake documentary why is this scientist researching this topic. It feels so naturally compelling to me to be deeply attracted to solving the mysteries of life and the universe. Questions lie in every topic and their answers are interconnected, understanding one topic will better your understanding of the whole. It would be sad if human beings only directly seek to increase their comfort and safety... Which we do a lot already.

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Micah Tokayer
Micah Tokayer

Now this is a quality video. I appreciate the in-depth analysis and expertise brought on and discussed whilst delicately following the requirements of the almighty algorithm.

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Vlad Macovei
Vlad Macovei

"What do you do with snow flakes?" I presume this research is very valuable to people researching suspended animation and the behavior of tissue at low temperatures. If that does not sound interesting think at the benefits the ice cream industry could have from this. Research is always usefull

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Guy in New York
Guy in New York

I love seeing someone speak as passionately as this dude talks about his snowflakes, great content

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Michael Kilgore
Michael Kilgore

These are our snowflakes, now.

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Angel Luis Espada 1970
Angel Luis Espada 1970

Indeed 😉

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NeoFrontier Technologies
NeoFrontier Technologies

Christmas "science".

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Kundan Yadav
Kundan Yadav

I want physics running in my veins How to do that? I'm extremely passionate

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HellHop
HellHop

@Avehs Anime o km mo

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Richard Tipton
Richard Tipton

This was genuinely cool asf to watch. Great editing and footage! This is why I love Veritasium!!

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Imagination Hobbies
Imagination Hobbies

I collect fine mineral and crystal specimens and this video took ALL THE WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH so concise and well explained 👏 Crystallography is awesome

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Pedro Pinheiro
Pedro Pinheiro

Total respect for this scientist. We need more people like him.

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Mikel Garai
Mikel Garai

I love the idea that there is someone in the in world that has spent all his life creating snowflakes, what a time to be alive ❄️😍

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Devon Williams
Devon Williams

My favorite thing is that Dr.Ken is smiling the whole time, what an achievement it is to be that excited about your work. For over 40 years at that!

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Mark 星光指路
Mark 星光指路

kinda sad of smile ...

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Jógvan
Jógvan

@Sanjay Matsuda I have a feeling his new book might sell a few copies.

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Pirojf Mifhghek
Pirojf Mifhghek

@Sanjay Matsuda Yeah, I guess I was paraphrasing there.

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Dabaron Da Vinci
Dabaron Da Vinci

Someone copied your comment lol

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Big Cauc
Big Cauc

@Sanjay Matsuda i was about to correct that as well.

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Tiên Lê
Tiên Lê

Love the way he explain how it was started. Scientists always think differently, curious, and find out how things happen

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Meenakshi S
Meenakshi S

As someone who really loves to study and to know of anything that sparks interest in me, I'm humbled by the professors enthusiasm! 😄🙏🏻

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Bravo
Bravo

Some scientists really feel happy when someone is interested in what they're doing. Thanks a lot for the content

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SteamPunkPhysics
SteamPunkPhysics

I love this guy!!! Science is for understanding how reality works, not finding a new way to create more worthless widgets to overflow landfills, or discovering better ways to kill human opponents across some fictitious borders. Increased general understanding is what leads to innovation, not driving desire for specific invention to exploit. It's funny how focus on the journey brings about a better destination.

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Tiberiu Nicolae
Tiberiu Nicolae

"We just kept making books until they sold 0 copies and then we stopped" Sound strategy I respect this man.

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Mikkel Breiler
Mikkel Breiler

@Mal-2 KSC Then you have to buy from retailers so the publisher will know of the demand, otherwise it won't really work.

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Mark 星光指路
Mark 星光指路

* Australia.. ! *

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yvonne pandora meehan ypm
yvonne pandora meehan ypm

I bet that had something to do with getting answers and information online. Who reads books anymore?

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XgodlynxX
XgodlynxX

@Frosty how is he rich?

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IExist
IExist

If you enjoy making the books sure, but if you just want to make money it's a pretty crappy strategy

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Nicholas Sans Pasty
Nicholas Sans Pasty

I'll always prefer nature's perfect imperfection but this is impressive stuff.

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Nanoq HT
Nanoq HT

This takes the term “special snowflake” to a whole new level.

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Alpha Omega
Alpha Omega

gorgeous isnt it. its an energy pattern actually. but so gorgeous. the random shapes and the tendencies for hex angle i think due to during it formations, the matter that form the flake are in certain various "charges". again, i believe electromagnetic state dictate how it energy propagates. thats why it tends to be SYMMETRICAL.

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codemiesterbeats
codemiesterbeats

I remember very clearly one time a very large snow flake landed on my coat.. I was like "man that sure is a perfect snow flake" and about that time it melted/broke apart... biggest flake that was clearly symmetrical I ever saw in person.

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John Chessant
John Chessant

Love what he said at the end. To be able to understand things as complex as the formation of snowflakes, even if it isn't remotely "useful", is a testament to our humanity. People like him who are curious and can share his passion with the world, recognize that knowledge is not a means to an end, it's an end in itself.

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MarketSocialist
MarketSocialist

@Alec Dacyczyn Yep exactly people think it's useless until you look a little deeper.

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Calisto
Calisto

THIS

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Ian Gunter
Ian Gunter

I would argue that it's not necessarily even directly "useless". Deposition maximizes in the dendritic growth zone for example and this obviously affects snowfall rates. I can see snowflake crystal types being used at some point to forecast snowfall rates. Maybe radar technology will be able to differentiate between crystal shapes one day and we'll be able to use that to get a better idea of what the environmental conditions are like so we can create better snowfall forecasts. Above the surface, it's difficult to get data for things like temperature, wind, and humidity. Weather balloons are good for this but they're (typically) only done twice a day and at certain locations. Radar, satellite, and weather models are really helpful for filling in these gaps but there's always room for improvement. I appreciate Dr. Libbrecht's passion for this stuff. We need passionate people like him to advance knowledge in any field.

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Jm27
Jm27

@mizo mint the idea of quantum computers and the singularity wouldn’t even exist if not for scientists experimenting on random things for the sake of knowledge. The entire field of quantum theory developed from a few guys shining a light through a couple slits just to see what happened. Einstein changed our understanding of physics by wondering if there was more to it than just actions and reactions. Tossing away all new ideas to focus on a single concept would be a huge mistake and counterproductive in the end

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sean clark
sean clark

@mizo mint imagine thinking puzzles are constructed from a single piece…..

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Cunt
Cunt

This guy is awesome. You can almost feel for yourself the childlike wonder in his face, with every sentence. Perfect video for the Holiday season too, hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday this year!

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Keira Melody
Keira Melody

I’m a big fan of Dr. Ken now 😂 absolutely love how his mind works and how he thinks! ❄️

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Linda LLAP
Linda LLAP

I’m OBSESSED with snowflakes ❄️!! My living room is a homage to snowflakes at Christmas. This gentleman and I could chat for hours!! They are both beautiful and fascinating 🧐 I learned so much from this and his book is on my Christmas list!

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Puneet Maheshwari
Puneet Maheshwari

After seeing him talking so passionately about snow but then remembering that his book didn't even get a single copy sale is really heart breaking

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Jason Kramer
Jason Kramer

"As a scientist, you want to figure something out." Contributing to the collective knowledge accumulated over millenia just because it's not already known. Badass.

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yvonne pandora meehan ypm
yvonne pandora meehan ypm

hell yeah

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NUTRAINERS
NUTRAINERS

Amazing

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meleardil
meleardil

Understanding EXACTLY how crystals grow is a VERY-VERY useful knowledge in real life. The quality of our electronics today is totally dependent on the purity of the semiconductor crystals, and that is just ONE example from the many thousands.

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Squid5464 yeet
Squid5464 yeet

@CruxCapacitor 10:00 this could maybe be useful

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Eviel
Eviel

The knowledge version of exploring new lands.

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Marina McDougall
Marina McDougall

Love this video! For those who want to immerse further in the magic of snow crystals (as well as diatoms), come and see the exhibition Invisible World of Water at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The show features the work of Bentley, Nakaya, and Libbrecht - and represents how the insights of individual scientists, artists and amateurs build upon one another over time to advance our understanding of the natural world.

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David Morales
David Morales

Excellent content... It's cool to know such curious things as this, however, I have one doubt I hope you could answer... If once you have created a flat plate snowflake at a temperature of -6°C, you continue decreasing the temp from around -20°C to -35°C, that is the temp for creating a column snowflake. Will the flat plate snowflake get a 3D shape by adding H2O molecules in the basal facets?

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Kat.
Kat.

"It makes me and other people happy" is a valid reason. It's art! I suppose it also feeds him. And he's even gaining knowledge as to how things work? Give it some time and it'll become even more useful than it already is by the principles being used in a completely different context!

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Big Boss
Big Boss

I wish I had the same passion that this dude has for my everyday life.

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suvrat arya
suvrat arya

A fraction of passion this guy has for snowflakes will make a massive difference in the world around us.

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Bev Stan X-
Bev Stan X-

@Jay Eisenhardt Texas is garbage btw

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Jay Eisenhardt
Jay Eisenhardt

@Blue WHALE Studio BlenderAnimations/dominoes/etc "are there any updrafts ?? . . a strong updraft can hold quite large objects in the air" Hail big as a baseball. Did that used to be a snowflake?

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Mouth Raper
Mouth Raper

After reading the title I thought it would be about why people get offended.

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Blue WHALE Studio BlenderAnimations/dominoes/etc
Blue WHALE Studio BlenderAnimations/dominoes/etc

@Dr Gamma D that's one part of it are there any updrafts ?? . . a strong updraft can hold quite large objects in the air

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Dr Gamma D
Dr Gamma D

@Blue WHALE Studio BlenderAnimations/dominoes/etc they bigger they are, the faster they fall, and the ground always wins.

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Pavan Singh
Pavan Singh

Dr. Ken love and energy for the subject was simply inspiring 🙏🏻

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Tina Knutsen
Tina Knutsen

I loved this video! It is 12/21/21 at 2:10 am and I am inspired to make ❄️ SNOWFLAKE ❄️ sugar cookies For Christmas and share this video with the whole family Christmas Day. ( cousins, grandkids,nieces, nephews, and all the adults) I just bought a book called The Night Sky for one of the kiddos. It is beautifully written and very good graphics. It is about the planets and constellations, finding the big/little dipper. So happy I came across this well done video! I learned something new today 😊

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Ksnv
Ksnv

That last sentence, it's amazing that he wanted to get recognized and did, probably will be even more if this research gets involved in future years creations

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Josef Carlo Lee
Josef Carlo Lee

Went out to be a physicist, turned out to be an artist. Just beautiful.

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Gasp
Gasp

Mad respect to this man. He has complete joy to dedicate his life to a specific area of science, to such an extent that he can probably confidently say that he is the worlds expert on the subject.

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Ate
Ate

Watching these type of videos make me wanna learn a lot and gain beneficial knowledge. Before I use to be the type who hates learning stuff coming from school but watching these videos changed my mind

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Vassily Grigoriev
Vassily Grigoriev

And also for the ones who fund his work.

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Jay
Jay

@ッ- He said Nothing of the sort, and you can always ask his manager, who knows little, but its something.

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ッ

@Borys Nijinski are you saying he sucks at science

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Bad Cornflakes
Bad Cornflakes

@Borys Nijinski - Socrates

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FTL OP
FTL OP

Very interesting. This was done perfectly, not too technically over my head, and it didn't bore me. In fact the realization that Dr. Libbrecht has pin pointed the difference of what causes the different shapes could in the future be helpful when tracking weather patters. I would think, just guessing. This magic we all pondered about is explained and yet I'm willing to bet that this knowledge could help in tracking weather patterns. Thanks Veritasium this was really neat to watch.

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Holly-lee Dickson
Holly-lee Dickson

Yes! A beautiful nugget of random information that is essentially useless to me because it doesn’t snow here at all yet I am so happy to know this now. How cool!!!!

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Antonio Meza
Antonio Meza

Yo… the amount of passion that this man has is astronomical.

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Growth is Freedom United Earth Enterprise
Growth is Freedom United Earth Enterprise

really impressed by Ken's work.

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ZeniteZero
ZeniteZero

Ken's excitement about his field is truly captivating.

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bigmacdontcare
bigmacdontcare

@Lac Di I find it really difficult to read your comment and interpret it as something wrong with current education. The way science has progressed is by asking whether something should do one, or another thing. Figuring out which it is by carefully testing it. Now you know the answer and can use it. Nature is only exploring some of the careful tests, humans build more because we look for answers nature alone isn't giving. There is no conflict in that, no wrongness. Just science and the fruitful search for answers

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Lac Di
Lac Di

@Inconnu Unknown Your mind set really has big problem. There are 2 main principle: human's law and nature's law and combine both Which one is powerful best then that's as is. Rain from up to down by the nature's law but you can make human's rain from down revert up by a sprinkler pressure. You tell me that the human's law better than the nature's law. I hear this voice everywhere when the uneducational right kids want something from their mother >>>??? P/s: the problem nowaday that the education teched the kids what are right but not what are wrong >? Self learning every moment thinking is how compare between right Vs wrong and how it is forming ???

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Inconnu Unknown
Inconnu Unknown

@Lac Di  @Lac Di  you really don't know what you are talking about. What you are describing is the very naive teaching in high school to give a first intuition. In higher study you will learn that quantum physics is completely different from solar system and it's gravity. Electron don't orbite the nucleus like earth around the sun. It has a probability distribution around the nucleus that can have many different shape, some spheric, some very strange. The electron is not really localised in one place, it is diluted in its atomic orbital. Search orbital atomic to learn more.

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Lac Di
Lac Di

If you or everyone want to have Ken's knowledge about this filed then you need to be teaching Foundational principle of electric instead the base 101 of electric. All electron moved or behave just like what ? If the earth is proton then the moon is electron, If (the earth + the moon ) is the Push gravity then the sun is Pull gravity. An Atom's constructional space is just a fraction super nano version of Solar system that' s all.

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1Darkmouse
1Darkmouse

How much data can we encode in a single snowflake? Sounds like it could make a great mid-long range data-transmission medium that wouldn't be affected by EMP and radio-jammers, for the snowy areas of course.

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Crosby 44
Crosby 44

I love how he said "We need to know how these snowflakes work dammit. I wanna be the guy that knows how they work." Im really diggin his passion ngl

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HV30experiment
HV30experiment

This is definitely one of the best Veritasium episodes!

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snerovadlo
snerovadlo

I was one of the best student of my class of chemistry at elemenary school yet up until now I never realised what polar molecule and hydrogen bond really ment. Thanks Derek 😀

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Mustakrakish
Mustakrakish

When people call this guy a snowflake, he just says “oh my goodness, thank you!”

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Schuring Leon
Schuring Leon

Most people just get triggered yes

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SoidSnake
SoidSnake

Which then means he is not a snowflake

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Alanna Libbrecht
Alanna Libbrecht

This was actually a running joke in our household not too long ago — “they’re trying to give snowflakes a bad rap!” (I’m this guy’s daughter 😊)

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Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin

Do you ever wonder if snowflakes talk about how every human is different?

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Mouth Raper
Mouth Raper

After reading the title I thought it would be about why people get offended.

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asioe kiou
asioe kiou

As someone who really loves to study and to know of anything that sparks interest in me, I'm humbled by the professors enthusiasm!

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Moking C
Moking C

Thank you for this video but I’d like to point out a small mistake: 9:10 Ukichiro was a professor in the Hokkaido University, not University of Hokkaido (which is non-existent). Besides this point I think you should have mentioned that HE was the first person that ever created a snowflake in artificial manner. He’s actually called the “farther of artificial snowflakes”. By the way I am a researcher in the Institute of Low Temperature Science of Hokkaido University, which was initially formed under Ukichiro’s supervision for further research related to snowflakes and more.

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SMH Ace of Spades
SMH Ace of Spades

This DUDE is Awesome this is the type Of Professor you HOPE and wish for loved there work and shows the same love when explaining it. I hope his work and data makes him eligible for a Nobel Prize one day.

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Merc06
Merc06

It reminded me of using an Etch-A-Sketch where he started manipulating the humidity to make the snowflakes. So fascinating

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Bravo6
Bravo6

"Does each snowflake in essence reveal its history through itsshape?" "Yeah absolutely, to some degree" That's a good pun, Dr.Ken!

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w3w3w3
w3w3w3

@Brian Knechtel 🤣

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Drew Gibbs
Drew Gibbs

@Brian Knechtel i thought they just form then fall on the ground

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Not Interested
Not Interested

The 'shape' of every human being does the same...

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buttafan
buttafan

A code representing changes in environmental conditions the snow flake has encountered during formation.

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Lycanthrope
Lycanthrope

@J J he spent so many years probably being asked that question he might have already had the pun prepared so it wasn't a on the spot hence why it sounded more convincing

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Tim Rice
Tim Rice

I love it. Scientists just want to answer "how does this work" explains so much about all the scientists I know.

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AnAxiom
AnAxiom

A math professor of mine researches bubbles and shares his research with similar enthusiasm. It’s incredibly motivating.

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Levi Black
Levi Black

Now knowing that snow flakes can be needle and column shaped, I wonder what makes the best snow to ski on? What about to make an igloo with? I'd imagine needle and column flakes would be better insulators as they are a similar shape to glass and asbestos fibres. His research could lead into many different areas of chemical design, from insulation to lubrication.

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Jarod T
Jarod T

Neato! I'm curious if Dr. Libbrecht might know what connection, if any, there might be with snowflake shape in relationship to the type of snow that occurs? For example, some snow is better for packing and making snowballs, while other stuff is light and fluffy which might be better for sledding. I would think this relationship is relating to the moisture content and thus have a relationship between that and the snowflake shape. Is this true?

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BT20MEC110 Aniket Turkel
BT20MEC110 Aniket Turkel

You can feel how much Ken likes learning about snowflakes from his face. He was enthusiastic from the start to the end of the video.

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Jarek Nowak
Jarek Nowak

Maybe its not passion, maybe its coffeine :)

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Mouth Raper
Mouth Raper

After reading the title I thought it would be about why people get offended.

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Ronny Jakobsson
Ronny Jakobsson

@kaw628 i know the feeling since my daily work as a programmer is like like I'm getting paid doing my hobby. ☺️

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Menelutorex
Menelutorex

you understand if you ever was on camera. Try not to smile is difficult. Smiling is common.

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Noah
Noah

The best part is that you could tell he wasn't forcing it, it was real.

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Maria Fernanda
Maria Fernanda

Wonder if I will ever see snow in my life. It must be really cool to have the chance to feel this kind of thing. I really enjoy cold weather, but I live in a place that is hot most time of the year.

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Reuben Pilli
Reuben Pilli

Understanding the formation of snowflakes - their shape and size - has a lot of practical applications. For example, different types of snowflakes have different coefficients of frictions when they are part of a snowpack layer on a mountain side. Such knowledge helps in understanding the conditions under which avalanches occur, therefore help in modelling and forecasting avalanches.

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Jacob Rowell
Jacob Rowell

I hope I can find a passion that brings a smile to my face just as these snowflakes do for this man. He seems like such a lovely person. Truly inspiring.

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kukul roukul
kukul roukul

make time stamps

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Michael Hiltz
Michael Hiltz

The first time I watched frozen the only part of the movie I actually enjoyed was the phrase "Frozen Fractals all around". I was on my birthday in March and it was in the middle of a snow storm where we got several feet of snow

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Rowan Murphy
Rowan Murphy

A constant smile on my face watching this. His joy working on this deceptively complex puzzle that has been hiding under our noses is infectious. His pursuit of knowledge is admirable.

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Rowan Murphy
Rowan Murphy

@LEGO Brick a Brac what genres do you write in?

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LEGO Brick a Brac
LEGO Brick a Brac

@Rowan Murphy Nice, Me to.

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LEGO Brick a Brac
LEGO Brick a Brac

@DarkShroom Plants grow in fractal patterns but are heavily influenced by environmental factors and genetics. A very good example of fractal patterns in plants would be cacti.

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Rowan Murphy
Rowan Murphy

@LEGO Brick a Brac I am a musician

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DarkShroom
DarkShroom

@LEGO Brick a Brac lol plants don't use the same system to grow.... there's a slight difference what with the DNA snowflakes all turn out differently, plants somehow manage to grow to nearly the same shape.... it's not even a good analogy

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IIlIlIIllIIIllIlIIIl
IIlIlIIllIIIllIlIIIl

Since ice formation is an exothermic reaction, the variations could also be due to small amounts of heat being produced and absorbed. For hexagonal snowflakes, it would be like dropping a pebble in water. Ripples of upward (heat) and downward (cooling) waves extend out from the center, giving near identical formation as it grows.

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Lowside_Levi
Lowside_Levi

I'm very curious about how similar the formation of snowflakes is to crystals like quarts and diamonds. I'd love to see a video on it if you haven't made one already

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Melvin TB
Melvin TB

Hi Derek, Please make a video on worm holes. It would be interesting to know about the history of this concept and the future of it.

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Roberto Quintá
Roberto Quintá

this guy reminds me of an old guy that become a friend of me until he passed away, he was so passionate about his work. God bless this type of people that bring us enlightnment

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Hannes Isacsson
Hannes Isacsson

The power this man wields is astonishing

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Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin

Elsa has a competitor.

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Dmitri Telvanni
Dmitri Telvanni

@Mouth Raper lol I feel you. I thought it was gonna be a new Ben Shapiro meme.

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Mouth Raper
Mouth Raper

After reading the title I thought it would be about why people get offended.

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M Nassif
M Nassif

@👺samurai boi ^^

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Dmitri Telvanni
Dmitri Telvanni

Sure. Till Ben Shapiro walks in and ends this whole guys career with facts and logic lol jk.

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SHREYA GUPTA
SHREYA GUPTA

I want to be this happy doing my job .Huge respect for this man who solved mystery of snowflakes.

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Redlineshift
Redlineshift

i wish theyd taught stuff in school in a fun interesting way like these youtubers. increible stuff as always

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LeTtRrZ
LeTtRrZ

Just when you think you've seen everything, here comes a dude whose life's work is the study of snowflakes.

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Lee Shallis
Lee Shallis

7:09, the bonds there reminded me of gravity, that lead me on a thought path that might explain gravity, including it's speed "limit" and why it's stronger on larger masses. Let's start with the concept that gravity doesn't exist, I know that sounds crazy but bare with me, let's say particles aren't trying to gather but instead trying to escape, however because space debris (that includes earth) is always being hit with some kind of quantum wave the particles are forced to return towards what they originally bounced off of (what they were escaping), these particles in turn collide with other particles that were trying to escape, this naturally cascades down to denser collisions (hence the stronger "gravity"), naturally as the collisions get denser it also slows the return of the particles that "caught" by particles further out, this would be the speed "limit" being encountered, in other words if the air got dense enough during a fall from the atmosphere during the fall it could make the fall survivable, like it is with falling in water

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Lee Shallis
Lee Shallis

@PulsarTSAI Think of it a different way, you're aware of the suction effect or whatever it's called when the space between 2 sheets is devoid of normal particles correct? now imagine every surrounding virtual particle as either of those sheets and anything between as being forced to stay inside that vacuum, that's what I'm roughly getting at with my theory of gravity, that in their attempt to escape they're forced back by the sorroundings, bigger particle movement would effectively be the escape velocity being high enough to punch a hole through those virtual sheets yet the act of doing so loses energy and the virtual particles/sheets slow them or push them back through those holes if they stay open long enough

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PulsarTSAI
PulsarTSAI

@Lee Shallis I do no think I really understand the point here. If the void would be filled with those theoretical particles, then they would exert force on the surface of an object like a planet. However, the inside would be filled with regular particles trying to escape and scatter. The pressure of the "virtual" particles could be strong enough to counteract that, but if the regular particles repel each other instead of gravitating, then their force would increase along with density of an object. Thus, larger and more massive objects would actually be less stable.

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Lee Shallis
Lee Shallis

@PulsarTSAI Well there's supposedly virtual particles, perhaps it get's stronger because the "gravity" is happening at that level and we only see the after effects, since virtual particles are supposes to litter the universe it does kind of make sense for this method if we're just "swimming" in those and just being pushed around by what's pushed by what we push, in other words by moving we create "gravity"

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PulsarTSAI
PulsarTSAI

While I do not think this is possible, it is nonetheless an interesting thought experiment. But why would the gravity increase along with mass this model? Would the force exerted by the supposed quantum field not be independent of the object it interacts with?

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marsgizmo
marsgizmo

A wonderful episode, love it! 😌

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阿弥陀佛
阿弥陀佛

😃😃

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Hamad The Dolphin Man
Hamad The Dolphin Man

*_yeah_*

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GamerBoy722
GamerBoy722

hello gizo

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Deepa Wakchaure
Deepa Wakchaure

Sir, A great respect.... You draw nature with no technology just with your hands... You seem too grounded.. God gives such power to only humble and worthy.. Love... Your work is great.

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Eclipse 111
Eclipse 111

Does the same effect happen when freezing other liquids with different freezing temperatures? Do other liquids still produce six sided snowflakes ❄️ or does the base shape change based on the liquid?

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Aleksandr Kvitchenko
Aleksandr Kvitchenko

So exciting and so scientific at the same time!

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Ak1ra
Ak1ra

Ken is just so happy about snowflakes, this gives me life

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Maryah Haidery
Maryah Haidery

“We have to know how that works damn it!” That may be the best definition of science I’ve ever heard. Absolutely love you and Dr. Libbrecht! Thanks for introducing him to us :)

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Keemo577
Keemo577

That is true. It also may be a definition of why we might destroy ourselves! Double edged sword. Sounds about right though. haha. I am that way myself.

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Mouth Raper
Mouth Raper

After reading the title I thought it would be about why people get offended.

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Hadish Street
Hadish Street

I couldn't possibly say it better, Maryah!

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Parth Savyasachi
Parth Savyasachi

He is such nice and genuine guy.

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Carl Groover
Carl Groover

This is such a fantastic video, I’ve watched it 3 times trying to soak up all the details.

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asciidude
asciidude

This guy has such a great personality. He sounds very wise, too. I loved this video

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here's johnny
here's johnny

Science really is magical in every way....so to every social outcast to every book loving nerd I salute you.

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Ruthless Jack
Ruthless Jack

The snowboarding world needs to be aware of this man!

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YourPalMal
YourPalMal

Listening to people talking about their life’s passion is my favorite thing ever

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Skem
Skem

@Ash The Survivor Ok, you didn't get what I meant, but now I agree with you. You need to have something that makes it look interesting to you in the first place to get yourself to watch it. What I meant though is with passion, you would try to present it to others as something interesting.

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Zeus Lightning
Zeus Lightning

@C H U The irony of saying- These are the lies you were thought about electricity... Smh, u need to address all the FALSE information you're spreading

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OldMech
OldMech

I was Lied to as a kid. I tried looking at looking at snow flakes through my little microscope in the cold. I couldn’t find any. I thought I was a Failure. Now I learn 70 years later that the Pretty Snowflakes are Rare! Ahhhhhh. Thank for the Video. One more Great Fact I needed to learn before Moving On.

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Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman

My passion is throwing kittens off of bridges, the sound they make as they fly to their doom is amazing. Mal ur a tool.

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Sir Derty ✓
Sir Derty ✓

This is the pure epitome of dedication. It reminds me of a skateboarder who never landed the trick, but keeps on discovering new ways to land the trick closely. But now he finally landed it, and we get to watch

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Stian
Stian

I hope this guy goes into snow production, so we can finally have real powder snow made at the ski resorts.

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TalenGryphon
TalenGryphon

As to potential applications of this information: Some types of snow compact into ice far more readily than others. If we know the conditions that form those kinds of snowflakes, transportation departments can more readily divert plow and salt trucks to where they will be most needed in a given jurisdiction

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Jelle Jeremiah
Jelle Jeremiah

What a chill guy haha. So passionate, sailing on the wind that brought him there. Awesome content!

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the other Andrew
the other Andrew

My experience of living with snow, in Russia, is that around -12c or maybe -15c, the crystals are stronger, they don't crush so easily under foot. Maybe this is because the flatter ones now pile up onto the column ones? When that kind of snow melts, it collapses suddenly.

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