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“No two snowflakes are alike. But why?”

Have you ever wondered why no two snowflakes are the same? Most of us take it for granted that this is true. It’s incredible to think that with all of the billions upon billions of snowflakes that fall, that no two are the same. But why is that?

University at Buffalo’s media contact for UB’s science and math departments, Charlotte Hsu, set out to discover the “whys” behind the seemingly impossible phenomenon, by interviewing UB associate professor of chemistry, Jason Benedict, who finally let the cat out of the bag. Not only did Benedict, who studies crystals, discuss the various weather conditions that help to form the distinct flakes, he also dispelled the notion that there is such a thing as an eight-sided snowflake – the magic number of branches is six. Benedict also tells us why some snowflakes are more complex in design than others.

If you want to be considered an expert in snowflakes (no, not the generation), you’ll want to read this fun and fascinating account that is a real eye opener when it comes to training our brains to rethink the ins and outs of the nature of this fleeting seasonal element.

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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