Where's the snow?
I saw the "just 10 µm wide" under the article title and thought "that's neat, I didn't realise snowflakes could be so small"... I just want to say I feel cheated by the false claim of "snowman" :P
The National Physical Laboratory has deployed a range of techniques to create the world's smallest snowman - a diminutive fellow just 10 µm across, or "1/5th the width of a human hair". The world's smallest snowman. Pic: NPL The NPL explains: "The snowman was made from two tin beads used to calibrate electron microscope …
.... it's not made of snow. Jog on you strokers.
Don't even try to be a little bit amazed that these boffins can actually do this. Or appreciate that they might want to try bring a little bit of Christmas spirit into their lives or that Sarah liked this story.
No instead sit in front of you PC’s typing “it’s not made of snow”, “it’s not IT related”, “where’s the IT angle” etc etc
(whilst dribbling no doubt)
Thank God I don't live in your humourless world, where people can't play for ten minutes to create a bit of festive cheer.
And thank God you're not a "Scientist", you can barely capitalise, punctuate or spell properly. That really carries weight when discussing proper use of academic funds...
Perhaps we should give them more grant money and see what they'll come up with next? The world's tiniest Christmas tree, perhaps? How about the teeniest weeniest ikkle toy train?
When money and time is no limit, and no actual expectations are are set, the sky is the limit, no?
All for the advancement of science.
So technically, it's a snowman figurine, and not a snowman, So what?
It's still a nice piece of work, although they have been doing stuff like this for twenty years now.
It's just a fun way to calibrate the equipment and show off what it can do.
...what some good electron optics and some ion beams can do. I wonder how many of the "it's not snow" and "waste of funds" crowds realize that the very same technology is instrumental in the manufacturing of many of the integrated circuits in the computers they're using to write their whiney comments.
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