Winter Break Science

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Everything You Need to Know:  Winter Solstice 2014

Everything You Need to Know:  Winter Solstice 2014

Set your clocks for 23:03 universal time (that's 5:03 CST) on December 21, 2014 if you want to celebrate the exact moment when the sun reaches its farthest southward point for the year. More...

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EarthSky.org
Snow Facts

Snow Facts

Can it get too cold to snow? Why does the cold effect snow anyway? Find out in this snow cheat sheet. More...

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Science Channel
Building a Better Snowflake: An Interview with Kenneth Libbrecht

Building a Better Snowflake: An Interview with Kenneth Libbrecht

He may live in sunny California, but this Caltech professor studies ice and snow. Take a look at his work classifying snowflake types in order to understand the physics of ice crystals. More...

Profile
Cabinet Magazine
Growing Snowflakes in a Bottle

Growing Snowflakes in a Bottle

Watch as Caltech physicist Ken Libbrecht — and author of The Secret Life of the Snowflake — uses dry ice to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
The Science of Snow Crystals

The Science of Snow Crystals

Do you know the difference between a snow crystal and a snowflake? Or how many water droplets it takes to make a single snowflake? Discover the answers while browsing this gallery. More...

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PBS NewsHour
The Snowflake Man

The Snowflake Man

In 1885, before digital cameras or even electricity, William Bentley devoted his life to illustrating the beauty and intricacy of snowflakes. Take a look at his work. More...

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Chuck Smith
Snowflake Safari

Snowflake Safari

If you live somewhere cold, you might be able to see bullet rosettes, stellar plates, and capped columns in your backyard. Go on a snowflake hunt! More...

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NPR/Science Friday
Snow Lemmings

Snow Lemmings

Roll a snowball down a mountain, gathering as many lemmings as you can. Try to avoid trees and other things in your way. More...

Game
DailyGames
Snow Truck 2

Snow Truck 2

What's it like to navigate icy roads and bridges during a storm? Pick a level — easy, normal, or insane — and watch out for giant icicles and avalanches! More...

Game
i6.com
The Science Behind Frozen: Queen Elsa Is More Powerful than an A-Bomb

The Science Behind Frozen: Queen Elsa Is More Powerful than an A-Bomb

How much ice would it take to cover Arendelle — and what amount of energy would the Snow Queen need to create her permanent winter? A university student calculated both. More...

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OuterPlaces.com
The Hidden Science of Christmas Trees

The Hidden Science of Christmas Trees

Why does a cut tree shed its needles? The Christmas Tree Research Center (yep, it's a real place) has the answer — and a way to block the decay process. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
How Christmas Lights Work

How Christmas Lights Work

When it comes to power consumption, how do today's LED lights compare with older incandescent bulbs? And why are mini-light strands so sensitive to the loss of a single tiny bulb? Find out. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Real Tree Myths

Real Tree Myths

Which kind of Christmas tree does better in a fire: a well-cared-for live tree or an artificial tree labeled as “flame retardant?” The answer may surprise you. More...

Article
Goebel Farms
What Is an Evergreen?

What Is an Evergreen?

Not all trees lose their leaves in autumn. Those that keep them are called evergreens. Get it? They’re always (ever) green. More...

Article
Elizabeth Farms
Holiday Science Project

Holiday Science Project

If you’ve got a real tree in your house for the holidays, chances are it’s dying. Why not run a little science experiment to see if you can prolong its freshness for a few more days? More...

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LiveScience
Welcome to Cookie Science!

Welcome to Cookie Science!

Science blogger Bethany Brookshire explains the scientific method in a delicious way — by baking cookies! Try it out. More...

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Science News for Students
Grow Your Own Snowflakes

Grow Your Own Snowflakes

Make your own artificial snow with a few household ingredients...plus some super-cold dry ice. Don't expect to ski or snowboard on it, though! More...

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Caltech
Plants of the Winter Solstice

Plants of the Winter Solstice

Holly and mistletoe are familiar to holiday celebrations in North America. Yet, many northern European and Asian peoples string fly agaric mushrooms near the hearth. Explore the range of solstice plants. More...

Article
U.S. Forest Service
The Earth Has More Than One North Pole

The Earth Has More Than One North Pole

Would you believe our planet has 5 north poles? Only the magnetic pole flips. But one thing is certain: Santa needs to be clearer about his address. More...

Article
Scientific American
Snowflakes, Starflakes, and Swirlflakes

Snowflakes, Starflakes, and Swirlflakes

Snowflakes are all about six-fold symmetry. Investigate the natural geometry of snow by making your own paper snowflakes. More...

Activity
Vi Hart
Explore Snow Science

Explore Snow Science

Houston doesn't get much snow, but that didn't stop the city's science museum from creating an exhibit. Find out why snow looks white, how flakes get their shape, and more. More...

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Houston Museum of Natural Science
Fact or Friction? Snowboard Science

Fact or Friction? Snowboard Science

As snowboarders maneuver, they have to deal with friction — the resistance caused when one object touches another. Find out how important static and fluid friction are to the sport. More...

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PBS
Top 10 Important Moments in Snowboarding History

Top 10 Important Moments in Snowboarding History

Snowboarding has risen rapidly in popularity, being added to the Winter Olympics in 1998. Investigate the sport's technology and milestones. More...

Article
Smithsonian
How Tech Is Making Snowboarding Even More Awesome

How Tech Is Making Snowboarding Even More Awesome

New technological innovations are being applied to existing sports technology, supercharging already awesome activities — like snowboarding. Find out how. More...

Video
Phys.org
Animals of the Arctic

Animals of the Arctic

From the baby harp seal and big-footed snowshoe hare to the lush white-coated arctic fox and the distinctive beluga whale, feast your eyes on photos of animals at home in the Arctic. More...

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National Geographic
Crittercam: Arctic

Crittercam: Arctic

The Arctic is home to the bearded seal and other creatures, all well-adapted to this frigid clime. Travel over ice and underwater as a Crittercam-wearing seal to search for seven other animals. More...

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National Geographic
Under Antarctic Ice

Under Antarctic Ice

From delicate sea spiders to hefty Weddell seals, many living things have adapted to the wild and wonderful ecosystem under Antarctica’s ice. More...

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NATURE/PBS