Here's some some snowflake science, for all my freezing friends...
Some science parlor tricks to amaze and befuddle - a bit late for the holiday party season, I know, but this way you'll have all year to practice for next year's.
Who'd have predicted this? Scientists are finding Twitter a surprisingly useful resource in the study of earthquakes.
"The most complete and most detailed atlas of Mercury has been assembled. It is only now thanks to the Messenger spacecraft that researchers have the imagery necessary to construct a truly global map of the innermost planet...."
"Amazing video has been obtained in the Pacific Ocean of the deepest undersea eruption ever recorded. The pictures show lavas bursting into the water at the West Mata submarine volcano, which is sited about 200km (125 miles) south-west of the Samoas...."
Underwater volcano video: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8419736.stm