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University of Toronto professor's Icicle Atlas explains why icicles look how they look

Icicle Atlas

"Being Canadian, I see a lot of icicles," said University of Toronto physics professor Dr. Stephen Morris in a recent New York Times interview in explaining why he, along with Southern Alberta Institute of Technology instructor Antony Chen, set out to create an Icicle Atlas. But create one they did, and now other scientists and icicle aficionados are invited to check out their collection of roughly 237,000 pictures, and hundreds of time-lapse movies, of icicles.

The atlas also includes data points on water, airflow and temperature, all of which contribute to how an icicle takes shape. It's the largest icicle database on earth, and points to classical physics' current renaissance "because of the tools we have now to analyze and look at systems where there are huge amounts of data," according to Dr. Morris. Now that is cool...as ice. 

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Source: The New York Times. 
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