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World’s smallest snowman will help you forget about 2016

This may be the cutest invention of the year.


Published Dec 22, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 8:28 am CDT

An invisible snowman will make your 2016 sadness go away.

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Researchers at the nanofabrication lab at London’s Western University stacked silica spheres on top of each other to create the world’s smallest snow creature, and it is unmistakably cute.

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The little guy stands at just three microns (one millionth of a meter) tall. Standard copying paper is around 100 microns thick, for comparison. This unfortunately means you would need a heavy-duty electron microscope to view the tiny creature. Thankfully, the lab’s Tumblr page provided some heartwarming photos.


That perfect face was formed by a focused ion beam, which cut the eyes and mouth. The figure’s nose and arms were sculpted from platinum. 

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If this little snowman teaches us anything, it is that happiness is always nearby, but sometimes you just need to look a little harder to find it.  

H/T Engadget

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*First Published: Dec 22, 2016, 9:10 am CST