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National Geographic Just Sent Me a Crystal Healing Water Bottle [Updated] National Geographic Just Sent Me a Crystal Healing Water Bottle [Updated]

Hi, National Geographic, it’s me, Ryan. I got your package today and I guess I’m wondering—why did you send me a pseudoscientific crystal healing water bottle with your name on it?

See Every Possible Kind Of Snowflake Shape In One Chart See Every Possible Kind Of Snowflake Shape In One Chart

Every snowflake is different. But while each snowflake itself may be different from the one that came before it, the crystalline shapes that make up all these special little snowflakes are actually remarkably uniform.

Scientists Produce Rounded Crystals That Could Lead To 3D-Printed Pills Scientists Produce Rounded Crystals That Could Lead To 3D-Printed Pills

Taking inspiration from the microscopic rounded structures that creatures like starfish naturally grow to improve their limited vision, researchers at the University of Michigan have succeeded in artificially creating smooth facet-less crystals in the lab that have the potential to revolutionize everything from solar…

This tiny blue crystal is the oldest known thing on Earth This tiny blue crystal is the oldest known thing on Earth

Scientists say this blue zircon crystal is 4.4 billion years old, making it the oldest known chunk of our planet. The discovery is forcing a rethink of Earth's early geological history — and our planet's capacity to harbor life.

These Faceted Lamps Mimic the Molecular Structure of Crystals These Faceted Lamps Mimic the Molecular Structure of Crystals

One of the best parts of chemistry—for a math-deficient person like myself—were the wood-and-wire molecular models that appeared in class from time to time. Those days clearly made an impression on Berlin designer Daniel Becker, too: His new collection of lamps double as molecular models.

These Aren't Flowers These Aren't Flowers

These little things look exactly like flowers—and that's because they're meant to. But in real life you'd never be able to spot them, because they are in fact microscopic crystals grown on the surface of a razor blade.

Scientists Have Created Crystals That Are Almost Alive Scientists Have Created Crystals That Are Almost Alive

Man-made life is a thing of fiction, relegated to things like Frankenstein. But scientists are coming close to something almost like it. New light-affected crystals developed by scientists at New York University are very close to being alive, so close it makes you question what "being alive" really means.

Proposed 4-dimensional crystal clock will keep perfect time even after the heat death of the universe Proposed 4-dimensional crystal clock will keep perfect time even after the heat death of the universe

Scientists say that a perpetual motion machine is physically impossible, but a research team at the University of California Berkeley has just outlined an idea that comes pretty damn close. By proposing a 4D "space-time crystal," the engineers have designed a device that would operate at its lowest quantum energy…

Forget pirates.  Navigate like a viking. Forget pirates. Navigate like a viking.

Vikings did a lot of navigating in their line of work. Those who didn't know how to use the sun to get exactly where they wanted to go would end up razing only sandcastles, pillaging only bird's nests, and setting fire only to their own beards. So when cloudy, foggy, gray days caused these intrepid seamen to tear the…

When cleavage is a bad thing When cleavage is a bad thing

Glass: it's so much more than just the clear stuff in your windowpanes that keeps the cold out. In fact, we've just learned of a glass that is actually stronger than steel, and just about as tough.

34,000 Year Old Life Found Trapped in Salt Bubbles 34,000 Year Old Life Found Trapped in Salt Bubbles

Digging up salt in the middle of the desert usually yields a pretty boring find. As in, lots of salt. But a team of scientists in Death Valley hauled up a lot more than that—perfectly preserved, millennia-old bacteria.

Miami Forecast Calls for Light LED Rain Miami Forecast Calls for Light LED Rain

On display at Art Basel in sunny Miami, this LED sculpture from Troika bathes the floor with 50 light-based raindrops using a series of Swarovski crystal lenses and moving mechanical arms. Very soothing! [YouTube via Engadget]

These Swarovski Snowboards Will Get Stolen If You Bring Them to Snowmodo These Swarovski Snowboards Will Get Stolen If You Bring Them to Snowmodo

Heading into the lodge for a midday hot cocoa? Adorable. Plan on leaving your Nidecker Swarovski-studded snowboard in the rack alongside the "normal" boards? Better not. Have a portable vault handy instead.

The Elton John iPod Has Sparkles, Needs Sunglasses The Elton John iPod Has Sparkles, Needs Sunglasses

I know what you want. You want an iPod nano, covered in 250 color-coordinated Swarovski crystals and donning Elton John's signature. Wait, you don't? WELL IT HELPS FIGHT AIDS YOU JERKS! DON'T YOU HATE AIDS???

The USB Thumb Drive Bracelet: Pure Class, Baby The USB Thumb Drive Bracelet: Pure Class, Baby

OK, who gave Brando the rhinestones?

Artificial Diamonds Still Forever, Just Now Sparklier and Defect-Free Artificial Diamonds Still Forever, Just Now Sparklier and Defect-Free

Artificial diamonds are forever, Sparkling on your little scalpel. Unlike before they are shiner, and better:And new Chemical Vapor Deposition method means they Are also more defect free-ee. OK...I'll stop and explain properly. A team at the Carnegie Institution have come up with a way of improving the artificial…

Giant Crystals Create an Alien Landscape Giant Crystals Create an Alien Landscape

This photo looks like it could have been taken on another planet - miners harvesting dilithium, perhaps. But this cave full of monstrous crystals is located in Mexico, and the crystals themselves are a form of gypsum, one of the most common elements on Earth. What geologic processes caused the crystals to get so…

Swarovski-Encrusted Wii Actually Doesn't Look Like Crystalized Poop Swarovski-Encrusted Wii Actually Doesn't Look Like Crystalized Poop

We normally avoid posting things coated in Swarovski crystals like Asians avoid SARS, but this particular crystalized Wii looks spectacular. The console has the Twilight Princess Link/Wolf engraved on one side, the TriForce logo engraved on the other and the actual TriForce (with Kanji labels) on the front. We're not…

Swarovsky-Encrusted Toilet Covers All Of Toilet, Not Just Insides, In Crap Swarovsky-Encrusted Toilet Covers All Of Toilet, Not Just Insides, In Crap

Just when we thought we'd stop writing about things that are coated in Swarovsky crystals, they had to go and slap their shiny mess all over a toilet. It costs $75,000, which means you could easily coat a regular toilet in 750 $100 bills and have it come out looking better than this. Actually, you could take a dump,…

Crystal Roc Instruments Lined With Swarovski Gems Crystal Roc Instruments Lined With Swarovski Gems

Swarovski crystals (you know, the same kind that every Tom, Dick and Harry company uses to line their products) line a series of musical instruments from Morten Schjolin, the man who helped bring us such useful members of society as Jennifer Lopez. Given the name Crystal Roc, these instruments— microphones, drums and…

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