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Frozen snow monster

To make realistic-looking snow, the filmmakers behind Frozen asked mathematicians for help.

Image: © The Walt Disney Co.

goat eye

This goat has eyelashes that fall in roughly the “sweet spot” for length and protection: roughly one third of an eye’s width.

greenhouse effect

Earth’s atmosphere, here in light blue, acts like the window on a glass greenhouse. Some gases — such as CO2 — trap certain wavelengths of light (here shown in red). That trapped energy, or heat, warms our planet. 

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