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The 2010 Genome Informatics conference program featured my visualization of genomes as a path. I extracted gene and protein names from the abstracts in the conference and drew their sequences on the cover.

It's Snowing in my CPU — a Snowflake catalogue

The snowflake was born on a cold, winter's day far up in the sky, many miles above earth.
— Paul Gallico, Snowflake

Go ahead, meet some snowflakes.

slazitta
litzy
soleste
loqeula
suzeenne
liaha
rosenera

Somewhere in the world, it's snowing. But you don't need to go far—it's always snowing on this page. Explore random flurries, snowflake families and individual flakes. There are many unusual snowflakes and snowflake family 12 and family 46 are very interesting.

But don't settle for only pixel snowflakes—make an STL file and 3D print your own flakes!

Ad blockers may interfere with some flake images—the names of flakes can trigger ad filters.

And if after reading about my flakes you want more, get your frozen fix with Kenneth Libbrecht's excellent work and Paul Gallico's Snowflake.

Show a random flake or a random flake from this family.

snowflake lonpel

name lonpel
gender boy
family 21
hex 9, 35
t-SNE 38.1, 123.8

ρ vapor mass 0.6218456808 0.91   78%
κ freezing 0.0196054632 1.00   79%
μ melting 0.0648384248 –0.02   52%
γ melting 0.0000978094 1.64   97%
α attachment 0.1444920671 –0.40   38%
β attachment 1.2644860611 0.12   68%
θ attachment 0.0501371200 0.15   65%
n growth steps 5035 –0.60   33%

The flake's ranking relative to other flakes with respect to each parameter is shown as a z-score (`(x-\mu)/\sigma`) and percentile.

snowflake files and resources

Download the snowflake's runfile.

Generate STL file for 3D printing.

high-resolution snowflake images

These are the original simulation images. Each snowflake was grown on a 800 × 800 hexagonal grid.

cartesian grid


hex grid


cartesian grid with vapor


hex grid with vapor


Martin Krzywinski | contact | Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences CentreBC Cancer Research CenterBC CancerPHSA
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