Science, December 3, 2011

The Town Hall

New York, NY

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GK: Time now for Science Corner and Dr. Steven Pinkerton, from the Department of Comparative Crystallization at New York University, who is here with late-breaking news. Dr. Pinkerton-----

TR: Yes, today at our Department we've discovered two snowflakes that are, in fact, exactly alike.

GK: But that's impossible.

TR: I know, that's what we've thought, up until today and then we found these two and we've subjected them to micro-analysis with a spectometer and they're exactly the same.

GK: Maybe it was one snowflake that split.

TR: Two separate snowflakes. Identical.

GK: Where are they?

TR: I brought them in my refrigerated study box, which is right here.

GK: Wow. So this is a first.

TR: Nobody has ever seen this before.

GK: What does this mean, Dr. Pinkleton?

TR: This discovery sets the foundation of modern science on its head. This is bigger than the world being round. I think it's going to transform every aspect of the way we understand life.

GK: Amazing. So you're going to show us the snowflakes right here on the show?

TR: I am, yes. I am going to open up the box and (SFX) using this laser microscope, which projects onto the screen you see behind you on the stage—there we go… and now I'll just focus in here, and--- (MOTORIZED LENS) Focusing there. (MOTORIZED LENS). Huh. I'm having a hard time getting the snowflakes to focus. (FOCUS SFX). What's the problem?

GK: It looks to me like they melted, Dr. Pinkerton.

TR: Melted?

GK: Well, it's warm in here and you opened the box.

TR: They're gone?

GK: I think so. Did you take photographs of them?

TR: Of the snowflakes?

GK: Yes.

TR: I was in a hurry to get down here to announce our discovery and-----

GK: So you don't have pictures.

TR: I don't. I spent twenty years looking for these snowflakes and I guess I'll just have to get back and look for some more.

GK: Okay, good luck, Dr. Pinkerton, from the Department of Comparative Crystallization at NYU, and that's all the time we have for Science Corner.


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