Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Avy Research Helps Ice Cream

I've been in touch this month with researchers at the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche, or “SLF” (part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research), regarding my upcoming article on airbag statistics.
Apparently their research in related matters has quite the range of applications:

Samples of ice cream have been scanned with an X-ray machine more typically used to study the ice crystals which are key to avalanche formation.
Nestle is hoping to reveal the exact conditions under which ice crystals merge and grow.
When the crystals get big enough they change the texture of ice cream and alter how it feels when it is eaten.
The study of ice crystal formation has been carried out with the help of scientists at the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland.

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