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Get ready for some cold weather experimentation

If you can catch them, playing with bubbles on a cold day is a lot of fun. 1 / 7
Hot water evaporates on contact with cold air when temperatures get really cold. 2 / 7
Soap film crystals, photo by Sykle Boyd3 / 7
Soap film crystals, photo by Sylke Boyd.4 / 7
More soap film crystals. (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)5 / 7
A tiny, frozen bubble (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)6 / 7
Nancy Jones submitted this photo of one of the windows in her unheated back porch. "I love all the intricate designs from the frigid temps, but I'm looking forward to the warmer weather in the next few days!!!" she wrote in an e-mail. 7 / 7

MORRIS -- It's cold outside today. If you like to see what fantastical feats can happen in extreme temperatures, check out some of these photos and ideas below. 

Staff at Superior Industries turned boiling water into snow in a classic cold weather demonstration. 

Sylke Boyd, an associate professor of physics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, suggested this experiment in crystal growth: Take bubble mix (water, Dawn and corn syrup) and a wand (real or homemade from a lid of a small plastic tub) and find a calm spot in the sun when the air temperature is about -20 degrees F (-29 degrees C). After about 15 seconds, the soap film in the hole of the want will start to form branching crystals right in front of your eyes. 

The Weather Channel also suggests a few cold weather experiments to test out including throwing hot water into the air (best at temperatures of -20 or lower), blowing bubbles, inflating and deflating a balloon or turning a ripe banana into a hammer (what a waste of good fruit). 

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