In 1880 Vermont a young man named Wilson Bentley had an intense fascination of snow flakes. He started putting them under a microscope and it turned into a lifelong quest to document this tiny and amazing art of nature. He started photographing them and throughout his life he took tens of thousands of pictures of the snowflakes. The material was an important part of defining how a real snowflake should look like: perfect symmetrical and glittery.

But it was all a lie. At some point Bentley started reconstructing the snowflakes so they looked as perfect and beautiful as he wanted them to be. But nothing is perfect, not even a snowflake.

In this month's update we both dig into the small details of life and we sheds light on the imperfect and unconventional beauty of the month of February. Thanks for stopping by.


It is often the small details that makes the difference: it can be an important part of a trial or it can be the particles in quantum mechanics that can be the important brick in the puzzle of computers. Here is a selection of what the members of MINT have done in the month of February:

Marcel met the German physicist and computer scientist Stephanie Werner at QuTech, Delft University of Technology. Her goal is to understand the world of small particles – the laws of quantum mechanics – in order to construct better networks and computers. Quantum bits behave quite differently than classical bits, and allow us to solve tasks that are provably impossible for any classical device. Stephanie’s research advances quantum information theory and its applications to both computer science and physics. She has worked extensively in quantum cryptography and communication, and one of her goals is to overcome the theoretical challenges in building large scale quantum networks. As part of the Quantum Internet Team at QuTech, she works with experimentalists in order to jointly realize this goal. Marcel was assigned by Nature.

Thomas Klein was the defendant in a horrible case of a blood feud in Osnabruck. Mario photographed him for STERN Crime. The little white ball became an important piece of the investigation, as Klein used it to convince one of the witnesses to speak the truth since it's a shrine for the Yazidis religion that was important for this case.

Feeling of declining security became an issue in Germany media. Authorities try to avoid parallel criminal societies by showing their presence on the streets. For Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Jens was allowed to follow a Berlin police unit through legal and illegal establishments in Berlin Neukölln.

Together with journalist Hanne Munk, Charlotte is right now working in Finnish Lapland. They are working on different stories, but also looking into a potential larger project.


»This was … way more painful than I anticipated«. For the last few months Felix has worked through big parts of his archive as a part of editing a new portfolio. That made him reflect upon the act of editing and selecting pictures.