Tagged: Christmas

The Science of Christmas - News

John Kerr Dec 18, 2016

As the big day approaches, there is no shortage of scientists turning their inquisitive minds to the mysteries of Christmas. In the spirit of the festive season, Sciblogs brings you a tinsel entwined ‘wrap-up’ of Noel-related research. Naughty or nice? Not so important for Santa Santa pays a visit to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Source: BelfastLive. Read More

The festive psychology behind Christmas TV advertising - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 12, 2016

By Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. And for most of us, giving means buying – the perfect excuse for major retailers to conduct an advertising assault that pulls on our heart strings and empties our pockets. Seasonal TV adverts are usually full of signs and symbols playing on our subconscious, and … Read More

Santa skepticism in line with understanding of the world - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 21, 2015

Spoiler warning: Kids’ willingness to believe in Santa Claus diminishes as they become more knowledgeable about the world and the physical implausibility of Santa’s magical acts. Researchers from Los Angeles’ Occidental College tested children’s willingness to accept on trust the story of Santa Claus and his miraculous one-night round-the-world trip. Much of what we know comes from the … Read More

I reject this - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 16, 2015

Every year the British Medical Journal produces a special Christmas edition of, ah, ‘less formal’ science. This year one article tackles that curse of academia: rejections. Every year scientists throughout the world face descriptions of their research for scientific journals or their grant applications being thrown back at them – rejected. An article by Cath Chapman and Tim Slade … Read More

Support science with these last minute Xmas gifts! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 11, 2015

If you are looking for gifts that are a little different, and like the idea of supporting scientific research, then we have just the thing for you! This year I’ve worked with a number of artists and illustrators to make amazing artworks out of naturally glowing bacteria. The artworks may only last a day or two but we took photos of … Read More

The science of Rudolf’s glowing nose! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 24, 2014

Rudolf by Latharion This festive season AUT University Prof’s Steve Pointing and Allan Blackman released a marvelous little video explaining the science behind some of the unanswered mysteries of Christmas. How does Santa get to all those houses unseen in one night? And how does he get down the chimney? I’ve been sent the … Read More

Amazon buys Santa’s workshop - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 22, 2014

Following on from the Listener’s highlighting of employment condition concerns at Santa’s workshop Amazon has just announced that it has acquired the global manufacturing and logistics enterprise for an undisclosed sum (rumoured to be in excess of US$15 billion). Alibaba would not confirm whether it too had attempted to buy the family-owned company. A combination of impending industrial … Read More

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