Tagged: Christmas

Great conjunctions and the star/comet of Bethlehem - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Dec 20, 2020

There have been many articles in the mass media about the ‘Great Conjunction’ between Jupiter and Saturn that will occur on December 21st. Some of them have been good, and informative. Many have been fairly poor. Others have been… well, weird. Some writers have imagined that there is something vitally significant about the conjunction (the close approach to each other … Read More

How to choose the right Christmas gift: tips from psychological research - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 21, 2020

Adrian R. Camilleri, University of Technology Sydney Christmas is a time of celebration, relaxation and gift giving. But choosing gifts can also make it a time of stress and anxiety. The wrong gift can actually do more harm than good. Here is some advice, based on decades of research, on how to side-step such pitfalls. Why do we … Read More

Will there still be Santa? - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 23, 2019

Amelia Sharman I’ve got some bad news about Santa Claus. The North Pole may be far, but it’s not too far to avoid the tentacles of technological change. While Santa is no slouch when it comes to adopting technology (having adopted assembly lines about 100 years ago, and more recently using real-time warehouse management systems to run his … Read More

And so this is Christmas… - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Dec 19, 2018

The date of Christmas is a matter many find confusing, and yet the adopted anniversary is easy to understand if you follow through the history, astronomy and human biology that are involved.  Why is the Nativity commemorated on December 25th, when it is clear Jesus was not actually born on that date? And how can a year be termed “Before … Read More

Religion may alter your psychology, even if you’re a non-believer - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 22, 2017

Brittany Cardwell and Jamin Halberstadt Sick of tinsel, carols and talk of virgin birth? In New Zealand, Australia and many other countries, it’s hard to escape Christmas in December. But even if you don’t believe in Christ or a God, religion can still be a powerful force. Research shows that even nonreligious people may hold unconscious beliefs linked … Read More

12 Gadgets of Christmas: Bose QC35 II headphones - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 18, 2017

This is a Sciblogs series running through until Christmas Eve highlighting some of the gadgets we’ve been using this year… gadget No. 5 I’ve had two decent pairs of headphones in the last decade. First, there were my Sennheiser HD 201-II over-ear headphones which were tough and sounded great and had a ridiculously long audio cable. I … Read More

The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 15, 2017

Paul Harrison, Deakin University Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it’s much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws. By drawing on a plethora … Read More