The holiday season is both wonderful and stressful, and it’s certainly thrown this blog’s regular posting schedule for a bit of a loop. But when you get the chance to relax with a rum and eggnog, I’d encourage you to check out this collection of Christmas-themed articles exploring the science of the season. Merry Christmas!
New York Times – To Be Born on a Christmas Morn: What exactly are the odds of being born on Christmas Day?
NPR – How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House: A civil engineer takes on the challenge of confectionery construction.
Scientific American – Why Rudolph Should Never Have Joined Santa’s Reindeer: The dangers of navigating air traffic through fog as thick as pea soup, even with a shiny red nose.
Popular Science – The Physics of Emperor Penguin Huddles: How do these seasonal birds of a feather actually flock together?
International Business Times – Santa Science: Fact Checking Saint Nick’s Christmas Ride, Rudolph’s Nose And Elf Labor Abuse: A rational discussion of just what Santa must go through on his journeys to good girls and boys.
Wired – The Curious Evolution of Holiday Lights: Modern displays are a far cry from the first electrified Christmas trees.
Arizona Science Center – Why Does Fruitcake Last So Long?: A video answer to the mystery behind everyone’s favorite holiday treat.