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The Evolution Of Santa Claus

Dec 20, 13 The Evolution Of Santa Claus

Posted by in Science, Seasonal

I wonder what Nicholas, the fourth century Bishop of Myra, would have thought of the modern American Santa Claus. At the very least he would be befuddled. The path from philanthropic bishop to fat jolly guy with reindeer who slides down chimneys has so many convolutions that a blog post can only touch on a few of them.

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Santa’s Logistics

Dec 17, 13 Santa’s Logistics

Posted by in Lifestyle, Seasonal

Some people have raised questions about how Santa Claus can bring presents to children all over the world on one night. The answer is actually fairly simple. There are three factors that make his Christmas Eve ride possible.

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Archaeologists And Physicists Fight Over Lead

Dec 02, 13 Archaeologists And Physicists Fight Over Lead

Posted by in Science

Underwater archaeologists and particle physicists are in a philosophical battle. What are they fighting about? Lead ingots from ancient shipwrecks. Two scientists, one from each discipline presented a paper explaining the controversy and proposing that the two groups work together to find a solution that works for both.

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Toe Jam, Let Me Introduce You To Armpit Cheese

Nov 26, 13 Toe Jam, Let Me Introduce You To Armpit Cheese

Posted by in Science, WTF???

Scientist Christina Agapakis and scent expert Sissel Tolaas have collaborated to create a new kind of cheese, but don’t expect to see it on your store shelves anytime soon. Hopefully. You see, this cheese is made from microbes obtained from human skin. Our skin is home to a whole world of microbes, and, oddly, Agapakis and Tolaas thought that using these microbes to make cheese would be a good idea.

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Be A Citizen Scientist For Halloween

Oct 29, 13 Be A Citizen Scientist For Halloween

Posted by in Science, Seasonal

What should you be for Halloween? How about a Citizen Scientist? It won’t win you any costume contests, but it just might change the world. And…..there’s an app for that.

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Treat The Kids To Halloween Science At The Museum

Oct 21, 13 Treat The Kids To Halloween Science At The Museum

Posted by in Science, Seasonal

If your child doesn’t associate Halloween with science, then they haven’t been to a science museum in October. All over the country, natural science museums are letting the skeletons out of the closet to have fun with Halloween-related science.

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Remembering The Early Years Of Space Flight

Oct 16, 13 Remembering The Early Years Of Space Flight

Posted by in Armchair Astronaut, Space

The death of Scott Carpenter a few days ago got me to reminiscing about my memories of the first days of the space program. I was in first grade when Alan Shepard became the first American man in space, so my memories reflect my age at the time.

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Oil Companies Reseed With Native Grasses

Oct 03, 13 Oil Companies Reseed With Native Grasses

Posted by in Science

Oil companies are not usually associated with environmentalism, but in South Texas they are working with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Texas A&M South Texas Natives Research Institute and others to restore pipeline construction sites to short grass prairie.

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For A Lovelier You, Use Your CPAP

Sep 21, 13 For A Lovelier You, Use Your CPAP

Posted by in Health

If you want to be more attractive, use your CPAP machine. If you have sleep apnea, as I do, you know all of the good reasons why you should use your machine every night. Now the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Michigan has given us a new reason to wear the thing.

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Internet Ranting Is Unhealthy

Sep 19, 13 Internet Ranting Is Unhealthy

Posted by in Health, Technology

Internet ranting is unhealthy. That is the conclusion of a group of social scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. They found that the practice of reading and writing online rants are “likely unhealthy practices,” and those who visit them often are “angrier and have more maladaptive expressions styles than others.”

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