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The Real Reason for the Season: The Science behind the Holidays

Science and Engineering's Holiday Exhibit

Resources List

Solstice Display Resources

Brad Evenson. (2001). Scientists dissect the magic of Christmas: Santa using wormholes?: Results discouraging to all but the purely scientific mind: National Edition. National Post (Toronto).

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Bouchard, M. (2017, March 23). UNKNOWINGLY CELEBRATING A MUSHROOM: THE INFLUENCE OF THE FLY AGARIC ON MODERN YULETIDE CELEBRATION. Retrieved from https://biol421.opened.ca/unknowingly-celebrating-a-mushroom-the-influence-of-the-fly-agaric-on-modern-yuletide-celebration/

 Cao, B., Wei, X.-C., Xu, X.-R., Zhang, H.-Z., Luo, C.-H., Feng, B., … Zhang, D.-K. (2019). Seeing the Unseen of the Combination of Two Natural Resins, Frankincense and Myrrh: Changes in Chemical Constituents and Pharmacological Activities. Molecules, 24(17), 3076. doi:10.3390/molecules24173076  https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/24/17/3076

 E C M. (1915). The Mistletoe and Its Meaning for Christmas: “Under the Mistletoe.” Its Influence. Colman’s Rural World (1865-1916), 68(36), 6–.

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Hadingham. (1984). Early man and the cosmos . Walker and Co.

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Hensey, R. (2015). Waiting for the Sun. In First Light: The Origins of Newgrange (pp. 66–78). Oxbow Books. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1nxqq27.10

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Hujer. (1945). Christmas and the stars. Popular Astronomy, 53.

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Jerome, & Keck, N. (2003). Astronomy. Earth, sun and moon . Visual Learning Systems.

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 Jones, Kirtley P. “Santa's Reindeers Are Probably Female.” University of Utah Health, University of Utah, 25 Dec. 2018, https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=1_tleifcjy.

 Mandelbrot. (1983). The fractal geometry of nature  (Updated and augmented.). W.H. Freeman.

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 Moore. (1969). Suns, myths, and men. Norton. 

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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “How Do Snowflakes Form? Get the Science behind Snow.” How Do Snowflakes Form? Get the Science behind Snow | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S Department of Commerce, 19 Dec. 2016, https://www.noaa.gov/stories/how-do-snowflakes-form-science-behind-snow.

 “NORAD Tracks Santa.” North American Aerospace Defense Command > About NORAD > NORAD Tracks Santa, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), https://www.norad.mil/About-NORAD/NORAD-Tracks-Santa/.

 Nothaft. (2012). The Origins of the Christmas Date: Some Recent Trends in Historical Research. Church History, 81(4), 903–911. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009640712001941

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 Novak. (2004). Thinking in patterns: fractals and related phenomena in nature. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1142/5521#t=toc

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O'Callaghan, J. (2020, December 21). What was the star of bethlehem? Space.com. Retrieved November 19, 2021, from https://www.space.com/star-of-bethlehem.

 Pumphrey, C. (2020, December 02). What Are Frankincense and Myrrh? Retrieved from https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/question283.htm

 Templer, Reinmann, A. B., Sanders-Demott, R., Sorensen, P. O., Juice, S. M., Bowles, F., Sofen, L. E., Harrison, J. L., Halm, I., Rustad, L., Martin, M. E., & Grant, N. (2017). Climate Change Across Seasons Experiment (CCASE): A New method for simulating future Climate in seasonally snow-covered ecosystems. PloS One, 12(2), e0171928–e0171928. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171928

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