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Merry Christmas from the SMC / Holiday break

John Kerr posted in on December 23rd, 2011.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the Science Media Centre! We would like to thank all the scientists, journalists and others who have worked with us over the past year. We wish you a safe and happy holiday period. We will be taking a brief break over the holiday period, returning on the […]

Science and Santa

John Kerr posted in on December 23rd, 2011.

Roger Highfield, UK science writer and author of The Physics of Christmas, talks to Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan about the logistics of a jolly fat man visiting 842 million households in one night. Listen below

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Christmas and the psychology of gift-giving

John Kerr posted in on December 6th, 2011.

Finance writer Diane Clement explores the psychology of gift-giving in a New Zealand Herald article, drawing on kiwi experts and international research. An excerpt (read in full here): The psychology behind giving and receiving My children were horrified last week when they heard I’d written an article asking whether we should ban Christmas presents. The […]

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