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Dec 24, 2013 — Critics — some might say Grinches — don't like the defense command's annual online effort to "track" Santa's travels. But for those who wish to follow his journey, the high-tech tool is up and running.
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Dec 24, 2012 — Milk and cookies might be the traditional Santa offering on Christmas Eve, but in at least one household, St. Nicholas will be getting smoked salmon and scotch.
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Dec 24, 2012 — That jolly old elf has fooled NORAD, Google and others trying to track him, says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The "science of Santa" makes the most sense if you figure he's getting to the homes of good girls and boys via wormholes, not down the chimneys.
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Dec 22, 2011 — Assuming his elves haven't come up with some sort of stealth technology to cloak his movements, it's almost time again for children of all ages to follow the jolly guy's travels thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
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Dec 21, 2011 — Christmas, with flying reindeer and a bright shining star announcing the coming of Jesus is a time when myth and science intersect. Can science explain some of the Christmas myths?
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Nov 30, 2011 — Arizona gun enthusiasts can pose, with their weapons, for a holiday snapshot with Santa. They say they're just showing off their love of firearms. A local legislator says it's heresy.
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Dec 22, 2010 — There is a surprising number of grown-ups that believe we never landed on the moon. Maybe they should believe in Santa Claus as well.
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Dec 23, 2013 — Hoping to incorporate some celebration of science into this year's festivities? Commentator Tania Lombrozo offers three unusual suggestions for spicing up your Christmas holiday.
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