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With Christmas just around the corner we have compiled our top ten articles, videos and career profiles to celebrate the holiday season.

1) A Merry Molecular Christmas

For this scientific look at the holiday, I’m going to introduce you to a few of the molecules responsible for some common Christmas smells and tastes.

2) Eggnog Uncracked

Although its exact origins remain uncertain, eggnog is almost always prepared using the same ingredients and following the same method.

3) Christmas With A Bang

Christmas crackers make a loud bang when pulled apart at their ends, which you can think of as a little holiday gift from chemistry to you.

4) Electric Eel Powers Christmas Tree Lights!

An aquarium in Japan has come up with a novel way of generating free electricity to light up a Christmas tree.

5) The Bright Way To Light Up The Season

Make your Christmas tree even greener with LEDs!

6) Why Cold Is Good For You

Along with exercise and a proper diet, exposure to moderate cold is actually good for you.

7) How Sugar Affects The Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and brain all take notice. This activates a reward system not unlike how our bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine - dopamine levels spike and you crave more.

8) Sleepy? It’s Not The Turkey’s Fault!

Ever wonder why you feel incredibly tired and sleepy after a large holiday meal?

9) Tim Howard - Sales and Marketing

Tim sells interactive ad space for Xbox, mobile devices, and online to clients ranging from Adidas to Hollywood studios.

10) Science of Cake Cutting

Find out about the science behind cutting a cake.


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