Merry Christmas from The Element of Nature!


So, that’s it! 2013 is almost over, and Christmas is upon us! Here you can see the University of Nottingham’s very own Chemis-tree which was put up in our new engineering and science building last week.

I’ll be taking a brief break over Christmas, but I’ll be back soon with more chemistry news, tidbits and information.

In the meantime, if you aren’t all Christmassed out, you might be interested in taking a look at ACS‘s Holiday Chemistry page, which has lots of different chemistry-related festive activities you can try out over the holidays. It’s aimed at high school students, but we all love a good science activity, right?

Alternatively, if you need to rush out and get a few last-minute gifts for your science-lover friends, you might want to check out New Scientist‘s pick of the best science books out at the moment.

What’s more, The Telegraph have a fun article on the science of Christmas, focusing on the numbers behind Santa’s sleighride. There are links on there to other related articles as well, such as the science behind Christmas goodwill, which you might fancy giving a read.

There is also a great board on Pinterest by Steve Spangler which brings together a whole host of Christmas science experiments and decorations which kids would absolutely love.

Finally, with all of the Christmas and New Year’s parties everyone will be going to over the holidays, you might be interested in this article in The Guardian, which explains the science behind hangovers. Now, while you’re nursing a sore head and upset stomach after a few too many glasses of wine, you can read exactly why it’s happening!

I hope all of you out there have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking an interest in this blog, and I hope you’ll follow it into 2014!

Happy holidays!


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