Festive Science!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is here, and to get us all in the festive mood, the New Scientist website has posted this page of Christmas-themed science articles for our entertainment.

From how to breed a perfect Christmas tree to what snowflakes really look like, from microbes making chocolate and using chemistry to make the ideal cocktail, there’s something for every science-lover to get in the holiday mood.

If that isn’t enough for you, chemists at my own University of Nottingham posted this video to their Periodic Videos page back in 2009, where they decorated a Christmas tree in our foyer with festive molecular models! It’s interesting to see what they chose as their favourite molecules to hang on the tree, and it’s the perfect way for us fans of the chemical sciences to celebrate Christmas.Dr Deborah Kays selected alpha pinene, which you may know is one of the source of the delightful scent of pine trees – perfect for Christmas time.

If that isn’t enough for you, chemists at my own University

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