December 12, 2011 10:49:27 am
Scientists have explained how Santa Claus is able to deliver toys to good girls and boys around the world in one night.
According to Larry Silverberg and his team at the Carolina State University,with his cherubic smile and twinkling eyes,Santa may appear to be merely a right jolly old elf,but he and his NPL staff have a lot going on under the funny-looking hats.
Their advanced knowledge of electromagnetic waves,the space and time continuum,nanotechnology,genetic engineering and computer science easily trumps the know-how of contemporary scientists.
Children shouldnt put too much credence in the opinions of those who say its not possible to deliver presents all over the world in one night, Silverberg said.
Silverberg also said Santa has a personal pipeline to childrens thoughts,via a listening antenna that combines technologies currently used in cell phones and EKGs,which informs him that Mary in Miami hopes for a surfboard,while Michael from Minneapolis wants a snowboard.
A sophisticated signal processing system filters the data,giving Santa clues on who wants what,where children live,and even whos been bad or good. Later,all this information will be processed in an onboard sleigh guidance system,which will provide Santa with the most efficient delivery route.
He,however,adds that letters to Santa via snail mail still get the job done.
While he takes advantage of emerging technologies,Santa is,in many ways,a traditionalist, he said.
Silverberg is not so naive as to think that Santa and his reindeer can travel approximately 200 million square miles,making stops in some 80 million homes,in one night. Instead,he posits that Santa uses his knowledge of the space/time continuum to form what he calls relativity clouds.
Based on his advanced knowledge of the theory of relativity,Santa recognizes that time can be stretched like a rubber band,space can be squeezed like an orange and light can be bent.
Relativity clouds are controllable domains rips in time that allow him months to deliver presents while only a few minutes pass on Earth. The presents are truly delivered in a wink of an eye, Silverberg said.
With a detailed route prepared and his list checked twice through the onboard computer on the technologically advanced sleigh,Santa is ready to deliver presents.
His reindeer,genetically bred to fly,balance on rooftops and see well in the dark,dont actually pull a sleigh loaded down with toys. Instead,each house becomes Santas workshop as he utilizes his magic bag of toys,a nano-toymaker that is able to fabricate toys inside the childrens homes.
The presents are grown on the spot,as the nano-toymaker creates,atom by atom,toys out of snow and soot,much like DNA can command the growth of organic material like tissues and body parts.
Therefore,theres really no need for Santa to enter the house via chimney,although Silverberg says he enjoys doing that every so often. Rather,the same relativity cloud that allows Santa to deliver presents in what seems like a wink of an eye is also used to morph Santa into peoples homes.
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