Physics Fuels Santa's Magic

Nanotechnology, space-time distortions enable Christmas miracles
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2008 4:15 PM CST
People dressed as Santa Claus participate in the annual Santa Claus parade, Sunday Dec. 14, 2008 in Porto, Portugal.   (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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(Newser) – New research has shed light on the amazing ability of Santa Claus to deliver presents to children around the world in a single night, Reuters reports. Santa is able to distort the space-time continuum, says a North Carolina State expert: "He understands that you can stretch time, compress space and therefore he can, in a sense, actually have six Santa months to deliver the presents."

Instead of carrying billions of gifts, St. Nick uses nanotechnology “to grow the presents under the tree,” says Larry Silverberg, a professor of aerospace engineering. “He's figured out how to turn what we call irreversible thermo-dynamic properties into reversible ones and so he really starts with soot, candy, other types of natural materials, and grows them in a reverse process to create the presents, wrapping and all.”