Some of our favorite holiday-themed science stories

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Some of our favorite holiday-themed science stories

Science isn’t immune to the holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite holiday themed news stories to keep you cozy by the fire.

Why is your Christmas tree so big? An ancient gift of extra genes

ZHENG LI

Genomicist Michael Barker will never look at a Christmas tree the same way againand neither will you after reading this story about the evolutionary history of spruces, pines, firs, and their relatives.

Christmas ornament in space

NASA/ESA/HUBBLE HERITAGE TEAM (STSCI/AURA)

Is that a holiday bauble floating up there in the heavens? Perhaps … if you use a bit of imagination.

Cool reindeer heads prevail at the North Pole

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Reindeer stay plenty warm when temperatures plummet below -50°C, how do they keep from overheating? 

U.S. Christmas lights seen from space

NASA’S EARTH OBSERVATORY/JESSE ALLEN

We love our Christmas lights so much, NASA can see them from space.

Cold temperatures may help shed pounds

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If the cold weather is getting you down, look on the bright side. Lowering your body’s thermostat may help you lose some of that eggnog weight you packed on over the holidays. 

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