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Science and the Holidays

From greening your Christmas tree to what oil producers could learn from the story of Hanukkah, your guide to the science of the holiday season

What was the star of Bethlehem?

What was the star of Bethlehem?

The star of Bethlehem, which Christian lore maintains led the wise men to the birthplace of Jesus, is one of the most enduring and well-known Christmas legends.

December 18, 2008 — John Matson
Beware the Holiday Sugar High

Beware the Holiday Sugar High

Recent research concludes that parents significantly overestimate how sugar affects their children's hyperactive behavior. Susannah F. Locke reports.

December 22, 2008
Should Christmas trees be fireproofed?

Should Christmas trees be fireproofed?

If artificial Christmas trees strike you as a bit too Grinch-like in their aseptic modernity but you worry about bringing a tinderbox into your living room, the simplest solution may also be the best one.

December 18, 2008 — John Matson
Gift-Giving for Lovers

Gift-Giving for Lovers

Research suggests that women don't seem to mind if they receive the less-than-perfect gift. Men, on the other hand, are a different story. Susannah F. Locke reports

December 15, 2008
2008 Gadget Guide

2008 Gadget Guide

ScientificAmerican.com presents some of this year's most exciting high-tech toys as well as gadgets to make the planet greener and inventions designed to deliver the most basic needs to developing countries

November 18, 2008
Science and the Holidays

From greening your Christmas tree to what oil producers could learn from the story of Hanukkah, your guide to the science of the holiday season

Confronting Common Wisdom