Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Santa's an Engineer

PostedDecember 22, 2013

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Anchor Lead: Are you one of those non-believers who think it’s impossible for Santa to make all those deliveries in a single night? Well then maybe you didn’t consider that Santa might be an clever engineer.

Randy Atkins: Santa and his elves have been working on gift-delivering technologies undistracted for a long time, figures Larry Silverberg, a North Carolina State University engineer. Perhaps they’ve discovered how to make the weird concepts Einstein showed us practical…in the form of “relativity clouds.”

Larry Silverberg: In these relativity clouds, space and time act differently. (4 sec.)

Randy Atkins: So Silverberg calculates Christmas Eve as six Santa-months and says altering space lets him morph into houses.

Larry Silverberg: In homes where you don’t have chimneys I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Randy Atkins: And not all the presents are carried in that sleigh.

Larry Silverberg: Santa Claus knows how to create so-called nano-toy makers that would actually grow the presents under the tree.

Randy Atkins: Silverberg says don’t be skeptical.

Larry Silverberg: If you stick to your child-like instincts, and you look around and you look at all the things that are possible that really seem magical in everyday life…

Randy Atkins: …it isn’t so hard to believe. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.