Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Santa Engineering

PostedDecember 21, 2008

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Randy Atkins: Santa and his elves have been working on gift-delivering technologies undistracted for centuries, figures Larry Silverberg, a North Carolina State University engineer.  And long-ago they made the weird concepts Einstein introduced to us practical…by creating “relativity clouds.”

Larry Silverberg: In these relativity clouds, space and time act differently.

Randy Atkins: While we perceive Santa’s deliveries as happening in a wink of an eye, Silverberg calculates it 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: 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, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.