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LEDE: This Christmas, Santa made his annual flight, delivering presents to children around the globe. But how does one man—even with all those elves—accomplish such a feat?
Randy Atkins: Santa and his elves have been working on gift-delivering technologies undistracted for a long time, figures a North Carolina State University engineer Larry Silverberg. He says 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.
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 the children 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.