Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Santa the Engineer

PostedDecember 25, 2016

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Anchor Lede: Well, Santa did it again! Against the odds, delivering all those presents last night. But maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised.

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.