Irish Research Council awardees featured in the Irish Independent as part of The Science of Christmas 2015

The work of scientists helps us to understand the natural world, while they also use their expertise to develop new ideas in all areas of life.

Will we have a white Christmas?
Could global warming force Santa to move to the North Pole?
How do Christmas trees form their shape?
What do cobwebs have to do with Christmas?
Why does Rudolph love carrots?

Thanks to Irish Research Council-funded researchers, along with some of their colleagues, The Science of Christmas 2015 answers many seasonal questions and, in the process, provides insights into the role that science plays in popular phenomena.