Seven little-known science of Christmas…
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Happy Christmas my lovelies! I pray that today will be filled with love, laughter and satisfaction.
A few days ago, I was reading an article, the science factor of Christmas, that was published by Irish Independent newspaper and I decided to share on here because it was quite an interesting read.
Let’s also know that this post was created to show off my Xmas sweatshirt.
The particular odour originates from a synthetic compound called alpha-pinene, found in the oils of numerous coniferous trees and in the herb, rosemary.
The flowers of cocoa trees don’t produce a scent to attract pollinators, but produce nectar and are visited by tiny flies (midges), necessary for the production for the production pf the cocoa fruits which contain the seeds (beans) from which we derive chocolate.
Fairy lights were originally designed to be connected in series, which means that the first bulb was connected to the battery or plug, and then the second bulb to the first and so on. If one bulb blew then the electricity could not flow the others. Now, each bulb has its own connection to and from the power source. So if one blows it doesn’t disrupt the circuit for all the others.
This is made from cellulose, which comes from the wood pulp of trees. So when you are wrapping your Christmas presents, think about the environment or perhaps plant a tree!
Like holly, chocolates contain the chemical theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the higher the levels. Like turkey, chocolate also contains tryptophan, which plays an important role in making serotonin in the body, which is associated with the feelings of well-being.
When the wax starts to melt, a special action called ‘capillary action’ draws some of the melted wax up the wick where it turns into a gas from the heat of the flame. A chemical reaction occurs, forming carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapour (H2O).
Turkey (and other meats) contains an essential amino acid called tryptophan, which is sometimes blamed for making us feel sleepy after Christmas dinner. It is more likely that we eat too much, requiring a lot of blood to flow to our digestive system to help us digest the food, leaving less blood elsewhere in the body.
Compiled by Dr Sara Hayes, Education and Outreach Officer, Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC).
How is your Christmas day going, guys?
Have a blessed Sunday!