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Photo of red berries with frostThe North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be using their radar technology to track Santa’s route tomorrow evening.  You can follow along online or by downloading the NORAD Tracks Santa app.

Unfortunately NORAD’s technology doesn’t enable them to predict the arrival time of Santa at individual houses:

“NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house. We do, however, know from history that it appears he arrives only when children are asleep! ”  [http://www.noradsanta.org/en/faq.html#f3]

History of NORAD’s Santa tracking.

More information about NORAD.

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Please note that all UWS libraries will close from 12.30 on 22nd December and remain closed until 4th January.  Access to computer labs will be available at both Hamilton and Paisley campuses.  Full information is available from the library website.

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The Library’s opening hours for the winter vacation are now available on the library website: http://www.uws.ac.uk/schoolsdepts/library/OpeningHours.aspRead More

via UWS Library News

Computing facilities are also available during vacation on Paisley Campus, and are open to students from any campus.

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Christmas lectures

Baubles with frostThis year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures will be given by Dr Mark Miodownik.  The overall theme is “Size Matters” and the lecture titles are:

Lecture 1: Why elephants can’t dance.  (To be broadcast on BBC4, 28th December, 8pm).

Lecture 2: Why chocolate melts and jet planes don’t.  (BBC4, 29th December, 8pm).

Lecture 3: Why mountains are so small.  (BBC4, 30th December, 8pm).

(The number of lectures has been reduced from five to three this year, possibly due to the financial situation at the Royal Institution.)

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