Tag: aerotarandusdynamics

The science of Rudolph’s red nose

Long-time readers of my column will be aware of how closely I like to keep tabs on aerotarandusdynamics, the shamefully under-studied science of flying reindeer. I am pleased to note that there has been a small but significant development in aerotarandusdynamics research this year, but before I get to that, perhaps I should recap some …

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Aerotarandusdynamics: the science of flying reindeer

[podcast]https://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//1995/12/The-Science-of-Flying-Reindeer.mp3[/podcast] At this festive season, aerotarandusdynamics, one of the least-known branches of the vast tree of science, finally comes into its own. “Aerotarandusdynamics” comes from “aero,” air, “tarandus,” the latter part of the scientific name for reindeer, Rangifer tarandus, and “dynamics,” moving.  Hence, aerotarandusdynamics is the study of reindeer moving through the air: flying reindeer. …

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Rudolph the red-nosed reindeerigible

Another Christmas Eve, another lonely rooftop vigil for aerotarandusdynamicists around the– What’s an “aerotarandusdynamicist”?  Perhaps a recap is in order. I have written before about the under-funded field of aerotarandusdynamics.  The word, like all good scientific words, is a Latin amalgam:  “aero” (air), “tarandus” (part of the scientific name for reindeer, “rangifer tarandus”) and “dynamics” …

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