Yvonne Carts-Powell

Rudolph’s red nose, explained

In hilarious, Science on January 2, 2013 at 7:43 am

Photo by diciu

Photo by diciu


Santa and crew may be resting up from their labors, but science marches, plods, and sometimes silly-walks onwards:

This paper, originally published in the BMJ, reprinted at the Improbable Research website, explains just why reindeers have red noses: “Microcirculatory investigations of nasal mucosa in reindeer Rangifer tarandus (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Cervidae): Rudolph’s nose was overheated”.

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