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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph’s shiny red nose may be tied to eyes that glow blue

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Everyone knows Rudolph has a red nose but what about his eyes? Prompted by questions from his 4-year-old daughter, Dartmouth College anthropology professor Nathaniel Dominy recently wrote a scholarly paper on how the unique properties of reindeer eyes might explain the advantage of having a very shiny nose, particularly if it produces red light. Dominy, who specializes in primate vision, was already familiar with recent research on reindeer eyes when his daughter asked him about Rudolph’s nose. Scientists in Great…

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The Grinch, Mariah Carey, Bill Murray join holiday TV festivities

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It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past: hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch! But there are newcomers as well, with Mariah Carey, Bill Murray and an “Empire” variety special among them. Isn’t it greedy to ask Santa for anything more? Among the program highlights (all times EST; check local listings for encore airings):  ANIMATION: “Frosty the Snowman,” 8 p.m. Saturday,…

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