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Science and Christmas [Video]

When it comes to Christmas and Santa Claus there are so many questions that we don't seem to have answers to. Being a skeptic can sometimes take the fun out of the whole festival. 
Well the guys at AUT University (Aukland University of Technology) have tried to answer a few of those baffling questions, so that we (the skeptic) can lay back and enjoy the very things that make Christmas the greatest time of the year.

You never travel Alone!

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If you are quite the traveller who likes visiting different countries and posting Instagram pictures of historic sites and tourist places you have been to, this is the probably the right time to tell you this
'YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING ALONE'
Well, this is not about some stalker following you or the government that keeps an eye on each and every one of us. Instead, this is about the unknown baggage you are carrying with you while you are criss crossing continents in the comfort of an aircraft, viz., the many many bacteria and fungal spores and the microscopic creatures such as house mites.
The Finding 
In a recent study published by researcher Rubaba Hamid Shafique and her colleagues from the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agricultural University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and University of Michigan, USA, the researchers studied two house mite populations from these two countries. On sequencing small parts of their genome, the researchers found these organisms had quite a few things that we…