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Stories by Lee Billings

How to Do Quantum Magnetic Levitation at Home

Air jets and sound waves can be used to levitate objects. But the strangest way of all taps the quantum effects of superconductors. Game developer, space traveler and friend of Scientific American Richard Garriott glides through the demonstration...

November 17, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

Why Humans Won't Go beyond Mars

In his new book, the founding executive director of the Planetary Society contends that humans will make it to Mars, but robots will go much farther.

November 13, 2015 — Benjamin Meyers and Lee Billings

Cassini Confirms a Global Ocean on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Ever since 2005, when NASA’s Cassini orbiter found plumes of water vapor spilling out of cracks in the south pole of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, researchers have sought to learn more about the moon’s mysterious interior as a possible abode for extraterrestrial life...

September 16, 2015 — Lee Billings

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Scientific American Fan

When the famed astrophysicist needed to select a college, he turned to the pages of Scientific American for help. Years later, our profile about him turned out to be his favorite...

August 27, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Lee Billings and Benjamin Meyers

War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever

China, Russia and the U.S. are developing and testing controversial new capabilities to wage war in space despite their denial of such work

August 10, 2015 — Lee Billings

Inside the Race to Glimpse Alien Jupiters

Two rival teams of astronomers are racing to capture unprecedented images of giant planets around other stars. What they find could change the future of planet hunting

July 20, 2015 — Lee Billings
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