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Stories by Lydia Chain

How the Military Surveils Santa

In a Christmas tradition, the defense organization NORAD helps us keep track of Santa as he zips around the world delivering toys.

December 22, 2016 — Lydia Chain

The Year in Planetary Science

Take a light-speed trip through the solar system to catch up on 2016’s biggest stories from our celestial neighborhood. Produced with support from Explore Scientific

December 1, 2016 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

The Math behind the Polls

When polls try to tease out what a group of people is thinking, what are they measuring and how can they go wrong?

November 29, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Solving the Rubik's Equation

Author and “Speedcuber” Ian Scheffler reveals some of the math behind how you could solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle.

October 24, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Do Einstein's Theories Explain Portals in Comics?

Could Superman’s punch send you through a wormhole? Scientific American editors discussed how general relativity relates to black holes, and wormholes, and Dr. Strange’s portals.

October 10, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Dyani Sabin

What Makes a Cucumber a Pickle?

We picked a peck of pickle pictures to show you how helpful bacteria and salt transform this cucumber into a tangy treat.

September 16, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Carmen Drahl

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