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Stories by Lydia Chain

The Year in Planetary Science

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

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

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?

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?

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
How Do Ants Find Their Way Home?

How Do Ants Find Their Way Home?

Tiny yellow "blindfolds" helped scientists understand more about the way Cataglyphis ants navigate.

September 8, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Sara Chodosh
Scientists Ride the Rapids in the Grand Canyon

Scientists Ride the Rapids in the Grand Canyon

Scientific American editor Steve Mirsky floated down the Colorado River with experts, who shared what they saw along the walls of this natural wonder.

September 2, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Steve Mirsky
Stories by Lydia Chain

The Antidote to Anti-Intellectualism