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Stories by Lydia Chain

Mercury's Rare Road Trip

Thirteen times a century, on average, Mercury passes directly between Earth and the sun, creating what astronomers call a transit. It just happened again; this video, created with images from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the tiny planet’s silhouette as it makes its seven-hour journey across the solar disk.

May 10, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Birds Benefit When Gators Guard

And so do the alligators—they protect bird nests from egg-stealing raccoons and other predators, but they don’t work for free.

March 25, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Why Whale Waste Matters

A decline in whales means less whale poop—and disruptions in the ocean's nutrient cycle.

March 11, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Lydia Chain

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine

Introducing Scientific American Health & Medicine