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Stories by Philip Yam

Should you worry about the tags on Wal-Mart underwear?

The retail giant Wal-Mart will place radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags on underwear, jeans and other consumer items, according to several news reports, including one today from the Wall Street Journal ...

July 23, 2010 — Philip Yam
Nuclear Exchange

Nuclear Exchange

A local conflict could produce a global nightmare

June 1, 2010 — Philip Yam

12 Events That Will Change Everything

In addition to reacting to news as it breaks, we work to anticipate what will happen. Here we contemplate 12 possibilities and rate their likelihood of happening by 2050

May 19, 2010 — THE EDITORS, Charles Q. Choi, George Musser, John Matson, Philip Yam, David Biello, Michael Moyer, Larry Greenemeier, Katherine Harmon and Robin Lloyd

Alien horror: Stephen Hawking hawks Stephen King

This past weekend, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking joined what seems to be a growing chorus of cautious naysayers—or nervous nellies?—when it comes to possible contact with intelligent aliens from other worlds...

April 28, 2010 — Philip Yam

Scientific American launches "World Changing Ideas" video contest

Got an idea for a better tomorrow? Enter it into our video contest. Continuing the theme of Scientific American 's December 2009 cover story, “World Changing Ideas,” which highlighted the power of science and technology to improve the world around us, we are encouraging readers to submit video entries about innovative ways to build cleaner, healthier, smarter ways of life...

February 1, 2010 — Philip Yam

Marshall Nirenberg, Forgotten Father of the Genetic Code, Dies

You can say "Watson and Crick" in one breath, but should you try squeezing in "Nirenberg"? Along with Robert W. Holley and Har Gobind Khoran, Marshall Nirenberg won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for deciphering the genetic code—a discovery that never did for Nirenberg what the double-helix did for James Watson and Francis Crick, although it probably should have.Because maybe then, people would not misattribute the work...

January 22, 2010 — Philip Yam
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