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Stories by Philip Yam

Is it time to kill the Antarctic Treaty?

Fifty years ago, 12 nations—Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union and the U.S.—agreed to cede their claims to Antarctica...

December 2, 2009 — Philip Yam

In 2012 neutrinos melt Earth's core, and other disasters

During an early screening of Roland Emmerich's latest disaster flick 2012, which opens today, laughter erupted in the audience near the end of the film thanks to corny dialogue and maudlin scenes (among the biggest guffaw getters: a father tries to reconnect with his estranged son on the telephone, only to have the son's house destroyed just before he could say anything)...

November 13, 2009 — Philip Yam

How to Get Humans on Mars: Make It a One-Way Trip

Landing humans on Mars is a completely achievable feat with current technology—if you are okay with the idea of a one-way ticket, points out physicist and Scientific American columnist Lawrence Krauss in an op-ed in yesterday's New York Times ...

September 2, 2009 — Philip Yam
Mad Cow Disease

Mad Cow Disease

Cannibalism takes its revenge on modern farms

September 1, 2009 — Philip Yam
Buckyballs and Nanotubes

Buckyballs and Nanotubes

A once overlooked form of carbon may represent the future of technology

September 1, 2009 — Philip Yam

Origins: The Start of Everything

Where do rainbows come from? What about flying cars, love and LSD?

August 17, 2009 — Davide Castelvecchi, Graham P. Collins, Bruce Grierson, Mara Hvistendahl, Jonathon Keats, Michael Moyer, George Musser, Christie Nicholson, Ricki Rusting, Jessica Snyder Sachs, Christine Soares, Gary Stix, Kate Wong, Melinda Wenner and Philip Yam

Are Rorschach tests really any good?

Psychologists are up in arms about the posting of the 10 original Rorschach tests on Wikipedia . As detailed in today's New York Times , many of them fear that the easy availability of the inkblots could undermine their usefulness in assessing personality and mental illness...

July 29, 2009 — Philip Yam
The Multipath to Clarity

The Multipath to Clarity

One Scientific American editor's recipe for receiving HDTV over the air: Equal parts luck and patience

January 10, 2009 — Philip Yam
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