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Bird statuette, recovered from a refuse heap, more than doubles the age of the earliest known animal sculpture from East Asia.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Assyrian sculptures date from the good times when the water flowed.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Using a simple film camera, astronomer Bill Livingston photographed satellites that hover above the equator.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor

New research reveals the physics behind the darkening of yellow pigments in old paintings.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

The braided ribbon on a maypole can be analyzed using a type of math called group theory.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Dressmakers are exceptional at judging distances, while dentists and surgeons are no better than the rest of us.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Origami’s easier, less complicated cousin.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Interior designers are turning to experiments, using psychology and physics to come up with the best spaces for health -- and productivity.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Technology in optics may have helped artists throughout history to surpass their predecessors in execution, but true artistry lies in vision as well as skill.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

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