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The unexpected science of everyday things

Science is a mirror that reveals sometimes hidden, often unexpected and always astounding insights into everyday things and human life. Here we explore everything you always wanted to know about holidays, food, art, music, books, games, TV, film, education, urban life and crime — as well as human history, archaeology and anthropology.

A new analysis reveals links between more than 5,000 natural disasters and 1,000 armed conflicts in China’s history.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Online extremist groups emerge like curdling milk, a dynamic that may also describe how the recently disclosed fake Facebook accounts attract followers.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Analysis of vessel interactions reveals large potential for illegal activities, researchers say.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

Artifacts suggest that an extinct human species left Africa about 250,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Growing interest in minimally processed wines is shaking up the wine industry.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Nutrition, food safety and local norms among many considerations that aid groups weigh before and during disaster response.

James Gaines, Contributor

Will the kitchen of the future include a 3-D printer?

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

Illicit drug residues in sewage spiked for holidays and special events during summer 2017 in rural Kentucky.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Genetically modified yeast with basil and mint genes added gives beer a hoppy flavor without the need to add the actual flowers.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

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