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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.

Scientists examine the environmental impact of the U.K.'s love affair with prepackaged sandwiches.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Researchers find that complex cultural practices tend to proliferate in more niche groups.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Three holiday facts from the Inside Science archive (infographic).

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

First inspired by fire sprinkler systems, the gadgets pop when a material that softens in heat releases a spring.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Two hands grab a wishbone in front of a Thanksgiving table

Follow these three basic tips to increase your chances of ending up with the bigger side of the bone (infographic).

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

New theory views lullabies as a signal to babies that parents are giving all they can.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

With gene editing technology, newly discovered mutations may become tools for boosting booze flavor.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Picture of a werewolf, a vampire and a zombie

These real medical conditions carry uncanny echoes of our monster legends.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Using science to read the future and find out if, how and when the end is near.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

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