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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.

Experts who studied the Zika epidemic discuss how to handle misinformation during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New research indicates that new technologies emerged on the island separately from Eurasian innovations.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A mathematical model that visualizes echo chambers on Twitter shows how they coevolve with polarization on controversial topics.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

This month’s pictures feature coronavirus preparations, a robot that catches jellyfish, and a calm cat.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

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

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

The researchers hope to resurrect a variety of date that was praised in antiquity but lost to time.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Numerous chickens in an enclosed area, on a dirt floor, with pipes and machinery running through the crowd

What does the science say about the safety of America’s chicken farming practice?

Benjamin Plackett, Contributor

Drawing of Isaac Asimov, pointing a finger as if in conversation

He wrote almost 200 books and thousands of articles.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

The news that expanded our universe this year.

Inside Science Staff

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