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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.

In this visual representation of a network of vaccine-related pages on Facebook, blue represents pages expressing pro-vaccine sentiments, red represents pages expressing anti-vaccine sentiments, and green represents pages that are interested in vaccines,

A new social network map shows a well-connected anti-vaccine movement, now intertwined with coronavirus conspiracy theories.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Scientists can tell where whiskey came from by the patterns it creates.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Researchers use the DNA of currently-living Quebecois to help identify their ancestors.

Jesse Kathan, Contributor

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

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