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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.

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

Reanalyzed foot and handprints may date to thousands of years before many thought the roof of the world was settled.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Physics Today magazine features a special article this month examining science stereotypes in the popular TV show

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

The shortest day of the year is celebrated by many cultures around the world.

Inside Science Staff

Purple, Magic failed to give enough warning.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Check out our infographic to learn more

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Efforts could help reproduce frankincense before natural sources disappear.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Here's how to identify when a lone-wolf strategy is better than sharing information.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

There are many deserving scientists, but only one prize.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

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