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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.

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

Estimates of animal populations made by local residents and field scientists are similar.

Brian Owens, Contributor

Wood from the foundation of a 2,000-year-old building in Rome traced to a mountain forest in what is now France.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The disease disappeared, but Anne Boleyn's ghost still walks the bloody tower.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Features common to the world's music may underlie a universal musical grammar, according to a controversial new study.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

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