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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.

The etymological root of the word links nonrepresentational art and the history of scientific publications.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Franklin, who was born 100 years ago, played a key role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. But her full story is much richer.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Two researchers, clothed in protective gear, work to find architects inside a cave in Mexico

Artifacts found in a Mexican cave are about 30,000 years old.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The potentially world-destroying power of the atomic bomb moved many scientists to engage more directly with the public, an effort that continues to this day.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Movies, music and even candy wrappers helped people process what it meant to put the powers of gods in human hands.

Chris Gorski, Editor

The Manhattan Project resulted in reactions both new and unforeseen.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

A selection of women and people of color who achieved remarkable things in science after working on the Manhattan Project.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Highlights from our previous coverage of nuclear weapons and radiation.

Inside Science Staff

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