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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.

How light and art work together to brighten, and better, our world.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Interior designers are turning to experiments, using psychology and physics to come up with the best spaces for health -- and productivity.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

When science and technology fail and only courage can win a battle.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

The vegan substitute works just as well as egg whites.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

From traditional three-leaf shamrocks to four-leaf varieties, clovers have produced mix-ups and mysteries for generations.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Author Duchess Harris talks about the economic and social factors that led African-American women to work as "computers" for NASA.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

The movie gives a shout-out to Euler's Method -- a centuries-old math technique. Did it really help send astronauts into orbit?

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

Evolutionary psychologist Gad Saad explains how the biological imperative to spread one's genes underlies our rituals of romantic love.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

This year's Oscar Sci-Tech awards go to new technologies that seamlessly blend virtual worlds with the real one.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

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