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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.

Dressmakers are exceptional at judging distances, while dentists and surgeons are no better than the rest of us.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Canadians are changing how they say words -- and so are many Americans.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

New findings suggest that a still-widespread tradition could cause increased lead levels in mothers and their children.

Teresa L. Carey, Contributor

Scientists use oceanography technology to find the wrecks of World War II aircraft.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Are new instruments as good as Antonio Stradivari's prized creations?

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Origami’s easier, less complicated cousin.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

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

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