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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.

New distilling technique creates a new, refreshing use for mashed peas.

Brian Owens, Contributor

A survey of 1,225 dog owners reveals what works and what doesn't to help dogs with firework fear.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Violence and disease -- but also art and culture -- accompanied humanity's movement into increasingly populated areas.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New research reveals the physics behind the darkening of yellow pigments in old paintings.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Picture of a city intersection at night, as snow falls and cars travel along the roads.

Researchers used radar to provide new insight into how precipitation raises the chances of deadly car crashes.

Bailey Bedford, Contributor

A newly analyzed jawbone is the first confirmed Denisovan fossil found anywhere outside Siberia.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The braided ribbon on a maypole can be analyzed using a type of math called group theory.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Picture shows rolled joints and the components on a table

Different people respond to cannabis in different ways, making a blood THC level difficult to legislate.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Drought-tolerant ingredients and local sourcing of brewing containers meant the beer could flow even in tough times.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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