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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.

Researchers develop artificial intelligence algorithm that plays against itself to master several classic games.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Algorithms for mixing and mastering audio are having a growing impact on what we hear.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Both can be made using the power of particle accelerators.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Psychological and brain development extends years beyond the end of puberty, new research shows.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Scientists create an algorithm to translate text into different literary styles of the Bible.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Ranked choice voting and vote-by-mail could be used more widely to improve the chances that votes will represent the electorate’s wishes.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

As Halloween approaches, stage blood takes the spotlight and chemistry tricks can treat viewers.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

For top scientists like James P. Allison, music and other artistic endeavors may be key to success.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

A look at five other Nobel Prize winners who share the uncommon achievement of having done their award-winning work as students.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

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