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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.

Nutrition, food safety and local norms among many considerations that aid groups weigh before and during disaster response.

James Gaines, Contributor

Will the kitchen of the future include a 3-D printer?

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

Illicit drug residues in sewage spiked for holidays and special events during summer 2017 in rural Kentucky.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Genetically modified yeast with basil and mint genes added gives beer a hoppy flavor without the need to add the actual flowers.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

The reasons that misinformation spreads over Twitter are as human as they are technological.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

When the bison were exterminated from North America, indigenous populations lost an inch of height in just a generation.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Scientists examine the environmental impact of the U.K.'s love affair with prepackaged sandwiches.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Researchers find that complex cultural practices tend to proliferate in more niche groups.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Three holiday facts from the Inside Science archive (infographic).

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

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