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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.

Two hands grab a wishbone in front of a Thanksgiving table

Follow these three basic tips to increase your chances of ending up with the bigger side of the bone (infographic).

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

New theory views lullabies as a signal to babies that parents are giving all they can.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

With gene editing technology, newly discovered mutations may become tools for boosting booze flavor.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Picture of a werewolf, a vampire and a zombie

These real medical conditions carry uncanny echoes of our monster legends.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Using science to read the future and find out if, how and when the end is near.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Why you shouldn’t throw your Jack-o-lantern guts away.

Kimberly Hickok, Contributor

A close up image of the Zika virus.

According to experts, it's strong historic investment in basic science, academic freedom for researchers and patience to see results.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Are humans designed to believe? Or is it an unintended by-product of our ballooning brains?

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Nobel laureate Jeffrey Halls wear a distinctive Civil War era hat.

The distinctive head toppers of medicine prize winner Jeffrey Hall are a testament to his keen interest in the Civil War.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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