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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.

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

A gold medal sits atop a burgundy background, surrounded by waving ribbons. The ribbon atop the medal says Nobel Prize.

Beginning early Monday morning, Inside Science will cover the discoveries behind three of the most anticipated science prizes of the year.

Chris Gorski, Editor

The temperature at which champagne is stored determines what comes out of the bottle.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Vertical pupils and massive bodies might look cool on TV, but could handicap a dragon in the real world.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Dilution may make flavors more readily available to be savored.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

New programs highlight coral bleaching, a process driven by climate change, which could destroy most coral ecosystems by 2050.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

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