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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.

Ensuring a pot of the famous melted cheese dish has the right material properties is key to enjoying it.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

A New York district judge weighs in on using forensic science evidence in the courtroom.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Image of several large stones standing upright near the seashore.

New research suggests the idea of stone megaliths was spread by a mysterious seafaring culture from northwest France.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New research suggests that the language you speak may affect how you form memories -- even when the memory has nothing to do with words.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Chemical analysis shows presence of what was probably a primitive embalming fluid.

Thomas Garlinghouse, Contributor

An analysis of more than 50 years of song lyrics identifies a dark trend in popular music.

Brian Owens, Contributor

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

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