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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.

We have combined the faces of more than 500 Nobel laureates to visualize the average winner of the Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Recently uncovered archaeological evidence matches the Bible's account of Babylonian invasion 2,600 years ago.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Doing dangerous things in pursuit of new knowledge was par for the course for this Prussian polymath, born 250 years ago this month.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Tarp covered archaeological site sits deep in a green river valley

Artifacts found in Idaho support theory that humans reached the Americas before a land route to Asia existed.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Composite image shows skull on right and the reconstructed face of a human ancestor on the left.

Nearly complete skull of Australopithecus anamensis found in Ethiopia.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

image shows asteroid entering atmosphere above Earth, surrounded by smoke and fire

While plenty of apocalypses occur in science fiction, the risks could be shown more realistically, experts argue.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

New distilling technique creates a new, refreshing use for mashed peas.

Brian Owens, Contributor

The fate of battleship remains may rest in the hands of countries that don't own the ships.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

A survey of 1,225 dog owners reveals what works and what doesn't to help dogs with firework fear.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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