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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.

Some students are continuing to learn while school doors are closed, but others may not be able to avoid losing ground.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Bird statuette, recovered from a refuse heap, more than doubles the age of the earliest known animal sculpture from East Asia.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Available data revealed that people of color were hospitalized 25% less often than white people after high-force arrests.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

New find raises questions regarding size and timing of large settlements in Central America.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

In this visual representation of a network of vaccine-related pages on Facebook, blue represents pages expressing pro-vaccine sentiments, red represents pages expressing anti-vaccine sentiments, and green represents pages that are interested in vaccines,

A new social network map shows a well-connected anti-vaccine movement, now intertwined with coronavirus conspiracy theories.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Scientists can tell where whiskey came from by the patterns it creates.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Researchers use the DNA of currently-living Quebecois to help identify their ancestors.

Jesse Kathan, Contributor

Experts who studied the Zika epidemic discuss how to handle misinformation during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New research indicates that new technologies emerged on the island separately from Eurasian innovations.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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