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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.

The shortest day of the year is celebrated by many cultures around the world.

Inside Science Staff

Purple, Magic failed to give enough warning.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Check out our infographic to learn more

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Efforts could help reproduce frankincense before natural sources disappear.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Here's how to identify when a lone-wolf strategy is better than sharing information.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

There are many deserving scientists, but only one prize.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Beginning early Monday morning, Inside Science will have coverage of the Nobel Prize announcements.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Drawing of alien invasion from "The War of the Worlds"

Beloved writer's work combines fantastical stories with social commentary.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

What can experts in the science of crowd management say about safety at this week's hajj pilgrimage, one year after thousands died in a tragic stampede?

Benjamin Plackett, Contributor

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