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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.

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

The futuristic ideas from the original "Star Trek" series have inspired today's technology.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

Photo of people on an escalator

Now, how to convince commuters?

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Interpreting clues from 500-year-old book required math developed long after initial publication.

Andrew Silver, Contributor

A new algorithm may help divvy up cake without leaving anyone unsatisfied.

Andrew Silver, Contributor

Fireworks are so advanced they turn into shapes like hearts, stars and even smiley faces. But have you ever wondered how they do that?

Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer

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