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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.

This Father's Day I celebrate the man who taught me science is a state of mind.

Catherine Meyers, Staff Writer

Lecture hall

Few undergrads will enter careers in academia, but their training is geared to it.

Erin Ross, Contributor

Iceland's long genealogical records show that you have more in common with your siblings than your parents.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Scientists try to uncover the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

A new movie tells the story of an underdog Indian mathematician.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Plutonium processing plant was saved by conservative engineering.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Film-making and science, an artful collaboration.

Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer

For one night, science and technology are the stars of the show.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

Why love is addictive.

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

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