Culture

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.

Super-slender buildings can make scary noises as they sway, but acoustical consultants say they have solutions.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Our coverage throughout another tough year has continued to explore how science influences daily life.
Chris Gorski, Editor
As grapes moved throughout Europe, people interbred domesticated vines with wild fruit.
Chris Gorski, Editor
The running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, helped researchers study what happens when lots of people suddenly wish to move quickly.
James Gaines, Contributor
A new study probes the network of protons in egg-based paints to highlight how the paint works on a molecular scale.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Devices that nudge the rich and middle class to exercise don't offer same boost to those with lower incomes.
Brian Owens, Contributor
Black tea films crack more easily than green tea films, while red tea forms no film.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
While martinis probably aren't more protective than good travel habits, researchers can't explain the superspy's luck.
Haley Weiss, Staff Writer
Strychnine is so difficult to make in a lab that chemists, including Nobel winners, have long competed to synthesize it more efficiently.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Beginning early Monday morning, Inside Science will cover the three most anticipated science prizes of the year.
Chris Gorski, Editor
These significant advancements could win the Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry.
Inside Science Staff
Researchers compare tree rings from an instrument's body to other wood to estimate the instrument's age.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer