Ilana Strauss

Ilana Strauss

Ilana E. Strauss is a Microsoft Word ninja living in Brooklyn. She’s a staff writer at From the Grapevine, who has also written for The Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, GOOD Magazine and the Washington Post.

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Snaps for your soul: The Nature Conservancy's photos of the year

Contest winners feature stallions playing, erupting volcanoes and a moment of pure serenity.

Natalie Portman burns her mouth for the planet

She made a documentary about factory farms and told us about it while eating painfully spicy wings.

Who made Beyonce's wedding renewal dress?

Spoiler: it's Israeli designer Galia Lahav.

Mole rats are uncovering your ancient history

The fuzzy critters are now being used by some archaeologists on digs.

Why your boss shouldn't complain if you browse Facebook at work

A new study explores whether 'cyberloafing' is a problematic waste of company time or simply something to do when you're bored.

There’s a neuron in your brain, and it’s named after Jennifer Aniston

This is what happens when you watch too much television, America.

Scientists are getting closer to recording your dreams

You may soon be able to watch your dreams while you're awake.

How sci-fi machines are saving kids in India

These handwashing stations make water out of thin air.

The app that saves you from anaphylactic shock

Seriously, if you carry an EpiPen, you should look into this.

Amazing photos of male ibexes fighting over ladies

Like other (ahem) animals, ibexes will do just about anything to get some.

We just discovered something new about Jupiter's mysterious stripes

American space probe Juno is uncovering secrets about our solar system's favorite gas giant planet.

I tried to recreate my favorite cookie, and the fail was epic

Marzipan Bakery in Israel makes the most amazing rugelach, and I was determined to make these gooey, chocolate cookies myself.

Meet the humanitarian doctors curing blindness from a boat

A team of doctors from Israel and beyond sailed to Papua New Guinea to fix the eyes and teeth of locals, many of whom had never seen a doctor before.

You may soon be able to afford the most expensive food on the planet

Scientists in Israel are figuring out how to grow truffles.

Did scientists just discover dark matter?

One of the biggest mysteries of physics may not be a mystery for much longer.