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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How to make a vacation better after it’s over

Trips end, but memories last a lifetime. And how you remember has a lot to do with this quirk in your brain.

The surprising key to changing your life

A neuroscientists explains that making better daily decisions doesn't work so well. Here's what does.

The strangest things we learned in 2017

We discovered so much odd stuff this year about aliens, tigers, apocalypses, goats, lawns and even Albert Einstein.

Scientists may have figured out how to make stuff invisible

A team of scientists just had a Harry Potter-style breakthrough.

Newly discovered 8,000-year-old wine breaks archaeological record

The oldest wine ever found was buried in a Neolithic village in Georgia.

Why everybody is talking about the new Broadway musical 'The Band's Visit'

The comedy about a band that gets stranded in a remote Israeli town is drawing comparisons to the Tony Award-winning phenom 'Hamilton.'

The dramatic search for one of the world’s most elusive creatures: sand kittens

These zoologists have spent years looking for the mysterious feline that lives in deserts from Morocco to Israel.

Where I tasted the best halvah this side of the Mediterranean

I filmed a Facebook live video on my visit to Seed + Mill, a new halvah and tahini shop in New York's Chelsea Market.

What you should be for Halloween, based on your Myers-Briggs type

Don't go as a zombie or a witch. Let us help you be something more unique.

Who were the ancient Natufians and how did they change your life?

One little culture started farming crops and taming animals, leading to the modern world.

Why you should ask for advice, not opinions

One question will pull people toward you, while the other will push them away.

If you can't beat the robots, make them

A CEO explains how he knew artificial intelligence would eventually take his job.

Next up for takeoff: Uber for airplanes?

You might soon be buying flights on custom electric jets for the price of a bus ticket.

Moving away from America to make it in America

A comedienne explains how moving from New York to Israel got her career rolling.

Cutting out the middle man: Women won't need a dude in the near future to get pregnant

Research is underway to create artificial sperm.