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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Scientists can almost build a human from scratch

Doctors are cloning human bones and brains ... The next step looks pretty obvious.

My disastrous first time surfing

Surfing is, as it turns out, really hard.

My strange journey to learn how to make the perfect cup of Moroccan tea

I traveled to a small town in Morocco to teach you to make and serve this ancient tea.

Are robot arms about to get less expensive?

Entrepreneur Easton LaChappelle is using 3D printing to change the prosthetics game.

1,800-year-old mural shows why togas never go out of fashion

Check out the mural archaeologists just uncovered in Israel.

How to build a house out of stone (for apocalypses AND fun)

Moroccan villagers taught me how to make a stone house, and you can too! Especially if you're worried about zombies.

Tech’s too addictive, says man who made tech more addictive

Bestselling author Nir Eyal gave businesses a step-by-step guide to getting their users hooked, but he seems to be rethinking things.

Einstein’s dream just turned into a Nobel Prize, and here’s how it happened

The winning scientists of 2017 tell us what it was like to be the first to detect and observe gravitational waves.

Travel tips from modern-day cave-dwelling nomads

Learn how to get around, meet locals and NOT get your head beat in with a baseball bat.

This is the weirdest book about the Dead Sea you'll ever read

Artist Sigalit Landau has been making art in this salty body of water for decades.

How Indian farmers are doubling their crops

Learning about new technology was a game changer for this farming couple.

How a love story brought Israeli cuisine to Portugal

Two men wanting to make jelly doughnuts wound up starting a critically acclaimed restaurant far from home.

A musician caught between two worlds

Israeli singer Gal Tamir's journeys took him through the Brazilian jungle before landing him in Lisbon.

Why some people are more creative than others

A new study found that certain types of brain connections have something to do with creativity.

Why you'll never have to clean another toilet

Two entrepreneurs invented a robot that could mean freedom from dirty bathrooms forever.