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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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.

Celebrity names you’re pronouncing wrong

Here's how to sound smart when you're dropping these celebrities' names.

Clues from Sigmund Freud's secret psychoanalytical society

A new exhibit in Israel sheds light on the secrets of a man obsessed with finding secrets.

Can pretending to be Einstein actually make you smarter?

Scientists made a virtual reality Einstein body to see if it changed people's intelligence.

Here’s what face you search for when you look into a crowd

Scientists set out to figure out what we notice, and it reveals something about what's important to us.

Is it smart to fry food in olive oil?

I've heard both sides of the argument, and I'm determined to find the answer once and for all.

Check out this show-stopping line at Paris fashion week

Israeli fashion designer Galia Lahav has done it again with the help of her former student and current employee, Sharon Sever.

How do you stop temper tantrums?

A behavioral scientist weighs in on getting kids to stop throwing tantrums in public places.

Some people can actually hear shooting stars

Scientists may have cracked a puzzle that's been confusing people for centuries.

Dogs have been wandering America longer than we knew

Ancient skeletons found in Illinois are more than 10,000 years old.

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.

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.