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 the Hoover Dam is putting muscle into its mussel problem

Mussels are preventing the dam from making energy, and an Israeli company has a solution.

Will this new campus turn New York into the new Silicon Valley?

Cornell Tech is combining research, business and sustainability to usher in a new era.

The unsolved mystery behind this 4,400-year-old pharaoh sculpture

Who was this man? Who brought his statue so far from home? And who destroyed it?

Are these the genes that taught humans to speak?

Scientists figured out how the DNA responsible for our voices changed as our ancient ancestors evolved.

Did this ancient fishing spot create civilization?

This valley may have been so lush that it allowed hunter-gatherers to develop towns before farming.

Love at first sight: Mama monkey adopts baby chicken

Watch this most adorable duo convince us that the world is an OK place after all.

Can Facebook save the planet?

Learn how social media managers are using the Internet to amplify their causes.

Can't understand science studies? That might be about to change

A new tool is taking the 'gibberish' jargon out of the research papers scientists write.

New Harvard theory: Aliens could survive apocalypses

Humans may not last through crazy space events, but a new study suggests extraterrestrials could handle them.

This might be the oldest sexy art in history

The people who invented agriculture and domesticated animals also created the first sculpture of a couple having sex 11,000 years ago.

You can use screens at night – and sleep better – if you follow this tip

Screens themselves aren't so bad. Blue light is the real problem, a new study says.

Meet the character actress returning to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Comedian Iris Bahr has appeared on 'Friends,' 'The Drew Carey Show' and 'The King of Queens.'

What it's like to be friends with Jackie Mason and George Carlin

Comedian Danny Lobell accidentally wandered into a friendship with some of history's most legendary comedians.

Here's what happened when I tried pole dancing

I'd always wanted to try an art caught between nightclubs and gyms.

Our favorite Earth-like planet may be way too extreme for life

We were hoping nearby planet Proxima b could support life, but new research suggests otherwise.