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Mona Lisa’s Smirk Hints at a Lie

But what was she hiding?

Five centuries after Leonardo da Vinci created the world’s most famous painting, “Mona Lisa” continues to transfix art lovers and just about anyone who glances her way. Including scientists, who, like many people, have wondered if the subject in the painting is smiling or not. In 2017, researchers concluded her arresting, complex smirk is, in fact, a smile. Now some…

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Robert Roy Britt

Robert Roy Britt

Health & science writer. Independent journalist covering physical health & mental wellness. My new book, “Make Sleep Your Superpower,” is coming Nov. 1.