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Ever wondered how that thing works? Explore the inner workings of many common devices and inventions, as well as those that aren't so common, such as compasses, gyroscopes and bug zappers.

How Anti-shoplifting Devices Work

A fascinating article that examines the variety of anti-shoplifting devices being used by retail businesses and how these systems and devices work!

How Chemical Sensing Devices Work

Chemical sensing devices are not just for detecting radon gas and carbon monoxide. Learn about where and how they are used at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Mosquito Alarm May Be Breaching Your Human Rights

Thousands of "teen-repellent" devices called Mosquitos have been sold. Learn more about Mosquitos at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

You Can Bejewel Your Prosthetic

Prosthetic limbs have gone from being basic and utilitarian to being inspired works of art. Find out about unique art prosthetics from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can drones be used in construction?

Are drones appropriate for construction? Find out how some drones are helping builders monitor construction projects at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What's a Cybathlon?

The Cybathlon will showcase talented parathletes and the advanced robotics that can assist them. Learn more about the Cybathlon at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Zambonis Work

Zamboni machines have been smoothing the ice for decades. Learn how Zamboni ice resurfacing machines work at See more »

How Millimeter Wave Scanners Work

Millimeter wave scanners are often used in airport security. How exactly does the millimeter wave scanner device produce your image? See more »

What's the difference between backscatter machines and millimeter wave scanners?

What's the difference between backscatter machines and millimeter wave scanners? Learn about backscatter machines and millimeter wave scanners. See more »

Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system?

Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system? Learn about the reasons the United States has been slow to adopt the metric system. See more »

How the Metric System Works

The metric system is used around the world as a uniform measurement system. Learn how the metric system works at HowStuffWorks. See more »