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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.

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How does a Galileo thermometer work?

One of my co-workers has an interesting thermometer on his desk. It is a glass tube with different-colored floating things in it. What kind of thermometer is this, and how does it work?


 Can bug zappers help transmit diseases?

I've heard that bug zappers can actually help transmit diseases -- how does that happen? Once the mosquito dies, how can a disease it was carrying be transmitted? See more »

I've heard of bank robbers being foiled by a "dye pack" put in their money stash. What is a "dye pack"?

 I've heard of bank robbers being foiled by a "dye pack" put in their money stash. What is a "dye pack"?

Dye packs are often used to foil bank robbers. Learn about dye packs in this article. See more »

How does a Galileo thermometer work?

 How does a Galileo thermometer work?

One of my co-workers has an interesting thermometer on his desk. It is a glass tube with different-colored floating things in it. What kind of thermometer is this, and how does it work? See more »

How does a rebreather work?

 How does a rebreather work?

How does a rebreather work? See more »

 What are motion cards and how do they work?

A friend of mine showed me this card that the image changed depending on the angle that you view it at. How does that work? See more »

 How Hoverboards Will Work

See "Back to the Future 2"? Drool much over those hoverboards? Find out how these devices will work and see one that already does! See more »

How Ultrasound Works

 How Ultrasound Works

Ultrasound can help doctors look inside a patient's body to see everything from heart valves to a moving baby. Find out how ultrasound works, what type of ultrasound techniques are available and what each technique can be used for. See more »

How does "bulletproof" glass work?

 How does "bulletproof" glass work?

In a lot of movies you see windows that are 'bulletproof.' Does bulletproof glass really exist, and if so, how does it work? See more »

 How does a magneto work?

I am curious about the ignition system in my lawn mower. I know that a spark plug creates a high-voltage spark, and I know in my car the electricity for the spark comes from the battery. My lawn mower doesn't have a battery, so where does the electricty come from? See more »

 How can I make my own battery to win a contest at school?

I am entering a chemistry contest at my high school. The goal is to build the battery that produces the most watts for one minute. Our battery can't be bigger then 1 foot in any direction and can't use strong acids. What are the best chemicals to use, and what's the best design? See more »