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Everyday Innovations

Have you ever wondered how black lights, or mirrors work? This collection of articles will explain the workings of some of the most common inventions and innovations you come into contact with everyday.

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How Artificial Vision Will Work

There was once no cure for blindness, but artificial vision systems implanted directly on the retina may restore sight. Is a silicon microchip the answer to combating retinal disease?


A Teen-designed App Could End Lonely School Lunches

During National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, HowStuffWorks Now looks at an app to help picked-on kids find lunch buddies. See more »

Guy Who Set the Paper Airplane World Record Shows How It's Done

How do paper airplanes work? Learn more about paper airplanes and John Collins' world record in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Will Nissan's New Self-Driving Chair Usher in a Golden Age of Sloth?

What is Nissan's self-driving chair? Learn more about the Nissan ProPilot chair in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

How Hair Dye Turns Your Hair That Great Shade of Pink or Purple

Whether you want pink or silver or jet black hair, the BrainStuff team explains how hair dye works to give you your color of choice in this video. See more »

How Daylight Saving Time Increases the Risk of Having a Stroke

How can daylight saving time increase the chance of having a stroke? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

The Innovations in Video Game Design Quiz

How much do you know about the innovations that have been made in video game design? Test your knowledge by taking this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Hand Sanitizer Is Great at Preserving Insect DNA

Hand sanitizer not only keeps hands clean — it can preserve insects, allowing citizen scientists to easily send specimens to researchers. See more »

How Ice Sculpting Works

Blocks of ice can be sculpted into anything from swans to full-size buildings. Find out how ice sculpting is done from HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Rise of Crazy Koozie Technology

Those fabric and foam insulators just aren't getting the job done. Learn about the rise of koozie tech for your beverages at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

This Bossy Desk Decides When You Stand Up and Sit Down

A smart desk that automatically decides whether you stand or sit? Read this HowStuffWorks Now article to learn more about the automatic smart desk. See more »