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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 Tooth Whitening Works

In the past few years, tooth-whitening has exploded as the physical upgrade of choice. Unlike nose jobs and chin tucks, just about anybody can afford to try this at home. Learn about different whitening techniques and how they work, and decide if you should give it a try.


A Teen-designed App Could End Lonely School Lunches

The app aims to make the school cafeteria a kinder and more welcoming place for all students. But will it work? See more »

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

Paper airplanes are much more than child's play. See more »

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

As if it weren't enough for the robots to steal human jobs, the era of autonomous furniture is apparently upon us. See more »

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

Ever wonder what's happening as your hair changes color? Permanent hair dyes physically and chemically change each hair, whether it's mermaid blue or bleach blonde. See more »

How Daylight Saving Time Increases the Risk of Having a Stroke

New research shows a small but measurable link between daylight saving time and incidence of ischemic stroke, and cancer patients and the elderly are at a higher risk. See more »

Hand Sanitizer Is Great at Preserving Insect DNA

Inexpensive hand sanitizer (as well as antifreeze) can preserve insect DNA for several days, helping citizen scientists to easily send specimens to researchers. See more »

How Ice Sculpting Works

Ice sculptures can range from small tabletop pieces to entire buildings. In this fundamentally temporary medium, art and engineering combine to form sparkling, breathtaking effects. See more »

The Rise of Crazy Koozie Technology

Or why there's no excuse for your beer being warm these days. See more »

This Bossy Desk Decides When You Stand Up and Sit Down

Sure, you've heard about the benefits of standing desks. But what about a "smart desk" that decides when you stand or sit? See more »

How Porta-Potties Work

Using a portable toilet at an outdoor concert or festival might be disgusting. But it sure beats going in a field! Now, imagine if your job were to clean out those suckers. See more »