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 Crypton Super Fabrics Work

Right now, you may be sitting on a chair or walking on a rug made of some type of fabric. Hopefully, you're wearing fabric in the form of clothes! But fabric is easily damaged. So what if there were a super fabric out there that stayed intact?


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?

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

Paper airplanes are much more than child's play.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Rise of Crazy Koozie Technology

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

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?

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.