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.

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?

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  • How Breast Pumps Work

    How Breast Pumps Work

    Breastfeeding is a healthy way to feed young children, but busy schedules and other factors may keep mom from being available when baby's hungry. Breast pumps can help bridge that gap. See more »

  • How Cornucopia's Digital Gastronomy Works

    How Cornucopia's Digital Gastronomy Works

    The term "digital gastronomy" conjures up images of space-age kitchens, but it may not be so far in the future. Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran are proposing the Cornucopia, three devices that would revolutionize food technology. See more »

  • How Corrective Lenses Work

    How Corrective Lenses Work

    Eyeglasses are one of the most common sights in the world. Learn what goes into creating the lenses and how to read an eyeglass prescription. See more »

  • How Crypton Super Fabrics Work

    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? See more »

  • How Daylight Saving Time Works

    How Daylight Saving Time Works

    We humans aren't complete slaves to time. We've even devised ways to pack an extra hour of sunshine into our day, thanks to daylight saving time. Are you ready to spring forward into the fine art of tweaking time? See more »

  • How do ear thermometers work?

    How do ear thermometers work?

    Ear thermometers can get a quick and accurate reading. Learn how they assess your body temperature from inside your ear. See more »

  • How do erasers erase?

    How do erasers erase?

    Ahhhh, the good old No. 2 pencil and its oft-used eraser. Have you ever wondered exactly what science is at work when that pink, rubbery lifesaver eradicates your blunders? See more »

  • How do fireworks explode in specific shapes?

    How do fireworks explode in specific shapes?

    Nothing quite thrills like seeing fireworks for the first time. But while many of us have grown up taking these bright, booming wonders for granted, a lot of design and planning goes into creating the awe-inspiring shapes we've come to love. See more »

  • How Elastic Works

    How Elastic Works

    It holds your Skivvies up, secures your ponytail and generally keeps athletes, rock stars and the general public outfitted in stretchy comfort. Ready to learn about the elastic fantastic? See more »

  • How Electronic Cigarettes Work

    How Electronic Cigarettes Work

    Electronic cigarettes were developed to help smokers get their dose of nicotine without the chemicals associated with burning tobacco. But are they any safer? See more »

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