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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 Black Lights Work

Black lights look like normal lights, but they do something completely different. Switch one on, and fingernails, laundry detergent, highlighters, money and teeth will glow in the dark. Find out what why.


How are bendy straws made?

How are bendy straws made?

Have you ever wondered how bendy straws or flexible straws were made? Who came up with idea to bend a simple drinking tube? See more »

Who invented the safety pin?

Who invented the safety pin?

The safety pin holds together straps, serves as a makeshift button or body art and more. So who invented the safety pin, and who do we have to thank? See more »

How Breast Pumps Work

How Breast Pumps Work

Breast pumps help children get healthy breast milk when schedules or other factors keep mom from being available. Read about breast pumps at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are patent trolls smothering innovation?

Are patent trolls smothering innovation?

Are patent trolls smothering innovation? Learn about the effects patent trolls can have on innovation at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Quiz: Could you survive among the patent trolls?

Quiz: Could you survive among the patent trolls?

Test your knowledge of patents and patent trolls with this quiz from HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

How Electronic Cigarettes Work

How Electronic Cigarettes Work

Electronic cigarettes give smokers nicotine without the chemicals associated with burning tobacco. Learn more about e-cigarettes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Quiz: Are you an expert at springing forward and falling back?

Quiz: Are you an expert at springing forward and falling back?

Daylight saving time is a ritual performed each spring. Test your knowledge of daylight saving time with this quiz. See more »

How Daylight Saving Time Works

How Daylight Saving Time Works

Daylight saving time helps us pack an extra hour of sunshine into our day. Learn about daylight saving time at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Make a Battery Powered Light Bulb

Do you know how to make a battery powered light bulb? Find out how to make a battery powered light bulb in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Make a Potato Powered Light Bulb

Do you know how to make a potato powered light bulb? Find out how to make a potato powered light bulb in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »