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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 are bendy straws made?

It bends to your will, it has nifty ridges, and it allows patients and little kids alike to slurp along with everyone else. How did the flexible straw begin its days?


How Crypton Super Fabrics Work

 How Crypton Super Fabrics Work

Crypton Super Fabric is specially designed for easy clean up and maintenance. Read more about Crypton Super Fabrics. See more »

How Pet Microchipping Works

 How Pet Microchipping Works

The pet microchip could save your lost pet's life. Find out how the pet microchip works and why pets receive the pet microchip. See more »

How Artificial Blood Works

 How Artificial Blood Works

Artificial blood carries oxygen in situations where a person's red blood cells can't do it on their own. Learn about artificial blood and how it is made. See more »

How Breast Implants Work

 How Breast Implants Work

Breast implants are becoming a popular high school graduation present for parents in the U.S. to give their teens. Learn all about breast implants and the surgical process of augmentation. See more »

How Tooth Whitening Works

 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. Does it really work? Find out! See more »

How Black Lights Work

 How Black Lights Work

Black lights cause everyday objects to glow in the dark. Learn how black lights work and about uses for different types of black lights. See more »

How Zippers Work

 How Zippers Work

Better than buttons? Maybe. Less time-consuming than laces? Definitely. As far as fastening mechanisms go, the zipper is a work of art. Learn exactly what makes up a zipper and how it all fits together so perfectly. See more »

How Instant Film Works

 How Instant Film Works

Before digital cameras, you needed instant film to get instant pictures. With instant-film photography, you can watch the image slowly come together in a matter of minutes. While it seems like magic, the process relies on elements of science. Find out how instant cameras give you the image in a snap. See more »

How Aerosol Cans Work

 How Aerosol Cans Work

Aerosol cans dispense everything from hairspray to cleaning products to whipped cream. Learn about aerosol systems here. See more »

How Light Sticks Work

 How Light Sticks Work

Light sticks produce a mesmerizing neon glow before slowly extinguishing. Learn about light sticks, chemical light sticks and how they work. See more »