Innovation

Do you know how common everyday items, such as mirrors, fireworks or sunglasses work? This collection of Innovation articles explores the workings of objects you may come into contact with on a regular basis.


Researchers develop a gadget that lets winemakers hasten the fermentation process, experiment more.

Very often, media coverage of scientific studies is misleading or just plain wrong. What do scientists think would make it better?

Animal testing has a long, gruesome history, but it's also saved countless human lives.

British DIY engineer Colin Furze recreates the pyrotechnics seen in heavy-metal shows and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Swedish researchers have figured out how to take the color out of wood and make it 85 percent transparent. It's part of a trend of new see-through materials.

Science is forever uncovering the mysteries of our universe, but some questions remain elusive. What topics have us still scratching our heads?

Sure, novelty foods can seem gimmicky sometimes, but color-changing ice cream is a treat that's fun for your taste buds and your eyes. Learn the chemistry behind the confection — it's sweeter than you think.

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.

College students who volunteer to participate in academic experiments for extra credit don't exactly represent humanity. And that's a problem for research.

While it might seem like the home only of Martha Stewart wannabes, Pinterest has a political side too.

In 1915, the great physicist predicted the existence of ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. A century later, scientists finally have detected them on Earth.

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

Thousands of screaming fans. Thousands of beers. Thousands of visits to the bathroom. And a field that needs nutrients. You thinking what we're thinking?

Dairy waste product gets second life as biogas in — where else? — France.

Neil deGrasse Tyson once said, "No one is dumb who is curious." Curious to see what else you'll find besides that great quote on HowStuffWorks' Instagram account?

The fascinating world around us provides endless amazement. It's a weird world, and we love writing about it. These are some of our staff's favorite pieces from 2015.

We've rounded up the nine most popular stories on HowStuffWorks Now this year. They're an eclectic mix for sure. See for yourself.

Even time. But a new study has challenged that finding.

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.

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

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

When fried up, the seaweed dulse tastes a lot like bacon, giving it lots of vegan market possibilities.

Do people born on the 13th of a month have a lifetime of bad luck? Researchers examined whether an “unlucky” birthdate could impact employment, earnings and marriage.

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.

The genetic material from two parents combines to form a child. Can we throw a third set of genes into the mix?