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.
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Many items enjoyed by people of all abilities were originally designed to help people with disabilities. Here are some inventions you may use every day that were originally for the disabled community.
By Alia Hoyt
Researchers are constantly developing fabrics that can help keep you cool, whether you're working out or trying to get a good night's sleep. But how do they work, and which are the best ones?
This is one 'supermaterial' that might actually live up to its hype. So what is graphene really, and why is it so versatile?
By Dave Roos
If you're a gamer, you've got Jerry Lawson to thank for inventing the first commercial home video game console with interchangeable game cartridges.
Hedy Lamarr's twin passions were acting and inventing. During World War II, she came up with a secret communication system that paved the way for technology like WiFi and GPS. But for decades, people thought this was an urban legend.
A new video translation technology not only converts speech into another language, but makes a speaker's lips move accurately in that language.
A drone with some petri dishes attached is making research much less stressful for whales and scientists alike.
The heyday for Morse code is primarily over, but this communication method using dots and dashes still has its place in our digital world.
By Mark Mancini
The trend toward tiny houses and rabid clutter clearing have combined to lead more than a few people away from the traditional home and into shipping container life.
Galton was a pioneer in meteorology, psychology, statistics, biometrics, forensics and anthropology. But all of that is overshadowed by his promotion of and work on eugenics.
By Dave Roos
We're talking the science of aging beer with the brewmasters of Sweetwater Brewery.
"Candy Queen" Jackie Sorkin took her love of sugary sweet candy and turned it into a crazy, colorful world of art and illusions.
Humans routinely break the sound barrier in supersonic aircraft. Could everyone's favorite hedgehog do it, too?
By Robert Lamb
The blog Retraction Watch released an online database of more than 18,000 papers and conference materials that have been retracted since the 1970s.
By Oisin Curran