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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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Would Sonic the Hedgehog Be Able to Survive His Own Speed?

Humans routinely break the sound barrier in supersonic aircraft. Could everyone's favorite hedgehog do it, too?

Database of 18,000 Retracted Scientific Papers Now Online

The blog Retraction Watch released an online database of more than 18,000 papers and conference materials that have been retracted since the 1970s.

Algae: Pond Scum or Food of the Future?

Algae represents big money to some investors and could provide protein to help solve the problem of world hunger.

Robot Revolution: Coming to a Restaurant Near You

Robots are starting to show up in the restaurant industry, but their developers say they're designed to work alongside human workers, not replace them.

Who Was Rube Goldberg, and What Are His Contraptions?

A Rube Goldberg machine is intentionally designed to perform a simple task in the most indirect and circuitous fashion possible. Meet the funny man behind these one-of-a-kind contraptions.

Tiny Patch Can Help Detect Contaminated Foods

Foodborne illnesses kill more than 400,000 people every year. But researchers in Canada have created a patch that could put an end to consuming contaminated foods.

Is 'Young Blood' the Fountain of Youth?

A startup in California is touting the anti-aging effects of transfusing teenagers' blood on older people.

Sanctioned, Synthetic, Savory: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the latest on the future of license plates to the history of ketchup, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Missing, Molecular, Mysterious: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the latest on the U.K.'s fight against loneliness to the possibility of a lost civilization in the Grand Canyon, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Will Alternative Technologies Make Animal Testing Obsolete?

Why are we still performing scientific tests on live animals?

McDonald's French Fry Oil Anti-Frothing Agent May Cure Baldness

Dimethylpolysiloxane has many uses, not the least of which might be curing baldness.

Spying, Supportive, Shining: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the latest news on tracking apps to ghost lights, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

The Spooky, the Scorching and the Subversive: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From a Frankensteinian future to what it means to be unladylike in 2018, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Two Hundred Years On, How Close Is a 'Frankenstein' Future?

We might not be able to reanimate a corpse, but Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' has influenced the research and ethics of scientists for 200 years.

The Gross, the Guest Suite, and the Grumpy: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the latest on the risks of holding in a sneeze to engineering toys for girls, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

The Big-Hearted, the Breathtaking and the Baby Bump: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From Oprah's speech at the 75th Golden Globes to the gender reveal party trend, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Flintstones , Frightening and Fragmented: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

'The Flintstones' to the Darien Gap, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Rarefied, Resilient and Rumored: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the latest on UFOs to 'The Last Jedi,' catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Daunting, Dangerous, and Delicious: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the latest in pet nutrition to the historical roots of holiday treats, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

The Terrific, The Tasty and The Tense: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From the best time to see the Leonid meteor shower to the best way to cook turkey, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Creative, Curious and Compelling: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From a mysterious portion of sea rumored to house an underwater dragon, to humanlike aliens, catch up on some of our best stories of the week here.

Spooky, Super and Surprising: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From alien implants to alligators versus sharks, we catch you up on our best stories of the week.

Silly, Serious and Surprising: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From hippos on the loose in Colombia to the pinky toe's surprising usefulness, here are some of our best podcasts and articles of the week.

How Long Can a Person Safely Hang Upside Down?

Although spending time upside down can be good for overall health, doing so eventually can be fatal under the right conditions.

Reality Probably Isn't a Computer Simulation After All, Analysis Finds

What's the likelihood we're living in 'The Matrix'? A new study suggests it's pretty likely we're real after all.


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