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.
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.
They're instantly recognizable — mostly for their color. We're talking about yellow legal pads. So who decided they'd be yellow, anyway?
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.
From Isaac Newton to Ivan Pavlov, scientists have developed and tested hypotheses through carefully crafted experiments for centuries. Here are three groundbreaking hypotheses and the predictions they tested.
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.
Magnets have always been solid, but scientists have now created a material that's both liquid and magnetic, able to change shape and adapt as necessary.
The pollution produced by cars, trucks and factories can be recycled as ink, cleaning the air of dangerous particulate matter and turning it into a useful product.
Who doesn't love a smooth, creamy bar of chocolate? The process to make one is pretty tricky, but sooo worth it.
We're talking the science of aging beer with the brewmasters of Sweetwater Brewery.
In her legendary 60-year career, Jane Goodall has made being an intrepid scientist, environmentalist, writer and teacher look easy.
There's a lot of controversy surrounding the two one-time work colleagues turned bitter rivals. Find out more with our quiz.
"Candy Queen" Jackie Sorkin took her love of sugary sweet candy and turned it into a crazy, colorful world of art and illusions.
The toilet hasn't evolved much in 400 years, but modern science is hoping to change that.
Salt is something most of us use without thinking about it. But with so many options available, how do we know what's best?
Humans routinely break the sound barrier in supersonic aircraft. Could everyone's favorite hedgehog do it, too?
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 represents big money to some investors and could provide protein to help solve the problem of world hunger.
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.
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.
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.
A startup in California is touting the anti-aging effects of transfusing teenagers' blood on older people.
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