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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Have concerns about the effects of aspartame? Wonder if it can really make you go blind? Find out the answer to your questions in this article.
Stout, lager, pale ale, pilsner and porter ... it takes a lot to produce a great beer. Take a tour through the brewing process from start to finish, barley to bottle, mash to keg and learn to brew at home!
By Karim Nice
There was once no cure for blindness, but artificial vision systems implanted directly on the retina may restore sight. Is a silicon microchip the answer to combating retinal disease?
By Kevin Bonsor
The lead in a pencil is not actually lead. It is a mixture of graphite and clay, but have you ever wondered how they get the lead inside a wooden pencil. Find out how pencils are constructed in this article from HowStuffWorks.
Although technology is helping to make the world seem a lot smaller, there are still major differences between countries. Learn about electrical standardization around the globe.
Whether you're hitting the surf or the slopes or just spending a day on the lake, sunglasses are a must-have accessory. Find out if the $10 sunglasses are as good as the high-cost ones.
By Jeff Tyson
How do trick birthday candles work -- the kind that re-light themselves after you blow them out?
How can my glasses change from transparent, when I'm inside, to dark when I go outdoors?
You can find glow-in-the-dark item everywhere these days. Have you ever wondered how these items produce their light? Find out the answer to that question in this article.
Most doctors use a variety of instruments to assess your health. Ever wondered just what they all do?
Kidney dialysis allows severely ill patients to urinate through a medical device. Find out how dialysis works.
X-ray machines are an indispensable part of medical diagnosis. Find out how they see right through you.
Many of the things I buy contain little packets of crystals. Some of them actually say "Silica Gel" on them, but many are unlabeled or say something like, "Do not eat." I have found these packets in electronics, vitamins and even in some pepperoni I
How do chickens create eggs? Does the chicken's body make the shell and fill it with the white and yolk somehow, or does it make the white and yolk and then somehow wrap the shell around it?
I have heard that grilling or broiling meat can cause it to become cancerous. Is this true? Find out the answer to this question here.
I saw your question on fog machines and dry ice and would like to know more -- how exactly does dry ice work?
How do scratch-and-sniff stickers work? What makes them last for years and years?
Ear thermometers can get a quick and accurate reading. Learn how they assess your body temperature from inside your ear.
I'm having T-shirts printed, and the people at the shop keep talking about "silk-screening." How does silk-screening work?
A nautical mile is used for navigation at sea. It is a unit of measurement that is based on the circumference of the Earth. How does it relate to a standard mile and a kilometer? Find out in this article.
There is a can of Pam in my kitchen that has a small hole in the lid. Lots of other cans have this hole. Why?