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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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What is silica gel and why do I find little packets of it in everything I buy?

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 does a chicken's egg get its shell?

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?

Is it true that grilling meat can cause cancer?

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.

How does dry ice work?

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?

How do scratch-and-sniff stickers work? What makes them last for years and years?

How do ear thermometers work?

Ear thermometers can get a quick and accurate reading. Learn how they assess your body temperature from inside your ear.

How does silk-screening work?

I'm having T-shirts printed, and the people at the shop keep talking about "silk-screening." How does silk-screening work?

How Bread Works

Crunchy crust, soft, spongy middle -- there's something about fresh-baked bread. Have you ever thought about bread as a technology? Learn about the biochemical reactions that make bread taste so good!

How Fats Work

Tired of hearing about things like monounsaturated fats, partially hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acids and not knowing a thing about any of them? Find out what you need to know here.

How Food Preservation Works

Because sustenance ensures our survival, food preservation is one of the oldest technologies developed by human beings. Find out what's being done to your food to make it last longer.

How Food Works

Ever wonder what, exactly, you are putting in your body when you eat? Would you like to know the real difference between a "fat" and a "carb"? Learn all about food and how your body uses it!

How Hair Coloring Works

Got a few grays? Just want a new look? Well, if you are like 75 percent of women, you're part of a billion dollar industry. Learn all about hair coloring and choosing the best color for you.

How Underground Pet Fences Work

Want to keep your dog out of the neighbor's yard but feeling guilty pulling out a leash? You might consider an underground or wireless pet fence. Learn how these fascinating systems work and why this specialized fencing industry is booming.

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