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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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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?

What is a nautical mile, and how does it differ from a normal mile and a kilometer?

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.

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 Chocolate Works

If you're a devotee of this ancient cocoa-bean confection, you may be drooling all over your screen right now. How did seeds from a weird little tree snare the hearts (and taste buds) of the world?

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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