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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

People May Not Behave So Terribly When the World Is Ending, Video Game Shows

A beta test of the online game "ArcheAge" revealed that people may be more helpful than harmful when an apocalypse looms.

Silly, Strange and Sad: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

The silliest, strangest and saddest stories of the week, including the gloomy octopus, caring for sick pets and those who go missing from national parks

Why does a balloon stick to hair?

HowStuffWorks explains the secrets of static electricity.

Atomic Bombs, Asteroids and JFK: The Wild Ideas of Physicist Luis Alvarez

Alvarez won the Nobel Prize for his work in particle physics. But he also created a detonator for atomic bombs, and even thought the U.S. should make a hydrogen bomb.

Puzzling, Peculiar and Phenomenal: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

From stories on edible packaging to sheltering in place during a natural disaster, here are our best podcasts and articles of the week.

Recreating the Glue Neanderthals Used to Make Weapons

Neanderthals distilled tar more than 100,000 years before modern humans created glue; archaeologists compared three potential ways this ancient tech was used.

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

Ancient Babylonian trigonometry, a mysterious, unidentified corpse and chakrams all make an appearance in this week's roundup of our podcasts and articles.

How to Help NASA Collect Data During the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

You're going to be looking at the sky anyway, so why not use a citizen-science smartphone app to help NASA while you're at it?

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