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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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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.

Extraordinary, Eccentric and Eerie: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read on to catch up on some of our latest podcasts and articles.

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?

Unbelievable, Unusual and Unique: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

In this week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles, a neurological disorder causes an addiction to joking, and slug mucus inspires surprisingly strong glue for biological tissues.

Weird, Wonderful and Wacky: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles features invasive hippos in Colombia, synchronized driving and the death of a beloved art application.

Is the Age of Laundry-folding Robots Nearly Upon Us?

It's not quite a robot butler, but two companies hope their real-life appliances will cross one tedious laundry chore off your list.

How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

The Stanford Prison Experiment is one of the most well-known psychological studies, infamous for the participants' cruel behavior. But the whole story of the study is much more complex.

No, We Didn't Just Teleport an Object to Space — But Here's What Did Happen

We shouldn't discount a new Chinese breakthrough in photonic quantum teleportation, but we shouldn't overblow it, either.

Cool, Compelling and Curious: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week, we bring you stories on the fascinating history of women and whiskey, frogs' debt to dinos and odd U.S. presidential habits. Read on!

Moth Eye Structure Inspires Glare-resistant Screen Coating

Scientists have created a nano-sized anti-reflection film inspired by moths' eyes, potentially making electronic screens easier to read in bright sunlight.

Electricity-free Fridge Could Change Millions of Lives

Food spoilage is an urgent issue for the millions of people with unreliable electricity — or no electricity at all. A supercool $35 fridge could change that common scenario.

Curious, Crazy and Compelling: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Check out stories about paid protesters, brain hacking and the insane amount of U.S. food waste in this week's roundup of articles and podcasts.


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