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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 Shrimp Shells Help Wounds Heal Faster

With antimicrobial resistance a worldwide threat, researchers develop a new antibacterial dressing using the shells of crustaceans.

Powered Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Folks From Falling

Nearly every second, an elderly person falls in the U.S. A lightweight exoskeleton designed to kick in when a senior trips or slips could remedy this common problem.

To Score More Baskets, Let Physics Be Your Guide

Humans are nature's best throwers, and new research suggest this has to do with practice — and some complex internal math.

Awesome, Astounding & Atypical: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read on for a roundup of our latest podcasts and articles, from plastic-eating caterpillars to a radical 19th-century political assassination plot.

Mobile MIT Robot Can 3-D Print Entire Building Structure in Hours

MIT has created a system capable of 3-D printing the basic structure of an entire building, cutting time and money costs — with an eye on Antarctica, and even Mars.

Eerie, Eccentric & Extraordinary: Our Best Stories You Might've Missed This Week

Check out our latest podcasts and articles to get the scoop on hobbyhorse riding, the surprising and problematic history of brunch and one enormous rabbit.

Death of Famously Big Rabbit Is Latest United Airlines PR Nightmare

Hare-to-the-throne Simon was rabbit royalty expected to surpass his dad Darius and brother Jeff as the world's largest rabbit. But then he mysteriously died.

Odd, Outstanding & Outrageous: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read up on a proposed border wall hyperloop, lawyers in wigs and a gun-toting humanoid robot in this week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles.

Awesome, Abnormal & Astounding: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles features memory erasure, nuclear close calls and a crib that soothes babies with technology.

Cool, Creepy and Quirky: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week's roundup of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles features stories on bizarre human replicants, deserted auto factories and the historic Prospect Park. Read on!

Whole-body Vibration Is As Effective As Exercise in Mice, Study Shows

According to a new study, whole-body vibration has muscle and bone health benefits for mice.

From Food Waste to Wheels: Researchers Turn Tomatoes Into Tires

Your next set of tires could come courtesy of food waste. Researchers have found a way to use everyday food scraps instead of petroleum, and it could change the industry.

Amazing, Absurd and Abnormal: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read up on table-tennis playing robots and homemade self-driving cars in this week's round-up of the latest podcasts and articles at HowStuffWorks.

Odd, Outstanding & Outrageous: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

In this week's round-up of HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles, cosmic rays are wreaking havoc on electronic devices, and bees are playing soccer. Read on!

Lego Will Create a 'Women of NASA' Set

The set of pioneering real-life scientists beat out other fan proposals including "Voltron," "Star Wars" and "Spaceballs" characters.

Mind-blowing, Mysterious and Maddening: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed

Check out a compilation of the coolest new podcasts and articles at HowStuffWorks, featuring barbers who use fire as clippers and a venomous mammalian ancestor.

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

Check out these HowStuffWorks podcasts and articles, featuring topics ranging from nearly indestructible "water bears" to a new Dead Sea scrolls cave!

Fascinating, Fun and Freaky: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A compilation of the coolest new podcasts, videos and articles at HowStuffWorks.

Science Is Pretty Bad at Predicting Suicide Risk

Despite decades of research, we'd be just as well off flipping a coin, when it comes to estimating a person's likelihood to attempt suicide.

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

A compilation of the coolest new podcasts, videos and articles at HowStuffWorks.

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

A compilation of the coolest new podcasts, videos and articles at HowStuffWorks.

Hear and Now: Pregnancy Brain Is Real

Plus, researchers examined why gun violence seems to spread from person to person, and we learned exactly how often you should be washing your bath towels.

Hear and Now: Tardigrade Mating Revealed!

Also on this week's Now podcast: Researchers just can’t stop sniffing around asparagus-scented urine, and buggy software is sending some innocent people to jail.

Hear and Now: 2016 Wants to Stick Around for a Little Longer

Plus, the HowStuffWorks Now team travels back to a time when the holidays weren’t so merry.

Hear and Now: Santa-sanctioned Surveillance

Plus, we tell U.S. listeners the best way to get the attention of their local congressperson, and we give you the scoop on the NASA poop challenge.


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