Innovation

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.


Around the world, in study after study, one color and one number always emerge as faves. Can you guess what they are?

Critics worry that journals with lax standards are lowering the reliability of scientific literature — and exploiting the inexperience of young researchers.

Researchers have discovered a way to trigger and control a visual hallucination without drugs, illness or direct brain stimulation.

The app aims to make the school cafeteria a kinder and more welcoming place for all students. But will it work?

As if it weren't enough for the robots to steal human jobs, the era of autonomous furniture is apparently upon us.

Ever wonder what's happening as your hair changes color? Permanent hair dyes physically and chemically change each hair, whether it's mermaid blue or bleach blonde.

After surveying thousands of published genetics papers, researchers found nearly one-fifth had errors caused by Microsoft Excel in their supplementary files. Uh-oh.

The HiDyRS-X camera is a slow-motion, high-definition, dynamic range powerhouse built specifically for rocket science.

The practice of clapping to show our approval is an ancient one. But recent research suggests that applause actually spreads like a contagious disease.

It's melty, it's gooey, it's oozy, it's yellow, it's processed It's on your burgers and in your grilled cheese sandwiches. But, uh… what's it made of?

Researchers develop a gadget that lets winemakers hasten the fermentation process, experiment more.

Very often, media coverage of scientific studies is misleading or just plain wrong. What do scientists think would make it better?

Animal testing has a long, gruesome history, but it's also saved countless human lives.

British DIY engineer Colin Furze recreates the pyrotechnics seen in heavy-metal shows and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Swedish researchers have figured out how to take the color out of wood and make it 85 percent transparent. It's part of a trend of new see-through materials.

Science is forever uncovering the mysteries of our universe, but some questions remain elusive. What topics have us still scratching our heads?

Sure, novelty foods can seem gimmicky sometimes, but color-changing ice cream is a treat that's fun for your taste buds and your eyes. Learn the chemistry behind the confection — it's sweeter than you think.

New research shows a small but measurable link between daylight saving time and incidence of ischemic stroke, and cancer patients and the elderly are at a higher risk.

College students who volunteer to participate in academic experiments for extra credit don't exactly represent humanity. And that's a problem for research.

While it might seem like the home only of Martha Stewart wannabes, Pinterest has a political side too.

In 1915, the great physicist predicted the existence of ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. A century later, scientists finally have detected them on Earth.

Inexpensive hand sanitizer (as well as antifreeze) can preserve insect DNA for several days, helping citizen scientists to easily send specimens to researchers.

Thousands of screaming fans. Thousands of beers. Thousands of visits to the bathroom. And a field that needs nutrients. You thinking what we're thinking?

Dairy waste product gets second life as biogas in — where else? — France.