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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 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.

Amazing, Astonishing & Absurd: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Read on to get the scoop on a $10 million ransom for Enzo Ferrari's corpse, Americans' biggest fear and the wonderful world of gastropods.

How Shrimp Shells Help Wounds Heal Faster

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why It's Important That NASA Studies Both Earth and Outer Space

President Donald Trump has proposed cutting the agency's Earth science budget. But doing so could negatively impact construction, farming and infrastructure projects.

We Bet We Know What Your Favorite Number Is

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

Academics Worry That Predatory, Pay-to-Publish Journals Hurt Science

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

Scientists Can Induce Visual Hallucinations by Showing You This Annoying Video

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

A Teen-designed App Could End Lonely School Lunches

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

Will Nissan's New Self-Driving Chair Usher in a Golden Age of Sloth?

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

How Hair Dye Turns Your Hair That Great Shade of Pink or Purple

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.

Excel Is Autocorrecting Scientific Research. And That's Not Cool

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

Hear and Now: Dogs Are Guinea Worm's Best Friend?

We're close to slaying Guinea worm in humans, only now it's arisen in dogs. The team also has news on humpbacks and on how personality and musical taste are intertwined.

Revolutionary Camera Captures NASA's Most Powerful Rocket in Amazing Detail

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

How Applause Starts and Spreads Is Oddly Scientific

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

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