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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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.

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.

Hear and Now: Kengoro, the Sweaty, Pushup-loving Robot

Plus, you're probably merging into traffic all wrong, and we help you get smart about your smartphone battery.

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.

Hear and Now: Cats Dig Food Puzzles

Plus, robots are angling for nearly 8.7 million U.S. jobs by 2021, and the superhero team has been around for way longer than you might guess.

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.

So Exactly What Is American Cheese, Really?

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?

New Device Turns Grape Juice to Wine in Just an Hour. Where Do We Sign Up?

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

What Do Scientists Think of Science Coverage in the Media?

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