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A Sweating Robot, the Best Way to Merge, and What Your Phone Battery Wants

A new humanoid robot keeps its components cool by sweating, just like you and me. Drivers who wait until the last second to merge are scientifically correct - and safer. Plus, we bust a few myths about what will (and won't) damage your smartphone battery.


History’s Worst Coffee, Learning Without Concentrating, and Why America Votes on Tuesdays

 History’s Worst Coffee, Learning Without Concentrating, and Why America Votes on Tuesdays

Demand for coffee during the American Civil War lead to a noxious innovation. Haptic feedback may let you learn certain skills without concentrating. Plus, the history behind Super Tuesday – and questions into whether weekdays work for modern voters. See more »

Robots that Live in Your Clothes, the Life of Jack Chick, and the Smell of Water

 Robots that Live in Your Clothes, the Life of Jack Chick, and the Smell of Water

In the future, tiny personal-assistant robots may crawl all over your clothing. We look back at the life of the infamous evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick. Plus: Why didn’t humans evolve the ability to smell water like other animals can? See more »

HowStuffWorks NOW: Rovable Robots Crawl Over Your Body

 HowStuffWorks NOW: Rovable Robots Crawl Over Your Body

Engineers from Stanford and MIT recently unveiled small robots that can crawl over your clothing -- while you’re wearing it! See more »

HowStuffWorks NOW: Who was Jack Chick?

 HowStuffWorks NOW: Who was Jack Chick?

With the death of Jack Chick, we review the cartoonist's life, as well as his infamous Chick Tract comics. How did these pamphlets contribute to satanic panic and offend so many with their rhetoric of condemnation? See more »

A Weird Keystone Species, Julian Assange's Internet Access, and a Vicious Facebook Cycle

 A Weird Keystone Species, Julian Assange's Internet Access, and a Vicious Facebook Cycle

The spiny, egg-laying echidna has been identified as one of Australia's keystone species. The Ecuadorian embassy that harbors Wikileaks' founder has cut off his internet access. Plus, certain behaviors on social networking sites can make us less happy. See more »

HowStuffWorks NOW: GPS Equipped Echidna Unlocks Secrets

 HowStuffWorks NOW: GPS Equipped Echidna Unlocks Secrets

The daily life of the enigmatic echidna just got a little more clear. Thanks to GPS technology, we know these egg-laying, spiny weirdos also move a colossal amount of Austrian dirt around. See more »

HowStuffWorks NOW: No More Internet For Julian Assange

 HowStuffWorks NOW: No More Internet For Julian Assange

Citing a desire to avoid intervention in America’s election process, Ecuador officials cut off Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange’s Internet access. See more »

HowStuffWorks NOW: What social media habits make us less happy? | HowStuffWorks NOW

 HowStuffWorks NOW: What social media habits make us less happy? | HowStuffWorks NOW

Social networking sites contribute to the anxiety that we’re not living our best lives, compared with our peers. This plus exposure to negativity online, can lead to a cycle of oversharing that chews into our self-esteem. So how do we stop the cycle? See more »

A Driver with Quadriplegia, A Chair to Help You Wait, and Who The Joneses Were, Anyway

 A Driver with Quadriplegia, A Chair to Help You Wait, and Who The Joneses Were, Anyway

The first semi-autonomous driver's license now belongs to a man with quadriplegia. Autonomous driving tech has also brought us self-driving chairs for long lines. Plus, the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" may have been inspired by a real family. See more »

What Your Walk Says, How Horses Communicate, and Whether Airbag Helmets Are Safer

 What Your Walk Says, How Horses Communicate, and Whether Airbag Helmets Are Safer

The way you walk can predict your personality and behavior. Horses can be taught to communicate using symbols. Plus, the advantages (and disadvantages) of bicycle helmets equipped with airbags. See more »