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Microbots, Babies’ Trust, and Lead Contamination

Tiny, reusable robots could help remove lead from our water supply, and we explain why lead contamination is happening in the first place. Plus, very young children can identify corrupt characters – but they can also be bribed.


Conversational Eye Contact, Presidential Housing, and Samoan Solar Energy

 Conversational Eye Contact, Presidential Housing, and Samoan Solar Energy

Researchers may have pinpointed why it's hard to maintain eye contact while we speak. If Trump declined to live in the White House, it would be unprecedented. Plus, a Samoan island is prepared to switch entirely to solar energy. See more »

A Hot Tub of Despair, Fast Bats, and Teen Tech Creators

 A Hot Tub of Despair, Fast Bats, and Teen Tech Creators

A warm, salty area deep in the Gulf of Mexico kills everything it touches. Bats can fly faster than anyone thought, beating out even the fastest birds. Plus, young women in South Africa plan to launch a satellite as part of a STEM academic program. See more »

Whether California Could Secede, Spotify's Destructive Bug, and Ambient Music Therapy

 Whether California Could Secede, Spotify's Destructive Bug, and Ambient Music Therapy

Increasingly, Californians are considering a campaign to secede from the union. An error in Spotify's desktop app could damage your computer -- update it! Plus, thankfully, ambient music is a proven therapy, and we've got a bit for you to listen to. See more »

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

 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. See more »

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 »