Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster Tom Davey test his hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave poolTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000This Giant Contraption Can Print a House by wasps' nests, an Italian company is printing inexpensive houses for the developing worldTue, 06 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection entrepreneur Manny Villafana says his collection at the American History Museum is filled with stories of both failure and successTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:37:07 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Night Vision Work? ability to see in the dark is becoming more accurate and more portable Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Wearable Device Translates Sign Language To English prototype detects hand and finger movements and turns them into words on a screenTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Concrete Can Absorb a Flood UK company has developed a permeable pavement that can drink 1,000 liters of water per square meter in a minuteMon, 05 Oct 2015 17:05:35 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Plane "Anyone Could Fly" was billed as the "Model T" of airplanes. So what happened? Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:09:18 +0000Scientists Are Recording 24-Hour Soundtracks of Rainforests bioacoustic data gives Nature Conservancy researchers clues about the health of an ecosystemWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:16:34 +0000These X-rays Can See Exactly What's In Your Luggage new kind of X-ray machine, poised to improve airport security, can identify the material of an object passing through itTue, 29 Sep 2015 16:19:13 +0000Can a Video Game Teach You to Manage Stress?“Nevermind,” a video game controlled by a player's heart rate, aims to help people deal with traumaMon, 28 Sep 2015 20:00:30 +0000The Smithsonian’s Innovation Festival Demystifies the Invention Process of a number of new technologies shared their stories at a two-day event at the National Museum of American HistoryMon, 28 Sep 2015 17:43:19 +0000Millions of Americans Are Getting Lost in Translation During Hospital Visits due to language barriers is a growing health care issue, and technologies to aid interpretation are racing to keep upMon, 28 Sep 2015 16:06:56 +0000How Vaccines, a Collective Triumph of Modern Medicine, Conquered the World's Diseases curators present a virtual tour of several objects from the collections that revolutionized public health careMon, 28 Sep 2015 15:03:11 +0000Can You Guess the Invention Based on These Patent Illustrations? They are all part of the National Museum of American History’s collectionFri, 25 Sep 2015 19:25:09 +0000These “Sponges” Can Soak Up Cancer Cells designed to detect early metastasis can also trap cancer cells Fri, 25 Sep 2015 19:21:38 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocene special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureFri, 25 Sep 2015 15:03:28 +0000These Plastic Canopies Could Save Thousands of Babies have developed sunlight-filtering canopies as a low-tech treatment for jaundice in newbornsFri, 25 Sep 2015 13:41:37 +0000We Can Now 3D Print Ribs first-ever 3D printed titanium chest implant was a successThu, 24 Sep 2015 19:32:52 +0000Scientists Manipulate Common Plants to Produce Cancer Drugs researchers have figured out how to transfer a rare plant's chemical "assembly line" into a cheap, common lab plantThu, 24 Sep 2015 19:11:42 +0000Six Ways Schools Are Using Neuroscience to Help Kids Learn around the world are incorporating neuroscience research into the school day, to help kids with dyslexia and to teach complex math skillsThu, 24 Sep 2015 17:15:14 +0000The Smithsonian Spotlights American Invention at This Weekend’s Innovation Festival, federal agencies, companies and independent inventors will give visitors a glimpse of the futureThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:07:18 +0000The History of the Bar Code Joe Woodland drew the first bar code in sand in Miami Beach, decades before technology could bring his vision to lifeWed, 23 Sep 2015 17:28:19 +0000This Interactive Installation Rains a Poem Down on Viewers Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv wrote the software that drives an artwork, in which onlookers catch letters falling on a large screenWed, 23 Sep 2015 14:38:28 +0000The Theory of Relativity, Then and Now Einstein's breakthrough from a century ago was out of this world. Now it seems surprisingly down-to-earthTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Digital Library Contains Every Phrase That Could Ever Be Uttered by an essay by Jorge Luis Borges, computer programmer Jonathan Basile has created a "Library" of BabelTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Six Ways Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Be Used in the Future are exploring how mild electrical shocks can treat, and perhaps even change, brainsMon, 21 Sep 2015 19:29:11 +0000The Unknown Designer of the First Home Pregnancy Test Is Finally Getting Her Due Crane says it was a simple idea, but it met with enormous push back Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:06:47 +0000How India Is Teaching 300 Million Kids to Be Environmentalists an enormous undertaking, schoolchildren nationwide are learning about climate change and the environmentMon, 21 Sep 2015 16:00:57 +0000This Skateboard-Like Device Helps At-Risk Infants Learn to Crawl innovative physical therapy device boosts babies’ movement efforts and helps their brains make critical connectionsMon, 21 Sep 2015 15:48:08 +0000This Song Is Composed From 133 Years of Climate Change Data Crawford, a senior at the University of Minnesota, has written music for a string quartet that traces rising temperatures since the 1880sMon, 21 Sep 2015 14:31:49 +0000Meet the 13-Year-Old Who Invented a Low-Cost Braille Printer California teen has a vision to make Braille materials more widely available—and more affordableFri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Future of Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants a genetically engineered pig heart one day function in a person?Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000Can Cypress Trees Help Suppress Wildfires? in Italy and Spain suspect that cypress tree barriers could diffuse forest firesWed, 16 Sep 2015 14:16:05 +0000Using Kirigami, the Japanese Art of Paper Cutting, to Build Better Solar Panels have used the art technique to make light panels that twist to follow the sunTue, 15 Sep 2015 16:42:36 +0000How Is Brain Surgery Like Flying? Put On a Headset to Find Out device made for gaming helps brain surgeons plan and execute delicate surgeries with extreme precisionTue, 15 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Exoskeleton Is Actually Controlled by the Wearer's Thoughts Jose Contreras-Vidal's "brain-machine interface" uses electrical activity in a person's brain to move a robotic exoskeletonMon, 14 Sep 2015 15:53:57 +0000A New Efficient Filter Helps Astronauts Drink Their Own Urine water is key to getting humans to MarsFri, 11 Sep 2015 14:40:47 +0000The Future of Concussions: How 5 New Advances Could Change Treatment and engineers are working on ways to diagnose, treat and prevent head injuriesThu, 10 Sep 2015 18:32:49 +0000A Single Protein Is the Root of Dengue's Virulence researchers who found the culprit say it could be a clue in developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virusWed, 09 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Test Your Restaurant Meal for Allergens in Two Minutes, a handheld food analyzer, can test for gluten on the spotWed, 09 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Save His Dying Sister-In-Law, Charles Lindbergh Invented a Medical Device famous aviator’s biography is incomplete without the story of how the aviator worked to perfect his glass-chambered perfusion pumpWed, 09 Sep 2015 12:55:05 +0000Can This App Predict Your Headache? Buddy is one of a growing number of apps that use big data to help consumers manage their health issuesTue, 08 Sep 2015 16:55:26 +0000From Poof to Proof: Inside the Mind of a Mathemagician Benjamin has a few new tricks up his sleeve to help people learn “alge(cada)bra”Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:34:55 +000017 Inventions That Could Make Going Back to School a Little Bit Easier an aromatic alarm clock to a school bus locator system, these patented products could help students and parents with the transitionTue, 08 Sep 2015 14:42:14 +0000This Plastic Heals Itself will it be used? For one, it could make space travel saferFri, 04 Sep 2015 17:39:14 +0000This Man Invented the Way You Bank Giannini, a first-generation American, founded the Bank of Italy, which would later become one of the world's largest commercial banksFri, 04 Sep 2015 15:36:49 +0000Are Floating Farms in Our Future? Barcelona design firm imagines a two-million-square-foot barge that would yield tons of vegetables, fruit and fish each yearTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:54:20 +0000A New Pregnancy Test Can Predict Twins, Down Syndrome and More U.K. company is developing a urine test that analyzes patterns of proteins for information about the health of an expectant mother and her babyMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:39:55 +0000This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prosthetics Scott Summit is personalizing medical devices through 3D printingMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:07:21 +0000The Big, Refrigerator-Sized Machine That Saved Chocolate cacao production was threatened by disease, the Mars candy company launched a global initiative to sequence the plant's genomeMon, 31 Aug 2015 16:07:19 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Ever to recent advances, the tattoo removal business has quadrupled in the last decadeFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases? researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000A Blood Test and App May Help Identify Patients at Risk of Suicide blood biomarkers and a questionnaire, researchers at Indiana University claim they can pinpoint patients who will have suicidal thoughts within a yearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:50:50 +0000Meet Mr. Wizard, Television's Original Science Guy the 1950s and 1960s, Don Herbert broadcast some of the most mesmerizing, and kooky, science experiments from his garageWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:14 +0000Thirty Years Ago, an Artificial Heart Helped Save a Grocery Store Manager Smithsonian, home to the Jarvik 7 and a host of modern chest-pumping technologies, has a lot of (artificial) heartWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:53 +0000Look Into This Smart Mirror and You Get a One-Minute Medical Checkup Wize Mirror can spot early warning signs of heart disease and diabetesTue, 25 Aug 2015 17:27:58 +0000Visit the Homes of America's Greatest Inventors these walls, our nation's most brilliant tinkerers once ate, slept and imaginedTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids sleep-inducing "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" has become a mega bestseller. But it's not the only story to lean on psychologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Woman Invented Monopoly to Combat Greed, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie MagieMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:14:38 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Coming Soon: Helmets Made From Carrots Scottish company has created a biodegradable material from carrot pulp that could be used in protective sports gearMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:24:10 +0000England Is Going to Test Roads That Actually Charge Electric Cars of the future may have special lanes that recharge the batteries of electric cars as they goThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:20:44 +0000The Future of 3D-Printed Pills that the FDA has approved Spritam, an anti-seizure drug and the first 3D-printed pill, what's next?Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:43:55 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnets metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Law and Order: Social Media Unit San Francisco Police Department may have an "Instagram officer," but other forces are trolling social media for criminal activity tooWed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Trees at Portland State University have created an app that looks at tree density in respect to neighborhood, population and pollutionTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:24 +0000A Next Gen Museum Show Takes Aim at Inspiring Next Gen Ingenuity are betting high-tech playtime will turn today’s kids into tomorrow’s engineering visionariesMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:25:48 +0000Five Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs Again in a UCLA Study electrodes on the skin stimulated their spines, the study participants made "step-like" motionsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:45:03 +0000Could This 'Drinkable Book' Provide Clean Water to the Developing World? untreated water over a page from the book and silver nanoparticles embedded in it will kill nearly 100 percent of disease-causing bacteriaSun, 16 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Are Robot Umpires Coming to Baseball? that a computer has covered home plate at a minor league game, what's next?Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:16:59 +0000Google Street View Cars Are Mapping City Air Pollution, Aclima and the EPA team up to add sensors to cars, first in Denver and then in the Bay Area, that monitor air quality throughout the dayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:55:43 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillers scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000Wasting Food? It'll Cost You a neighborhood in Seoul, the Korea Environment Corp. is doling out fines to people dumping more than their allotted food scrapsTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:44:29 +0000The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admit nasty trade war and questionable scientific assumptions make it difficult to discern what is, and what isn't, the real thingTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:47:14 +0000Thin Sensors on Our Skin or in Our Clothes May Warn Us of Environmental Hazards researchers are developing flexible sensors that track dangers that humans cannot detect with their own sensesTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Might Actually Want a Layover at These Seven Airports nap pods to real-time flight tracking, these airports have features that will surely please passengersMon, 10 Aug 2015 19:47:57 +0000When a Trip to the Zoo Resulted in an Engineering Breakthrough Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:20:00 +0000