Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machine mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000This Startup Is Harvesting Wild Algae to Make Your Next Pair of Sneakers Rob Falken found a way to turn algae into a foam that can be used in sneaker soles and on surfboardsFri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:34 +0000Face an Active Shooter in Virtual Reality, and You May Be Better Prepared to Survive a Real-Life Encounter new VR program called SurviVR aims to train employees how to deal with an active shooter situation in the workplaceThu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancer injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000Beneath a Mountain in Switzerland Lies the World’s Longest Shortcut massive structure, running 35.4 miles through the Alps, begins full operations this DecemberTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000With This Smartphone Microscope, You Can Play Soccer and Pac-Man With Microbes engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse built a 3D-printed microscope that allows students to not only observe but also interact with tiny creaturesMon, 17 Oct 2016 13:55:24 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happen volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possible new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane? with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000A New Tool From This American Life Will Make Audio as Sharable as Gifs tech company best known for creating Twitter bots has put its skills to help make podcasts go viralTue, 11 Oct 2016 16:03:55 +0000How to Clean Water With Old Coffee Grounds researchers have figured out how to turn spent coffee grounds into a foam that can remove heavy metals from waterTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:55:38 +0000Mapping the World's Great Cities in a Most Unusual, Yet Visually Arresting, Fashion urban planner, part cartographer, sculptor Norwood Viviano uses state-of-the-art mapping tools to make powerful works of art Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:27:42 +0000With Deformed Frogs and Fish, a Scientist-Artist Explores Ecological Disaster and Hope 20-year retrospective of Brandon Ballengée's artwork explores humans' connection to cold-blooded creaturesFri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000These Wild Sculptures Actually Generate Green Energy winning designs of the LAGI 2016 competition range from giant sailboat sculptures that harvest fog to floating gardens that harness wave powerWed, 05 Oct 2016 18:24:25 +0000Here's What You Missed At the White House's First-Ever South By South Lawn Festival Monday, artists, musicians, tech enthusiasts and other innovators gathered in the president's backyard to celebrate a bright futureWed, 05 Oct 2016 15:22:37 +0000How Drones in the Sky Unlock Secrets of the Sea are using aerial technology to track coastal erosion, map coral reefs and even give whales a breathalyzerWed, 05 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Mobile Factory Turns Earthquake Rubble Into Bricks For Permanent Homes Netherlands-based company makes Lego-like blocks from debris using portable equipment that fits in two shipping containersMon, 03 Oct 2016 15:25:25 +0000Move Over, Steel: The High Rises of Tomorrow Are ‘Plyscrapers’, strong and renewable, wood may change how tall buildings are builtFri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside the World's First Large-Scale Effort to Harness Tidal Energy month, the UK-based company MeyGen will install four underwater turbines off the coast of ScotlandThu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can This Electric Bus Really Go 350 Miles On a Single Charge? think a breakthrough by a California company could be the beginning of the end for smoky, noisy busesWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:35:39 +0000King of the Playground, Spencer Luckey, Builds Climbers That Are Engineering Marvels 46-year-old architect and his crew build multi-story climbing structures for museums and malls around the worldWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Is 3D Printing Coral Reefs Cousteau, descendant of the famous sea explorer, is working on a project to bring 3D printed coral reefs to the Caribbean island of BonaireTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:37:34 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorder Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventorsFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Is Oilfield School a Path to a Working-Class Future or an Anchor to the Past? new federal program designed to train the next generation of Wyoming oil workers signed up lots of eager students. Will any jobs await them?Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:18:43 +0000Is Timber the Future of Urban Construction? celebrated architect goes out on a limb with a bold new take on building tallThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:12:47 +0000The Many Futuristic Predictions of H.G. Wells That Came True 150 years ago, H.G. Wells predicted, and inspired, inventions from the laser to emailWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:40:59 +0000The Shoes With No (Carbon) Footprint company NRG has made a pair of sneakers from carbon emissionsWed, 21 Sep 2016 14:42:16 +0000Can This App Cure Your Fear of Flying?, you're not plummeting from the sky. But the SkyGuru app can help explain why it might feel that way, using real-time flight dataThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:07:12 +0000Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science) 20 years, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has been selectively breeding chickens for his Cosmopolitan Chicken ProjectThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000How AltSchool Is Personalizing Education By Collecting Loads of Data on Its Students Max Ventilla founded AltSchool to prepare students for the 21st century. Now, he's spreading his model and software to partner schoolsWed, 14 Sep 2016 22:36:11 +0000A Chemist and a Designer Team Up to Weave Solar Panels Into Fabric Andrew and Marianne Fairbanks are developing a solar textile that could end up in clothing, curtains, car seats and tentsWed, 14 Sep 2016 16:29:46 +0000Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC's First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development't it be great if all apartment complexes came with an urban farm?Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:37:32 +0000Google Is Redefining 3D Tech at the New African American History Museum spring, visitors will interact with artifacts beyond those in the physical exhibitions Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:03:00 +0000Will AI Revolutionize Wall Street? handful of new hedge funds promise to beat human traders by using artificial intelligenceTue, 13 Sep 2016 13:54:06 +0000The Biggest Mass-Production Submarine of WWII into service just five months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Wahoo was built for sizeTue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Designing Classrooms For the 21st Century being a "Pinterest for teachers," room2learn provides ideas for improving classroom layout and functionalityMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:58:05 +0000How a Deep-Sea Offshore Drilling Rig Works 22 hours, the crew of the Maersk Interceptor have assembled and lowered 551 feet of pipes into the waterMon, 12 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000This NASA-Developed AI Could Help Save Firefighters' Lives, an artificial intelligence system created by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, helps firefighters navigate through blazesFri, 09 Sep 2016 14:21:48 +0000The Story of a Resurrected Antiviral Could Hold Lessons for Combating Zika Stanford scientists used two genetic screening techniques in tandem to unravel the mystery of a discarded antiviralThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:32 +0000These Photos of Deconstructed Devices Reveal Their Hidden Beauty Todd McLellan finds marvel in blowing out the mundaneThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:23:57 +0000The Future of Energy: Special Report new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 07 Sep 2016 20:32:33 +0000Is Rent-to-Own Solar Power the Answer? Canadian entrepreneur is using a business model familiar from ‘70s daytime TV to get Indians to embrace solarWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:28:16 +0000How Eight Conglomerates Dominate Japanese Industry <em>keiretsu</em> can have as many as 30 sub-companies—from breweries to camera and auto makersWed, 07 Sep 2016 14:32:20 +0000How a Sponge, Bubble Wrap and Sunlight Can Lead to Clean Water simple materials, MIT researchers have developed a cheap, easy-to-build device to desalinate water and treat wastewaterTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Laser Scientists Are Developing Star Trek's Phaser of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin labSun, 04 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Story of the Weber Grill Begins With a Buoy metalworker George Stephen, Sr. put two halves of a buoy together, he didn't know he was making a charcoal grill that would stand the test of timeFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:56:20 +0000Is Plastic the Secret to Clothes That Will Keep You Cool? it allows infrared radiation to escape your body, polyethylene could become key to what we wear in a warming worldThu, 01 Sep 2016 18:10:00 +0000The Quest to Build the First Robotic Vagina reproductive tract is a biological miracle, and researchers are trying to recreate itWed, 31 Aug 2016 18:31:23 +0000Inspired by Squid, Scientists Create New Materials That Change Color and Texture technology has a number of potential uses, from anti-glare screens to color-changing clothingWed, 31 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here's a Food Wrapper You Can Eat from milk protein, it not only keeps food from spoiling, but it also could keep a lot of plastic out of landfillsTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:51 +0000The Dog Aging Project Wants to Help Your Pet Live Longer at the University of Washington are launching a long-term study that involves testing medications that could enhance dogs' life spansMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:25 +0000IBM’s Watson Takes On Yet Another Job, as a Weather Forecaster integration of the supercomputer and weather stations around the world could have a huge impact on global industryFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:15 +0000Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farm newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind powerThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:23 +0000Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scent scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000Now, Let the "Olympics" of Sports Startups Begin companies from around the world specializing in athletics will compete in Rio de Janeiro for a 100,000 Euro prizeTue, 23 Aug 2016 14:28:30 +0000