Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenThu, 26 May 2016 19:02:58 +0000From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Camerashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/from-sticks-stones-two-artists-make-pinhole-cameras-180959246/David Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph natureThu, 26 May 2016 19:02:58 +0000Could It Be? A Quiet, Comfortable and Bluetooth-Connected Breast Pumphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-it-be-quiet-comfortable-bluetooth-connected-breast-pump-180959232/From breast pumps to bottles, the Silicon Valley startup Naya Health is making smarter products for parents and infantsWed, 25 May 2016 15:33:39 +0000A Search Engine That Matches Your Drawings to Photographs Isn't Too Far Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/search-engine-that-matches-your-drawings-photographs-isnt-too-far-off-180959216/Computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new program that could let you Google your doodlesTue, 24 May 2016 17:21:28 +0000A Photographic Tour of the Wonders That World's Fairs Leave Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/photographic-tour-wonders-worlds-fairs-leave-behind-180959195/Jade Doskow goes to old World's Fair sites and photographs the remnants of once glorious visionsMon, 23 May 2016 17:16:09 +0000A Band of Biking Farmers in Florida Reinvents Sharecroppinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/band-biking-farmers-florida-reinvents-sharecropping-180959182/Fleet Farming transforms lawns into farms to create a new local food systemFri, 20 May 2016 15:12:46 +0000These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-kits-beautifully-explain-how-city-sewers-zoning-laws-work-180959168/New York's Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to help people better understand complex laws and systemsThu, 19 May 2016 17:32:51 +0000The Unlikely, Charming Designer Who Is Changing the Face of Gardeninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unlikely-charming-designer-changing-face-gardening-180959067/With weeds, critters and Celtic symbols, Mary Reynolds is transforming what it means to gardenThu, 19 May 2016 17:27:20 +0000Kill All the Mosquitoes?!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kill-all-mosquitos-180959069/New gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000If Grit Breeds Success, How Can I Get Grittier?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-grit-breeds-success-how-can-get-grittier-180959140/University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth talks about her new book and the importance of the personal qualityTue, 17 May 2016 15:34:25 +0000Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eek-each-these-insect-portraits-made-from-more-than-8000-images-180959134/With a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodiesMon, 16 May 2016 18:41:12 +0000The Hollywood Bombshell Who Invented an Indispensable War Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hedy-lamarr-brainy-bombshell-hollywood-actress-world-war-II-frequency-hopping-patent-cultural-travel-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958901/In 1942, Hedy Lamarr received a patent for frequency hopping, but was told to devote her efforts elsewhereThu, 12 May 2016 18:50:49 +0000Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/suburbia-gets-no-respect-it-could-become-very-different-place-180959087/For starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavementThu, 12 May 2016 16:22:59 +0000How to Build a Mosquito Trap From an Old Tirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-build-mosquito-trap-from-old-tire-180958954/Canadian researchers hope to curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases by luring the pests into homemade trapsTue, 03 May 2016 16:58:17 +0000Did Scientists Stumble on a Battery that Lasts Forever?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/did-researchers-stumble-battery-lasts-forever-180958955/Researchers studying nanowires have found a battery material that can be recharged for years, even decadesMon, 02 May 2016 19:07:06 +0000Japan Is Getting “Invisible” Trains That Blend into the Landscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-getting-see-through-trains-ultimate-views-1-180958911/Admiring the scenery just got even betterThu, 28 Apr 2016 14:15:00 +0000How Machines Are Getting Better at Making Conversation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-machines-are-getting-so-much-better-making-conversation-180958887/Digital assistants are developing personalities, with some help from poets and writersWed, 27 Apr 2016 17:19:01 +0000How Computer Scientists Are Using Twitter to Predict Gentrificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-computer-scientists-are-using-twitter-predict-gentrification-180958888/Cambridge researchers have created a way to predict a neighborhood's fortunes in coming years by analyzing social media dataWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-festival-considers-extraterrestrial-life-and-essence-humanity-180958916/In the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000Hosting an Event? Don't Toss Leftover Food, Donate Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hosting-event-dont-toss-leftover-food-donate-it-180958882/With an Uber-like app, Transfernation is reducing food waste while feeding those in needMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:18:19 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Stepshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-make-science-fiction-become-fact-three-steps-180958890/Speakers at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nikola-tesla-museum-belgrade-inventor-electricity-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958881/An offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000When Electricity and Music Collide, the Tesla Coils Singhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-electricity-and-music-collide-tesla-coils-sing-180958803/The band ArcAttack delivers a high-voltage performance with a side of science educationFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:30:08 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/interview-chris-carter-180958438/The <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-tiny-satellites-can-be-launched-into-space-little-1000-180958804/Researchers at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-plug-in-your-brain-180958775/If neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Future of Cars Is Already Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-cars-already-here-180958777/Even before the "Jetsons," people dreamed of flying cars. Now breakthroughs in technology are helping all kinds of vehicles get off the groundWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/proteins-living-cells-solve-problems-that-vex-supercomputers-180958783/When nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-newspapers-reveal-always-been-like-buzzfeed-180958789/From user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Talks About the Future of Educationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tech-visionary-nicholas-negroponte-talks-about-future-education-180958714/The act of writing a computer program, says the founder of MIT's Media Lab, allows a child to learn about learningWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:14:21 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andy-weir-author-martian-shares-details-about-next-novel-180958708/The science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/anthony-fauci-waging-war-against-zika-preparing-other-epidemics-to-come-180958768/The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +000010 Bizarre, Vision-Enhancing Technologies From the Last 1,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-bizarre-vision-enhancing-technologies-from-last-1000-years-180958734/Before Oculus Rift, there were lorgnettes, TV glasses and eyborgs Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:19:12 +0000You May Soon Be Able to Scan a Piece of Fruit to Check Its Nutritional Valuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-may-soon-be-able-scan-piece-fruit-check-nutritional-value-180958710/That's one of the ideas Target is testing as it explores how much of a competitive edge it gets from being transparent about foodMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:06:52 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robert-bigelow-visio-future-living-space-180958698/A Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-british-wanted-camouflage-their-warships-they-made-them-dazzle-180958657/In order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000Cemeteries of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/cemeteries-future-180958674/Do you want to be buried in a coral reef, a skyscraper or on an artificial island?Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-glasses-that-fit-individuals-with-down-syndrome-180958672/Optician Maria Dellapina started Specs4Us when her daughter struggled to find a pair of glasses that wouldn't slip Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:36:58 +0000Can Headphones That Shock Your Brain Help You Run Faster and Jump Higher?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-headphones-shock-your-brain-make-you-run-faster-and-jump-higher-180958632/They're called Halo Sport, and they send electrical charges into the brain that their inventors say can boost athletic performanceTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:05:54 +000011 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/11-artists-capture-what-it-like-to-live-in-megacity-180958644/"Megacities Asia," a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, features 19 installations inspired by cities with populations of 10 million or moreMon, 04 Apr 2016 19:12:03 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-light-fishing-nets-could-save-sea-turtles-180958634/New research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000Scientists Are Using Electronic Eggs to Study Vultureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-are-using-electronic-eggs-study-vultures-180958619/A sensor-packed egg, developed by a team at Microduino, could lead to clues about the birds' livelihoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:02:32 +0000Six of the Wildest Skyscrapers Imaginablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pollution-filtering-skyscrapers-rainmaking-towers-and-other-wild-ideas-evolo-skyscraper-competition-180958605/The winners of the annual skyscraper design competition think way beyond the "tall rectangle with windows" modelWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:31:11 +0000