Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:17 +0000The Most Beautiful Drone Travel Videos of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/most-beautiful-drone-travel-videos-2014-180953650/2014 was the year of the aerial drone travel video—here are some of the best of the bestThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:17 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/colorado-river-delta-turned-green-after-historic-water-pulse-180953670/The experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000How to Create a Virtual Organismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-create-virtual-organism-180953645/Through OpenWorm, scientists are hoping to allow anyone with a computer to unlock the secrets of animal behaviorWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ocean-stories-made-waves-2014-180953643/The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Fuel from Seawater? What's the Catch?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fuel-seawater-whats-catch-180953623/Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently flew a model plane using a liquid hydrocarbon fuel they sourced from the oceanTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:22:08 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-skin-could-help-prosthesis-wearers-feel-real-180953595/A new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000Swiss Researchers Create Eco-Friendly Plastic From Biofuel Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/swiss-researchers-create-eco-friendly-plastic-biofuel-waste-180953582/A new method for making biodegradable plastic could mean more free farmland for foodFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:24:49 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-and-wasps-britain-have-been-disappearing-more-century-180953587/Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-engineering-will-be-vital-changing-climate-180953584/Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-animal-products-scientists-can-now-grow-in-a-lab-180953544/In early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-kids-learn-where-there-are-no-teachers-it-may-take-village-computer-180953552/A non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000The Not-So-Simple Simon Proved the Young Were Swifter Than the Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/not-so-simple-simon-proved-young-were-swifter-than-old-180953561/In 1978, the new blinking, bleeping toy ushered in the era of computer gamesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:37:28 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-innovator-ralph-baer-father-video-games-180953555/The lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/commuter-bus-runs-poop-180953541/A U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-mistletoe-can-holiday-plant-really-fight-cancer-180953551/In some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-football-stadium-covered-in-this-solar-cloth-could-power-a-small-town-180953524/Perry Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/game-changers-innovation-good-180953425/When you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/generating-power-one-step-at-a-time-180953436/The Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-berry-solve-both-obesity-and-world-hunger-180953389/At a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000This Plant-Based Gel Stops Bleeding in Secondshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plant-based-gel-stops-bleeding-seconds-180953488/A salve that seals severe wounds is making its way to veterinary clinics. Military and trauma testing may soon followTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:31:40 +0000How Do You Make a Great Teacher?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-you-make-great-teacher-180953498/Push student teachers harder, stick with them once they’re in the classroom, and integrate them into their schools' communitiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:02:33 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-hirshhorn-60-foot-needle-tower-stay-upright-in-stiff-wind-180953391/In the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-a-smaller-lighter-airplane-tail-180953452/With engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Eight Tech Gifts for Early Adoptershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-tech-gifts-early-adopters-180953450/From a personal drone and a 3D printer to sleep and sport performance trackers, these gadgets will please the technophiles in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:26 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/electric-fence-wards-sharks-180953380/South Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-we-make-music-in-200-years-180953439/A group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-pedestrians-ruled-streets-180953396/The driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-years-ago-the-regency-TR-1-Transistor-Radio-Was-the-New-It-Gift-For-the-Holiday-Season-180953345/In a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drop-this-capsule-into-a-stream-and-it-will-screen-for-pollution-180953334/Researchers have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bike-path-near-amsterdam-now-agenerating-solar-power-180953312/As cyclists ride above, solar panels embedded in the pathway pump energy into the power gridFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:56:41 +0000Holy Smokes! Tobacco May Fuel Planes in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holy-smokes-tobacco-may-fuel-planes-future-180953306/The seeds from a new type of tobacco plant grown in South Africa release an oil that can be made into biofuelWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:50:11 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/toward-silver-architecture-180953287/Going green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracking-frackers-sky-180953275/Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-understanding-toxin-loving-organisms-may-help-tackle-pollution-180953159/A breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria break down toxins using vitamin B12 could lead to improved cleanup methodsMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:09:19 +0000A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sensor-in-guns-tells-dispatch-when-police-officers-need-backup-180953255/By monitoring the position and status of firearms, commanders can see exactly what's happening in the fieldThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:12:52 +0000Parents, Give Your Teens Driving Lessons Without Even Being in the Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/parents-give-your-teens-driving-lessons-without-even-being-in-the-car-180953223/A six-month training program gives parents of new drivers a training tool—and a little extra peace of mindWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:55:49 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/label-you-rub-see-if-food-has-expired-and-other-finalists-dyson-award-180953232/There's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-you-missed-smithsonian-innovation-festival-180953242/Inventors and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000Turn Your Birth Control On and Off With a Remotehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turn-your-birth-control-on-and-off-with-a-remote-180953217/Bill Gates is backing MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts-based startup developing an implantable chip that releases birth control hormones on demandMon, 03 Nov 2014 17:53:21 +0000The Smithsonian Celebrates American Invention at This Weekend's Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-celebrates-american-invention-weekends-innovation-festival-180953174/How do you bring an idea to life? The inventors of new technologies will share their stories at a two-day event at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:10 +0000A Needle Could Make For Pain-Free Flu Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/needle-could-make-for-pain-free-flu-shots-180953141/Using temperature, vibration and pressure, this needle can trick a patient into feeling no painMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:34:55 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-environmental-science-lab-walks-walk-cutting-overall-emissions-37-percent-180953117/With geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000This Device Tracks Your Sleep Without Ever Touching Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-your-sleep-without-ever-touching-you-180953060/The ResMed S+ monitors your Zzzs from the comfortable distance of your nightstand and offers tips for getting a better restWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:28 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chimpanzees-gombe-national-park-street-view-debut-180953035/For its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Testing for Cancer With a Single Blood Samplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/testing-cancer-simple-blood-test-180953070/Startup Miroculus has developed a system that screens for dozens of cancers in 90 minutesMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:19:38 +0000