Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/the-10-million-race-to-invent-star-treks-t/Star 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/oilfield-school-path-working-class-future-or-anchor-past-180960555/A 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/timber-future-wood-construction-180960455/A 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 Truehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/many-futuristic-predictions-hg-wells-came-true-180960546/Born 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/shoes-no-carbon-footprint-180960542/Energy 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-app-cure-your-fear-flying-180960470/No, 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breeding-better-chicken-name-art-and-science-180960436/For 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 Studentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-altschool-personalizing-education-by-collecting-hordes-data-on-students-180960463/Ex-Googler 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 Fabrichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chemist-designer-team-up-to-weave-solar-panels-into-fabric-180960431/Trisha 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 Developmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-woman-who-runs-nycs-first-commercial-farm-residential-development-180960433/Wouldn'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 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-google-changing-3d-tech-museum-african-american-history-180960438/Next spring, visitors will interact with artifacts beyond those in the physical exhibitions Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:03:00 +0000Will AI Revolutionize Wall Street? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-ai-revolutionize-wall-street-180960409/A 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 WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-biggest-mass-production-submarine-of-wwii/Brought 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 Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-classrooms-for-21st-century-180960408/By 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 Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-a-deep-sea-offshore-drilling-rig-works/After 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-developed-ai-could-help-save-firefighters-lives-180960398/AUDREY, 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/story-resurrected-antiviral-lessons-combatting-zika-180960325/How 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 Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-photos-deconstructed-devices-reveal-their-hidden-beauty-180960316/Engineer-artist Todd McLellan finds marvel in blowing out the mundaneThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:23:57 +0000The Future of Energy: Special Reporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-energy-special-report-180959543/Bold 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-rent-to-own-solar-power-answer-180960011/A 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 Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-eight-conglomerates-dominate-japanese-industry-180960356/Each <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 Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-sponge-bubble-wrap-sunlight-can-lead-clean-water-180960319/With 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 Phaserhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/laser-scientists-are-developing-star-treks-phaser/Some 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 Buoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/story-weber-grill-begins-buoy-180960335/When 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plastic-secret-clothes-will-keep-you-cool-180960317/Because 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 Vaginahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-vagina-biological-miracle-and-researchers-are-trying-recreate-it-180960304/Your 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 Texturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inspired-by-squid-scientists-create-new-materials-that-change-color-texture-180960286/The 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 Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/heres-food-wrapper-you-can-eat-180960287/Made 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 Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dog-aging-project-wants-help-your-pet-live-longer-180960263/Biologists 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 Forecasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-watson-takes-yet-another-job-weather-forecaster-180960264/The 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 Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-up-close-personal-with-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-180960251/The 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 Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-your-food-taste-too-healthy-just-add-scent-180960223/How scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000Now, Let the "Olympics" of Sports Startups Beginhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/now-let-olympics-sports-startups-begin-180960220/Eight 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 +0000How the National Parks Are Playing the Game of “What If” to Prepare for Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-are-preparing-climate-change-using-tool-military-used-plan-nuclear-war-180960209/Federal agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear warMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:33:38 +0000These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature’s Mirrored Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-mesmerizing-paper-sculptures-explore-natures-mirrored-structures-180960194/Artist Matt Shlian folds, cuts and glues paper to create faceted and curved works of artMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Helmet Shows What's Going On Inside a Person's Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-helmet-shows-whats-going-deep-inside-persons-brain-180960195/Researchers say it could help detect Alzheimer's and even explain why some people have exceptional talentsMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny "Neural Dust" Sensors Could One Day Control Prostheses or Treat Disease http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-neural-dust-sensors-could-one-day-control-prostheses-or-treat-disease-180960190/These devices could last inside the human body indefinitely, monitoring and controlling nerve and muscle impulsesFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:20:50 +0000This Rio Restaurant Is Using Surplus Food From the Olympic Village to Feed the Homelesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-rio-restaurant-using-surplus-food-from-olympic-village-feed-homeless-180960163/At Refettorio Gastromotiva, top chefs from around the world are cooking five-star cuisine for the poorThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Seven Items You May Want to Add to Your Back-to-School Shopping Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-items-may-want-add-back-to-school-shopping-list-180960162/From smart lunch boxes to apps for making digital flash cards, these technologies can help students of all ages this coming school yearWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:20:23 +0000Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robotics-good-girls-some-still-need-convincing-180960131/The lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral.” Robotics teams try to change thatTue, 16 Aug 2016 18:42:05 +0000 Could This San Francisco Startup Transform Garbage Collecting?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-san-francisco-startup-transform-garbage-collecting-180960115/Compology uses sensors and software to plot truck routes to empty only dumpsters that are fullMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:19:56 +0000These Microbe-Coated Seeds Could Help Us Thrive in a Dark, Dry Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-microbe-coated-seeds-could-help-us-thrive-dark-dry-future-180960096/A Massachusetts-based startup is prepping for your basic apocalyptic scenarioFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:26:37 +0000Google Thinks These 20 Teenagers Could Change Our World for the Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-thinks-these-20-teenagers-could-change-our-world-for-better-180960097/These kids from around the globe have created innovative new technologies, from malaria-testing apps to water-saving agriculture systemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:33:56 +0000Growing Hops in Abandoned Lots? Pittsburgh Will Drink to Thathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/growing-hops-abandoned-lots-pittsburgh-will-drink-180960094/The city's craft breweries may soon be able to make truly local beerThu, 11 Aug 2016 16:10:22 +0000Could This Painless Brain Stimulation Help Treat Depression and Alzheimer's? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-painless-brain-stimulation-help-treat-depression-alzheimers-and-schizophrenia-180960083/UNC researchers have shown that transcranial alternating current stimulation can help improve memoryWed, 10 Aug 2016 17:37:58 +000010 New Ways to Use Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-new-ways-use-drones-180960061/From fighting wildfires to coaching people on their tennis game, the aerial devices are becoming a tool of choiceWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:33:14 +0000How This Giant 65,000-Ton Vessel Carries Larger Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-giant-65000-ton-vessel-carries-large-ships/Hawk is a 732-foot-long, 180-foot-wide transport vessel able to haul some of the world's heaviest cargo across the globeWed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +00003D Print Your Own Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/3d-print-your-own-breakfast-180960048/A team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a 3D food printer capable of printing and cooking multiple ingredients at one timeTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:50:37 +0000How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chuck-taylor-taught-america-how-play-basketball-180960050/A shoe-in for the first ever basketball game in the Olympics, Converse All Stars have a long history both in and out of sportMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sculpture-controlled-live-honeybees-180960006/Artist Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to create a giant, metallic hiveFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:18:31 +0000In the Canary Islands, Tiny El Hierro Strives for Energy Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-canary-islands-tiny-el-hierro-strives-for-energy-independence-180959582/A photojournalist goes behind the scenes at a hybrid power station that could help the island reach its goal to be powered entirely by renewablesThu, 04 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Technology for the Poor Should Help, Not Hurt: An Interview With MIT's Cauam Cardoso http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/technology-poor-should-help-not-hurt-interview-mits-cauam-cardoso-180959999/The PhD candidate is working on ways to systematically evaluate new technologies for the developing worldWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:13:00 +0000Five Ways National Parks Are Embracing Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-ways-national-parks-are-embracing-technology-180959970/Cell phones and other screens don't have to detract from the park experienceMon, 01 Aug 2016 15:42:28 +0000Fighting Fake Pharmaceuticals with Tiny, Edible Bar Codes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fighting-fake-pharmaceuticals-tiny-edible-bar-codes-180959947/Researchers have created bar codes so small they can be embedded in medications, creating a tool to combat the global problem of drug fraudFri, 29 Jul 2016 12:54:27 +0000