Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:50:57 +0000Are We Close to Having a Blood Test That Detects Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-we-close-having-blood-test-detects-cancer-180959867/New research into "liquid biopsies" is promising, but there's still not proof they can find cancer in a healthy personFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:50:57 +0000How You Wound Up Playing <em>The Oregon Trail</em> in Computer Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-you-wound-playing-em-oregon-trailem-computer-class-180959851/From the 1970s to 1990s, the government-owned Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium dominated the educational software market with more than 300 gamesFri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:57 +0000Instead of Painkillers, Some Doctors Are Prescribing Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/instead-painkillers-some-doctors-are-prescribing-virtual-reality-180959866/Virtual reality therapy may be medicine's newest frontier, as VR devices become better and cheaperThu, 21 Jul 2016 15:25:13 +0000Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-making-tactile-art-blind-using-screws-180959716/Andrew Myers uses screws to make 3-D masterpieces for curious fingersTue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:00 +0000Meet Eight Young Energy Innovators With Ingenious Ideas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-eight-young-energy-innovators-with-ingenious-ideas-180959761/From community "solar gardens" to energy pellets made from coffee grounds to a phone-charging device that you plug into soilMon, 18 Jul 2016 15:42:15 +0000Mapping Rio's Favelas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mapping-rios-favelas-180959816/Ahead of the Olympics, Google and a Brazilian nonprofit have been recruiting locals to pinpoint businesses and other landmarks in the city's shantytownsFri, 15 Jul 2016 16:09:02 +0000The Fight for the "Right to Repair"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fight-right-repair-180959764/Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting backWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:40:07 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000Six of History's Smartest, Weirdest and Most Interesting Inventions for Beating the Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-historys-smartest-weirdest-most-interesting-inventions-beating-heat-180959608/From a bicycle mister to ice energy, here are a few innovative ways for cooling downFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000<em>Wired</em> Founder Kevin Kelly On the Technologies That Will Dominate Our Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wired-founder-kevin-kelly-on-technologies-that-will-dominate-our-future-180959708/The optimistic futurist says we'll share more, own less and spend far more time on our devicesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:10:46 +0000The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmbot-genesis-brings-precision-agriculture-your-own-backyard-180959603/Developed by a team from California, this machine plants seeds, pulls weeds and waters plants individuallyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:19:46 +0000One Step Closer to Turning Plastics Into Fuel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/one-step-closer-to-turning-plastics-fuel-180959568/Researchers in California and China have discovered a new method for breaking polyethylene into liquid fuel and solid waxTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Real-time Translation Apps and Online Tools Are Helping Refugees in Turkey Forge New Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/refugees-and-technology-exile-180959606/Refugees and the technology of exileFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:15:00 +0000What Ultra High Speed Penguin Footage Reveals About Pliosaurushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/ultra-high-speed-penguin-footage-pliosaurus/How did the pliosaurus, a 45-foot-long underwater prehistoric predator, keep up with its prey? A biomechanics expert finds answers by observing the penguinThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:43:14 +0000A Maze of Palatial Icebergs Has Floated Into a Washington, D.C. Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visit-maze-palatial-icebergs-new-installation-180959596/The new exhibition touches on design, landscape architecture, the life of icebergs and climate changeThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:53 +0000The Pioneers of Video Game Technology Are About to Become the Stuff of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneers-video-game-technology-become-stuff-history-180959649/The American History Museum's Lemelson Center will record 20 oral histories from early video game innovatorsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:54:52 +0000Why People Abandon High-Tech Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-people-abandon-high-tech-prosthetics-180959598/That Luke Skywalker prosthetic arm may strike the average user as less than sensationalWed, 29 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Childhood Leukemia Was Practically Untreatable Until Dr. Don Pinkel and St. Jude Hospital Found a Curehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/childhood-leukemia-untreatable-dr-don-pinkel-st-jude-180959501/A half century ago, a young doctor took on a deadly form of cancer—and the scientific establishmentTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:24 +0000How Augmented Reality Will Change How You Buy Furniturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-augmented-reality-will-change-how-you-buy-furniture-180959586/Thanks to a new Google 3D technology named Tango, mobile devices will be able to insert virtual images into a real placeTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:23:54 +0000The Surprising History of the Infographichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-history-infographic-180959563/Early iterations saved soldiers' lives, debunked myths about slavery and helped Americans settle the frontierMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Canadian Company's Quest To Turn Air Pollution Into Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/canadian-companys-quest-to-turn-air-pollution-into-fuel-180959553/Startup Carbon Engineering has opened a prototype plant in Squamish, British Columbia, that captures carbon dioxide emissionsFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:26:05 +0000Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-atlantis-really-have-indoor-plumbing/In 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toiletTue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000Will Skyscrapers of the Future Be Built From Wood?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-skyscrapers-future-be-built-wood-180959475/Why cross-laminated timber might become the newest trend in urban architectureMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:33:15 +0000What Will Future Monuments in the Nation's Capital Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-future-monuments-nations-capital-look-like-180959389/Changing times and tastes leave little room for monolithic marble on the Mall Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:51:48 +0000Architects Reimagine Detroithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/architects-reimagine-detroit-180959387/A new exhibition in Venice showcases how 12 teams would reinvent four sites in Detroit badly in need of faceliftsTue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Andrew Brennen Believes Education Reform Begins With a Simple Questionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andrew-brennen-believes-education-reform-begins-with-simple-question-180959373/The UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore has been traveling the country asking students, "What would you change about your school?"Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:12:42 +0000Could This New Armband Prevent Thousands of Workplace Injuries and Fatalities Each Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-new-armband-prevent-thousands-workplace-injuries-fatalities-each-year-180959374/Proxxi CEO Campbell Macdonald describes his cloud-connected wearable that detects high-voltage areasFri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:36 +0000Using Virtual Reality To Walk in the Shoes of Someone With Alzheimer's http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-virtual-reality-walk-shoes-someone-with-alzheimers-180959329/A British nonprofit has launched an app that simulates life with the neurodegenerative diseaseWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:54:30 +0000Scientists May Be Able To Pack All Your Medications Into One "Personalized" Pillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-may-pack-all-your-medications-into-one-personalized-pill-180959315/And nine other things you never thought could be made on a 3D printerTue, 07 Jun 2016 15:29:22 +0000How an Italian Immigrant Rolled Out the Radio Flyer Wagon Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-italian-immigrant-rolled-radio-flyer-wagon-out-across-america-180959298/Three generations and 99 years later, the company is still flying highFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:48 +0000Is the Internet an Enormous Work of Realist Art?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-internet-enormous-work-realist-art-180959272/Journalist Virginia Heffernan makes a compelling case that it is in a new bookThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tofu Power and Other Cool New Alternative Energy Sources http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tofu-power-and-other-cool-new-alternative-energy-sources-180959276/From fueling homes with tofu wastewater to lighting up bathrooms with the power of pee, these are some of the most unusual, hyperlocal fuel sourcesWed, 01 Jun 2016 15:50:23 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-explore-breakthaking-hydrothermal-vents-virtual-reality-180959266/With a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000How Drunk Are You? Ask Your Bracelethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-drunk-are-you-ask-your-bracelet-180959255/The BACtrack Skyn, a wearable similar in style to a Fitbit, tracks your blood alcohol level in real timeFri, 27 May 2016 16:34:49 +0000This Edible Supercapacitor Could Transform Ingestible Electronicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-edible-supercapacitor-could-transform-ingestible-electronics-180959243/The materials for a new electronic component that could power a tiny camera sound more like breakfast than scienceFri, 27 May 2016 13:28:15 +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 +0000