Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-jazz-flappers-european-emigres-booze-and-cigarettes-transformed-design-180962977/A new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular styleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A New Sensor That Looks and Acts Like Fruit Could Reduce In-Transit Produce Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-sensor-that-looks-acts-like-fruit-could-reduce-in-transit-produce-waste-180962986/Swiss scientists have developed a temperature sensor that provides important data while packed with fruit in transport and storageThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:03:19 +0000Augmented Reality Could Change Health Care—Or Be a Faddish Dudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/augmented-reality-could-change-health-care-or-be-faddish-dud-180962945/Doctors and engineers at the University of Maryland team up to build a tool that projects images and vital information right above a patientThu, 20 Apr 2017 14:10:18 +0000You Can Now 3D Print Glasshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-glass-180962951/German researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing strong, transparent glass products, such as jewelry, lenses and computer partsWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:15:51 +0000How to Resurrect a Lost Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-resurrect-lost-language-180962937/Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakersWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:48:59 +0000Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibioticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/medieval-medical-books-could-hold-recipe-new-antibiotics-180962947/A team of medievalists and scientists look back to history—including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe—for cluesWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ceramicist Who Punched His Potshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ceramicist-who-punched-his-pots-180962930/Influenced by avant-garde poets, writers and Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos experimented with the increasingly unconventionalWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Can a Camera, a QR Code and Some Bubbles Test For E. Coli In Our Food?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-camera-qr-code-and-some-bubbles-test-for-e-coli-in-our-food-180962933/MIT researchers are pursuing a newer, faster test for foodborne pathogensTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:45:01 +0000How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-glowing-soil-can-help-find-land-mines-180962918/Using genetically engineered bacteria and lasers, Israeli scientists have devised a unique way to detect buried explosivesTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Electronic Labels Could Alert You When Your Milk Spoilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/moving-newspaper-photos-like-harry-potter-could-soon-be-reality-180962911/New 2D printed electronics made of the nanomaterial graphene could be used in newspapers, self-updating price tags and moreMon, 17 Apr 2017 15:26:59 +0000The First Step to Shipping a Chopper? Remove the Bladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-first-step-to-shipping-a-chopper-remove/When a high-tech helicopter like the Sikorsky S-92 needs to be transported on a cargo plane, it's crucial that every rotor blade is dismantledMon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Threading an Oil Pipe 3,000 Feet Beneath the Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/threading-an-oil-pipe-3000-feet-beneath-the/The brief is simple: Plunge a 22-inch-diameter casing pipe through a wider 36-inch conductor pipe 3,000 feet underneath the bottom of the oceanFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Seduced By a Rare Parrothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seduced-rare-parrot-180962855/What can conservationists learn from New Zealand’s official “spokesbird,” a YouTube celebrity who tries to mate with people’s heads?Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:24 +0000Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-tell-what-fish-live-where-based-on-dna-in-water-180962894/A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samplesThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000The Patents and Trademarks Behind Jelly Beanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-and-trademarks-behind-jelly-beans-180962873/Inventors have been improving the techniques and technologies used to make jelly beans for more than 150 yearsThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:52:49 +0000These 20th-Century Technologists Sure Knew How to Throw a Partyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-technologists-sure-knew-how-to-throw-a-party-180962747/To mark the centennial of the American Patent System in 1936, a group of innovators gathered to throw a deliciously creative celebrationThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Alaskan Fishing Boat Does Not Answer to Stormshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-alaskan-fishing-boat-does-not-answer-to/Since the Northern Leader first set sail three years ago, it's never postponed a fishing trip due to bad weatherThu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000What’s the Environmental Footprint of a T-Shirt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-environmental-footprint-t-shirt-180962885/In-depth life cycle analyses are teaching us more about the environmental costs of the things we wearWed, 12 Apr 2017 18:32:54 +0000Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/melding-mind-and-machine-how-close-are-we-180962857/Researchers separate what's science from what's currently still fiction when it comes to brain-computer interfacingTue, 11 Apr 2017 15:25:15 +0000Is This New Material a Game Changer for Thermoelectricity?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-material-game-changer-thermoelectricity-180962841/Researchers at the University of Utah have developed an inexpensive, non-toxic material that converts heat to electricityMon, 10 Apr 2017 15:12:41 +0000An Artificial Lung That Fits In a Backpackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-lung-fits-backpack-180962826/Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are developing a device that works like the sophisticated organFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:16:38 +0000This App Puts a Science Lab in Your Pockethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-puts-science-lab-your-pocket-180962796/Lab4U turns smartphones and tablets into scientific toolsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:27:27 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fungus-material-future-180962791/Scientists in the Netherlands have found a way to make slippers and other household objects using fungiWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:35:47 +0000A Giant Floating Naval Hospital's Amazing Humanitarian Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/a-giant-floating-naval-hospitals-amazing-hu/During times of peace, the USNS Comfort provides medical services for people in need, all over the worldWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-researchers-map-feelings-associated-with-different-parts-london-180962753/The university's Literary Lab combed British novels from the 18th and 19th centuries to determine if areas elicited happiness or fearTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:09:00 +0000How World War I Influenced the Evolution of Modern Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-world-war-i-impacted-modern-medicine-180962623/Medical technology and roles during World War I are highlighted in a new display at the National Museum of American History Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:29:55 +0000This One-Year Alternative to College Promises to Land Students a Well-Paying Job, Debt-Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-one-year-alternative-college-promises-land-students-well-paying-job-debt-free-180962742/Adam Braun is launching MissionU, a program that cuts to the chase and disrupts the higher education industryMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:54:04 +0000Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fractal-patterns-nature-and-art-are-aesthetically-pleasing-and-stress-reducing-180962738/One researcher takes this finding into account when developing retinal implants that restore visionFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:55:31 +0000How Understanding Animals Can Help Us Make the Most of Artificial Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-understanding-animals-can-help-us-make-most-artificial-intelligence-180962737/A former animal trainer explains how we might usefully think about the limitations of artificial intelligence systemsFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:35:20 +0000Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-owe-to-the-invention-microscope-180962725/Early scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes, and even their own semen Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:09:06 +0000The Finnish Baby Box Is Becoming Popular Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/finnish-baby-box-is-becoming-popular-around-world-180962723/But does a cardboard bassinet actually reduce infant mortality?Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:50:42 +0000A Microwave Helmet May Help Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/microwave-helmet-may-help-diagnose-traumatic-brain-injury-180962720/Doctors find that a stroke-detection technology could be useful in screening for intracranial bleedingThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Device Collects Water From the Cloudshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-collects-water-clouds-180962705/CloudFisher does exactly as its name implies—drawing water down from the skyWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:07:11 +0000This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-known-math-genius-helped-america-reach-stars-180962700/A hidden figure during her lifetime, it’s time for Mary Golda Ross to be remembered as an aerospace pioneer Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:54 +0000The $15,000 Robotic Cleaning That Removes a Ship's Sludgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-15000-robotic-cleaning-that-removes-a/The remote-controlled robot that cleans the hull of a ship as big as Tonsberg costs $15,000 for its servicesWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000MIT Mathematician Develops an Algorithm to Help Treat Diabeteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-mathematician-has-developed-algorithm-help-treat-diabetes-180962698/The key to managing the disease, which afflicts 29 million people in the U.S., might be in big dataTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:53:37 +0000How Will Artificial Intelligence Help the Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-artificial-intelligence-help-aging-180962682/The key, researchers say, is finding the right roles for machinesMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:48:54 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/now-you-can-measure-male-fertility-smartphone-app-180962657/A new device helps men monitor their sperm count from the comfort of their own homeThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-zebrafish-teach-us-cure-blindness-180962626/By learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the sameThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:32 +0000Telling the Forgotten Stories of the Everyday Americans of the Revolutionary Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telling-forgotten-stories-everyday-americans-revolutionary-war-180962618/Near where the Battle of Yorktown was waged, a new museum fuses innovative technology with storytelling techniques to connect with visitorsWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:18 +0000Where Should You Live? This App Will Tell Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-should-you-live-app-will-tell-you-180962588/Enter your budget and a number of your preferences and Teleport will match you with some fitting citiesMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:51:12 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/enamelist_june_schwarcz_electroplated_and_sandblasted_her_way_to_art_museums-180962568/The Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgängerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-your-ancient-statue-doppleganger-180962585/Send the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statueFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:06:27 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dian-fosseys-gorilla-skulls-are-scientific-treasures-and-symbol-her-fight-180962564/At a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000Hot Food, Fast: The Home Microwave Oven Turns 50http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hot-food-fast-home-microwave-oven-turns-50-180962545/A serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create the now ubiquitous timesaving applianceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-be-the-most-efficient-solar-panel-ever-180962532/Taking advantage of temperatures upwards of 1,000 Celsius, these hot solar cells could produce twice as much energy as the industry standardWed, 15 Mar 2017 15:39:38 +0000From Trash To Treads: Turning Tomato Peels and Eggshells Into Tireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-trash-to-treads-turning-tomato-peels-eggshells-into-tires-180962525/Scientists at Ohio State University are replacing the petroleum-based filler in tires with food wasteWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/one-writer-used-statistics-reveal-secrets-what-makes-great-writing-180962515/In his new book, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patternsTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:40:30 +0000The Patents and Trademarks Behind Lucky Charms Cerealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-and-trademarks-behind-lucky-charms-cereal-180962517/There's a lot of food science that goes into those marshmallow cloversTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:41:10 +0000How Daily Images of the Entire Earth Will Change the Way We Look At Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-daily-images-entire-earth-will-change-way-we-look-it-180962467/With more satellites than any other company, Planet Labs gives environmental researchers daily dataMon, 13 Mar 2017 14:46:44 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-humans-invented-numbersand-how-numbers-reshaped-our-world-180962485/Anthropologist Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000Could This Chatbot Prevent Some Deportations?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-chatbot-prevent-some-deportations-180962435/Visabot helps immigrants and visitors to the United States obtain and keep visasFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:19:38 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-layers-stunning-pink-coralline-algae-holds-secrets-climates-past-180962436/Unseen and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000Can Social Media Give Sharks a Better Reputation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-social-media-give-sharks-better-reputation-180962411/A nonprofit called Ocearch is naming tagged sharks and giving them Twitter and Instagram accounts to ease fears and aid in conservationWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:59:14 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-smithsonian-scientists-retrace-mysterious-circumstances-1866-death-180962417/Did the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000In Smart Cities of the Future, Posters and Street Signs Can Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-cities-future-posters-and-street-signs-can-talk-180962419/University of Washington engineers show how "smart" posters can send a message via FM radio waves to smartphone or car radioWed, 08 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Charging Ahead: The Future of Batterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/charging-ahead-future-of-batteries-180962414/Battery research is at a tipping point, and it’s never been more importantTue, 07 Mar 2017 19:11:05 +0000Installing Massive Machinery on the Seafloor Is Incredibly Diceyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/installing-massive-machinery-on-the-seafloor/Lowering a massive compressor 984 feet down onto the seafloor isn't easy, even for a ship the size of North Sea GiantTue, 07 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-track-first-time-one-rarest-songbirds-its-yearlong-migration-180962390/The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000Reprintable Paper Becomes a Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/reprintable-paper-becomes-reality-180962339/Coating paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 timesWed, 01 Mar 2017 19:52:56 +0000Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fighting-illegal-fishing-big-data-180962321/Global Fishing Watch is using satellite data to monitor suspicious ship activity on the high seasTue, 28 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +0000If We Can Get Past the Ickiness, Hagfish Slime May Actually Be Useful to Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-we-can-get-past-ickiness-hagfish-slime-may-actually-be-useful-to-us-180962300/The gelatinous glop could be the key to everything from bio-inspired kevlar to shark defense for diversMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:15:09 +0000The Historic Innovation of Land Mines—And Why We've Struggled to Get Rid of Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/A number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000