Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:54:20 +0000Are Floating Farms in Our Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-floating-farms-our-future-180956476/A Barcelona design firm imagines a two-million-square-foot barge that would yield tons of vegetables, fruit and fish each yearTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:54:20 +0000A New Pregnancy Test Can Predict Twins, Down Syndrome and Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-pregnancy-test-can-predict-twins-down-syndrome-and-more-180956304/A U.K. company is developing a urine test that analyzes patterns of proteins for information about the health of an expectant mother and her babyMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:39:55 +0000This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-bionic-suit-may-be-future-of-prosthetics-180956447/Inventor Scott Summit is personalizing medical devices through 3D printingMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:07:21 +0000The Big, Refrigerator-Sized Machine That Saved Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/big-hulking-gene-sequencer-saved-chocolate-180956321/When cacao production was threatened by disease, the Mars candy company launched a global initiative to sequence the plant's genomeMon, 31 Aug 2015 16:07:19 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/laser-technology-making-tattoo-removal-easier-ever-180956443/Thanks to recent advances, the tattoo removal business has quadrupled in the last decadeFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-new-nanomaterial-reduce-greenhouse-gases-180956423/Berkeley researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000A Blood Test and App May Help Identify Patients at Risk of Suicidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/blood-test-app-may-help-identify-patients-at-risk-suicide-180956404/With blood biomarkers and a questionnaire, researchers at Indiana University claim they can pinpoint patients who will have suicidal thoughts within a yearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:50:50 +0000Meet Mr. Wizard, Television's Original Science Guyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-mr-wizard-science-guy-inspired-bill-nye-180956371/In the 1950s and 1960s, Don Herbert broadcast some of the most mesmerizing, and kooky, science experiments from his garageWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:14 +0000Thirty Years Ago, an Artificial Heart Helped Save a Grocery Store Managerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirty-years-ago-artificial-heart-helped-save-grocery-store-manager-180956388/The Smithsonian, home to the Jarvik 7 and a host of modern chest-pumping technologies, has a lot of (artificial) heartWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:53 +0000Look Into This Smart Mirror and You Get a One-Minute Medical Checkuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/look-into-this-smart-mirror-and-you-get-a-one-minute-medical-checkup-180956367/The Wize Mirror can spot early warning signs of heart disease and diabetesTue, 25 Aug 2015 17:27:58 +0000Visit the Homes of America's Greatest Inventorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-homes-americas-greatest-inventors-180956369/Within these walls, our nation's most brilliant tinkerers once ate, slept and imaginedTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-childrens-books-that-use-psychological-techniques-help-kids-180956378/The sleep-inducing "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" has become a mega bestseller. But it's not the only story to lean on psychologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Woman Invented Monopoly to Combat Greedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-woman-invented-monopoly-to-combat-greed/Monopoly, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie MagieMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:14:38 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mouthguard-measure-concussions-180956328/Professional football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Coming Soon: Helmets Made From Carrotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coming-soon-helmets-made-from-carrots-180956322/A Scottish company has created a biodegradable material from carrot pulp that could be used in protective sports gearMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:24:10 +0000England Is Going to Test Roads That Actually Charge Electric Carshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/england-going-to-test-roads-that-actually-charge-electric-cars-180956336/Highways of the future may have special lanes that recharge the batteries of electric cars as they goThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:20:44 +0000The Future of 3D-Printed Pillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-3d-printed-pills-180956292/Now that the FDA has approved Spritam, an anti-seizure drug and the first 3D-printed pill, what's next?Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:43:55 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/physicists-built-wormhole-magnets-180956345/The metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Law and Order: Social Media Unithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/law-and-order-social-media-unit-180956278/The San Francisco Police Department may have an "Instagram officer," but other forces are trolling social media for criminal activity tooWed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-mapping-tool-shows-city-planners-where-to-plant-trees-180956272/Researchers at Portland State University have created an app that looks at tree density in respect to neighborhood, population and pollutionTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:24 +0000A Next Gen Museum Show Takes Aim at Inspiring Next Gen Ingenuityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/next-gen-museum-show-takes-aim-inspiring-next-gen-ingenuity-180956289/Curators are betting high-tech playtime will turn today’s kids into tomorrow’s engineering visionariesMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:25:48 +0000Five Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs Again in a UCLA Studyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-paralyzed-men-move-their-legs-again-in-UCLA-study-180956207/As electrodes on the skin stimulated their spines, the study participants made "step-like" motionsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:45:03 +0000Could This 'Drinkable Book' Provide Clean Water to the Developing World?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-drinkable-book-provide-clean-water-developing-world-180956286/Pour untreated water over a page from the book and silver nanoparticles embedded in it will kill nearly 100 percent of disease-causing bacteriaSun, 16 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Are Robot Umpires Coming to Baseball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-robot-umpires-coming-baseball-180956190/Now that a computer has covered home plate at a minor league game, what's next?Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:16:59 +0000Google Street View Cars Are Mapping City Air Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-street-view-cars-mapping-city-air-pollution-180956205/Google, Aclima and the EPA team up to add sensors to cars, first in Denver and then in the Bay Area, that monitor air quality throughout the dayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:55:43 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetically-modified-yeast-turns-sugar-painkillers-180956268/Stanford scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000Wasting Food? It'll Cost Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wasting-food-itll-cost-you-180956224/In a neighborhood in Seoul, the Korea Environment Corp. is doling out fines to people dumping more than their allotted food scrapsTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:44:29 +0000The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-mexican-coke-more-complex-than-hipsters-would-admit-180956032/A nasty trade war and questionable scientific assumptions make it difficult to discern what is, and what isn't, the real thingTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:47:14 +0000Thin Sensors on Our Skin or in Our Clothes May Warn Us of Environmental Hazardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/thin-sensors-on-our-skin-in-our-clothes-may-warn-us-environmental-hazards-180956127/Australian researchers are developing flexible sensors that track dangers that humans cannot detect with their own sensesTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Might Actually Want a Layover at These Seven Airportshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-might-actually-want-layover-these-seven-airports-180956191/From nap pods to real-time flight tracking, these airports have features that will surely please passengersMon, 10 Aug 2015 19:47:57 +0000When a Trip to the Zoo Resulted in an Engineering Breakthroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-trip-to-zoo-resulted-in-engineering-breakthrough-180956204/Megan Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:20:00 +0000The Lonely, Lifesaving Job of Lighthouse Keepers, Revealed at the National Lighthouse Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lonely-lifesaving-job-of-lighthouse-keepers-now-revealed-at-the-national-lighthouse-museum-180956183/A new museum in Staten Island tells the stories of men and women who ran lighthouses throughout America’s history and shows off some unique antiquesFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:48:01 +0000This Mock "City" Is a Testing Ground For Driverless Cars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mock-city-is-testing-ground-driverless-cars-180956129/The University of Michigan's Mcity is a 32-acre challenge course for connected and automated vehiclesFri, 07 Aug 2015 13:20:02 +0000IBM's Tone Analyzer Could Save You From Sending That Awkward Email http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-tone-analyzer-will-save-you-sending-awkward-email-180956102/The new service, part of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system, scans emails for emotions like cheerfulness or negativityThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:46:59 +0000Swedish Designers Are Turning Fruits and Veggies Into a Nonperishable Powderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/swedish-designers-are-turning-fruits-and-veggies-that-might-otherwise-be-tossed-away-into-nonperishable-powder-180956099/The dried and powdered produce, called FoPo, could become a staple in disaster reliefTue, 04 Aug 2015 20:27:28 +0000How Lego Redefined Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-lego-redefined-play/Once a company of only 10 employees, Lego is now one of the most recognized brands on the planetMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:38:53 +0000How a Five-Letter Word Built a 104-Year-Old Companyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-five-letter-word-built-104-year-old-company-180955899/THINK—printed on signs, deskplates, business cards and notepads—was the seed from which the rest of IBM’s culture would growMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:09:23 +0000What Is a Personal Food Computer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-a-personal-food-computer-180956085/A farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in citiesMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Could a Wind Turbine Be Coming to a Bridge Near You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-wind-turbine-be-coming-bridge-near-you-180955854/Engineers find, in a simulation, that two wind turbines mounted under a bridge in the Canary Islands could power hundreds of homesFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000This "Lucky" Fish Could Save Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lucky-fish-could-save-lives-180955818/A fish-shaped iron ingot is reducing the number of cases of iron deficiency anemia in Cambodia and beyondThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Moleculehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-find-natural-way-to-clean-up-oil-spills-with-plant-based-molecule-180955815/Researchers at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/legos-go-sustainable-everything-really-is-awesome-180955874/To reduce its carbon footprint, the toy company is searching for a sustainable material for its bricks by 2030 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:16 +0000A New Report Identifies 30 Technologies That Will Save Lives in the Next 15 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-report-identifies-30-technologies-that-will-save-lives-in-next-15-years-180955927/A panel of 60 health experts creates a short list of easy-to-use devices and treatments that could dramatically improve global healthTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:27:44 +0000The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-little-museum-you-never-visited-180956025/The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a trove of cunning inventionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:53 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-deal-googles-sidewalk-labs-180955847/The tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Living Cells Armed With Tiny Lasers May Help Fight Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/living-cells-armed-tiny-lasers-may-help-fight-disease-180956067/The biological light sources may one day help researchers see deeper into the body's microscopic workingsMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:46 +0000The Scandalous Story Behind the Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture "Greek Slave" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scandalous-story-behind-provocative-sculpture-greek-slave-19th-century-audiences-180956029/Artist Hiram Powers earned fame and fortune for his beguiling sculpture, but how he crafted it might have proved even more shockingFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:53:51 +0000Off the Coast of Italy, Two Divers Are Building Underwater Greenhouseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/off-coast-italy-two-divers-are-building-underwater-greenhouses-180955883/The biospheres could provide an alternate means of farming in regions with unstable growing conditionsThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:16 +0000What It's Like to Live in This Smart, Energy-Efficient Home of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-to-live-smart-energy-efficient-home-future-180956001/Nine months in, a family of four adjusts to life in the Honda Smart Home, a testing ground for new technologies at University of California, DavisWed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:17 +0000Inspiring Invention the MacGyver Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inspiring-invention-macgyver-way-180955987/Visitors to the Smithsonian's new Spark!Lab are challenged to solve problems with ingenuity and a pile of off-the-shelf itemsWed, 22 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World's Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventor-alexis-lewis-wants-kids-to-invent-solutions-to-worlds-problems-180955933/With a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15-year-old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:04 +0000Scientists Connect Monkey Brains and Boost Their Thinking Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-connect-monkey-brains-and-boost-their-thinking-power-180955963/Researchers at Duke University have enhanced the mind power of monkeys and rats by linking their brains togetherMon, 20 Jul 2015 19:34:25 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-takes-giant-step-its-first-kickstarter-campaign-fund-conservation-neil-armstrongs-spacesuit-180955964/On the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000These Maps Help Explain the Numerous, Complicated Factors Behind Income Inequalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-maps-help-explain-numerous-complicated-factors-behind-income-inequality-180955941/Education, housing costs and even internet access are all a part of the difficult public policy matterFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:45:13 +0000Seven Ways to Revamp Deserted Spaces Under New York City's Highways and Elevated Trainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-ways-revamp-deserted-spaces-under-new-york-citys-highways-elevated-trains-180955726/The Design Trust for Public Space reimagines neglected areas under the city's infrastructureFri, 17 Jul 2015 11:07:25 +0000You Can Now 3D Print With Liquefied Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-with-liquefied-wood-180955775/A chemist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is making sustainable 3d printing a realityThu, 16 Jul 2015 10:36:07 +0000How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-singer-won-sewing-machine-war-180955919/The Singer Sewing Machine changed the way America manufactured textiles, but the invention itself was less important than the company’s innovative businessTue, 14 Jul 2015 17:54:33 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/To better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000How Are Universities Grooming the Next Great Innovators?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-are-universities-grooming-next-great-innovators-180955792/Design and entrepreneurship courses at Stanford and other institutions are fundamentally changing higher educationTue, 14 Jul 2015 14:44:56 +0000These Glasses Could Help the Blind See http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-glasses-could-help-blind-see-180955797/Developed by Oxford scientists, SmartSpecs capture real time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind usersMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:37:50 +0000This New Nanogenerator Could Make Cars Much More Efficient http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-nanogenerator-could-make-cars-much-more-efficient-180955777/Electrodes placed on a car's tires can harness the energy generated when rubber meets road Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:15:50 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-scientists-hope-have-half-worlds-plant-families-on-ice-by-end-summer-180955867/Teaming up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-two-scientists-turned-data-sun-into-work-art-180955824/After collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-innovative-mind-one-worlds-most-inventive-architects-180955826/A new show at the Cooper Hewitt reveals the process behind designer Thomas Heatherwick's projectsWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tracing-history-american-invention-from-telegraph-to-apple-I-180955838/More than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, grace the entryway to the American History Museum's new innovation wing Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:40:49 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Twenty of the West's Leading Water Managers Raft Colorado's Yampa Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/twenty-wests-leading-water-managers-raft-colorados-yampa-river-180955618/In a historic drought, a group of decision makers take to the water to discuss the future of riversMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:42:19 +0000How Colonel Sanders Made Kentucky Fried Chicken an American Success Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-colonel-sanders-made-kentucky-fried-chicken-american-success-story-180955806/A weathervane from the Smithsonian collections is emblematic of Harland Sanders’s decades-long pursuit to make his chicken finger-lickin' goodMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:41:55 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-new-york-citys-subway-symphony-180955725/Musician James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000