Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone App 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? 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 War 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 You 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 Galleries Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgänger 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 Fight 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 50 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? 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 Tires 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 Writing 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 Cereal'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 It 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 World 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? 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 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? 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 History 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 Talk 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 Batteries 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 Dicey 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 Migration 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 Reality 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 Data 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 Us 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 Them number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering World Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000Could Garbage Fuel Airplanes? BioEnergy wants to divert trash from landfills and create cheap green energyThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:03:54 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden? David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000See the Ancient World Through Virtual Reality archaeological VR company wants to show you what ruins looked like before they were, well, ruinsWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Will the Autonomous Ship of the Future Look Like? companies are experimenting with self-driving, remotely-operated and crewless vesselsTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:05 +0000Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy? a new device's flapping leaves can generate a lot of energy, extracting it is far from a breezeMon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Early Tech Adopters in Ancient Rome Had Portable Sundials little gadget could make you look smart, rich, and tech-savvy—all without necessarily fulfilling its real functionMon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Oven Could Change How We Cook using radio frequency technology, it can prepare all the components of a dinner, at the same time, just rightFri, 17 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Robots Could Help Chronically Ill Kids Attend School with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fullyFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000With Patents or Without, Black Inventors Reshaped American Industry slaves couldn't hold property, including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating in our countryThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:10:22 +0000What If You Could Take a Vitamin 3D Printed to Meet Your Personal Nutrition Needs? Parietti, CEO and cofounder of Multiply Labs, wants personalized nutritional supplements to start a whole new movementThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction? a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?, it may not replace bees. But it's a fun project nonethelessTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Flowers Come Straight From the Farm to Your Door cutting out the middleman, this startup is aiming for better bouquets and a greener flower industryMon, 13 Feb 2017 19:09:10 +0000Doctors Can Use Robotic Telemedicine to Assess Coma Patients new study shows that a remote specialist can be just as effective at reporting a comatose patient's condition than a medical professional in the roomMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:37:51 +0000The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breath mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Turning Dragonflies Into Drones DragonflEye project equips the insects with solar-powered backpacks that control their flightFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:31:36 +0000The Patents Behind the Roses You Receive on Valentine's Day probably never thought of the perennials as inventions, have you?Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:03:01 +0000These "Smart Glasses" Adjust To Your Vision Automatically glasses' liquid lenses change shape according to the distance of objects, making reading glasses and bifocals unnecessaryThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:13:28 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About California’s New Tesla-Powered Battery Bank storage facility will collect energy when it’s readily available, and release it when demand is high. What does this mean for the future of energy?Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:16:26 +0000These Four Black Women Inventors Reimagined the Technology of the Home designating the realm of technology as 'male,' we overlook key inventions that took place in the domestic sphereTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Australia Wants to Streamline Its Border Control Using Biometrics country envisions a system that would eliminate the need for paper passports or identity cards for a number of the 35 million who visit each yearMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:41:57 +0000Patients With Locked-in Syndrome May Be Able to Communicate After All new use for brain-computer interfaces gives insight to life with ALSMon, 06 Feb 2017 15:16:27 +0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystique Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelersMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Much Should Youth Football Change to Reduce Concussions? kickoff returns? Cut the number of players? Shrink the field?Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:23:48 +0000How the U.S. Postal Service Could Tackle Food Insecurity team of Washington University students has a plan: use postal workers to pick up food, deliver it to food banks and even store it in post officesFri, 03 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Ocean Preserves Keep Fishing Boats Away from Grey Reef Sharks tracked hundreds of reef sharks to find that massive marine refuges can work—with one caveatThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:29:16 +0000Take Three Zucchinis and Call Me in the Morning: The Power of Produce Prescriptions Wave's fruit and vegetable prescription program meets mega-retail, as Target joins the causeThu, 02 Feb 2017 15:58:13 +0000Forget Substitute Teachers. "Parachute Teachers" May Be the Future. the teacher is out, why not have a local chef or engineer lead a lesson?Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:02:30 +0000The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original Smartphone times likely paved the way for this multifunctional device, conceptual ancestor to the iPhone 7Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:06 +0000This Spit-Powered Biobattery Is Made From a Single Sheet of Paper at Binghamton University are developing inexpensive paper biobatteries to power simple sensors that monitor things like blood sugarMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:59:12 +0000Using Your Heartbeat as a Password have developed a way of turning the unique rhythms of your heart into a form of identificationMon, 30 Jan 2017 14:43:36 +0000Can This Trash Can Turn Food Waste Into Garden Treasure? Zera Food Recycler may not transform scraps into ready-to-use soil, but it could still help take a bite out of landfill-bound wasteFri, 27 Jan 2017 17:44:57 +0000This Handheld Ultrasound Scanner Could Be the Next Stethoscope co-founder and CEO Laurent Pelissier believes the affordable, wireless device could revolutionize health careFri, 27 Jan 2017 15:27:38 +0000The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Glory’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:26:56 +0000This Souped-Up Scuba Suit Made a Stratospheric Leap record-breaking Alan Eustace found just the right fit for his 25-mile free fall by marrying scuba technology with a space suitThu, 26 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000