Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000The Best Books About Innovation of 2016 you have a lover of big ideas on your holiday shopping list, consider these thought-provoking titles published this yearWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovation Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000Step Inside a Virtual Building of the Future are embracing virtual reality and the complex designs they can create thereTue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:57 +0000A California Startup Is Using Ashes to Protect Forests Place Forests is accepting reservations from those who wish to have their remains scattered in a redwood forest in northern CaliforniaMon, 05 Dec 2016 18:06:20 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museum Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cells at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Could Wood Scraps Fuel Planes? Airlines powered a cross-country commercial flight using a new biofuel derived from wood wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:59:38 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Research was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the World horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000Untangling the History of Christmas Lights bright idea was ahead of its timeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veterans pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Could This Cooler Help Combat Global Hunger? Evaptainer keeps perishable food fresh for up to two weeks–no electricity requiredMon, 21 Nov 2016 15:43:04 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orca artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speed much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucialFri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The 2016 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards year's recipients range from a popular actor and comedian to a tech-savvy archaeologistThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:05:40 +0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stress acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kidsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisis concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan cityThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waves year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century agoThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Christopher Gray's Scholly App Is Bringing Millions of Dollars to College Students in Need entrepreneur's new digital platform has helped applicants land $50 million in scholarshipsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Original star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the massesThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Out you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thankThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruins Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration? one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievementThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Video pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicineThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Folded Paper Fans Out Into a Full-Size Bike Helmet EcoHelmet, this year's James Dyson Award winner, could be used by bike shares across the worldThu, 17 Nov 2016 05:05:00 +0000If Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, Then Play Is Its Father a new book, Steven Johnson argues that many inventions, considered mindless amusements in their time, wind up leading to serious innovations laterWed, 16 Nov 2016 18:15:09 +0000How Pokémon Go Can Save Lives in a Hurricane could mobilize by donating blood, filling sandbags and evacuating threatened areas Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:27:43 +0000NASA’s New, Super-Efficient Airplane Wing Comes With a Twist agency and several universities have designed a flexible wing that could reduce the cost of building and fueling airplanesMon, 14 Nov 2016 14:34:49 +0000Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem? by a team of University of Virgnia students, AgroSpheres break down pesticide residues on crops hours after they are appliedFri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace CEOs MBA’s instinct is increasingly vital in the age of information overloadThu, 10 Nov 2016 15:33:36 +0000A Mission To Invent a Bottle That Takes the Salt Out of Saltwater are exploring the potential of creating plastic containers that, with a little sun power, could desalinate seawaterWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Miniature Living Redwood Forest Springs Up In Brooklyn Spencer Finch explores landscape by building a tiny, scale replica of a California groveTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:58:46 +0000Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There's a New Way to Tap the Earth’s Energy Iceland Deep Drilling Project has extended a borehole thousands of meters deep to produce geothermal power at a scale never before seenTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:09:16 +0000What's Next for Solar Energy? How About Space are closer than ever to making the far-out concept of a space-based solar collection system a realityFri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Becoming the Next Big Renewable Energy Source food-to-electricity plant in England is just one in a string of local efforts to make waste less wastefulThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Pagani Huayra Is Faster Than a Jumbo Jet at Takeoff optimum effects of the Pagani-designed dual aerodynamic system are embodied by the Huayra. In just 25.8 seconds, it crosses the 185 MPH markThu, 03 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are turning wood pulp, a common waste material, into a flooring that generates electricityTue, 01 Nov 2016 15:41:58 +0000Robot Shellfish May Tell Us About Climate Change's Impact on Marine Species scientists at Northeastern University have developed "robomussels" with sensors to track temperatures in mussel bedsTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipop with plant-derived sugar alternatives, Alina Morse's Zollipops help reduce the risk of cavitiesMon, 31 Oct 2016 14:19:26 +0000These Photographs From Space Show What Humans Have Done to the Earth new book, vivid satellite images of the planet evoke what astronauts call "the overview effect" Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:02:36 +0000How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Change's hard to comprehend the concept of oceans getting more acidic. Unless you become the coral.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:02:57 +0000The Answer to India's Energy Crisis Could Be Blowing in the Wind 2016 Young Scientist Challenge winner modeled her energy harvester after a treeTue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machine mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000This Startup Is Harvesting Wild Algae to Make Your Next Pair of Sneakers Rob Falken found a way to turn algae into a foam that can be used in sneaker soles and on surfboardsFri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:34 +0000Face an Active Shooter in Virtual Reality, and You May Be Better Prepared to Survive a Real-Life Encounter new VR program called SurviVR aims to train employees how to deal with an active shooter situation in the workplaceThu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancer injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000Beneath a Mountain in Switzerland Lies the World’s Longest Shortcut massive structure, running 35.4 miles through the Alps, begins full operations this DecemberTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000With This Smartphone Microscope, You Can Play Soccer and Pac-Man With Microbes engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse built a 3D-printed microscope that allows students to not only observe but also interact with tiny creaturesMon, 17 Oct 2016 13:55:24 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happen volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possible new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane? with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000A New Tool From This American Life Will Make Audio as Sharable as Gifs tech company best known for creating Twitter bots has put its skills to help make podcasts go viralTue, 11 Oct 2016 16:03:55 +0000How to Clean Water With Old Coffee Grounds researchers have figured out how to turn spent coffee grounds into a foam that can remove heavy metals from waterTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:55:38 +0000