Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-moon-hoax-was-simply-sign-its-time-180955761/Scientific discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-transparent-fish-may-help-decode-brain-180955734/An outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-travel-inca-road-today-180955740/A rocky rollicking journey to Machu Picchu along one of the greatest engineering feats in the AmericasWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/listicles-went-viral-long-before-internet-180955742/Digital scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/latest-sign-camel-racing-robotos-180955765/A centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hyperloop-latest-innovation-pretty-much-series-of-tubes-180955735/The idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Tiny Robots Can Clear Clogged Arterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-robots-can-clear-clogged-arteries-180955774/Engineers at Drexel University are developing micro-swimmers that loosen arterial plaque and release drugs into the bloodstream to prevent future buildupWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:44 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-orange-juice-can-important-museum-artifact-180955750/A new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hawaii-old-buses-are-being-turned-into-homeless-shelters-180955700/A group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Could This Head Gear Help Treat Parkinson's Disease?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-head-gear-help-treat-parkinsons-disease-180955647/Students at Johns Hopkins University have created an at-home brain-stimulating device to ease Parkinson's symptomsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:39 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/combing-through-light-may-give-us-faster-more-powerful-internet-180955705/A lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxietyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/there-is-now-12-week-online-program-for-overcoming-social-anxiety-180955502/Two Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challengesThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:59:53 +0000Five Tech Ideas That Could Improve City Bike Commutinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-tech-ideas-that-could-improve-city-bike-commuting-180955570/A group of London designers imagines Google Glass-like visors and buses that project outlines of their blind spots on the roadWed, 24 Jun 2015 19:36:46 +0000Barbers Are Giving Buzz Cuts to Detroit's Overgrown Lotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/barbers-are-giving-buzzcuts-to-detroits-overgrown-lots-180955227/A new project funded by a Knight Cities grant has local barbers and landscape contractors working to revitalize vacant spacesWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:15:32 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/makers-week-zoo-business-usual-180955639/When the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000Doctors Can Study 3D Printed Models of Your Organs Before Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-study-3d-printed-models-your-organs-surgery-180955622/In a new era of personalized medicine, advanced models are better preparing surgeons for what they will encounter in the operating roomWed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:53 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2-world-trade-center-and-promise-green-skyscrapers-180955584/New renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dj-hoppy-adams-radio-annapolis-station-influence-segregated-america-180955594/In post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-stirring-portraits-put-face-on-homelessness-180955495/Rex Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000How a Cheap Plastic Rat Could Change Biology Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cheap-plastic-rat-could-change-biology-class-180955596/With a couple of 3D printers, a husband and wife team is building accurate replicas of rats that could one day eliminate the need for dissection specimensMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:08:55 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hey-scientist-who-are-you-mentoring-summer-180955593/The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000The Tweeting Potholes of Panamahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tweeting-potholes-panama-180955507/In Panama City, potholes have taken to Twitter to ask for repairs Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:33 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-maker-faire-exactly-180955574/Billed as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000The Same Probiotic That’s In Your Yogurt Could Detect Liver Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/same-probiotic-thats-in-your-yogurt-could-detect-liver-cancer-180955491/Take a dose of this bacteria, genetically altered by scientists at MIT, and your urine will glow if liver cancer is presentWed, 10 Jun 2015 19:42:02 +0000City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/citie-governments-are-collaborating-startups-and-acting-ones-themselves-180955483/By establishing offices that promote innovation, cities are taking more risks than ever beforeWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:04:34 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-future-hold-prospect-outsourcing-human-brain-180955531/Bold thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000Soon Our Phones Will Be Telling Us to Drink More Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/soon-our-phones-will-be-telling-us-drink-more-water-180955522/A new crop of health wearables aims to keep users hydratedMon, 08 Jun 2015 20:24:16 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flexible-circuit-has-been-injected-living-brains-180955525/Tested on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1950s-designer-claire-mccardell-might-teach-us-about-what-wear-180955520/When it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pyrex-reinvented-glass-new-age-180955513/One hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000Seven Inspiring Innovations In Education From Around the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-inspiring-innovations-in-education-from-around-the-globe-180955484/American schools, start taking notes! There may be some things to learn from these successful programsFri, 05 Jun 2015 16:24:47 +0000With This Self-Healing Concrete, Buildings Repair Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-this-self-healing-concrete-buildings-repair-themselves-180955474/A concrete developed by Dutch scientists and embedded with limestone-producing bacteria is ready to hit the market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:13:19 +0000Can Young Botanists at a Magnet School Play a Vital Role in Protecting an Urban Ecosystem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-young-botanists-at-magnet-school-play-vital-role-protecting-urban-ecosystem-180955477/Miami's BioTech, the country's first ever botany-focused magnet high school, is teaching kids real-world plant scienceThu, 04 Jun 2015 13:16:06 +0000These New Computer Chips Are Made From Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-computer-chips-are-made-from-wood-180955471/A new technique replaces the bulk of smartphone-friendly microchips with a transparent, flexible material made from wood pulpWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:34:06 +000025 Millennials Just Crossed the United States By Rail Hoping to Leave Their Marks in Cities Along the Way http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/25-millennials-just-crossed-united-states-rail-hoping-leave-their-marks-cities-along-way-180955470/Young leaders take a 10-day whistle-stop tour with on-train seminars and service projects in communities across the nationMon, 01 Jun 2015 20:25:30 +0000Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/migrating-monarch-butterflies-might-actually-take-to-the-highway-180955436/Threatened pollinators get a trans-continental right of wayMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:10:19 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-african-animals-are-pickier-eaters-we-imagined-180955472/To the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-meat-banks-are-helping-farmers-preserve-precious-livestock-180955465/Frozen sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-credit-cards-now-you-can-pay-your-eyes-180955445/A new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:27 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Dollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epic-failure-thomas-edisons-talking-doll-180955442/Expensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000To Cut Down on Food Waste, a San Francisco Startup Is Selling Ugly Fruits and Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/to-cut-down-on-food-waste-san-francisco-startup-is-selling-ugly-fruits-and-vegetables-180955404/Looks aren’t everything, say the founders of Imperfect, a CSA-type service that delivers odd-shaped produce to customers' doorsFri, 29 May 2015 18:35:57 +0000At the Intersection of Dance and Portraiture, Vulnerability and Intimacy Prevailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/intersection-dance-and-portraiture-vulnerability-and-intimacy-prevail-180955444/Dance troupe Pilobolus and video portrait artist Bo Gehring teamed up to defy boundariesFri, 29 May 2015 17:34:39 +0000IBM Watson Makes Things Elementary, Indeedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibm-watson-makes-things-elementary-indeed-180955333/The cognitive computing system makes for an ideal sidekick—in museums, kitchens, hospitals and classroomsFri, 29 May 2015 15:12:16 +0000To Make Lobster Fisheries More Sustainable, Scientists Attempt to Decode Crustacean DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-make-lobster-fisheries-more-sustainable-scientists-attempt-decode-crustacean-dna-180955400/As the battle escalates to combat illegal fishing, Smithsonian scientists offer up a possible genetic tool Thu, 28 May 2015 15:57:47 +0000The Developing World Could Be One Step Closer to Quick, Easy Water Treatment With This New Devicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/developing-world-could-be-one-step-closer-quick-easy-water-treatment-with-this-new-device-180955402/Outdoor retailer MSR and global health non-profit PATH have teamed up to create on-demand chlorine to fight waterborne illness in AfricaWed, 27 May 2015 18:06:20 +0000This Crazy Land Art Deflects Noise From Amsterdam's Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/crazy-land-art-deflects-noise-from-amsterdams-airport-180955398/To drown out flight noise, the Amsterdam Airport turned to large-scale landscapingWed, 27 May 2015 17:12:27 +0000Six Architectural Ideas That Could Change the Way We Live in Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Six-architectural-ideas-could-change-way-we-live-cities-180955311/Whether in response to polluted air or shrinking space, architects keep coming up with novel approaches to reshaping urban lifeTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-buildings-future-be-cloaked-algae-180955396/Built by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living "skin" that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxideTue, 26 May 2015 15:24:24 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/make-new-memories-but-keep-the-old-with-little-help-from-electrodes-180955331/Matthew Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brainFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000Did This Map Guide Columbus?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-this-map-guide-columbus-180955295/Researchers decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-wake-testing-atomic-bomb-bikini-became-thing-180955346/The scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Packhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ill-fated-history-jetpack-180955294/The space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/worlds-largest-picture-frame-180955302/The government of Dubai is taking this abstract structure to the next levelWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/has-finnish-company-found-cure-for-jet-lag-180955357/Valkee is releasing the Human Charger, a new gadget that beams light through a user's earsWed, 20 May 2015 15:40:13 +0000A Harvard Student's App Could Bring 911 Into the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/harvard-students-app-could-bring-911-into-the-future-180955339/With just one click, RapidSOS sends GPS and medical information to emergency dispatchersTue, 19 May 2015 16:31:41 +0000This Smartphone Microscope Uses Video to Spot Moving Parasites http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartphone-microscope-uses-video-spot-moving-parasites-180955315/A team of Berkeley bioengineers has created CellScope, a mobile phone attachment that can quickly test blood for tropical diseasesTue, 19 May 2015 13:38:30 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-real-life-hoverboard-whirs-life-180955316/At Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/made-college-seniors-these-seven-products-give-glimpse-into-future-180955280/Engineering students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one yearFri, 15 May 2015 18:24:22 +0000How Food Truck Parks Are Making America More Like Southeast Asiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-food-truck-parks-are-making-america-more-southeast-asia-180955264/Pushing for nutritious options, as public officials in Singapore are doing, could boost the health of cities and their residentsThu, 14 May 2015 19:54:39 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-this-plan-combat-climate-change-insane-insanely-genius-180955258/Harvard physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iconic-japanese-american-artist-work-exhibited-decades-180955169/A reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/imax-experience-udvar-hazy-center-took-quantum-leap-180955193/The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000Finally, A Shoe That Grows With a Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/finally-shoe-that-grows-with-kid-180955192/The Idaho-based nonprofit Because International makes shoes that can grow up to five sizes and last at least five yearsTue, 12 May 2015 19:31:57 +0000For Your Next Party, Rent a Kitchen the Size of Your Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-your-next-party-rent-kitchen-size-your-apartment-180955230/With living space shrinking, urbanites are paying for kitchen space to host special occasionsTue, 12 May 2015 17:29:48 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +000026 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/26-inventions-mothers-can-appreciate-180955181/From an apparatus to birth a child with centrifugal force to a board game to teach driver safety, these product ideas have parents in mindFri, 08 May 2015 14:05:14 +0000Will We Ever Be Able to Make Traffic Disappear?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-we-ever-be-able-to-make-traffic-disappear-180955164/City engineers make changes in the timing of signals to keep cars moving, but cell phone data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could ease the taskThu, 07 May 2015 13:22:59 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-shows-full-extent-devastation-wrought-uboats-world-war-i-180955191/On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000DNA Testing Could Identify Litterbugs and Dog Poop Miscreantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/DNA-testing-could-identify-litterbugs-dog-poop-miscreants-180955178/Anonymous crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000Veggie Power? Artificial Muscles Made From Blinged-Out Onionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/veggie-power-artificial-muscles-made-blinged-out-onions-180955175/Turning root vegetables into working muscles requires gold, electricity and imaginationTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000