Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +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 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-imax-film-dream-big-roots-for-underdogs-engineering-world-180962263/Director Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000Could Garbage Fuel Airplanes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-garbage-fuel-airplanes-180962261/Fulcrum 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-video-game-capture-magic-walden-180962125/Henry David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000See the Ancient World Through Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/see-ancient-world-through-virtual-reality-180962237/An 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-autonomous-ship-future-look-180962236/Shipbuilding 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-artificial-trees-future-renewable-energy-180962235/While 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 Sundialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/early-tech-adopters-ancient-rome-had-portable-sundials-180962225/A 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 Cookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-oven-could-change-how-we-cook-180962195/By 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 Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-chronically-ill-kids-attend-school-180962211/Students 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 Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-patents-or-without-black-inventors-reshaped-american-industry-180962201/American 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-you-could-take-vitamin-3d-printed-meet-your-personal-nutrition-needs-180962190/Fred 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-app-turn-more-readers-on-to-serialized-fiction-180962163/Releasing 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-drone-covered-sticky-goop-do-work-bees-180962157/Well, 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 Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-flowers-come-straight-farm-your-door-180962151/By 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 Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-use-robotic-telemedicine-to-assess-coma-patients-180962145/A 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 Breathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/halitosis-horrors-how-bad-breath-became-americas-worst-nightmare-180962104/Persistent 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 Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-dragonflies-drones-180962097/The 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 Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-roses-you-receive-valentines-day-180962096/You 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-smart-glasses-adjust-your-vision-automatically-180962078/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-californias-new-tesla-powered-battery-bank-180962085/The 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 Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-four-black-women-inventors-reimagined-technology-home-180962060/By 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 Biometricshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/australia-wants-to-streamline-its-border-control-using-biometrics-180962052/The 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 Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/patients-with-locked-in-syndrome-may-be-able-communicate-after-all-180962049/A 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 Mystiquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-crash-of-flight-4590-destroyed-conco/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-much-should-youth-football-change-cut-concussions-180962029/Drop 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 Insecurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-us-postal-service-could-tackle-food-insecurity-180961984/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-preserves-keep-fishing-boats-away-grey-reef-sharks-180962018/Scientists 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 Prescriptionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/take-three-zucchinis-and-call-me-morning-power-produce-prescriptions-180962016/Wholesome 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-substitute-teachers-parachute-teachers-are-the-future-180961989/When 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 Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrolabe-original-smartphone-180961981/Prosperous 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 Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/spit-powered-biobattery-made-single-sheet-paper-180961973/Researchers 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-your-heartbeat-password-180961952/Researchers 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-trash-can-turn-food-waste-garden-treasure-180961941/The 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 Stethoscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-handheld-ultrasound-scanner-could-be-next-stethoscope-180961919/Clarius 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 Gloryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geneticists-quest-return-tomatoes-full-flavored-glory-180961933/We’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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/souped-scuba-suit-made-stratospheric-leap-180961921/The 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