Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/electric-fence-wards-sharks-180953380/South Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-we-make-music-in-200-years-180953439/A group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-pedestrians-ruled-streets-180953396/The driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-years-ago-the-regency-TR-1-Transistor-Radio-Was-the-New-It-Gift-For-the-Holiday-Season-180953345/In a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drop-this-capsule-into-a-stream-and-it-will-screen-for-pollution-180953334/Researchers have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bike-path-near-amsterdam-now-agenerating-solar-power-180953312/As cyclists ride above, solar panels embedded in the pathway pump energy into the power gridFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:56:41 +0000Holy Smokes! Tobacco May Fuel Planes in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holy-smokes-tobacco-may-fuel-planes-future-180953306/The seeds from a new type of tobacco plant grown in South Africa release an oil that can be made into biofuelWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:50:11 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/toward-silver-architecture-180953287/Going green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracking-frackers-sky-180953275/Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-understanding-toxin-loving-organisms-may-help-tackle-pollution-180953159/A breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria break down toxins using vitamin B12 could lead to improved cleanup methodsMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:09:19 +0000A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sensor-in-guns-tells-dispatch-when-police-officers-need-backup-180953255/By monitoring the position and status of firearms, commanders can see exactly what's happening in the fieldThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:12:52 +0000Parents, Give Your Teens Driving Lessons Without Even Being in the Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/parents-give-your-teens-driving-lessons-without-even-being-in-the-car-180953223/A six-month training program gives parents of new drivers a training tool—and a little extra peace of mindWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:55:49 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/label-you-rub-see-if-food-has-expired-and-other-finalists-dyson-award-180953232/There's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-you-missed-smithsonian-innovation-festival-180953242/Inventors and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000Turn Your Birth Control On and Off With a Remotehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turn-your-birth-control-on-and-off-with-a-remote-180953217/Bill Gates is backing MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts-based startup developing an implantable chip that releases birth control hormones on demandMon, 03 Nov 2014 17:53:21 +0000The Smithsonian Celebrates American Invention at This Weekend's Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-celebrates-american-invention-weekends-innovation-festival-180953174/How do you bring an idea to life? The inventors of new technologies will share their stories at a two-day event at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:10 +0000A Needle Could Make For Pain-Free Flu Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/needle-could-make-for-pain-free-flu-shots-180953141/Using temperature, vibration and pressure, this needle can trick a patient into feeling no painMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:34:55 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-environmental-science-lab-walks-walk-cutting-overall-emissions-37-percent-180953117/With geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000This Device Tracks Your Sleep Without Ever Touching Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-your-sleep-without-ever-touching-you-180953060/The ResMed S+ monitors your Zzzs from the comfortable distance of your nightstand and offers tips for getting a better restWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:28 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chimpanzees-gombe-national-park-street-view-debut-180953035/For its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Testing for Cancer With a Single Blood Samplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/testing-cancer-simple-blood-test-180953070/Startup Miroculus has developed a system that screens for dozens of cancers in 90 minutesMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:19:38 +0000What the Heck is a Robobird?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-heck-robobird-180953038/No flock will mess with this robot – which is precisely the pointThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:34 +0000The 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2014-smithsonian-american-ingenuity-award-winners-180953057/These 10 innovators in science, history, society and the arts are a testament to the imagination and hard work that define the nation's spiritThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-verrazano-narrows-bridge-50-years-after-its-construction-180953032/Built in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridgeThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Is This the Future of Robotic Legs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-robotic-legs-180953040/Hugh Herr’s bionic limbs have already revolutionized life for amputees (including himself). Now he’s envisioning new capabilities for everyone elseThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Educationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/amazing-results-when-you-give-prison-inmate-liberal-arts-education-180953041/Prison reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwideThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000When Dazzling Art Transforms the Cityscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-dazzling-art-transforms-cityscape-180953043/Janet Echelman’s sky-high sculptures, created from miles of fiber, cast a magical spell over urban spacesThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coming-terms-one-americas-greatest-natural-disasters-180953044/Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-two-scientists-who-implanted-false-memory-mouse-180953045/In a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Could This Be the Answer to the Tech World’s Diversity Problem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/answer-tech-worlds-diversity-problem-180953046/Kimberly Bryant hopes to crack the code with her organization that teaches young girls of color how to programThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rosanne-cash-discovering-new-artistic-terrain-180953047/The singer-songwriter looked to her Southern ancestors to come up with a different kind of concept albumThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-one-physicists-pursuit-cosmos-took-antarctica-180953048/Francis Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How Palmer Luckey Created Oculus Rifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-palmer-luckey-created-oculus-rift-180953049/The young visionary dreamed up a homemade headset that may transform everything from gaming to medical treatment to engineering—and beyondThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Who Needs a Driver? These Navy Boats Are Programmed to Swarm Like Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/who-needs-driver-these-navy-boats-are-programmed-swarm-bees-180953005/Using algorithms based on the swarming behavior of ants and bees, the U.S. Navy is turning to driverless boats to protect its shipsTue, 14 Oct 2014 18:08:29 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-architectural-schemes-that-adapt-to-rising-seas-180952893/From a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000This Stealthy Robot Could Boost Security at Our Portshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-stealthy-robot-could-boost-security-at-our-ports-180952990/MIT researchers have developed a craft to spot pockets of contraband inside ships' hulls Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:34:53 +000010 Weird Things Humans Have Sent Into the Stratospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-weird-things-humans-have-sent-stratosphere-180952978/Tied to high-altitude balloons, bacon and LEGO figures have reached heights nearing 100,000 feetThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:29:12 +0000Building a Better Earplughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-a-better-earplug-180952930/Using a series of acoustic filters, DUBS lower the intensity of sounds without muddying themWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:03:04 +0000Need a Quick Diagnosis? A Prescription for What Ails You? The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/need-quick-diagnosis-prescription-what-ails-you-doctor-will-video-chat-you-now-180952928/One of the hottest trends in health care is telemedicine networks of doctors who diagnose ailments over the phoneMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:46:57 +0000A Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Camera for Detecting Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mantis-shrimp-inspires-a-new-camera-for-detecting-cancer-180952927/The mantis shrimp's eyes, which can see differences in polarized light, are informing researchers building a tiny, easy-to-use camera that can spot cancerFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:25:13 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/making-super-telescopes-requires-some-creative-engineering-180952854/The Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-prove-that-telepathic-communication-is-within-reach-180952868/An international research team develops a way to say “hello” with your mindThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:36:20 +0000The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/world-what-it-today-because-these-six-innovations-180952871/In a new book, Steven Johnson describes the many technologies that glass, refrigeration and other fundamental inventions have made possibleTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000Helsinki Has a Plan to Get People to Stop Owning Cars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/helsinki-has-plan-to-get-people-stop-owning-cars-180952694/A system being developed in Finland would allow people to subscribe to all kinds of mobility options and pay for everything on their phonesTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:25 +0000This Clear Plastic Material Harvests Solar Energy Without You Even Knowing It's Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-clear-plastic-material-harvests-solar-energy-without-you-even-knowing-its-there-180952514/ Researchers are developing transparent solar collectors that let sunlight in, while turning ultraviolet and near-infrared light into electricityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:01 +0000Research Into How Squid Camouflage Leads to An Ultra-Sharp Display for Televisions and Smartphoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/research-into-how-squid-camouflage-leads-to-an-ultra-sharp-display-for-televisions-and-smartphones-180952838/Researchers at Rice University have created pixels 40 times smaller than those found in today's LCD displaysMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:14:52 +0000