Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:25 +0000The Dog Aging Project Wants to Help Your Pet Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dog-aging-project-wants-help-your-pet-live-longer-180960263/Biologists at the University of Washington are launching a long-term study that involves testing medications that could enhance dogs' life spansMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:25 +0000IBM’s Watson Takes On Yet Another Job, as a Weather Forecasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-watson-takes-yet-another-job-weather-forecaster-180960264/The integration of the supercomputer and weather stations around the world could have a huge impact on global industryFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:15 +0000Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-up-close-personal-with-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-180960251/The newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind powerThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:23 +0000Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-your-food-taste-too-healthy-just-add-scent-180960223/How scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000Now, Let the "Olympics" of Sports Startups Beginhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/now-let-olympics-sports-startups-begin-180960220/Eight companies from around the world specializing in athletics will compete in Rio de Janeiro for a 100,000 Euro prizeTue, 23 Aug 2016 14:28:30 +0000How the National Parks Are Playing the Game of “What If” to Prepare for Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-are-preparing-climate-change-using-tool-military-used-plan-nuclear-war-180960209/Federal agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear warMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:33:38 +0000These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature’s Mirrored Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-mesmerizing-paper-sculptures-explore-natures-mirrored-structures-180960194/Artist Matt Shlian folds, cuts and glues paper to create faceted and curved works of artMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Helmet Shows What's Going On Inside a Person's Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-helmet-shows-whats-going-deep-inside-persons-brain-180960195/Researchers say it could help detect Alzheimer's and even explain why some people have exceptional talentsMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny "Neural Dust" Sensors Could One Day Control Prostheses or Treat Disease http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-neural-dust-sensors-could-one-day-control-prostheses-or-treat-disease-180960190/These devices could last inside the human body indefinitely, monitoring and controlling nerve and muscle impulsesFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:20:50 +0000This Rio Restaurant Is Using Surplus Food From the Olympic Village to Feed the Homelesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-rio-restaurant-using-surplus-food-from-olympic-village-feed-homeless-180960163/At Refettorio Gastromotiva, top chefs from around the world are cooking five-star cuisine for the poorThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Seven Items You May Want to Add to Your Back-to-School Shopping Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-items-may-want-add-back-to-school-shopping-list-180960162/From smart lunch boxes to apps for making digital flash cards, these technologies can help students of all ages this coming school yearWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:20:23 +0000Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robotics-good-girls-some-still-need-convincing-180960131/The lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral.” Robotics teams try to change thatTue, 16 Aug 2016 18:42:05 +0000 Could This San Francisco Startup Transform Garbage Collecting?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-san-francisco-startup-transform-garbage-collecting-180960115/Compology uses sensors and software to plot truck routes to empty only dumpsters that are fullMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:19:56 +0000These Microbe-Coated Seeds Could Help Us Thrive in a Dark, Dry Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-microbe-coated-seeds-could-help-us-thrive-dark-dry-future-180960096/A Massachusetts-based startup is prepping for your basic apocalyptic scenarioFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:26:37 +0000Google Thinks These 20 Teenagers Could Change Our World for the Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-thinks-these-20-teenagers-could-change-our-world-for-better-180960097/These kids from around the globe have created innovative new technologies, from malaria-testing apps to water-saving agriculture systemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:33:56 +0000Growing Hops in Abandoned Lots? Pittsburgh Will Drink to Thathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/growing-hops-abandoned-lots-pittsburgh-will-drink-180960094/The city's craft breweries may soon be able to make truly local beerThu, 11 Aug 2016 16:10:22 +0000Could This Painless Brain Stimulation Help Treat Depression and Alzheimer's? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-painless-brain-stimulation-help-treat-depression-alzheimers-and-schizophrenia-180960083/UNC researchers have shown that transcranial alternating current stimulation can help improve memoryWed, 10 Aug 2016 17:37:58 +000010 New Ways to Use Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-new-ways-use-drones-180960061/From fighting wildfires to coaching people on their tennis game, the aerial devices are becoming a tool of choiceWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:33:14 +0000How This Giant 65,000-Ton Vessel Carries Larger Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-giant-65000-ton-vessel-carries-large-ships/Hawk is a 732-foot-long, 180-foot-wide transport vessel able to haul some of the world's heaviest cargo across the globeWed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +00003D Print Your Own Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/3d-print-your-own-breakfast-180960048/A team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a 3D food printer capable of printing and cooking multiple ingredients at one timeTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:50:37 +0000How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chuck-taylor-taught-america-how-play-basketball-180960050/A shoe-in for the first ever basketball game in the Olympics, Converse All Stars have a long history both in and out of sportMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sculpture-controlled-live-honeybees-180960006/Artist Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to create a giant, metallic hiveFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:18:31 +0000In the Canary Islands, Tiny El Hierro Strives for Energy Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-canary-islands-tiny-el-hierro-strives-for-energy-independence-180959582/A photojournalist goes behind the scenes at a hybrid power station that could help the island reach its goal to be powered entirely by renewablesThu, 04 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Technology for the Poor Should Help, Not Hurt: An Interview With MIT's Cauam Cardoso http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/technology-poor-should-help-not-hurt-interview-mits-cauam-cardoso-180959999/The PhD candidate is working on ways to systematically evaluate new technologies for the developing worldWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:13:00 +0000Five Ways National Parks Are Embracing Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-ways-national-parks-are-embracing-technology-180959970/Cell phones and other screens don't have to detract from the park experienceMon, 01 Aug 2016 15:42:28 +0000Fighting Fake Pharmaceuticals with Tiny, Edible Bar Codes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fighting-fake-pharmaceuticals-tiny-edible-bar-codes-180959947/Researchers have created bar codes so small they can be embedded in medications, creating a tool to combat the global problem of drug fraudFri, 29 Jul 2016 12:54:27 +0000How to Regulate the Incredible Promise and Profound Power of Gene Drive Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-regulate-incredible-promise-and-profound-power-gene-drive-technology-180959941/An evolutionary ecologist argues that cutting-edge genetic research that could lead to species extinction should be handled with careThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:00 +0000The Future of Librarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-libraries-180959925/Besides lending books, the local institutions are training young journalists, renting garden plots and moreWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:41:17 +0000Meet SwagBot, the Robot Cowboy That Can Herd and Monitor Cattle On Its Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-swagbot-robot-cowboy-can-herd-and-monitor-cattle-its-own-180959913/University of Sydney engineers have developed a four-wheeled robot to keep tabs on massive farms in Australia's outbackTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:49:51 +0000This Dutch Startup Is Making Bricks From Industrial Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-startup-making-bricks-from-industrial-waste-180959893/StoneCycling turns ceramic tiles and toilets, discarded glass and insulation into new, eco-friendly building materialsTue, 26 Jul 2016 13:33:25 +0000Are We Close to Having a Blood Test That Detects Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-we-close-having-blood-test-detects-cancer-180959867/New research into "liquid biopsies" is promising, but there's still not proof they can find cancer in a healthy personFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:50:57 +0000How You Wound Up Playing <em>The Oregon Trail</em> in Computer Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-you-wound-playing-em-oregon-trailem-computer-class-180959851/From the 1970s to 1990s, the government-owned Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium dominated the educational software market with more than 300 gamesFri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:57 +0000Instead of Painkillers, Some Doctors Are Prescribing Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/instead-painkillers-some-doctors-are-prescribing-virtual-reality-180959866/Virtual reality therapy may be medicine's newest frontier, as VR devices become better and cheaperThu, 21 Jul 2016 15:25:13 +0000Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-making-tactile-art-blind-using-screws-180959716/Andrew Myers uses screws to make 3-D masterpieces for curious fingersTue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:00 +0000Meet Eight Young Energy Innovators With Ingenious Ideas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-eight-young-energy-innovators-with-ingenious-ideas-180959761/From community "solar gardens" to energy pellets made from coffee grounds to a phone-charging device that you plug into soilMon, 18 Jul 2016 15:42:15 +0000Mapping Rio's Favelas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mapping-rios-favelas-180959816/Ahead of the Olympics, Google and a Brazilian nonprofit have been recruiting locals to pinpoint businesses and other landmarks in the city's shantytownsFri, 15 Jul 2016 16:09:02 +0000The Fight for the "Right to Repair"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fight-right-repair-180959764/Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting backWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:40:07 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000Six of History's Smartest, Weirdest and Most Interesting Inventions for Beating the Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-historys-smartest-weirdest-most-interesting-inventions-beating-heat-180959608/From a bicycle mister to ice energy, here are a few innovative ways for cooling downFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000<em>Wired</em> Founder Kevin Kelly On the Technologies That Will Dominate Our Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wired-founder-kevin-kelly-on-technologies-that-will-dominate-our-future-180959708/The optimistic futurist says we'll share more, own less and spend far more time on our devicesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:10:46 +0000The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmbot-genesis-brings-precision-agriculture-your-own-backyard-180959603/Developed by a team from California, this machine plants seeds, pulls weeds and waters plants individuallyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:19:46 +0000One Step Closer to Turning Plastics Into Fuel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/one-step-closer-to-turning-plastics-fuel-180959568/Researchers in California and China have discovered a new method for breaking polyethylene into liquid fuel and solid waxTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Real-time Translation Apps and Online Tools Are Helping Refugees in Turkey Forge New Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/refugees-and-technology-exile-180959606/Refugees and the technology of exileFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:15:00 +0000