Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Montreal-bridge-light-show-reflects-citys-mood-180964062/The Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal lights up the skyline with the mood of the cityThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000You’d Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/youd-never-have-plug-battery-free-cell-phone-180964116/Harvesting energy from ambient radio waves and light, the ultra-low power device doesn’t need a battery to make calls, but there's a catchThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/conservation-pair-saint-gaudens-goes-al-fresco-freer-180964082/The beauty of dry ice cleaning is the efficient and environmentally safe process; but also the procedure was on view from the streetTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Robots Will Lead Passengers to Their Gate at Seoul's Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/robots-will-lead-passengers-their-gate-seouls-airport-180963978/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:47:29 +0000Needle-Free Patch Makes Vaccination as Easy as Putting on a Band-Aidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vaccinate-yourself-home-no-needles-necessary-180964007/The new product could be available in about five years, scientists sayMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:45:00 +0000A Blood-Monitoring Device Inspired by Mosquitoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/blood-monitoring-device-inspired-mosquitoes-180963989/The e-mosquito is a continuous glucose-monitoring device that could help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugarFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cool-new-way-freeze-unfreeze-zebrafish-embryos-gold-nanotechnology-lasers-180964046/The downstream applications could make food cheaper, repair coral reefs and help restore frog populationsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:05:28 +0000New Assistive Stairs Put a Spring in Your Stephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-assistive-stairs-put-spring-your-step-180964019/Inventors design a staircase that recycles energy to assist usersWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:01:00 +0000"VirusCam" Can Watch Individual Viruses to (Someday) Keep You From Getting Sickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/viruscam-can-watch-individual-teeny-tiny-viruses-someday-keep-you-getting-sick-180964018/Viruses are tiny and hard to see, but a new microscope can track them individually to try to better prevent diseaseWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:10:00 +0000How Fake, Lab-Made Poop Can Improve Sanitationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/we-make-fake-poo-laboratory-improve-sanitation-bangladesh-180964028/The, er, sludge replicates the properties of human waste to better understand sanitation in BangladeshWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:41:51 +0000Studying Ant "Noses" Could Lead to Better Bug Repellentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/insect-repellent-development-hijacks-bugs-sense-smell-180964002/The new class of repellents, called "excito-repellents," is similar to "getting on an elevator with someone who's put on way too much perfume"Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:05:53 +0000Print, Then Heat for Self-Assembling Space Stationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/print-then-heat-self-assembling-space-stations-180963997/With special ‘memory’ polymers, stents and space habitats could one day build themselves Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000History Was Writ Large on This Desk Belonging to Thomas Jeffersonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-writ-large-this-desk-belonging-thomas-jefferson-180963919/The ingenuity of this clever writing box was matched only by the young republic's innovative declaration for nationhoodThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:17:02 +0000These Boots Could Save a Firefighter's Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-boots-could-save-firefighters-life-180963087/Engineer Hahna Alexander designed SmartBoots, which harvest energy from the wearer's steps, to aid workers in dangerous professionsThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000How Soccer Is Changing the Lives of Child Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-soccer-changing-lives-child-refugees-georgia-180963888/Arrivals from war-torn countries find refuge at a Georgia academy founded by an immigrantThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Transparent Mice Let Researchers See Cancer Spread in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/transparent-mice-let-researchers-see-cancer-spread-real-time-180963948/By making organs transparent, researchers at Tokyo University can spot individual cancer cellsThu, 06 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/food/how-spam-went-canned-necessity-american-icon-180963916/Out-of-the-can branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000New Invention Puts the Power of Static in Your Pockethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-invention-puts-power-static-your-pocket-180963482/Squeeze this paper device and you can create electricityWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:34:28 +0000A More Super Superglue Could Help Build Jelly-Like Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-superglue-even-more-super-180963903/A tweaked version of the popular adhesive may give a big boost to stretchable electronics and soft robotsWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Towering 19th-Century Mechanical Clock Was the Smartwatch of Its Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-towering-19th-century-mechanical-clock-was-smartwatch-era-180963872/With hundreds of moving parts, the Great Historical Clock of America has been revivedWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Coffee on the Brain—Literally—Could Help Surgeonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coffee-brainliterallycould-help-surgeons-180963923/A cap made of coffee grounds helps nose and throat surgery patients get the best careWed, 05 Jul 2017 13:16:24 +0000Breaking Down Menstruation Taboos With Emojishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-period-emoji-break-down-taboos-about-talking-about-menstruation-180963871/A nonprofit believes that changing the digital conversation around periods could help girls around the worldThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:23:00 +0000This Glove Makes VR Objects Feel Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/get-grip-180963824/Pneumatic "muscles" on the glove simulate the feel of real objectsMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:58:02 +0000From Ptolemy to GPS, the Brief History of Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-maps-180963685/ We now have the whole world in our hands, but how did we get here?Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000How GPS Learns to Speak Your Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-gps-learns-to-speak-your-language-180963679/A peek into that voice that tells you when and where to turn Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Motorized Ice Cream Cones and Floating Campgrounds: 14 of the Wackiest Summer Fun Patents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/motorized-ice-cream-cones-and-floating-campgrounds-14-wackiest-summer-fun-patents-180963706/Inventors never stop thinking of new ways to have fun, as these 14 patents show. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:09:00 +0000When Cutting-Edge Science Meets Science Fiction, It Packs the House http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-cutting-edge-science-meets-science-fiction-it-packs-house-180963774/At Future Con, fans of sci-fi, fantasy and comics met the researchers and engineers who are bringing their stories to life Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:06:32 +0000Canadian Peaches and California Coffee: How Farmers Are Being Forced to Innovate in the Face of Climate Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/canadian-peaches-and-california-coffee-how-farmers-are-being-forced-innovate-face-climate-change-180963720/As the climate changes and global temperatures rise, farmers are having to change cultivation techniques and sometimes even crops. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000You Should Thank This Man for Inventing Jet Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/you-should-thank-this-man-for-inventing-jet/In 1954, a man named Bill Hamilton invented the water-jet propelled boat, ideal for exploring the shallow rivers of his native New ZealandTue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Need to Fix a Heart Attack? Try Photosynthesishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-light-activated-bacteria-could-help-heal-heart-attack-180963756/Injecting plant-like creatures into a rat's heart can jumpstart the recovery process, study findsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:15:00 +0000Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone's Weather Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-computer-scientist-you-should-thank-your-phone-weather-app-180963716/She was a key figure in the experiment that launched modern weather prediction, despite having no formal mathematical trainingFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:04:19 +0000The Now-Ubiquitous Shipping Container Was an Idea Before Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/shipping-container-idea-before-time-180963730/North Carolina trucker Malcom McLean needed to invent not just the container, but the cranes and ships needed to move themFri, 16 Jun 2017 13:10:00 +0000Will the Next Great Scientific Discovery Be Made by Amateurs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-next-scientific-discovery-amateur-180963665/There are more options than ever to get involved, and your input can help solve big problems in scienceThu, 15 Jun 2017 17:25:20 +0000This Conch-Shell Inspired Material Could Make Helmets and Body Armor Saferhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/conch-shell-inspired-material-could-make-helmets-and-body-armor-safer-180963612/Scientists from MIT are using structures that evolved over millions of years to strengthen protective gearWed, 14 Jun 2017 18:30:13 +0000This Forest Will Sing to Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/heres-what-happens-when-choral-music-and-nature-collide-180963666/iForest at The Wild Center combines an immersive sound experience with the lush beauty of the AdirondacksWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:29:27 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/telling-story-19th-century-native-american-treasures-through-bird-feathers-180963700/Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000Pour to Recharge Your Electric Vehiclehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/battery-recharges-your-electric-car-instantly-180963621/Purdue University scientists have created a liquid-based battery that could one day be recharged at a gas station pump in just minutesWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +0000NASA Is Sending a Robotic Fueling Station to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-sending-robotic-fueling-station-space-180963663/How do you save a billion-dollar satellite? Send another robot up there after itTue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Give Skin Cells a Tan—Without the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/real-tan-no-sun-needed-180963667/Without damaging UV rays, the artificial tan could give that golden glow while protecting against skin cancer. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:01:00 +0000Michael Bloomberg Wants to Solve Climate Change From the "Bottom Up"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/solving-climate-change-bottom-michael-bloomberg-180963477/As Washington deadlocks, the former New York City mayor believes that cities, businesses and people are the best hope for saving the environmentMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:10:13 +0000Are You Optimistic About the Earth's Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/second-opinion-transcript-180963294/Read the full transcript from the inaugural Second Opinion roundtableMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Foresthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-do-you-do-highway-no-one-wants-anymore-180963602/Akron, Ohio hopes to fight urban inequality by removing a divisive highway. Other cities across America are looking into doing the same. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:52:53 +0000Pittsburgh Has Surged Post-Steel, but Many in Rusting Region Still Strugglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pittsburghs-two-post-steel-trajectories-180963618/A historian notes how Pittsburgh's tech-driven boom hasn't reached everyone in western PennsylvaniaThu, 08 Jun 2017 16:08:16 +0000Will These Flexible Skin Patches Replace Wires in Hospitals?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-flexible-skin-patches-replace-wires-hospitals-180963505/Researchers at Northwestern University have developed "epidermal electronics," thin flexible patches capable of monitoring vital signs and more. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:20:50 +0000AI Plant and Animal Identification Helps Us All Be Citizen Scientists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ai-plant-and-animal-identification-helps-us-all-be-citizen-scientists-180963525/Apps that use artificial intelligence to allow users to ID unknown specimens are making science more accessible to everyone. Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:23:30 +0000This Biofabric From MIT Uses Bacteria to Automatically Ventilate Workout Clotheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/biofabric-mit-uses-bacteria-automatically-ventilate-workout-clothes-180963478/Would you wear microbes on your back?Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:05:26 +0000A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-gif-early-internet-innovation-ubiquitous-relic-180963543/How an image format changed the way we communicateFri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:46 +0000This Engineering Job Is Not for the Faint-Heartedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-engineering-job-is-not-for-the-faint-he/The engineers working on 3 World Trade Center in New York are among the most daring aroundWed, 31 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000When a Jet-Powered Car Raced in the Indianapolis 500http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jet-powered-car-raced-indy-500-180963240/The racecar tore up the track and dazzled fans at the legendary competition—and then vanished Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:58 +0000Just a Few Self-Driving Cars Could Fix Phantom Traffic Jamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/few-self-driving-cars-could-fix-phantom-traffic-jams-180963472/A new study suggests they can help get rid of stop-and-go traffic on highways. Fri, 26 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000Tweaking the Tiny Electrical Charges Inside Cells Can Fight Infectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-bodys-own-electricity-fight-infection-180963460/It works in tadpoles. Could it work in humans?Fri, 26 May 2017 09:01:00 +0000The Next Generation of Military Prosthetics Is Breaking New Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/next-generation-military-prosthetics-breaking-new-ground-180963448/At the Smithsonian’s Military Invention Day, visitors experienced how military innovation is helping society Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Flying Gas Station Can Carry 200,000 Lbs. of Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-flying-gas-station-can-carry-200000-lb/The KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets up in the air. That's because this 136-foot long aircraft is a flying gas tankThu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/next-favorite-fictional-protagonist-autism-spectrum-180963418/Fiction can reframe misunderstood mental conditions like autismWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bjarke-ingels-makes-impossible-concrete-180963301/The star architect is mapping out a new daring plan for the SmithsonianWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/human-mortality-hacked-life-extension-180963241/Backed by the digital fortunes of Silicon Valley, biotech companies are brazenly setting out to “cure” agingWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Prosthetic Limb 'Sees' What Its User Wants to Grabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hand-sees-helps-amputees-180963382/Adding computer vision and deep learning to a prosthetic makes it far more effectiveTue, 23 May 2017 17:48:48 +0000A Visit to Seoul Brings Our Writer Face-to-Face With the Future of Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/visit-seoul-writer-future-robots-180963238/In the world’s most futuristic city, a tech-obsessed novelist confronts the invasion of mesmerizing machinesTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000An App to Make You a Better Public Speakerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-make-you-better-public-speaker-180963384/Orai, created by two college students, uses AI to help people become more fluent, confident speakers through consistent practice and feedback. Tue, 23 May 2017 14:06:19 +0000