Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:05 +0000What Will the Autonomous Ship of the Future Look Like? 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? 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 Sundials 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 Cook 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 School 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 Industry 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? 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? 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?, 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 Door 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 Patients 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 Breath 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 Drones 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 Day 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 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 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 Home 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 Biometrics 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 All 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 Mystique 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? 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 Insecurity 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 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 Prescriptions 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. 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 Smartphone 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 Paper 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 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? 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 Stethoscope 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 Glory’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 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 +0000Earwax: Coming To a Home Air Filtration System Near You? clogged ear on a scuba trip led a Georgia Institute of Technology engineer to study the dust-filtering properties of the waxy substanceWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:34:19 +0000This Soft Exosuit Could Help People Walk Farther, Easier at Harvard are developing an energy-saving supersuit that you might just wear one dayWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troves are waxing poetic about these unusual oceanic core samples found in the ears of cetaceansWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Can Turn This Gecko-Inspired Gripping Device On or Off With the Flick of a Light mighty lizard inspires yet another innovation that could prove a boon to robotics and manufacturingTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:27:13 +0000This App Uses Facial Recognition Software to Help Identify Genetic Conditions geneticist uploads a photo of a patient’s face, and Face2Gene gathers data and generates a list of possible syndromesTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:16:34 +0000A California Startup Wants To Revolutionize Surgery, With Magnets new magnetic surgical system allows surgeons to make fewer incisions and have better views during gallbladder removalsThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:54 +0000What If an App Could Tell You When You're Getting Sick? Stanford geneticist may be onto something. Body data collected by smartwatches and other sensors can tip us off to brewing colds or infectionsWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:16 +0000This Artificial Sixth Sense Helps Humans Orient Themselves in the World London-based company is selling North Sense, a body-anchored device that vibrates when it faces magnetic northWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:58:11 +0000Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging? at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cellsTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:58 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Here to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s? flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000Tear Your Meniscus? This “Living Bandage” May Help researchers are using a newly patented technique involving stem cells to repair the common knee injuryTue, 10 Jan 2017 16:09:51 +0000Seven Wild Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017 a levitating speaker to vibrating jeans that help you navigate city streets, these innovations offer an interesting glimpse of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:00:47 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next? on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Know than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Research one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000Lyft and Uber Want To Give Old Folks a Ride adults miss doctor's appointments and risk social isolation because they lack transportation. Ride-hailing services are taking notice.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job marketTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Hear This, 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears With 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells decades after the "earmouse," researchers have mastered a powerful technique for growing ears from fat-derived stem cellsFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:44:10 +0000Why Holograms Will Probably Never Be as Cool as They Were in "Star Wars" those that do exist must be preserved and archivedFri, 30 Dec 2016 13:57:21 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Red a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People Cooper Hewitt exhibition spotlights the innovative and sustainable designs generated by those in search of solutionsThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2017 original thinkers who are breaking ground in medicine, art, drone design, fighting climate change and moreTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Without This Camera, the Emerald City Would Have Been the Color of Mud dramatic Dorothy in Oz moment was brought to you in living color by the DF-24 Beam SplitterTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000A San Francisco Startup Puts Everything You Need for a Two-Acre Farm in a Shipping Container DeCarli, cofounder of Farm From a Box, wants to deploy farm kits to governments, NGOs, schools and individualsMon, 26 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000