Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:17:07 +0000Can the World’s Megacities Survive the Digital Age?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-worlds-megacities-survive-digital-age-180964967/Like companies, megacities must adaptWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:17:07 +0000Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-invent-pen-can-detect-cancer-seconds-180964947/This handheld mass spectrometer could make surgeries to remove cancerous tissue quicker and more accurateTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:26:46 +0000The Making of the Modern American Recipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-modern-american-recipe-180964940/Scientific methods, rising literacy and an increasingly mobile society were key ingredients for a culinary revolutionTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:06:39 +0000The Intrepid Teachers Bringing Internet Access To Women In Rural Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/intrepid-teachers-bringing-internet-access-to-women-in-rural-india-180964894/The gender disparity among internet users in the country's small villages is staggering. A program called Internet Saathi aims to helpMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:19:48 +0000These New Solar Cells Are Modeled After a Fly's Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-solar-cells-are-modeled-after-flys-eye-180964911/Stanford University researchers may have found a way for perovskites to compete with silicon in the solar panel market Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:45:46 +0000What Does the Gender Reveal Fad Say About Modern Pregnancy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-does-gender-reveal-fad-say-about-modern-pregnancy-180964891/A new ritual speaks to anxieties surrounding the medicalization of childbearingThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 +0000See the Sounds of the Amazon in This Mesmerizing Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/see-sounds-amazon-mesmerizing-video-180964877/Artist Andy Thomas helps people experience nature in a new wayWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:52:16 +0000This Device Uses Radio Waves To Track How You're Sleepinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-uses-radio-waves-track-how-youre-sleeping-180964713/Scientists think it could help them better understand progression of chronic diseases like Parkinson'sWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:49 +0000What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-really-in-that-tuna-roll-dna-sequencing-180964850/This rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industryWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:37 +0000A Smart Recycling Bin Could Sort Your Waste for You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-recycling-bin-could-sort-your-waste-you-180964848/It's sometimes difficult to know where to put different types of plastic, but computer vision could remove any confusionTue, 12 Sep 2017 14:34:54 +0000The Transformation of the American Shopping Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/transformation-american-shopping-mall-180964837/Headlines claim malls are dying, and some are. But many others are having second lives as churches, schools, hospitals, even farmsTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Startup WildKale Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers Through an Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-startup-wildkale-lets-farmers-sell-directly-customers-through-app-180964843/Yes, it's like "Uber for farmer's markets." Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:57:30 +0000The Professor With a Genius For Global Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/professor-genius-global-health-180964824/Rebecca Richards-Kortum and her students at Rice University are designing low-cost devices that can help mothers and babies in a big wayFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:33:31 +0000How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-bullwinkle-taught-kids-sophisticated-political-satire-180964803/Culture critic Beth Daniels argues the cartoon moose even allowed viewers to reckon with nuclear warThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:27:43 +0000This Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk Upright http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-robotic-exoskeleton-helps-kids-cerebral-palsy-walk-upright-180964750/Children with cerebral palsy often walk in a crouched position, which is difficult to maintain over long distances. A robot suit can help. Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:31:37 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-design-champs-are-having-their-moment-sun-180964654/Three Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syruphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unlikely-medical-history-chocolate-syrup-180964779/How the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesotahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-power-and-honey-bees-180964743/The Pollinator Friendly Solar Act has solar companies and commercial beekeepers working togetherTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:40:25 +0000How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cities-are-learning-deal-extreme-rains-180964730/Facing the specter of more and worse rainstorms, these vulnerable areas are turning to innovative urban design Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:41:03 +0000Nine Tasks Robots Can Do That May Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-tasks-robots-can-do-that-may-surprise-you-180964729/Machines can cook your dinner, fill your prescriptions, make your shoes and much, much moreTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:55:38 +0000Flexible Batteries May Soon Be Printed Right On Your Clotheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/flexible-batteries-may-soon-be-printed-right-your-clothes-180964683/Graphene supercapacitors, printed directly on textiles, could power medical devices, wearable computers, even phone-charging shirtsThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:14:57 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Anthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prying-apart-mighty-bite-malaysian-trap-jaw-ant-180964655/Its mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helpedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/costa-rica-let-juice-company-dump-their-orange-peels-forestand-it-helped-180964666/How a controversial experiment actually bore fruitWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000Milk and Sugar Pods That Dissolve in Coffee Could Replace Single-Serve Containershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/milk-and-sugar-pods-dissolve-coffee-could-replace-single-serve-containers-180964663/Why use plastic when you can use sugar?Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:47:17 +0000How Robots Could Help the Elderly Age in Their Homeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-elderly-age-in-their-homes-180964650/But these helpful machines won't be the humanoid butlers of science fictionTue, 29 Aug 2017 14:10:19 +000011 Cool, Funny or Just Plain Strange Patents for Back to Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/11-cool-funny-or-just-plain-strange-patents-back-school-180964642/From alarm clocks that pummel you in the head to ingenious devices to save your crayon nubs, a peek into the patent archives for back to school seasonTue, 29 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Universe Needs You: To Help in the Hunt for Planet 9http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-internet-democratize-hunt-distant-worlds-180964639/How one citizen science endeavor is using the Internet to democratize the search for distant worldsMon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:59 +0000A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Eitherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-moonwalk-did-not-destroy-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-now-time-wont-either-180964598/Conservators are bringing new innovations to save the 80-pound suit that allowed the first astronaut on the moon to take that giant leapMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Will Supervolcanoes Help Power Our Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-supervolcanoes-help-power-our-future-180964635/Vast new deposits of lithium could change the global politics of battery production—if we can get at themFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:10:36 +0000Apps Can Help You Get Pregnant. But Should You Use Them as a Contraceptive?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/apps-can-help-you-get-pregnant-but-should-you-use-them-as-contraceptive-180964557/An increasing number of women are relying on apps to track their menstrual cycles. Now, there's even an app approved as birth control.Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:22 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsbackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-later-remembering-sci-fi-pioneer-hugo-gernsback-180964554/Looking Back on a Man Who Was Always Looking ForwardFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Lab Accident Leads to Bioactive "Tissue Paper" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lab-accident-leads-bioactive-tissue-paper-180964511/A spill of bioactive ink made from ovarian cells led to the creation of paper made from organs and tissues, with various potential medical usesWed, 16 Aug 2017 17:20:00 +0000From Lightbulbs to Mutual Funds: Tim Harford on Inventions That Changed the Modern Economy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lightbulbs-mutual-funds-tim-harford-inventions-changed-modern-economy-180964080/Paper, the gramophone, double-entry bookkeeping, and barbed wire all make the listWed, 16 Aug 2017 14:05:00 +0000Blink Once For Yes: You Can ‘Talk’ to This New Computer Interface With Your Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/blink-once-yes-you-can-talk-new-computer-interface-your-eyes-180964482/A tiny sensor mounted to eyeglasses can track eye blinks, allowing communication from locked-in patientsTue, 15 Aug 2017 18:25:22 +0000Scientists Make Food From Bacteria, Water, Electricity, and a Whole Lot of Patiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-food-electricity-180964474/You may have heard that Finnish scientists had made food from electricity, but the truth is more complicatedTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:09:00 +0000What Does an Eclipse Sound Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-does-eclipse-sound-180964203/A new app will allow blind and visually impaired users to experience the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +0000The Surprising Origins of Kotex Padshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/surprising-origins-kotex-pads-180964466/Before the first disposable sanitary napkin hit the mass market, periods were thought of in a much different wayFri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-are-using-collection-wood-samples-combat-illegal-logging-180964305/Archie F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000Use This App to Get the Most From the Coming Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/use-app-get-most-coming-eclipse-180964446/With livestreams, simulations and safety guides, this Solar Eclipse app will be the key tool for the upcoming astronomical extravaganzaWed, 09 Aug 2017 16:41:45 +0000The Sci-Fi Technology that Could Power Microbotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sci-fi-technology-could-power-microbots-180964358/Using no moving parts, ion thrusters could propel tiny robots for long periodsTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:24:26 +0000This Robotic Harness Could Help People Relearn to Walk After Injuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robotic-harness-help-paralyzed-walk-180964323/Swiss researchers have developed an algorithm-backed "smart" harness to help stroke and spinal cord injury victims practice walking in a more natural way.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:03:00 +0000Why Salt Is This Power Plant's Most Valuable Assethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/salt-power-plant-most-valuable-180964307/Compressed air energy storage can help keep the grid running and pave the way for renewablesFri, 04 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +0000Big Data (and You) Could Help Find 1,500 Undiscovered Mineralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-big-data-find-new-minerals-180964264/Researchers are using new tools to predict where to find new minerals as well as to locate new sources of valuable resources like copperThu, 03 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-colorized-historical-footage-is-painstak/Composite Films conducted 5,800 hours of research and poured over 27 miles of film to create our series America in ColorWed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Big Brother Knows What You Look Like, and That's OK?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/big-brother-knows-what-you-look-and-s-ok-180964279/Some uses for rapidly-improving facial-recognition technology are more benign than scaryTue, 01 Aug 2017 16:10:00 +0000Why Funny, Falling, Soccer-Playing Robots Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-funny-falling-soccer-playing-robots-matter-180964260/The 2017 RoboCup brings small changes and big competition to a broad technical challengeMon, 31 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Slugs Inspire Super-Strong Glue to Seal Woundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/slugs-inspire-super-strong-glue-seal-wounds-180964226/One day this mollusc-inspired invention might just save your life Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:01:00 +0000New Artificial Spider Silk: Stronger Than Steel and 98 Percent Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-artificial-spider-silk-stronger-steel-and-98-percent-water-180964176/Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a process for making strong, stretchy threads in an environmentally friendly wayWed, 26 Jul 2017 16:09:19 +0000The Complicated Growth of 4-Hhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/complicated-growth-4-h-180964191/4-H boasts a far more complicated backstory than those blue ribbons would have you believeWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:06:43 +0000This Is the Gear You Need to View the Upcoming Solar Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/gear-you-need-view-upcoming-solar-eclipse-180964134/Protect your eyesight with eclipse glasses, binoculars, telescopes or lens filters Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000