Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000The Best Books About Innovation of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/best-books-about-innovation-2016-180961330/If you have a lover of big ideas on your holiday shopping list, consider these thought-provoking titles published this yearWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-skateboarding-tells-us-about-innovation-180961266/Rodney Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000Step Inside a Virtual Building of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/step-inside-virtual-building-future-180961312/Architects are embracing virtual reality and the complex designs they can create thereTue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:57 +0000A California Startup Is Using Ashes to Protect Forestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/california-startup-using-ashes-protect-forests-180961289/Better Place Forests is accepting reservations from those who wish to have their remains scattered in a redwood forest in northern CaliforniaMon, 05 Dec 2016 18:06:20 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-robotic-medical-device-belongs-in-a-museum-180961220/William Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-technique-brings-color-electron-microscope-images-cells-180961188/Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Could Wood Scraps Fuel Planes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-wood-scraps-fuel-planes-180961181/Alaska Airlines powered a cross-country commercial flight using a new biofuel derived from wood wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Inventedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-porsche-is-revisiting-the-hybrid-car/Though Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:59:38 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-patented-animal-still-leading-way-cancer-research-180961149/Oncomouse was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-conservationists-use-gps-track-wildest-horses-world-180961191/These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000Untangling the History of Christmas Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/untangling-history-christmas-lights-180961140/This bright idea was ahead of its timeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-muscles-could-transform-lives-some-military-veterans-180961173/From pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Could This Cooler Help Combat Global Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-cooler-help-combat-global-hunger-180961170/The Evaptainer keeps perishable food fresh for up to two weeks–no electricity requiredMon, 21 Nov 2016 15:43:04 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orcahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whale-sculpture-was-modeled-after-beached-orca-180961155/Canadian artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-expensive-material-behind-the-huayras-i/While much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucialFri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The 2016 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2016-smithsonian-american-ingenuity-awards-180961117/This year's recipients range from a popular actor and comedian to a tech-savvy archaeologistThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:05:40 +0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/peacemaker-david-lynch-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-education-180961126/The acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kidsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whistleblowers-marc-edwards-and-leeanne-walters-winner-smithsonians-social-progress-ingenuity-award-180961125/A concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan cityThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wave-catchers-ligo-team-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-physical-sciences-180961124/This year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century agoThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Christopher Gray's Scholly App Is Bringing Millions of Dollars to College Students in Needhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/financial-aide-christopher-gray-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-youth-180961123/The entrepreneur's new digital platform has helped applicants land $50 million in scholarshipsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Originalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/modern-romantic-aziz-ansari-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-performing-arts-180961122/The star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the massesThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/miracle-maker-anthony-atala-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-life-sciences-180961121/When you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thankThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-winner-smithsonians-history-ingenuity-award-180961120/The Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rocketeer-jeff-bezos-winner-smithsonians-technology-ingenuity-award-180961119/No one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievementThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ingenuity-ok-go-visual-arts-anti-gravity-180961102/To pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicineThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Folded Paper Fans Out Into a Full-Size Bike Helmethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-folded-paper-fans-out-into-full-size-bike-helmet-180961118/The EcoHelmet, this year's James Dyson Award winner, could be used by bike shares across the worldThu, 17 Nov 2016 05:05:00 +0000If Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, Then Play Is Its Fatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-necessity-mother-invention-then-play-its-father-180961107/In a new book, Steven Johnson argues that many inventions, considered mindless amusements in their time, wind up leading to serious innovations laterWed, 16 Nov 2016 18:15:09 +0000How Pokémon Go Can Save Lives in a Hurricanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pokemon-go-can-save-lives-hurricane-180961093/Players could mobilize by donating blood, filling sandbags and evacuating threatened areas Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:27:43 +0000NASA’s New, Super-Efficient Airplane Wing Comes With a Twisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasas-new-super-efficient-airplane-wing-comes-twist-180961069/The agency and several universities have designed a flexible wing that could reduce the cost of building and fueling airplanesMon, 14 Nov 2016 14:34:49 +0000Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-these-college-inventors-tackle-global-pesticide-problem-180961060/Developed by a team of University of Virgnia students, AgroSpheres break down pesticide residues on crops hours after they are appliedFri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace CEOshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-artificial-intelligence-wont-replace-ceos-180961055/An MBA’s instinct is increasingly vital in the age of information overloadThu, 10 Nov 2016 15:33:36 +0000A Mission To Invent a Bottle That Takes the Salt Out of Saltwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mission-invent-bottle-takes-salt-out-saltwater-180961035/Scientists are exploring the potential of creating plastic containers that, with a little sun power, could desalinate seawaterWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Miniature Living Redwood Forest Springs Up In Brooklynhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/miniature-living-redwood-forest-springs-brooklyn-180961031/Artist Spencer Finch explores landscape by building a tiny, scale replica of a California groveTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:58:46 +0000Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There's a New Way to Tap the Earth’s Energy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/deep-heart-iceland-theres-new-way-tap-earths-energy-180961030/The Iceland Deep Drilling Project has extended a borehole thousands of meters deep to produce geothermal power at a scale never before seenTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:09:16 +0000What's Next for Solar Energy? How About Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-next-solar-energy-how-about-space-180961008/Scientists are closer than ever to making the far-out concept of a space-based solar collection system a realityFri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Becoming the Next Big Renewable Energy Sourcehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-anaerobic-digestion-becoming-next-big-renewable-energy-source-180960992/A food-to-electricity plant in England is just one in a string of local efforts to make waste less wastefulThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Pagani Huayra Is Faster Than a Jumbo Jet at Takeoffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-pagani-huayra-is-faster-than-a-jumbo-jet_1/The optimum effects of the Pagani-designed dual aerodynamic system are embodied by the Huayra. In just 25.8 seconds, it crosses the 185 MPH markThu, 03 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/move-over-solar-theres-new-energy-right-our-feet-180960978/Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are turning wood pulp, a common waste material, into a flooring that generates electricityTue, 01 Nov 2016 15:41:58 +0000Robot Shellfish May Tell Us About Climate Change's Impact on Marine Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robot-shellfish-may-tell-us-about-climate-changes-impact-on-marine-species-180960977/Climate scientists at Northeastern University have developed "robomussels" with sensors to track temperatures in mussel bedsTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-11-year-old-who-invented-healthy-lollipop-180960951/Made with plant-derived sugar alternatives, Alina Morse's Zollipops help reduce the risk of cavitiesMon, 31 Oct 2016 14:19:26 +0000These Photographs From Space Show What Humans Have Done to the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-photographs-space-show-what-humans-have-done-earth-180960924/In new book, vivid satellite images of the planet evoke what astronauts call "the overview effect" Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:02:36 +0000How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-virtual-reality-can-help-us-feel-pain-climate-change-180960918/It's hard to comprehend the concept of oceans getting more acidic. Unless you become the coral.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:02:57 +0000The Answer to India's Energy Crisis Could Be Blowing in the Windhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/answer-indias-energy-crisis-could-be-blowing-wind-180960891/The 2016 Young Scientist Challenge winner modeled her energy harvester after a treeTue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-math-build-ultimate-taffy-machine-180960849/A mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000This Startup Is Harvesting Wild Algae to Make Your Next Pair of Sneakershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/startup-harvesting-wild-algae-make-your-next-pair-sneakers-180960872/Co-founder Rob Falken found a way to turn algae into a foam that can be used in sneaker soles and on surfboardsFri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:34 +0000Face an Active Shooter in Virtual Reality, and You May Be Better Prepared to Survive a Real-Life Encounterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/face-active-shooter-virtual-reality-you-may-be-better-prepared-to-survive-real-life-encounter-180960827/A new VR program called SurviVR aims to train employees how to deal with an active shooter situation in the workplaceThu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scorpion-venom-is-helping-doctors-treat-cancer-180960815/When injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000Beneath a Mountain in Switzerland Lies the World’s Longest Shortcuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beneath-mountain-switzerland-worlds-longest-shortcut-gothard-base-tunnel-travel-180960776/The massive structure, running 35.4 miles through the Alps, begins full operations this DecemberTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ibms-watson-meets-encyclopedia-life-under-new-grant-180960772/An NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000With This Smartphone Microscope, You Can Play Soccer and Pac-Man With Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-this-smartphone-microscope-you-can-play-soccer-and-pac-man-with-microbes-180960793/Stanford engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse built a 3D-printed microscope that allows students to not only observe but also interact with tiny creaturesMon, 17 Oct 2016 13:55:24 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-sensors-sniff-out-volcanic-eruptions-they-happen-180960768/How volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artists-mad-scientists-and-speculative-fiction-writers-made-spaceflight-possible-180960561/A new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-we-capture-energy-hurricane-180960750/Loaded with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000A New Tool From This American Life Will Make Audio as Sharable as Gifshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-tool-american-life-will-make-audio-sharable-gifs-180960729/A tech company best known for creating Twitter bots has put its skills to help make podcasts go viralTue, 11 Oct 2016 16:03:55 +0000How to Clean Water With Old Coffee Groundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-clean-water-with-old-coffee-grounds-180960740/Italian researchers have figured out how to turn spent coffee grounds into a foam that can remove heavy metals from waterTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:55:38 +0000