Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenFri, 27 Nov 2015 18:27:24 +0000Nine Gifts for Gadget Lovers a connected kitchen scale to a "Coolbox," these products make perfect presents for the technophiles in your lifeFri, 27 Nov 2015 18:27:24 +0000Five Ways to Start Eating Insects idea may be hard to swallow, but crickets and mealworms will likely be part of our sustainable food futureWed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Five Ways to Reinvent Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes have plain old pumpkin pie when you could be eating a pumpkin-filled chocolate balloon? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Army Ants Act Like Algorithms to Make Deliveries More Efficient marauding ants know just where to place living bridges to create shortcuts without sacrificing their food-gathering prowessMon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Med School Students Can Play "Operation" With These Synthetic Cadavers company SynDaver is making life-like organs and bodies. But, as teaching models, are they as helpful as the real thing?Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:22:02 +0000This Pump Could Make Blood Transfusions Safer and Cheaper in the Developing World Hemafuse gives doctors a sterile way to suction, filter and retransfuse patients' blood in places without electricity Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:33:00 +0000What Is Li-Fi, and Will It Replace Wi-Fi? communications professor Harald Haas has theorized about using LED bulbs to transmit data for years. Now, the technology is a reality. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:50:51 +0000The Unceasing American Quest to Build a Better Mousetrap has always been some truth to the apocryphal Emerson quoteThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000RoboBees Can Fly and Swim. What's Next? Laser Vision of robotic bees, capable of seeing, may soon be able to monitor pollution and traffic, or scan the struts of bridgesTue, 17 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Chemical Compound Could Melt Away Cataracts drops made from "compound 29" have been shown to reduce cataracts in mice. Researchers hope the same will hold true for humans.Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:14:00 +0000Why Does America Prize Creativity and Invention? politics encourage it, there's a high tolerance of failure, and we idealize the lone inventorThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:55:34 +0000The New Yorker Editor Who Became a Comic Book Hero amazing tale of a determined art director who harnessed the powers of the greatest illustrators around the world to blow kids' mindsThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Genius Behind "Hamilton," Broadway's Newest Hit, lyricist and performer, Miranda wows audiences and upends U.S. history with his dazzlingly fresh hip-hop musicalThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Why Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Are Parodying Documentaries in Their Latest, Ingenious Project "SNL" veterans behind the sly new series "Documentary Now" add a layer of authenticity to the art of sending up nonfiction filmsThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Alan Stern Brought Pluto to Earth scientist behind NASA's New Horizons mission gave cheering earthlings their first close-up view of the dwarf planetThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Wildly Creative Art Project Transformed an Ugly Interstate into a 2,400-Mile-Long Visual Masterpiece Crosher and Shamim Momin are behind the effort to turn the classic American eyesore into true artThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Two Brains at the Forefront of the Fight Against Alzheimer's Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim have invented a revolutionary new tool to study the mysteries of the disease and counter the coming epidemic of dementiaThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Theaster Gates Is Revitalizing Chicago's South Side, One Vacant Building at a Time artist's creative approach to bringing new life to a crumbling neighborhood offers hope for America's beleaguered citiesThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Smile, Frown, Grimace and Grin — Your Facial Expression Is the Next Frontier in Big Data Rana el Kaliouby is set to change the way we interact with our devices—and each otherThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Young Inventor Who Is a "Minder" of a Business of Her Own age 11, Lilianna Zyszkowski designed a new life-saving device to help people track their medication. That was just the beginningThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Appreciating the Art and Architecture of the World’s Airport Towers photographer Carolyn Russo traveled the world to capturing these surprisingly elegant structures Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:35:04 +0000Watch This Piece of Paper Fold Itself Up and Walk Away created a piece of graphene-based paper that can fold itself into a box, pick up objects and even inch around cornersTue, 10 Nov 2015 18:14:22 +0000This Year's James Dyson Award Goes to a Circuit Board Printer engineering students in Canada win the prestigious international award with their invention, which they hope will speed up electronics manufacturingTue, 10 Nov 2015 16:59:29 +0000Could This MIT Economist Make Banking Useful to the Poor? Rigol is attempting to figure out if community information can help developing world banks decide who to lend toMon, 09 Nov 2015 17:46:53 +0000When You Sweat, Vents in These Clothes Automatically Open the power of bacteria, MIT researchers and New Balance have created breathable workout gearMon, 09 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Dutch Designer Who Is Pioneering the Use of 3D Printing in Fashion a new exhibition, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta shows how Iris van Herpen started a high-tech movementFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:49:19 +0000The Renwick's New Lighting Saves Energy, Money, Art, and Your Eyes, All at the Same Time’s way more to it than just screwing in the bulb and the museum’s chief lighting designer is turning it into an artform Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:48:16 +0000A Disaster in the Kitchen Leads to a Breakthrough in the Lab a failed attempt at making cotton candy, biomedical engineer Chris Moraes thought to use sugar to mold silicone and study human cellsThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:10:57 +0000Strange Foods of the Future: The Planet Can Stomach Them, But Can You? unusual delicacies could become the staple foods of the futureMon, 02 Nov 2015 16:27:48 +0000Will Driverless Cars Mean Less Roadkill? wildlife could be a tough task for these super-smart carsMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000How Seattle is Using a "Frankenbike" to Improve its Bike Trails Colin Dietrich built it, and now the city's department of transportation has come to use the tricked-out bike to assess its bike pathsThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:54:22 +0000What Do the Most Innovative Chefs Keep in Their Fridges? new book gives a peek inside the home refrigerators—and minds—of some of Europe's top culinariansWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:40:51 +000017 Inventions That Will Put You in the Halloween Mood are some bizarre costume ideas, decorations and supplies culled from the U.S. patent archivesWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000These 3D Printed Teeth Fight Bacteria in the Netherlands are making dental implants that kill microbes that settle on themMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:53:57 +0000This Camera Sees What Your Eyes Can't, an affordable hyperspectral imaging camera, can tell if your food's gone bad, among other thingsMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:14:28 +0000Burn Calories Just By Wearing This New Sports Gear's an idea: A New York University medical student is integrating resistance bands into clothingFri, 23 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Technology May Help Save the Rhino From Extinction grown in a laboratory and hidden cameras could be the key to tackling this conservation challengeWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Can an App Help Detect Autism? University researchers are using facial expression-tracking technology to screen for autism spectrum disordersWed, 21 Oct 2015 14:07:16 +0000The 2015 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards year's recipients range from a Broadway visionary to an astrophysics geniusMon, 19 Oct 2015 20:02:29 +0000College Students are Living Rent-Free in a Cleveland Retirement Home shows that the unique arrangement could have health benefits for the elderlyFri, 16 Oct 2015 17:53:26 +0000New Software Makes Cyberbullies Think Twice programmer Trisha Prabhu created a program called ReThink to make cyberbullies reconsider before posting cruel messagesThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:39:02 +0000This "Psychic Robot" Can Read Your Mind have created an algorithm that understands what movement you meant to make, even if you're interruptedWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:33:06 +0000Scientists Are Working on a Pill That Just Might Replace Exercise idea is to create a drug that mimics the molecular changes exercise causes in the body. But it's no small challengeTue, 13 Oct 2015 15:58:47 +0000The Rise of DIY Genetic Testing people are skipping the doctor's office and using the internet to order and interpret their own DNA testsTue, 13 Oct 2015 14:34:14 +0000Tiny, Tattoo-Like Wearables Could Monitor Your Health of Texas engineers devise a relatively inexpensive way to make disposable patches that track patients' vital signsThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Soccer Balls and Jump Ropes Can Generate Power Play, a New York City-based startup, enables children in developing countries to build reserves of energy through playWed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:49 +0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster Tom Davey test his hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave poolTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000This Giant Contraption Can Print a House by wasps' nests, an Italian company is printing inexpensive houses for the developing worldTue, 06 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection entrepreneur Manny Villafana says his collection at the American History Museum is filled with stories of both failure and successTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:37:07 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Night Vision Work? ability to see in the dark is becoming more accurate and more portable Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Wearable Device Translates Sign Language To English prototype detects hand and finger movements and turns them into words on a screenTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Concrete Can Absorb a Flood UK company has developed a permeable pavement that can drink 1,000 liters of water per square meter in a minuteMon, 05 Oct 2015 17:05:35 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Plane "Anyone Could Fly" was billed as the "Model T" of airplanes. So what happened? Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:09:18 +0000Scientists Are Recording 24-Hour Soundtracks of Rainforests bioacoustic data gives Nature Conservancy researchers clues about the health of an ecosystemWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:16:34 +0000