Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brain outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Today rocky rollicking journey to Machu Picchu along one of the greatest engineering feats in the AmericasWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internet scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racing centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubes idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Tiny Robots Can Clear Clogged Arteries at Drexel University are developing micro-swimmers that loosen arterial plaque and release drugs into the bloodstream to prevent future buildupWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:44 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museum new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Shelters group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Could This Head Gear Help Treat Parkinson's Disease? at Johns Hopkins University have created an at-home brain-stimulating device to ease Parkinson's symptomsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:39 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internet lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challengesThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:59:53 +0000Five Tech Ideas That Could Improve City Bike Commuting group of London designers imagines Google Glass-like visors and buses that project outlines of their blind spots on the roadWed, 24 Jun 2015 19:36:46 +0000Barbers Are Giving Buzz Cuts to Detroit's Overgrown Lots new project funded by a Knight Cities grant has local barbers and landscape contractors working to revitalize vacant spacesWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:15:32 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C. ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usual the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpacks Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000Doctors Can Study 3D Printed Models of Your Organs Before Surgery a new era of personalized medicine, advanced models are better preparing surgeons for what they will encounter in the operating roomWed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:53 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessness Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000How a Cheap Plastic Rat Could Change Biology Class a couple of 3D printers, a husband and wife team is building accurate replicas of rats that could one day eliminate the need for dissection specimensMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:08:55 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer? director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000The Tweeting Potholes of Panama Panama City, potholes have taken to Twitter to ask for repairs Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:33 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly? as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000The Same Probiotic That’s In Your Yogurt Could Detect Liver Cancer a dose of this bacteria, genetically altered by scientists at MIT, and your urine will glow if liver cancer is presentWed, 10 Jun 2015 19:42:02 +0000City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselves establishing offices that promote innovation, cities are taking more risks than ever beforeWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:04:34 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain? thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000Soon Our Phones Will Be Telling Us to Drink More Water new crop of health wearables aims to keep users hydratedMon, 08 Jun 2015 20:24:16 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brains on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wear it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Age hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000Seven Inspiring Innovations In Education From Around the Globe schools, start taking notes! There may be some things to learn from these successful programsFri, 05 Jun 2015 16:24:47 +0000With This Self-Healing Concrete, Buildings Repair Themselves concrete developed by Dutch scientists and embedded with limestone-producing bacteria is ready to hit the market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:13:19 +0000Can Young Botanists at a Magnet School Play a Vital Role in Protecting an Urban Ecosystem?'s BioTech, the country's first ever botany-focused magnet high school, is teaching kids real-world plant scienceThu, 04 Jun 2015 13:16:06 +0000These New Computer Chips Are Made From Wood new technique replaces the bulk of smartphone-friendly microchips with a transparent, flexible material made from wood pulpWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:34:06 +000025 Millennials Just Crossed the United States By Rail Hoping to Leave Their Marks in Cities Along the Way leaders take a 10-day whistle-stop tour with on-train seminars and service projects in communities across the nationMon, 01 Jun 2015 20:25:30 +0000Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway pollinators get a trans-continental right of wayMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:10:19 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestock sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:27 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Doll, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000To Cut Down on Food Waste, a San Francisco Startup Is Selling Ugly Fruits and Vegetables aren’t everything, say the founders of Imperfect, a CSA-type service that delivers odd-shaped produce to customers' doorsFri, 29 May 2015 18:35:57 +0000At the Intersection of Dance and Portraiture, Vulnerability and Intimacy Prevail troupe Pilobolus and video portrait artist Bo Gehring teamed up to defy boundariesFri, 29 May 2015 17:34:39 +0000IBM Watson Makes Things Elementary, Indeed cognitive computing system makes for an ideal sidekick—in museums, kitchens, hospitals and classroomsFri, 29 May 2015 15:12:16 +0000To Make Lobster Fisheries More Sustainable, Scientists Attempt to Decode Crustacean DNA the battle escalates to combat illegal fishing, Smithsonian scientists offer up a possible genetic tool Thu, 28 May 2015 15:57:47 +0000The Developing World Could Be One Step Closer to Quick, Easy Water Treatment With This New Device retailer MSR and global health non-profit PATH have teamed up to create on-demand chlorine to fight waterborne illness in AfricaWed, 27 May 2015 18:06:20 +0000This Crazy Land Art Deflects Noise From Amsterdam's Airport drown out flight noise, the Amsterdam Airport turned to large-scale landscapingWed, 27 May 2015 17:12:27 +0000Six Architectural Ideas That Could Change the Way We Live in Cities in response to polluted air or shrinking space, architects keep coming up with novel approaches to reshaping urban lifeTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae? by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living "skin" that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxideTue, 26 May 2015 15:24:24 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodes Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brainFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000Did This Map Guide Columbus? decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenon scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Pack space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame? government of Dubai is taking this abstract structure to the next levelWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag? is releasing the Human Charger, a new gadget that beams light through a user's earsWed, 20 May 2015 15:40:13 +0000A Harvard Student's App Could Bring 911 Into the Future just one click, RapidSOS sends GPS and medical information to emergency dispatchersTue, 19 May 2015 16:31:41 +0000This Smartphone Microscope Uses Video to Spot Moving Parasites team of Berkeley bioengineers has created CellScope, a mobile phone attachment that can quickly test blood for tropical diseasesTue, 19 May 2015 13:38:30 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Life Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one yearFri, 15 May 2015 18:24:22 +0000How Food Truck Parks Are Making America More Like Southeast Asia for nutritious options, as public officials in Singapore are doing, could boost the health of cities and their residentsThu, 14 May 2015 19:54:39 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius? physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decades reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forward Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000Finally, A Shoe That Grows With a Kid Idaho-based nonprofit Because International makes shoes that can grow up to five sizes and last at least five yearsTue, 12 May 2015 19:31:57 +0000For Your Next Party, Rent a Kitchen the Size of Your Apartment living space shrinking, urbanites are paying for kitchen space to host special occasionsTue, 12 May 2015 17:29:48 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the World quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Art dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +000026 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciate an apparatus to birth a child with centrifugal force to a board game to teach driver safety, these product ideas have parents in mindFri, 08 May 2015 14:05:14 +0000Will We Ever Be Able to Make Traffic Disappear? engineers make changes in the timing of signals to keep cars moving, but cell phone data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could ease the taskThu, 07 May 2015 13:22:59 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War I the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000DNA Testing Could Identify Litterbugs and Dog Poop Miscreants crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000Veggie Power? Artificial Muscles Made From Blinged-Out Onions root vegetables into working muscles requires gold, electricity and imaginationTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000