Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:20 +0000A Pop-up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphia's Black Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pop-up-museum-documents-stories-philadelphias-black-women-180957996/Vashti DuBois is looking to build community and pride in underserved neighborhoods, starting with her ownTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:20 +0000New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-actually-edit-actors-facial-expressions-180958066/FaceDirector can seamlessly blend several takes to create nuanced blends of emotions, potentially cutting down on the number of takes necessary in filmingMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:16:28 +0000Can This New Football Helmet Prevent Head Injuries?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-new-football-helmet-prevent-head-injuries-180958031/The team behind the Zero1, a new four-layer helmet design, hopes soFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:05 +0000360-Degree Cameras and Other Cool New Tech for Super Bowl 50 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/360-degree-cameras-and-other-cool-new-tech-super-bowl-50-180958039/This year's game, held at San Francisco's Levi's Stadium, should be the most high-tech Super Bowl everThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:28:10 +0000Curators Discover New Details in the Etchings on a 6th-Century Chinese Sculpture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/curators-discover-new-details-etchings-six-century-chinese-sculpture-180958023/A headless figure, cloaked in a robe covered with complex illustrations, is now better understood thanks to 3D technologyThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:29:51 +0000How Can Schools Use Virtual Reality?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-can-schools-use-virtual-reality-180957974/The expansion of Google's VR education program could make classrooms more engaging, and also more justWed, 03 Feb 2016 16:51:15 +0000Five Ways to Fight Wildlife Crime in the Digital Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-ways-fight-wildlife-crime-digital-age-180957959/From GPS-tagged eggs to smartphone apps, these emerging technologies could help give endangered species a chance at survivalTue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Astronauts and Arugula: Using Space-Station Technology to Grow Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astronauts-and-arugula-using-space-station-technology-grow-food-180957985/Infinite Harvest, an indoor vertical farm in Lakewood, Colorado, provides a glimpse into the future of global large-scale food productionFri, 29 Jan 2016 19:19:02 +0000The Beautiful Life Hacks in Hong Kong's Back Alleyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/beautiful-life-hacks-hong-kongs-back-alleys-180957963/In a new book, photographer Michael Wolf captures the ways inhabitants of the ultra-dense city carve personal space out of grim alleywaysFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:18:42 +0000New York City Is Paying Public Housing Residents to Paint Muralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-york-city-paying-public-housing-residents-paint-murals-180957913/Young tenants will create public art that captures social issues at five housing projects, one in each boroughThu, 28 Jan 2016 15:50:20 +0000Google's New AI Can Beat Human Champions at the Game of Go http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/googles-new-ai-can-beat-human-champions-game-go-180957948/Google appears to have won the long race to develop a Go-winning artificial intelligence, considered a major step towards more human-like AIsWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:00 +0000Brain Scans Could Identify Kids at Risk of Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-scans-could-identify-kids-risk-depression-180957934/Knowing who's at risk before the disease strikes could make preventative treatments possibleTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:48:46 +0000People Are Still Trying to Build a Space Elevatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/people-are-still-trying-build-space-elevator-180957877/Though key players have distanced themselves from the concept, a new film examines the continuing draw behind the sci-fi stapleThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:38:25 +0000A Detachable Airplane Cabin and Other Strange Aviation Ideashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/detachable-airplane-cabin-and-other-strange-aviation-ideas-180957878/A recently unveiled concept for a removable, parachute-equipped airplane cabin is only the latest in a long line of far-out designsThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000When Concorde First Flew 40 Years Ago, It Was a Supersonic Sight to Beholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-concorde-first-flew-40-years-ago-it-was-supersonic-sight-behold-180957875/The aircraft was a technological masterpiece, but at one ton of fuel per passenger, it had a devastating ecological footprintWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:04:37 +0000Operation Desert Storm Was Not Won By Smart Weaponry Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/operation-desert-storm-was-not-won-smart-weaponry-alone-180957879/Despite the "science fiction"-like technology deployed, 90 percent of ammunitions used in Desert Storm were actually “dumb weapons"Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:07:15 +0000How to Modernize the Wood Stove and Help Save the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-modernize-wood-stove-and-help-save-planet-180957866/The humble wood stove is getting a high-tech makeover, and may be going greenTue, 19 Jan 2016 18:26:00 +0000How Wearable Tech Is Creeping Into the Beauty Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wearable-tech-creeping-into-beauty-industry-180957857/With the release of L’Oréal's new UV-monitoring patch, beauty wearables are hitting the big timeTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:28:54 +0000This Powerful Metal Glue Sets at Room Temperaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/powerful-metal-glue-sets-room-temperature-180957836/MesoGlue uses nanorod technology to fuse items together without heat, potentially replacing solderingFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:15:01 +0000Could Pop-up Social Spaces at Polls Increase Voter Turnout?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-pop-up-social-spaces-polls-increase-voter-turnout-180957799/Placemaking the Vote, one of the finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge, wants people to hang out at their polling placesWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:30:04 +0000These Creative Wind Turbines Will Have You Rethinking What You Know About Wind Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-creative-wind-turbines-will-have-you-rethinking-what-you-know-about-wind-power-180957767/Wind turbines don't have to all look the same. Here are some that are helping cities go green—and look like art in the processTue, 12 Jan 2016 15:00:25 +0000What Landing a Rover on Mars Teaches You About Leadership and Teamworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-landing-rover-mars-teaches-you-about-leadership-teamwork-180957751/In his new book, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner shares his insights on how to inspire people to make the impossible possibleMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:37:24 +0000Dr. Gustav Zander's Victorian-Era Exercise Machines Made the Bowflex Look Like Child's Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gustav-zander-victorian-era-exercise-machines-bowflex-180957758/A Smithsonian librarian highlights the precursor to today's gym enthusiastsFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:56:23 +0000Six Cool Gadgets From This Year's CES http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-cool-gadgets-years-ces-180957754/The Consumer Electronics Show has long been the launchpad for some of our most beloved electronics productsFri, 08 Jan 2016 16:50:20 +0000How the Phonograph Changed Music Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/phonograph-changed-music-forever-180957677/Much like streaming music services today are reshaping our relationship with music, Edison's invention redefined the entire industryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:55:08 +0000Seven of the Most Innovative Gyms in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-most-innovative-gyms-world-180957722/Go way beyond free weights and stationary bikes at these clever workout facilitiesWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:43:26 +0000Could Renewable Energy Be Stored in Balloons in the Ocean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-renewable-energy-be-stored-balloons-ocean-180957603/Underwater compressed air energy storage is promising, but the fate of this tech remains unknownWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2016 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-innovators-watch-2016-180957648/These thinkers are making fascinating developments in medicine, economics, art, music and moreWed, 30 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000An Underwater Museum in Egypt Could Bring Thousands of Sunken Relics Into Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/underwater-museum-egypt-could-bring-thousands-sunken-relics-into-view-180957645/The proposed site might revive tourism in Alexandria and also further research into the ancient ruinsTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000This New App Wants to Help You With Your Homeworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-app-wants-help-you-with-your-homework-180957593/With GotIt!, high school students take a photo of a tricky math or science problem and get live tutoring by text from the highest bidderMon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-bad-handwriting-us-postal-service-has-your-back-180957629/Don’t worry, your Christmas gifts and cards will make it to their destination, even if your writing looks like chicken scratchWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:55:33 +0000Making Sugar Twice as Sweet http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-sugar-twice-sweet-180957608/An Israeli startup has invented a process to coat inert particles with sugar molecules, tricking the tongue into thinking food is sweeterWed, 23 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-10-stories-2015-180957623/From treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on Smithsonian.com this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000It's Like Uber, But for Farmers' Marketshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/taking-farmers-market-online-180957606/A startup called Farmigo is trying to create a better food system for both eaters and farmersTue, 22 Dec 2015 15:28:51 +0000Introducing the Band-Aids of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/introducing-band-aids-future-180957569/MIT engineers are developing a "smart" bandage that can monitor and deliver drugs to a woundMon, 21 Dec 2015 15:32:43 +0000This Robot Will Make You Dinnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robot-make-me-dinner-180957535/Moley Robotics is developing a robotic kitchen that can prepare a meal from start to finish—cleanup includedFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:48:13 +0000This Metal Is 99.9 Percent Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/metal-999-percent-air-180957574/A new metal "microlattice" is strong yet incredibly light, lending itself to a wide variety of aerospace, automotive and medical usesFri, 18 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Smartwatch for the Visually Impairedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartwatch-visually-impaired-180957581/Developed by University of Washington students, Dot translates texts, tweets and e-books to BrailleThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:54:59 +0000How the Smithsonian Hopes to Turn Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Into Museumgoershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-opens-wonderplace-youngest-museum-visitors-180957555/The National Museum of American History opens its new "Wonderplace," a space for the youngest members of the familyThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:29 +0000Teen Inventors Create Live Closed-Captioning Glasses for the Deaf http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventors-create-live-closed-captioning-glasses-deaf-180957155/Seventeen-year-old Daniil Frants and his buddies hope to help the hard-of-hearing engage in naturally flowing conversationsWed, 16 Dec 2015 19:19:47 +0000How Transgender Women Are Training Their Voices to Sound More Femininehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-transgender-women-are-training-their-voices-sound-more-feminine-180957537/Does striving for some ideal female voice just reinforce stereotypes?Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why Would a Race Car Driver Invent Speeding Cameras?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/why-would-a-race-car-driver-invent-speed-cams/The irony of speeding cameras is that they were invented by a Dutch race car driver, former Monte Carlo Rally winner Maurice Gatsonides. Here's whyFri, 11 Dec 2015 19:08:02 +0000