Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-morphine-180961774/Thanks to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-mobile-technology-can-help-universities-combat-depression-180961795/Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-humans-dengue-fever-engineer-mosquitoes-180961792/How manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-flickering-lights-help-treat-alzheimers-180961762/A flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000Tear Your Meniscus? This “Living Bandage” May Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tear-your-meniscus-living-bandage-may-help-180961737/British researchers are using a newly patented technique involving stem cells to repair the common knee injuryTue, 10 Jan 2017 16:09:51 +0000Seven Wild Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-wild-gadgets-unveiled-CES-2017-180961731/From a levitating speaker to vibrating jeans that help you navigate city streets, these innovations offer an interesting glimpse of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:00:47 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/happy-10th-birthday-iphone-so-whats-next-180961724/Based on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harry-houdini-ingenious-innovator-didnt-want-anybody-know-180961078/More than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feel-the-music-with-help-from-synesthesia-research-180961660/How one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000Lyft and Uber Want To Give Old Folks a Ridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lyft-uber-want-to-give-old-folks-ride-180961688/Older adults miss doctor's appointments and risk social isolation because they lack transportation. Ride-hailing services are taking notice.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-robots-take-jobs-remember-luddites-180961423/What a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job marketTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Hear This, 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears With 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/3d-printed-ears-grown-stem-cells-are-finally-on-their-way-180961605/Two decades after the "earmouse," researchers have mastered a powerful technique for growing ears from fat-derived stem cellsFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:44:10 +0000Why Holograms Will Probably Never Be as Cool as They Were in "Star Wars"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holograms-are-no-longer-future-180961597/But those that do exist must be preserved and archivedFri, 30 Dec 2016 13:57:21 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bug-had-world-seeing-red-180961590/How a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-locally-grown-design-ideas-were-created-people-people-180961555/A Cooper Hewitt exhibition spotlights the innovative and sustainable designs generated by those in search of solutionsThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-innovators-watch-2017-180961568/Meet original thinkers who are breaking ground in medicine, art, drone design, fighting climate change and moreTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Without This Camera, the Emerald City Would Have Been the Color of Mudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/without-camera-emerald-city-would-have-been-color-mud-180961463/That dramatic Dorothy in Oz moment was brought to you in living color by the DF-24 Beam SplitterTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000A San Francisco Startup Puts Everything You Need for a Two-Acre Farm in a Shipping Containerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/san-francisco-startup-puts-everything-you-need-two-acre-farm-shipping-container-180961567/Brandi DeCarli, cofounder of Farm From a Box, wants to deploy farm kits to governments, NGOs, schools and individualsMon, 26 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Science Produce a Longer Lasting Christmas Tree?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-science-produce-longer-lasting-christmas-tree-180961548/LED Christmas lights make the needles hold on longer, and other discoveries from the world’s only Christmas tree research centerThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:03:19 +0000Time-Lapse Photos Reveal the Beauty of Metal Crystals Growinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/time-lapse-photos-reveal-beauty-metal-crystals-growing-180961539/Photographer Emanuele Fornasier spends hours capturing the intricacy of chemical reactionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:57:23 +0000This Camera Can See Around Cornershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/camera-can-see-around-corners-180961502/How a superfast, supersensitive camera could shake up automotive and exploration industries, as well as photography as we know itWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:33:16 +0000Your Breath Does More Than Repulse—It Can Also Tell Doctors Whether You Have Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-bad-breath-doesnt-just-repulseit-can-also-reveal-disease-180961527/An artificial “nose” could be the next tool for diagnosing illnesses from cancer to Crohn's diseaseWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:01:27 +0000How the Nolinor 737 Prevents Gravel From Crashing Its Engineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-the-nolinor-737-prevents-gravel-from-cra_1/A "vortex dissipator" sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. It's a sophisticated gravel protection device that protects the engineWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000After the Tragic Lindbergh Kidnapping, Artist Isamu Noguchi Designed the First Baby Monitorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-tragic-lindbergh-kidnapping-isamu-noguchi-designed-first-baby-monitor-180961454/The six-decade career of the artist and commercial designer is on view at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:01:22 +0000For Generations of Chicagoans, Marshall Field’s Meant Business, and Christmashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/generations-chicagoans-marshall-fields-meant-businessand-christmas-180961499/The midwestern mainstay transformed commerce into a communal holiday spectacleMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:24:26 +0000This Language-Teaching Device Constantly Whispers Lessons In Your Earhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/language-teaching-device-constantly-whispers-lessons-your-ear-180961470/A conceptual gadget called Mersiv immerses language-learners in their tongue of choiceFri, 16 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Meet the Colorful New Weapon Scientists Are Using to Save Toads From a Devastating Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-colorful-new-weapon-scientists-are-using-save-toads-devastating-fungus-180961462/Researchers are supplementing the amphibians’ natural microbiomes with a fluorescent fungus-fighter they've dubbed "Purple Rain"Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:25:44 +0000Rise of the (Cow Milking) Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rise-cow-milking-robots-180961452/The largest robotic dairy farm in the United States will be up and running in Michigan next yearThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Chemicals Left Behind on Your Phone Could Identify Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chemicals-left-behind-your-phone-could-identify-you-180961421/Mass spectrometry is finding a new role in forensic scienceWed, 14 Dec 2016 15:04:09 +0000How a Ship's Crew Eats in the Middle of Combathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-a-ships-crew-eats-in-the-middle-of-combat/Mealtimes for the HDMS Peter Willemoes are tightly orchestrated affairs. The crew is divided into three teams, and each team has six minutes to eatWed, 14 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Digital Prosthesis Could Help Amputees Control Computershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/digital-prosthetic-could-help-amputees-control-computers-180961397/Designers are developing a new device that tracks gestures in an amputated limb and translates them to computer commands, like scroll and clickTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Device Could Revolutionize How Malaria Is Detected Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-device-could-revolutionize-how-malaria-detected-around-world-180961385/The Magneto-Optical Detector (MOD) combines magnets and laser light to determine, in less than a minute, if a drop of blood contains malaria parasitesMon, 12 Dec 2016 16:36:38 +0000What Does It Take to Win a Nobel Prize? Four Winners, in Their Own Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-take-win-nobel-prize-four-winners-their-own-words-180961381/Some answers: Messiness, ignorance and puzzlesFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition in This Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/call-me-ishmael-only-melville-tradition-in-innovative-presentation-moby-dick-180961361/Visceral, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experienceFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Read the Letter Written by John Glenn to Honor Jeff Bezos for Blue Originhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/read-letter-written-sen-john-glenn-honor-jeff-bezos-blue-origin-180961366/Two weeks before he died, the legendary astronaut wrote a letter in recognition of the 2016 American Ingenuity AwardsFri, 09 Dec 2016 03:07:48 +0000Will the Next Big Cancer Drug Come From the Ocean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-next-big-cancer-drug-come-ocean-180961354/A California startup “bioprospects” for sponges, algae and other organisms whose chemistry may be useful to the world of medicineThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:28:28 +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 +0000