Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 03 May 2016 16:58:17 +0000How to Build a Mosquito Trap From an Old Tirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-build-mosquito-trap-from-old-tire-180958954/Canadian researchers hope to curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases by luring the pests into homemade trapsTue, 03 May 2016 16:58:17 +0000Did Scientists Stumble on a Battery that Lasts Forever?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/did-researchers-stumble-battery-lasts-forever-180958955/Researchers studying nanowires have found a battery material that can be recharged for years, even decadesMon, 02 May 2016 19:07:06 +0000Japan Is Getting “Invisible” Trains That Blend into the Landscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-getting-see-through-trains-ultimate-views-1-180958911/Admiring the scenery just got even betterThu, 28 Apr 2016 14:15:00 +0000How Machines Are Getting Better at Making Conversation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-machines-are-getting-so-much-better-making-conversation-180958887/Digital assistants are developing personalities, with some help from poets and writersWed, 27 Apr 2016 17:19:01 +0000How Computer Scientists Are Using Twitter to Predict Gentrificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-computer-scientists-are-using-twitter-predict-gentrification-180958888/Cambridge researchers have created a way to predict a neighborhood's fortunes in coming years by analyzing social media dataWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-festival-considers-extraterrestrial-life-and-essence-humanity-180958916/In the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000Hosting an Event? Don't Toss Leftover Food, Donate Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hosting-event-dont-toss-leftover-food-donate-it-180958882/With an Uber-like app, Transfernation is reducing food waste while feeding those in needMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:18:19 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Stepshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-make-science-fiction-become-fact-three-steps-180958890/Speakers at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nikola-tesla-museum-belgrade-inventor-electricity-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958881/An offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000When Electricity and Music Collide, the Tesla Coils Singhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-electricity-and-music-collide-tesla-coils-sing-180958803/The band ArcAttack delivers a high-voltage performance with a side of science educationFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:30:08 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/interview-chris-carter-180958438/The <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-tiny-satellites-can-be-launched-into-space-little-1000-180958804/Researchers at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-plug-in-your-brain-180958775/If neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Future of Cars Is Already Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-cars-already-here-180958777/Even before the "Jetsons," people dreamed of flying cars. Now breakthroughs in technology are helping all kinds of vehicles get off the groundWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/proteins-living-cells-solve-problems-that-vex-supercomputers-180958783/When nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-newspapers-reveal-always-been-like-buzzfeed-180958789/From user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Talks About the Future of Educationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tech-visionary-nicholas-negroponte-talks-about-future-education-180958714/The act of writing a computer program, says the founder of MIT's Media Lab, allows a child to learn about learningWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:14:21 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andy-weir-author-martian-shares-details-about-next-novel-180958708/The science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/anthony-fauci-waging-war-against-zika-preparing-other-epidemics-to-come-180958768/The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +000010 Bizarre, Vision-Enhancing Technologies From the Last 1,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-bizarre-vision-enhancing-technologies-from-last-1000-years-180958734/Before Oculus Rift, there were lorgnettes, TV glasses and eyborgs Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:19:12 +0000You May Soon Be Able to Scan a Piece of Fruit to Check Its Nutritional Valuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-may-soon-be-able-scan-piece-fruit-check-nutritional-value-180958710/That's one of the ideas Target is testing as it explores how much of a competitive edge it gets from being transparent about foodMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:06:52 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robert-bigelow-visio-future-living-space-180958698/A Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-british-wanted-camouflage-their-warships-they-made-them-dazzle-180958657/In order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000Cemeteries of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/cemeteries-future-180958674/Do you want to be buried in a coral reef, a skyscraper or on an artificial island?Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-glasses-that-fit-individuals-with-down-syndrome-180958672/Optician Maria Dellapina started Specs4Us when her daughter struggled to find a pair of glasses that wouldn't slip Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:36:58 +0000Can Headphones That Shock Your Brain Help You Run Faster and Jump Higher?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-headphones-shock-your-brain-make-you-run-faster-and-jump-higher-180958632/They're called Halo Sport, and they send electrical charges into the brain that their inventors say can boost athletic performanceTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:05:54 +000011 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/11-artists-capture-what-it-like-to-live-in-megacity-180958644/"Megacities Asia," a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, features 19 installations inspired by cities with populations of 10 million or moreMon, 04 Apr 2016 19:12:03 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-light-fishing-nets-could-save-sea-turtles-180958634/New research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000Scientists Are Using Electronic Eggs to Study Vultureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-are-using-electronic-eggs-study-vultures-180958619/A sensor-packed egg, developed by a team at Microduino, could lead to clues about the birds' livelihoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:02:32 +0000Six of the Wildest Skyscrapers Imaginablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pollution-filtering-skyscrapers-rainmaking-towers-and-other-wild-ideas-evolo-skyscraper-competition-180958605/The winners of the annual skyscraper design competition think way beyond the "tall rectangle with windows" modelWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:31:11 +0000Could Mold Power the Batteries of the Future? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-mold-power-batteries-future-180958527/Researchers have discovered how to use a fungus to create materials that could be used to make more sustainable lithium-ion batteriesWed, 23 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000How a High School Senior Won $150,000 By Inventing a $35 Medical Device http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-high-school-senior-won-150000-inventing-35-medical-device-180958526/When Maya Varma learned an expensive diagnostic tool is rare in the developing world, she decided to build her ownTue, 22 Mar 2016 14:27:45 +0000When Robots Take Our Jobs, Should Everyone Still Get a Paycheck?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-robots-take-our-jobs-should-everyone-still-get-paycheck-180958483/A concept called universal basic income is gaining traction as a way to help people deal with machines taking over the job marketMon, 21 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000A New Material Could Make Medical Devices That Expand and Collapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-material-could-make-medical-devices-that-expand-collapse-180958454/Harvard researchers develop a new origami-inspired material that changes shapeFri, 18 Mar 2016 14:28:02 +0000Could This App Replace Your Doctor? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-app-replace-your-doctor-180958467/Babylon connects users with doctors for instant virtual consultations, and will soon use artificial intelligence for diagnosing illnessesThu, 17 Mar 2016 15:50:30 +0000Five Technologies That Would Heat or Cool People and Not Entire Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-technologies-that-would-heat-cool-people-not-entire-buildings-180958393/Research groups are developing robots, fabrics and furniture that could lead to energy savingsTue, 15 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000How a Tiny, "Beating" Human Heart Was Created in a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-tiny-beating-human-heart-was-created-lab-180958375/The device, filled with human heart cells, could dramatically reduce the time it takes to test new drugs and end testing on animalsFri, 11 Mar 2016 16:23:44 +0000What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-are-you-flying-over-app-will-tell-you-180958373/Flyover Country uses maps and geology databases to identify features of the landscape as a plane flies over them, no Wifi necessaryThu, 10 Mar 2016 17:07:55 +0000This Solar Cell Can Float on a Bubblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-solar-cell-can-float-bubble-180958295/MIT scientists have created the world's lightest solar cell, thin enough to be used on paper or clothingWed, 09 Mar 2016 15:22:46 +0000A Detroit Startup Is Trying to Shake Up the City's Housing Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/detroit-startup-trying-shake-up-citys-housing-market-180958239/Two real estate developers are giving longtime residents a stake in their neighborhood's revitalizationMon, 07 Mar 2016 16:37:48 +0000