Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Display Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal lights up the skyline with the mood of the cityThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000You’d Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phone energy from ambient radio waves and light, the ultra-low power device doesn’t need a battery to make calls, but there's a catchThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freer beauty of dry ice cleaning is the efficient and environmentally safe process; but also the procedure was on view from the streetTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Robots Will Lead Passengers to Their Gate at Seoul's Airport Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:47:29 +0000Needle-Free Patch Makes Vaccination as Easy as Putting on a Band-Aid new product could be available in about five years, scientists sayMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:45:00 +0000A Blood-Monitoring Device Inspired by Mosquitoes e-mosquito is a continuous glucose-monitoring device that could help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugarFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasers downstream applications could make food cheaper, repair coral reefs and help restore frog populationsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:05:28 +0000New Assistive Stairs Put a Spring in Your Step design a staircase that recycles energy to assist usersWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:01:00 +0000"VirusCam" Can Watch Individual Viruses to (Someday) Keep You From Getting Sick are tiny and hard to see, but a new microscope can track them individually to try to better prevent diseaseWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:10:00 +0000How Fake, Lab-Made Poop Can Improve Sanitation, er, sludge replicates the properties of human waste to better understand sanitation in BangladeshWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:41:51 +0000Studying Ant "Noses" Could Lead to Better Bug Repellents new class of repellents, called "excito-repellents," is similar to "getting on an elevator with someone who's put on way too much perfume"Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:05:53 +0000Print, Then Heat for Self-Assembling Space Stations special ‘memory’ polymers, stents and space habitats could one day build themselves Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000History Was Writ Large on This Desk Belonging to Thomas Jefferson ingenuity of this clever writing box was matched only by the young republic's innovative declaration for nationhoodThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:17:02 +0000These Boots Could Save a Firefighter's Life Hahna Alexander designed SmartBoots, which harvest energy from the wearer's steps, to aid workers in dangerous professionsThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000How Soccer Is Changing the Lives of Child Refugees from war-torn countries find refuge at a Georgia academy founded by an immigrantThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Transparent Mice Let Researchers See Cancer Spread in Real Time making organs transparent, researchers at Tokyo University can spot individual cancer cellsThu, 06 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Icon branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000New Invention Puts the Power of Static in Your Pocket this paper device and you can create electricityWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:34:28 +0000A More Super Superglue Could Help Build Jelly-Like Robots tweaked version of the popular adhesive may give a big boost to stretchable electronics and soft robotsWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Towering 19th-Century Mechanical Clock Was the Smartwatch of Its Era hundreds of moving parts, the Great Historical Clock of America has been revivedWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Coffee on the Brain—Literally—Could Help Surgeons cap made of coffee grounds helps nose and throat surgery patients get the best careWed, 05 Jul 2017 13:16:24 +0000Breaking Down Menstruation Taboos With Emojis nonprofit believes that changing the digital conversation around periods could help girls around the worldThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:23:00 +0000This Glove Makes VR Objects Feel Real "muscles" on the glove simulate the feel of real objectsMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:58:02 +0000From Ptolemy to GPS, the Brief History of Maps We now have the whole world in our hands, but how did we get here?Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000How GPS Learns to Speak Your Language peek into that voice that tells you when and where to turn Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Motorized Ice Cream Cones and Floating Campgrounds: 14 of the Wackiest Summer Fun Patents never stop thinking of new ways to have fun, as these 14 patents show. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:09:00 +0000When Cutting-Edge Science Meets Science Fiction, It Packs the House Future Con, fans of sci-fi, fantasy and comics met the researchers and engineers who are bringing their stories to life Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:06:32 +0000Canadian Peaches and California Coffee: How Farmers Are Being Forced to Innovate in the Face of Climate Change the climate changes and global temperatures rise, farmers are having to change cultivation techniques and sometimes even crops. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000You Should Thank This Man for Inventing Jet Boats 1954, a man named Bill Hamilton invented the water-jet propelled boat, ideal for exploring the shallow rivers of his native New ZealandTue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Need to Fix a Heart Attack? Try Photosynthesis plant-like creatures into a rat's heart can jumpstart the recovery process, study findsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:15:00 +0000Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone's Weather App was a key figure in the experiment that launched modern weather prediction, despite having no formal mathematical trainingFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:04:19 +0000The Now-Ubiquitous Shipping Container Was an Idea Before Its Time Carolina trucker Malcom McLean needed to invent not just the container, but the cranes and ships needed to move themFri, 16 Jun 2017 13:10:00 +0000Will the Next Great Scientific Discovery Be Made by Amateurs? are more options than ever to get involved, and your input can help solve big problems in scienceThu, 15 Jun 2017 17:25:20 +0000This Conch-Shell Inspired Material Could Make Helmets and Body Armor Safer from MIT are using structures that evolved over millions of years to strengthen protective gearWed, 14 Jun 2017 18:30:13 +0000This Forest Will Sing to You at The Wild Center combines an immersive sound experience with the lush beauty of the AdirondacksWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:29:27 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathers explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000Pour to Recharge Your Electric Vehicle University scientists have created a liquid-based battery that could one day be recharged at a gas station pump in just minutesWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +0000NASA Is Sending a Robotic Fueling Station to Space do you save a billion-dollar satellite? Send another robot up there after itTue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Give Skin Cells a Tan—Without the Sun damaging UV rays, the artificial tan could give that golden glow while protecting against skin cancer. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:01:00 +0000Michael Bloomberg Wants to Solve Climate Change From the "Bottom Up" Washington deadlocks, the former New York City mayor believes that cities, businesses and people are the best hope for saving the environmentMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:10:13 +0000Are You Optimistic About the Earth's Future? the full transcript from the inaugural Second Opinion roundtableMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Forest, Ohio hopes to fight urban inequality by removing a divisive highway. Other cities across America are looking into doing the same. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:52:53 +0000Pittsburgh Has Surged Post-Steel, but Many in Rusting Region Still Struggle historian notes how Pittsburgh's tech-driven boom hasn't reached everyone in western PennsylvaniaThu, 08 Jun 2017 16:08:16 +0000Will These Flexible Skin Patches Replace Wires in Hospitals? at Northwestern University have developed "epidermal electronics," thin flexible patches capable of monitoring vital signs and more. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:20:50 +0000AI Plant and Animal Identification Helps Us All Be Citizen Scientists that use artificial intelligence to allow users to ID unknown specimens are making science more accessible to everyone. Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:23:30 +0000This Biofabric From MIT Uses Bacteria to Automatically Ventilate Workout Clothes you wear microbes on your back?Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:05:26 +0000A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relic an image format changed the way we communicateFri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:46 +0000This Engineering Job Is Not for the Faint-Hearted engineers working on 3 World Trade Center in New York are among the most daring aroundWed, 31 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000When a Jet-Powered Car Raced in the Indianapolis 500 racecar tore up the track and dazzled fans at the legendary competition—and then vanished Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:58 +0000Just a Few Self-Driving Cars Could Fix Phantom Traffic Jams new study suggests they can help get rid of stop-and-go traffic on highways. Fri, 26 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000Tweaking the Tiny Electrical Charges Inside Cells Can Fight Infection works in tadpoles. Could it work in humans?Fri, 26 May 2017 09:01:00 +0000The Next Generation of Military Prosthetics Is Breaking New Ground the Smithsonian’s Military Invention Day, visitors experienced how military innovation is helping society Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Flying Gas Station Can Carry 200,000 Lbs. of Fuel KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets up in the air. That's because this 136-foot long aircraft is a flying gas tankThu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrum can reframe misunderstood mental conditions like autismWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concrete star architect is mapping out a new daring plan for the SmithsonianWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked? by the digital fortunes of Silicon Valley, biotech companies are brazenly setting out to “cure” agingWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Prosthetic Limb 'Sees' What Its User Wants to Grab computer vision and deep learning to a prosthetic makes it far more effectiveTue, 23 May 2017 17:48:48 +0000A Visit to Seoul Brings Our Writer Face-to-Face With the Future of Robots the world’s most futuristic city, a tech-obsessed novelist confronts the invasion of mesmerizing machinesTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000An App to Make You a Better Public Speaker, created by two college students, uses AI to help people become more fluent, confident speakers through consistent practice and feedback. 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