Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/make-new-memories-but-keep-the-old-with-little-help-from-electrodes-180955331/Matthew 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-this-map-guide-columbus-180955295/Researchers decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-wake-testing-atomic-bomb-bikini-became-thing-180955346/The 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 Packhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ill-fated-history-jetpack-180955294/The space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/worlds-largest-picture-frame-180955302/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/has-finnish-company-found-cure-for-jet-lag-180955357/Valkee 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 Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/harvard-students-app-could-bring-911-into-the-future-180955339/With 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartphone-microscope-uses-video-spot-moving-parasites-180955315/A 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-real-life-hoverboard-whirs-life-180955316/At 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 Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/made-college-seniors-these-seven-products-give-glimpse-into-future-180955280/Engineering 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 Asiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-food-truck-parks-are-making-america-more-southeast-asia-180955264/Pushing 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-this-plan-combat-climate-change-insane-insanely-genius-180955258/Harvard 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 Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iconic-japanese-american-artist-work-exhibited-decades-180955169/A 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 Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/imax-experience-udvar-hazy-center-took-quantum-leap-180955193/The 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 Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/finally-shoe-that-grows-with-kid-180955192/The 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 Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-your-next-party-rent-kitchen-size-your-apartment-180955230/With 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 Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A 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 Appreciatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/26-inventions-mothers-can-appreciate-180955181/From 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-we-ever-be-able-to-make-traffic-disappear-180955164/City 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 Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-shows-full-extent-devastation-wrought-uboats-world-war-i-180955191/On 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 Miscreantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/DNA-testing-could-identify-litterbugs-dog-poop-miscreants-180955178/Anonymous crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000Veggie Power? Artificial Muscles Made From Blinged-Out Onionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/veggie-power-artificial-muscles-made-blinged-out-onions-180955175/Turning root vegetables into working muscles requires gold, electricity and imaginationTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Lock that Opens When You Say "Open Sesame" and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lock-that-opens-when-you-say-open-sesame-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180955156/A company is designing athletic apparel with colorful prints based on micrographs of chicken pox and muscle cellsFri, 01 May 2015 20:29:07 +0000Creating Plastic From Greenhouse Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/creating-plastic-from-greenhouse-gases-180954540/Newlight Technologies is turning carbon emissions into plastic for everyday itemsFri, 01 May 2015 18:24:23 +00006 Projects That Make a Sustainable Future Seem Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/6-projects-make-sustainable-future-seem-possible-180955145/From an algae-powered building to a playground of recycled steel drums, these spots give designers, urban planners and others hopeFri, 01 May 2015 16:22:04 +0000With Semios, Farmers Can Monitor Their Fields Remotely and Keep Pests Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/semios-farmers-can-monitor-their-fields-remotely-and-keep-pests-away-180955132/Paired with wireless sensors and cameras, aerosol pheromone pesticides have entered a new era of effectiveness and affordabilityThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:24:21 +0000The Huey Defined America's Presence in Vietnam, Even to the Bitter Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anniversary-fall-saigon-honoring-huey-helicopter-180955099/The 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon presents a chance for one Vietnam War correspondent to look back at the iconic helicopterThu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000Turning Energy Plants Produce Into Usable Electricityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-energy-plants-produce-usable-electricity-180955110/Plant-e, a company in the Netherlands, is placing conductors in the soil underneath plants to collect excess energy from photosynthesis Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:48:16 +0000What If City Streetlights Brightened and Signs Spoke As You Passed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-city-streetlights-brightened-and-signs-spoke-you-passed-180955107/A British designer has found a way to make urban areas work for all types of pedestriansMon, 27 Apr 2015 16:21:20 +0000A Kit to Build Your Own Mud Battery and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kit-mud-battery-wild-ideas-funded-180955095/Also, a campaign to build a Little Free Museum Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:34:43 +0000To Get Rid of Space Junk, Shoot It Down With Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/get-rid-space-junk-shoot-it-down-lasers-180955097/Proposals to send debris-targeting craft into orbit are piling up, and one mission may soon start test firing from the space stationFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:22:09 +0000How Scientists Are Monitoring Water Quality With Tamponshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scientists-monitoring-water-with-tampons-180955008/The feminine hygiene products glow under ultra-violet light after absorbing pollutants called optical brightenersFri, 24 Apr 2015 16:11:23 +0000How to Predict a Famine Before It Even Strikeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/predict-famine-before-strikes-180954945/Hundred of miles about Earth, orbiting satellites are becoming a bold new weapon in the age-old fight against drought, disease and deathThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Quest to Upload Your Mind Into the Digital Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/quest-upload-mind-into-digital-space-180954946/The idea is about as science fiction as it gets. But surprising progress in neuroscience has some entrepreneurs ready to press "send"Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Brain-to-Brain Communication Is No Longer Unthinkablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-brain-brain-communication-no-longer-unthinkable-180954948/Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their mindsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Soon, Your Doctor Could Print a Human Organ on Demandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/soon-doctor-print-human-organ-on-demand-180954951/At a laboratory in North Carolina, scientists are working furiously to create a future in which replacement organs come from a machineThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Are the Extinct Animals We Can, and Should, Resurrecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-are-extinct-animals-we-can-should-resurrect-180954955/Biologist Beth Shapiro offers a guide to the science and ethics of using DNA for de-extinctionThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Farms Became the New Hot Suburbhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-farms-became-new-hot-suburb-180954956/A new real estate trend has developments planted around working farms. But are these communities sustainable?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000We're Not That Far From Being Able to Grow Human Bones in a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/grow-human-bones-lab-180954957/The company EpiBone could be on the verge of a major breakthroughThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Protecting the World's Last Isolated Communities From Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/protecting-worlds-last-isolated-communities-from-above-180954958/Advances in satellite technology mean that untouched villages can remain that wayThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Hoverboard Fantasy Comes True, Just As "Back to the Future" Predictedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hoverboard-fantasy-comes-true-back-to-the-future-180954960/Hold onto your flux capacitors; the future is hereThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Stroke of Genius Could Allow You to Write With Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stroke-genius-could-allow-write-brain-180954961/Not Impossible Labs has developed a breakthrough approach to communicationThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The U.N. Uses Satellites to Track Humanitarian Crises Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/united-nations-uses-satellites-track-humanitarian-crisis-180954966/With help from George Clooney, the United nations embarks on a new frontier in monitoring the world from aboveThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of "2001: A Space Odyssey"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/personal-writings-arthur-c-clarke-reveal-evolution-2001-space-odyssey-180954967/Works donated from the author's archives in Sri Lanka include letters to Kubrick and an early draft of his most famous novelThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Does It Feel Like to Be Invisible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-feel-be-invisible-180955079/Volunteers in Sweden were tricked into thinking their bodies had vanished, and the "superpower" seemed to ease social fearsThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Transport Frozen Panda Semen From China, Zoo Officials Went All the Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/transport-panda-semen-china-zoo-officials-went-all-way-180955071/After consulting a "stud book," the Zoo brought a male panda's sperm back to D.C., setting an exciting precedent Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:28:09 +0000This New Treadmill Automatically Adjusts to Your Speedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-treadmill-automatically-adjusts-to-your-speed-180955058/A prototype developed at Ohio State makes indoor workouts more like outdoor runs by using sonar to detect where you are on the belt and keep paceTue, 21 Apr 2015 20:46:56 +0000Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tactical-urbanists-are-improving-cities-one-rogue-fix-at-a-time-180955049/And city governments are paying attention, turning homemade infrastructure changes into permanent solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:35:11 +0000A LED Vest for Puppies and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/led-vest-puppies-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180955024/A new tool for runners moves beyond calories to measure the intensity of workouts Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:03 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-albert-einstein-genius-theory-relativity-loved-pipe-180954991/Einstein reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000Brain Implants May Be Able to Shock Damaged Memories Back Into Shapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-implants-may-be-able-to-shock-damaged-memories-back-into-shape-180954994/With funding from the Defense Department, scientists have begun work on devices that would use electric pulses to realign a memory process gone awryWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:25 +0000MIT Researchers Think They Can Spot Early Signs of Parkinson's in the Way People Typehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-researchers-think-they-can-spot-early-signs-parkinsons-way-people-type-180954939/By monitoring how long we hold down keystrokes, it may be possible to detect neurological diseases years before other symptoms appearWed, 15 Apr 2015 15:59:46 +0000The First Jogbra Was Made by Sewing Together Two Men's Athletic Supportershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-jogbra-made-sewing-together-two-mens-athletic-supporters-180954968/An archive collected from the sports company reveals that the bra gave a boost to women's athleticsMon, 13 Apr 2015 14:42:24 +0000A Winter Jacket Made From the Same Material as NASA Spacesuits and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/winter-jacket-same-material-nasa-wpacesuits-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954942/Plus, a high-tech update to the tried-and-true jump rope Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:45:05 +0000Getting a Push Notification on Your Cell Phone? It Could Be Warning You About an Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-push-notification-your-cell-phone-it-could-be-warning-you-about-earthquake-180954940/Sophisticated GPS sensors in the average mobile device could be harnessed for seismic early warning systems around the worldFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:24 +0000What is the Nine Millionth Patent?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-the-nine-millionth-patent-180954928/The landmark announcement is part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Patent ActFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:29:59 +0000Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/azar-nafisi-why-arts-humanities-critical-to-american-vision-180954933/The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and recipient of a Smithsonian award, discusses why in education art matters as much as science Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:38:48 +0000Building a Bionic Pancreashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bionic-pancreas-changes-relationship-diabetes-illness-180954862/A device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon could take some pressure off Type 1 diabetes patients and their parentsWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:43:45 +0000A Tricked-Out Toolbox, a Teeny-Weeny Coffee Brewer and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tricked-out-toolbox-teeny-weeny-coffee-brewer-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954870/There's also a pearl necklace that can store photo and audio filesFri, 03 Apr 2015 20:35:17 +0000An App Matches Students with College Scholarships They Can Usehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-matches-students-college-scholarships-they-can-use-180954741/More than $100 million in scholarships go unclaimed every year. Scholly is connecting students with these and other fundsFri, 03 Apr 2015 17:28:02 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-easter-inventions-that-never-quite-took-off-180954816/This holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000How to Travel by Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-travel-scent-180954807/We tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:27:21 +0000Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmers-can-shell-coffee-fraction-time-with-this-bike-powered-machine-180954806/A team at an MIT International Development Design Summit is making coffee production a little easier for small-scale farmers in TanzaniaTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:35 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-to-listen-to-and-watch-for-when-enjoying-jazz-180954723/For Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nick-caves-towering-pink-easter-bunny-theres-more-to-it-than-kitsch-180954774/Evoking springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000The War on Potholes Has a New Weaponhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/war-potholes-has-new-weapon-180954796/Researchers at Northeastern University have outfitted a van with sensors, microphones and cameras that can spot the early stages of potholesMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:46:41 +0000A Startup Wants to Track Everything From Shoppers to Corn Yields Using Satellite Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/startup-wants-to-track-everything-from-shoppers-to-corn-yields-using-satellite-imagery-180954776/Orbital Insight, founded by a NASA and Google veteran, is quick to predict crop failures and estimate the current global oil surplusFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:52 +0000A Bus Stop Climbing Wall and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bus-stop-climbing-wall-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954783/Unbreakable shoelaces? They come in stylish colors and patternsFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:22:13 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-holograms-are-now-part-surgeons-toolkit-180954791/Technology hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smog-eating-buildings-battle-air-pollution-180954781/Sunlight triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000