Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:26:05 +0000A Canadian Company's Quest To Turn Air Pollution Into Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/canadian-companys-quest-to-turn-air-pollution-into-fuel-180959553/Startup Carbon Engineering has opened a prototype plant in Squamish, British Columbia, that captures carbon dioxide emissionsFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:26:05 +0000Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-atlantis-really-have-indoor-plumbing/In 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toiletTue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000Will Skyscrapers of the Future Be Built From Wood?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-skyscrapers-future-be-built-wood-180959475/Why cross-laminated timber might become the newest trend in urban architectureMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:33:15 +0000What Will Future Monuments in the Nation's Capital Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-future-monuments-nations-capital-look-like-180959389/Changing times and tastes leave little room for monolithic marble on the Mall Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:51:48 +0000Architects Reimagine Detroithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/architects-reimagine-detroit-180959387/A new exhibition in Venice showcases how 12 teams would reinvent four sites in Detroit badly in need of faceliftsTue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Andrew Brennen Believes Education Reform Begins With a Simple Questionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andrew-brennen-believes-education-reform-begins-with-simple-question-180959373/The UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore has been traveling the country asking students, "What would you change about your school?"Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:12:42 +0000Could This New Armband Prevent Thousands of Workplace Injuries and Fatalities Each Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-new-armband-prevent-thousands-workplace-injuries-fatalities-each-year-180959374/Proxxi CEO Campbell Macdonald describes his cloud-connected wearable that detects high-voltage areasFri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:36 +0000Using Virtual Reality To Walk in the Shoes of Someone With Alzheimer's http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-virtual-reality-walk-shoes-someone-with-alzheimers-180959329/A British nonprofit has launched an app that simulates life with the neurodegenerative diseaseWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:54:30 +0000Scientists May Be Able To Pack All Your Medications Into One "Personalized" Pillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-may-pack-all-your-medications-into-one-personalized-pill-180959315/And nine other things you never thought could be made on a 3D printerTue, 07 Jun 2016 15:29:22 +0000How an Italian Immigrant Rolled Out the Radio Flyer Wagon Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-italian-immigrant-rolled-radio-flyer-wagon-out-across-america-180959298/Three generations and 99 years later, the company is still flying highFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:48 +0000Is the Internet an Enormous Work of Realist Art?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-internet-enormous-work-realist-art-180959272/Journalist Virginia Heffernan makes a compelling case that it is in a new bookThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tofu Power and Other Cool New Alternative Energy Sources http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tofu-power-and-other-cool-new-alternative-energy-sources-180959276/From fueling homes with tofu wastewater to lighting up bathrooms with the power of pee, these are some of the most unusual, hyperlocal fuel sourcesWed, 01 Jun 2016 15:50:23 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-explore-breakthaking-hydrothermal-vents-virtual-reality-180959266/With a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000How Drunk Are You? Ask Your Bracelethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-drunk-are-you-ask-your-bracelet-180959255/The BACtrack Skyn, a wearable similar in style to a Fitbit, tracks your blood alcohol level in real timeFri, 27 May 2016 16:34:49 +0000This Edible Supercapacitor Could Transform Ingestible Electronicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-edible-supercapacitor-could-transform-ingestible-electronics-180959243/The materials for a new electronic component that could power a tiny camera sound more like breakfast than scienceFri, 27 May 2016 13:28:15 +0000From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Camerashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/from-sticks-stones-two-artists-make-pinhole-cameras-180959246/David Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph natureThu, 26 May 2016 19:02:58 +0000Could It Be? A Quiet, Comfortable and Bluetooth-Connected Breast Pumphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-it-be-quiet-comfortable-bluetooth-connected-breast-pump-180959232/From breast pumps to bottles, the Silicon Valley startup Naya Health is making smarter products for parents and infantsWed, 25 May 2016 15:33:39 +0000A Search Engine That Matches Your Drawings to Photographs Isn't Too Far Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/search-engine-that-matches-your-drawings-photographs-isnt-too-far-off-180959216/Computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new program that could let you Google your doodlesTue, 24 May 2016 17:21:28 +0000A Photographic Tour of the Wonders That World's Fairs Leave Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/photographic-tour-wonders-worlds-fairs-leave-behind-180959195/Jade Doskow goes to old World's Fair sites and photographs the remnants of once glorious visionsMon, 23 May 2016 17:16:09 +0000A Band of Biking Farmers in Florida Reinvents Sharecroppinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/band-biking-farmers-florida-reinvents-sharecropping-180959182/Fleet Farming transforms lawns into farms to create a new local food systemFri, 20 May 2016 15:12:46 +0000These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-kits-beautifully-explain-how-city-sewers-zoning-laws-work-180959168/New York's Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to help people better understand complex laws and systemsThu, 19 May 2016 17:32:51 +0000The Unlikely, Charming Designer Who Is Changing the Face of Gardeninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unlikely-charming-designer-changing-face-gardening-180959067/With weeds, critters and Celtic symbols, Mary Reynolds is transforming what it means to gardenThu, 19 May 2016 17:27:20 +0000Kill All the Mosquitoes?!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kill-all-mosquitos-180959069/New gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000If Grit Breeds Success, How Can I Get Grittier?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-grit-breeds-success-how-can-get-grittier-180959140/University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth talks about her new book and the importance of the personal qualityTue, 17 May 2016 15:34:25 +0000Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eek-each-these-insect-portraits-made-from-more-than-8000-images-180959134/With a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodiesMon, 16 May 2016 18:41:12 +0000The Hollywood Bombshell Who Invented an Indispensable War Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hedy-lamarr-brainy-bombshell-hollywood-actress-world-war-II-frequency-hopping-patent-cultural-travel-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958901/In 1942, Hedy Lamarr received a patent for frequency hopping, but was told to devote her efforts elsewhereThu, 12 May 2016 18:50:49 +0000Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/suburbia-gets-no-respect-it-could-become-very-different-place-180959087/For starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavementThu, 12 May 2016 16:22:59 +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 +0000