Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:05 +0000What Will the Autonomous Ship of the Future Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-autonomous-ship-future-look-180962236/Shipbuilding companies are experimenting with self-driving, remotely-operated and crewless vesselsTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:05 +0000Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-artificial-trees-future-renewable-energy-180962235/While a new device's flapping leaves can generate a lot of energy, extracting it is far from a breezeMon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Early Tech Adopters in Ancient Rome Had Portable Sundialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/early-tech-adopters-ancient-rome-had-portable-sundials-180962225/A little gadget could make you look smart, rich, and tech-savvy—all without necessarily fulfilling its real functionMon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Oven Could Change How We Cookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-oven-could-change-how-we-cook-180962195/By using radio frequency technology, it can prepare all the components of a dinner, at the same time, just rightFri, 17 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Robots Could Help Chronically Ill Kids Attend Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-chronically-ill-kids-attend-school-180962211/Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fullyFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000With Patents or Without, Black Inventors Reshaped American Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-patents-or-without-black-inventors-reshaped-american-industry-180962201/American slaves couldn't hold property, including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating in our countryThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:10:22 +0000What If You Could Take a Vitamin 3D Printed to Meet Your Personal Nutrition Needs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-you-could-take-vitamin-3d-printed-meet-your-personal-nutrition-needs-180962190/Fred Parietti, CEO and cofounder of Multiply Labs, wants personalized nutritional supplements to start a whole new movementThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-app-turn-more-readers-on-to-serialized-fiction-180962163/Releasing a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-drone-covered-sticky-goop-do-work-bees-180962157/Well, it may not replace bees. But it's a fun project nonethelessTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Flowers Come Straight From the Farm to Your Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-flowers-come-straight-farm-your-door-180962151/By cutting out the middleman, this startup is aiming for better bouquets and a greener flower industryMon, 13 Feb 2017 19:09:10 +0000Doctors Can Use Robotic Telemedicine to Assess Coma Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-use-robotic-telemedicine-to-assess-coma-patients-180962145/A new study shows that a remote specialist can be just as effective at reporting a comatose patient's condition than a medical professional in the roomMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:37:51 +0000The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/halitosis-horrors-how-bad-breath-became-americas-worst-nightmare-180962104/Persistent mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Turning Dragonflies Into Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-dragonflies-drones-180962097/The DragonflEye project equips the insects with solar-powered backpacks that control their flightFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:31:36 +0000The Patents Behind the Roses You Receive on Valentine's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-roses-you-receive-valentines-day-180962096/You probably never thought of the perennials as inventions, have you?Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:03:01 +0000These "Smart Glasses" Adjust To Your Vision Automatically http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-smart-glasses-adjust-your-vision-automatically-180962078/The glasses' liquid lenses change shape according to the distance of objects, making reading glasses and bifocals unnecessaryThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:13:28 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About California’s New Tesla-Powered Battery Bank http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-californias-new-tesla-powered-battery-bank-180962085/The storage facility will collect energy when it’s readily available, and release it when demand is high. What does this mean for the future of energy?Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:16:26 +0000These Four Black Women Inventors Reimagined the Technology of the Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-four-black-women-inventors-reimagined-technology-home-180962060/By designating the realm of technology as 'male,' we overlook key inventions that took place in the domestic sphereTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Australia Wants to Streamline Its Border Control Using Biometricshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/australia-wants-to-streamline-its-border-control-using-biometrics-180962052/The country envisions a system that would eliminate the need for paper passports or identity cards for a number of the 35 million who visit each yearMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:41:57 +0000Patients With Locked-in Syndrome May Be Able to Communicate After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/patients-with-locked-in-syndrome-may-be-able-communicate-after-all-180962049/A new use for brain-computer interfaces gives insight to life with ALSMon, 06 Feb 2017 15:16:27 +0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystiquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-crash-of-flight-4590-destroyed-conco/The Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelersMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Much Should Youth Football Change to Reduce Concussions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-much-should-youth-football-change-cut-concussions-180962029/Drop kickoff returns? Cut the number of players? Shrink the field?Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:23:48 +0000How the U.S. Postal Service Could Tackle Food Insecurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-us-postal-service-could-tackle-food-insecurity-180961984/A team of Washington University students has a plan: use postal workers to pick up food, deliver it to food banks and even store it in post officesFri, 03 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Ocean Preserves Keep Fishing Boats Away from Grey Reef Sharks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-preserves-keep-fishing-boats-away-grey-reef-sharks-180962018/Scientists tracked hundreds of reef sharks to find that massive marine refuges can work—with one caveatThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:29:16 +0000Take Three Zucchinis and Call Me in the Morning: The Power of Produce Prescriptionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/take-three-zucchinis-and-call-me-morning-power-produce-prescriptions-180962016/Wholesome Wave's fruit and vegetable prescription program meets mega-retail, as Target joins the causeThu, 02 Feb 2017 15:58:13 +0000Forget Substitute Teachers. "Parachute Teachers" May Be the Future.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-substitute-teachers-parachute-teachers-are-the-future-180961989/When the teacher is out, why not have a local chef or engineer lead a lesson?Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:02:30 +0000The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrolabe-original-smartphone-180961981/Prosperous times likely paved the way for this multifunctional device, conceptual ancestor to the iPhone 7Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:06 +0000This Spit-Powered Biobattery Is Made From a Single Sheet of Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/spit-powered-biobattery-made-single-sheet-paper-180961973/Researchers at Binghamton University are developing inexpensive paper biobatteries to power simple sensors that monitor things like blood sugarMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:59:12 +0000Using Your Heartbeat as a Password http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-your-heartbeat-password-180961952/Researchers have developed a way of turning the unique rhythms of your heart into a form of identificationMon, 30 Jan 2017 14:43:36 +0000Can This Trash Can Turn Food Waste Into Garden Treasure?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-trash-can-turn-food-waste-garden-treasure-180961941/The Zera Food Recycler may not transform scraps into ready-to-use soil, but it could still help take a bite out of landfill-bound wasteFri, 27 Jan 2017 17:44:57 +0000This Handheld Ultrasound Scanner Could Be the Next Stethoscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-handheld-ultrasound-scanner-could-be-next-stethoscope-180961919/Clarius co-founder and CEO Laurent Pelissier believes the affordable, wireless device could revolutionize health careFri, 27 Jan 2017 15:27:38 +0000The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Gloryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geneticists-quest-return-tomatoes-full-flavored-glory-180961933/We’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:26:56 +0000This Souped-Up Scuba Suit Made a Stratospheric Leap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/souped-scuba-suit-made-stratospheric-leap-180961921/The record-breaking Alan Eustace found just the right fit for his 25-mile free fall by marrying scuba technology with a space suitThu, 26 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000Earwax: Coming To a Home Air Filtration System Near You?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/earwax-coming-home-air-filtration-system-near-you-180961910/A clogged ear on a scuba trip led a Georgia Institute of Technology engineer to study the dust-filtering properties of the waxy substanceWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:34:19 +0000This Soft Exosuit Could Help People Walk Farther, Easierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-soft-exosuit-could-help-people-walk-farther-easier-180961893/Researchers at Harvard are developing an energy-saving supersuit that you might just wear one dayWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-scientists-chunks-whale-earwax-can-biological-treasure-troves-180961891/Biologists are waxing poetic about these unusual oceanic core samples found in the ears of cetaceansWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Can Turn This Gecko-Inspired Gripping Device On or Off With the Flick of a Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-turn-gecko-inspired-gripping-device-on-off-flick-light-180961895/The mighty lizard inspires yet another innovation that could prove a boon to robotics and manufacturingTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:27:13 +0000This App Uses Facial Recognition Software to Help Identify Genetic Conditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-uses-facial-recognition-software-help-identify-genetic-conditions-180961897/A geneticist uploads a photo of a patient’s face, and Face2Gene gathers data and generates a list of possible syndromesTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:16:34 +0000A California Startup Wants To Revolutionize Surgery, With Magnetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/california-startup-wants-revolutionize-surgery-magnets-180961864/A new magnetic surgical system allows surgeons to make fewer incisions and have better views during gallbladder removalsThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:54 +0000What If an App Could Tell You When You're Getting Sick?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-an-app-could-let-you-know-when-youre-getting-sick-180961847/A Stanford geneticist may be onto something. Body data collected by smartwatches and other sensors can tip us off to brewing colds or infectionsWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:16 +0000This Artificial Sixth Sense Helps Humans Orient Themselves in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-sixth-sense-helps-humans-orient-themselves-world-180961822/A London-based company is selling North Sense, a body-anchored device that vibrates when it faces magnetic northWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:58:11 +0000Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-scientists-found-way-to-actually-reduce-effects-aging-180961808/Researchers at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cellsTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:58 +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 +0000