Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000This "Lucky" Fish Could Save Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lucky-fish-could-save-lives-180955818/A fish-shaped iron ingot is reducing the number of cases of iron deficiency anemia in Cambodia and beyondThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Moleculehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-find-natural-way-to-clean-up-oil-spills-with-plant-based-molecule-180955815/Researchers at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/legos-go-sustainable-everything-really-is-awesome-180955874/To reduce its carbon footprint, the toy company is searching for a sustainable material for its bricks by 2030 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:16 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-deal-googles-sidewalk-labs-180955847/The tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Off the Coast of Italy, Two Divers Are Building Underwater Greenhouseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/off-coast-italy-two-divers-are-building-underwater-greenhouses-180955883/The biospheres could provide an alternate means of farming in regions with unstable growing conditionsThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:16 +0000Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World's Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventor-alexis-lewis-wants-kids-to-invent-solutions-to-worlds-problems-180955933/With a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15 year old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:04 +0000You Can Now 3D Print With Liquefied Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-with-liquefied-wood-180955775/A chemist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is making sustainable 3d printing a realityThu, 16 Jul 2015 10:36:07 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/To better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000These Glasses Could Help the Blind See http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-glasses-could-help-blind-see-180955797/Developed by Oxford scientists, SmartSpecs capture real time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind usersMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:37:50 +0000This New Nanogenerator Could Make Cars Much More Efficient http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-nanogenerator-could-make-cars-much-more-efficient-180955777/Electrodes placed on a car's tires can harness the energy generated when rubber meets road Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:15:50 +0000Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tracing-history-american-invention-from-telegraph-to-apple-I-180955838/More than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, grace the entryway to the American History Museum's new innovation wing Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:40:49 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-new-york-citys-subway-symphony-180955725/Musician James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hyperloop-latest-innovation-pretty-much-series-of-tubes-180955735/The idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/listicles-went-viral-long-before-internet-180955742/Digital scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/latest-sign-camel-racing-robotos-180955765/A centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hawaii-old-buses-are-being-turned-into-homeless-shelters-180955700/A group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Could This Head Gear Help Treat Parkinson's Disease?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-head-gear-help-treat-parkinsons-disease-180955647/Students at Johns Hopkins University have created an at-home brain-stimulating device to ease Parkinson's symptomsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:39 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/combing-through-light-may-give-us-faster-more-powerful-internet-180955705/A lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Five Tech Ideas That Could Improve City Bike Commutinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-tech-ideas-that-could-improve-city-bike-commuting-180955570/A group of London designers imagines Google Glass-like visors and buses that project outlines of their blind spots on the roadWed, 24 Jun 2015 19:36:46 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000Doctors Can Study 3D Printed Models of Your Organs Before Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-study-3d-printed-models-your-organs-surgery-180955622/In a new era of personalized medicine, advanced models are better preparing surgeons for what they will encounter in the operating roomWed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:53 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2-world-trade-center-and-promise-green-skyscrapers-180955584/New renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-stirring-portraits-put-face-on-homelessness-180955495/Rex Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000How a Cheap Plastic Rat Could Change Biology Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cheap-plastic-rat-could-change-biology-class-180955596/With a couple of 3D printers, a husband and wife team is building accurate replicas of rats that could one day eliminate the need for dissection specimensMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:08:55 +0000The Tweeting Potholes of Panamahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tweeting-potholes-panama-180955507/In Panama City, potholes have taken to Twitter to ask for repairs Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:33 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-maker-faire-exactly-180955574/Billed as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/citie-governments-are-collaborating-startups-and-acting-ones-themselves-180955483/By establishing offices that promote innovation, cities are taking more risks than ever beforeWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:04:34 +0000Soon Our Phones Will Be Telling Us to Drink More Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/soon-our-phones-will-be-telling-us-drink-more-water-180955522/A new crop of health wearables aims to keep users hydratedMon, 08 Jun 2015 20:24:16 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pyrex-reinvented-glass-new-age-180955513/One hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000With This Self-Healing Concrete, Buildings Repair Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-this-self-healing-concrete-buildings-repair-themselves-180955474/A concrete developed by Dutch scientists and embedded with limestone-producing bacteria is ready to hit the market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:13:19 +0000These New Computer Chips Are Made From Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-computer-chips-are-made-from-wood-180955471/A new technique replaces the bulk of smartphone-friendly microchips with a transparent, flexible material made from wood pulpWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:34:06 +0000Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-credit-cards-now-you-can-pay-your-eyes-180955445/A new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:27 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Dollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epic-failure-thomas-edisons-talking-doll-180955442/Expensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000