Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:59 +0000A Photovoltaic Balloon Could Bring Electricity to Disaster Zoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/photovoltaic-balloon-could-bring-electricity-to-disaster-zones-180953690/Moored to a base with batteries, the Zephyr collects enough solar energy to power 15 relief tents and a telecommunications networkFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:59 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-skin-could-help-prosthesis-wearers-feel-real-180953595/A new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-animal-products-scientists-can-now-grow-in-a-lab-180953544/In early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-kids-learn-where-there-are-no-teachers-it-may-take-village-computer-180953552/A non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/commuter-bus-runs-poop-180953541/A U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-football-stadium-covered-in-this-solar-cloth-could-power-a-small-town-180953524/Perry Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/game-changers-innovation-good-180953425/When you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/generating-power-one-step-at-a-time-180953436/The Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-a-smaller-lighter-airplane-tail-180953452/With engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-practical-uses-spooky-quantum-mechanics-180953494/Fifty years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000Eight Tech Gifts for Early Adoptershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-tech-gifts-early-adopters-180953450/From a personal drone and a 3D printer to sleep and sport performance trackers, these gadgets will please the technophiles in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:26 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/electric-fence-wards-sharks-180953380/South Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-we-make-music-in-200-years-180953439/A group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-pedestrians-ruled-streets-180953396/The driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-years-ago-the-regency-TR-1-Transistor-Radio-Was-the-New-It-Gift-For-the-Holiday-Season-180953345/In a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drop-this-capsule-into-a-stream-and-it-will-screen-for-pollution-180953334/Researchers have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bike-path-near-amsterdam-now-agenerating-solar-power-180953312/As cyclists ride above, solar panels embedded in the pathway pump energy into the power gridFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:56:41 +0000Holy Smokes! Tobacco May Fuel Planes in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holy-smokes-tobacco-may-fuel-planes-future-180953306/The seeds from a new type of tobacco plant grown in South Africa release an oil that can be made into biofuelWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:50:11 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracking-frackers-sky-180953275/Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-understanding-toxin-loving-organisms-may-help-tackle-pollution-180953159/A breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria break down toxins using vitamin B12 could lead to improved cleanup methodsMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:09:19 +0000A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sensor-in-guns-tells-dispatch-when-police-officers-need-backup-180953255/By monitoring the position and status of firearms, commanders can see exactly what's happening in the fieldThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:12:52 +0000Parents, Give Your Teens Driving Lessons Without Even Being in the Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/parents-give-your-teens-driving-lessons-without-even-being-in-the-car-180953223/A six-month training program gives parents of new drivers a training tool—and a little extra peace of mindWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:55:49 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/label-you-rub-see-if-food-has-expired-and-other-finalists-dyson-award-180953232/There's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-you-missed-smithsonian-innovation-festival-180953242/Inventors and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000This Device Tracks Your Sleep Without Ever Touching Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-your-sleep-without-ever-touching-you-180953060/The ResMed S+ monitors your Zzzs from the comfortable distance of your nightstand and offers tips for getting a better restWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:28 +0000