Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenThu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Flying Gas Station Can Carry 200,000 Lbs. of Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-flying-gas-station-can-carry-200000-lb/The KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets up in the air. That's because this 136-foot long aircraft is a flying gas tankThu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Visit to Seoul Brings Our Writer Face-to-Face With the Future of Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/visit-seoul-writer-future-robots-180963238/In the world’s most futuristic city, a tech-obsessed novelist confronts the invasion of mesmerizing machinesTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Marine Compares Flying the Harrier to Riding a Dragonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-marine-compares-flying-the-harrier-to-r_1/Harrier's unique takeoff style and agility owes a lot to its 47-foot frame and mere 15,000 pounds in weight--almost half the size of modern fighter jetsFri, 19 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How the Military Helmet Evolved From a Hazard to a Bullet Shieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-military-helmet-evolved-hazard-bullet-shield-180963319/With the development of Kevlar and advanced industrial design, soldiers are now better protected from traumatic brain injury Tue, 16 May 2017 17:53:18 +0000A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/17th-century-mayan-manuscript-displayed-rare-public-display-180963272/With the book newly digitized, scholars are reinterpreting a story of native resistance from within its pagesFri, 12 May 2017 18:18:49 +0000Patents (Only) a Mother Could Love http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/patents-mother-could-love-180963155/For Mother's Day, we've pulled some of history's wackiest patented ideas for mothers and childrenWed, 10 May 2017 15:02:36 +0000This Device Translates Text To Braille in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-translates-text-braille-real-time-180963171/Team Tactile hopes to create an inexpensive and portable device that can raise text right off the pageMon, 08 May 2017 17:55:38 +0000A New Color Printing Technique Borrows From Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-color-printing-technique-borrows-from-bird-feathers-180963154/Structural coloration, like that in peacock plumage, holds promise for images that don't fade awayFri, 05 May 2017 18:05:16 +0000Could a Doodle Replace Your Password?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-doodle-replace-your-password-180963139/Drawing your own unlock pattern on a touchscreen is faster and easier to remember than a password, and much harder to crackThu, 04 May 2017 15:29:40 +0000Lifting an Unwieldy 75-Ton Hovercraft Out of the Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/lifting-an-unwieldy-75-ton-hovercraft-out-of/When you're crane-lifting a giant hovercraft into a ship's hold, plenty can go wrongTue, 02 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Making Robots That Can Work With Their Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-robots-can-work-their-hands-180963024/For robots to be most useful when working alongside humans, they'll have to literally lend us a hand when our own two are not enoughTue, 25 Apr 2017 15:05:13 +0000Dismantling a Huge Howitzer for a Precarious Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/dismantling-a-huge-howitzer-for-a-precarious_1/This 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece. The answer is to split it in twoTue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New Sensor That Looks and Acts Like Fruit Could Reduce In-Transit Produce Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-sensor-that-looks-acts-like-fruit-could-reduce-in-transit-produce-waste-180962986/Swiss scientists have developed a temperature sensor that provides important data while packed with fruit in transport and storageThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:03:19 +0000Augmented Reality Could Change Health Care—Or Be a Faddish Dudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/augmented-reality-could-change-health-care-or-be-faddish-dud-180962945/Doctors and engineers at the University of Maryland team up to build a tool that projects images and vital information right above a patientThu, 20 Apr 2017 14:10:18 +0000You Can Now 3D Print Glasshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-glass-180962951/German researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing strong, transparent glass products, such as jewelry, lenses and computer partsWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:15:51 +0000How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-glowing-soil-can-help-find-land-mines-180962918/Using genetically engineered bacteria and lasers, Israeli scientists have devised a unique way to detect buried explosivesTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Electronic Labels Could Alert You When Your Milk Spoilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/moving-newspaper-photos-like-harry-potter-could-soon-be-reality-180962911/New 2D printed electronics made of the nanomaterial graphene could be used in newspapers, self-updating price tags and moreMon, 17 Apr 2017 15:26:59 +0000The First Step to Shipping a Chopper? Remove the Bladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-first-step-to-shipping-a-chopper-remove/When a high-tech helicopter like the Sikorsky S-92 needs to be transported on a cargo plane, it's crucial that every rotor blade is dismantledMon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Threading an Oil Pipe 3,000 Feet Beneath the Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/threading-an-oil-pipe-3000-feet-beneath-the/The brief is simple: Plunge a 22-inch-diameter casing pipe through a wider 36-inch conductor pipe 3,000 feet underneath the bottom of the oceanFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-tell-what-fish-live-where-based-on-dna-in-water-180962894/A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samplesThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000The Patents and Trademarks Behind Jelly Beanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-and-trademarks-behind-jelly-beans-180962873/Inventors have been improving the techniques and technologies used to make jelly beans for more than 150 yearsThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:52:49 +0000This Alaskan Fishing Boat Does Not Answer to Stormshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-alaskan-fishing-boat-does-not-answer-to/Since the Northern Leader first set sail three years ago, it's never postponed a fishing trip due to bad weatherThu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/melding-mind-and-machine-how-close-are-we-180962857/Researchers separate what's science from what's currently still fiction when it comes to brain-computer interfacingTue, 11 Apr 2017 15:25:15 +0000This App Puts a Science Lab in Your Pockethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-puts-science-lab-your-pocket-180962796/Lab4U turns smartphones and tablets into scientific toolsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:27:27 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fungus-material-future-180962791/Scientists in the Netherlands have found a way to make slippers and other household objects using fungiWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:35:47 +0000How Understanding Animals Can Help Us Make the Most of Artificial Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-understanding-animals-can-help-us-make-most-artificial-intelligence-180962737/A former animal trainer explains how we might usefully think about the limitations of artificial intelligence systemsFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:35:20 +0000This Device Collects Water From the Cloudshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-collects-water-clouds-180962705/CloudFisher does exactly as its name implies—drawing water down from the skyWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:07:11 +0000The $15,000 Robotic Cleaning That Removes a Ship's Sludgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-15000-robotic-cleaning-that-removes-a/The remote-controlled robot that cleans the hull of a ship as big as Tonsberg costs $15,000 for its servicesWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Will Artificial Intelligence Help the Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-artificial-intelligence-help-aging-180962682/The key, researchers say, is finding the right roles for machinesMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:48:54 +0000