Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenFri, 21 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000Behind the Scenes With the Spacecraft That Will Soar Through the Sun's Atmosphere probe, which launches Sunday, will attempt to solve enduring mysteries about the sunThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:23:04 +0000What Can Satellite Imagery Tell Us About Obesity in Cities? new AI can figure out which elements of the built environment might influence a city's obesity rateFri, 21 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000Zooming In on Petra digital archaeologists are using drones and cutting-edge cameras to recreate the spectacular 2,000-year-old ruins in JordanThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:00 +0000Norway's Newest Ships Give a Glimpse Into the Future of Sustainable Seafaring country is using oil and gas riches to engineer emission-free vesselsThu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000These "Robotic Skins" Turn Everyday Objects Into Robots team at Yale University has developed flexible robotic sheets that can make just about anything moveWed, 19 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000Traveling the World Was Never the Same Once the Boeing 747 Debuted goodbye to the beloved jet that took us to new heightsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:42:36 +0000How Wireless Water-to-Air Communication Could Revolutionize Marine Research a longstanding puzzle, MIT researchers have developed a way of sending signals from underwater to airborne devicesFri, 14 Sep 2018 18:16:23 +0000These Robotic Pants Could Help Some Disabled People Walk Again'The Right Trousers' combine soft artificial muscles and electric stimulation to get people movingFri, 14 Sep 2018 15:26:14 +0000Scientists Can Predict When Birds Will Migrate Up to a Week in Advance new forecasting model using years of bird migration data and weather radar could help us protect migrating birds from harmThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000Nuclear Technology May Help Bring Early Mammal Evolution Into Focus a neutron scanner at Los Alamos, paleontologists are generating high-resolution imagery of early mammal fossilsWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Teaching Drones to Sniff Out Toxic Air of the flying devices, using sensors and AI, will learn to find and track harmful gasesTue, 11 Sep 2018 18:28:14 +0000How Virtual Reality and Sideline Brain Scans Could Help Diagnose Concussions if an athlete or soldier has a concussion often depends on what they tell you, but new technologies could provide a more objective approachMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:28:21 +0000How Center Pivot Irrigation Brought the Dust Bowl Back to Life circles saved the Great Plains when farmer Frank Zybach invented a new sprinkler system in the 1940sMon, 10 Sep 2018 15:54:00 +0000How Scientists Can Learn About Human Behavior From Closed-Circuit TV researchers used to rely on interviews and experiments, raw video reveals subtle, previously hidden reactionsFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:22:53 +0000Drones Will Track One of the Largest Dam Removals on the East Coast a Maryland dam comes down this fall, a team of scientists will deploy drones to monitor the flow of more than two million cubic feet of sedimentThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:46:56 +0000Why Plant-Based Mosquito Repellents Are So Hard to Make sprays with DEET feel oily and smell gross. But turning natural plant oils into commercial products isn't easyWed, 05 Sep 2018 16:15:20 +0000A Brief History of the RV 1915, technology merged with the "back to nature" movement, leading to the invention of the motorhomeTue, 04 Sep 2018 18:33:54 +0000New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen researchers are using AI and mathematics to detect tiny changes that may precede the often-deadly eventsTue, 04 Sep 2018 17:18:46 +0000When the U.S. Government Tried to Make It Rain by Exploding Dynamite in the Sky by weather patterns during the Civil War, the rainmakers of the 1890s headed to west Texas to test their theoryTue, 04 Sep 2018 16:58:17 +0000The Mysterious Origins of the Smallpox Vaccine the disease was declared eradicated in 1980, the era of smallpox is far from overTue, 04 Sep 2018 15:31:25 +0000Watch This New Device Print Using Sound Waves scientists develop a printing technique that could impact a slew of industries, from biopharmaceuticals to food and cosmeticsFri, 31 Aug 2018 18:49:19 +0000Sea-Star Murdering Robots Are Deployed in the Great Barrier Reef RangerBot is a new line of defense against coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfishFri, 31 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Could This Brain Implant Stop Epilepsy Seizures? new approach, which involves an implantable device delivering neurotransmitters to the brain, proves effective in miceThu, 30 Aug 2018 15:43:25 +0000This Device Tracks How Well You Wash Your Hands engineers have developed a wall-mounted scanner that can detect microbes that cause foodborne illnessWed, 29 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Inventing a Longer-Lasting Popsicle British design firm has used a half-forgotten World War II technique to create ice pops that don't melt as fast as the ordinary onesTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:32:01 +0000The Quest to Build Robotic Hands can readily manipulate all kinds of objects. But robots need better mechanics—and a lot more intelligenceMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:31:41 +0000When Was the Earliest Internet Search? before the birth of the Google, a forgotten experiment laid the groundwork for the ubiquitous search engineThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:42:56 +0000Sewage May Hold the Key to Tracking Opioid Abuse health managers are hoping to pinpoint how and when people abuse drugs in order to prevent deathsWed, 22 Aug 2018 18:52:34 +0000"Superpower Glass" Helps Kids With Autism Understand Emotions new Stanford-designed technology pairs Google Glass with a face-identifying AI app that tells wearers what emotions they're seeingTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:52:19 +0000Turning Fatbergs Into Biofuel have developed a new method for recycling greasy sewer blockages into green fuel Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:44:25 +0000Do Not Fear the Drones Air-Dropping 50,000 Mosquitoes From Above horny buggers are actually here to help us fight the spread of diseaseMon, 20 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the One-Size-Fits-All Tube Sock marketed as sportswear, the tube sock became a stylish accessory thanks to Farrah Fawcett and Kareem Abdul-JabbarThu, 16 Aug 2018 14:47:35 +0000Using Electric Currents to Fool Ourselves Into Tasting Something We're Not Ranasinghe is bringing a new dimension to virtual reality, embedding electric taste simulation technology into utensilsWed, 15 Aug 2018 16:17:56 +0000Rethinking How We Build City Streets Labs envisions modular streets that can morph to meet the everyday needs of a neighborhoodTue, 14 Aug 2018 18:00:05 +0000The Computers That Changed the World Seattle museum keeps its vintage computers in working order, so that visitors can experience the evolution of the machineTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:29:59 +0000Driverless Car Technology Could Help Find Unmarked Graves same LIDAR technology that lets driverless cars "see" their surroundings can be used to spot changes in a landscape indicative of grave sitesThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:10:11 +0000A Sensuous Blending of Style and Speed, This Ducati Is Both Art and Machine appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000How Ancient Arts Are Inspiring Modern Electronics are finding a connection between paper snowflakes and wearable devices that stretch and bend with your bodyFri, 03 Aug 2018 18:27:42 +0000The Botulism Outbreak That Gave Rise to America’s Food Safety System late 1919 and early 1920, scientists and canners worked with the government to protect the public from the deadly toxinFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:56:14 +0000This One-of-a-Kind Biplane Embodies the Thrill of Airshow Flight Air and Space Museum’s new “We All Fly” gallery will encourage imaginations to soarFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:38:01 +0000Could Houseplants Keep Tabs on the Health of Your Home? at the University of Tennessee look at the possibility of using plants as biosensors to detect dangers like mold or radonTue, 31 Jul 2018 13:42:59 +0000For Electric Vehicles to Take Off, Apartments Need to Come with Charging Stations EVs make more inroads, giving tenants somewhere to plug in their cars could become a selling pointFri, 27 Jul 2018 16:16:26 +0000