Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenWed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Electric Eels Inspire A New Type of Battery https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/electric-eels-inspire-new-type-battery-180967801/Researchers took a cue from the electric eel to create a soft, foldable battery that could one day power devices like pacemakersWed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Here's My Problem With the Google Arts & Culture Face-Matching App https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-my-problem-google-arts-culture-face-matching-app-180967843/Kim Sajet, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, offers ideas to make it betterTue, 16 Jan 2018 22:08:01 +0000Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vitalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/yes-putting-an-emergency-oxygen-mask-on-fir_1/Investigators looking into the crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks?Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Could Giant "Solar Rigs" Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-giant-solar-rigs-floating-on-ocean-convert-seawater-to-hydrogen-fuel-180967750/Scientists at Columbia University have designed a device that could make the process economically viableThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000Will Traditional Colleges and Universities Become Obsolete?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-traditional-colleges-universities-become-obsolete-180967788/Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, in-person learningWed, 10 Jan 2018 15:30:56 +0000As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/storms-get-bigger-oyster-reefs-can-help-protect-shorelines-180967774/Municipalities and military bases are using the bivalve to defend against flooding and damage from climate change-driven storms Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000This New Zealand Farmer Revolutionized Modern Planeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-new-zealand-farmer-revolutionized-moder_1/In the early 1900s, a New Zealand farmer named Richard Pearse built what looked like a flying bicycle. Some of the ideas he developed are now standardWed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000For People Living with Disabilities, New Products Prove Both Practical and Stylishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/people-living-disabilities-new-products-prove-both-practical-and-stylish-180967783/Cooper Hewitt turns its design eye to beautifully styled wheelchairs, hearing aids and other accessible innovationsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:15:59 +0000Three Architecture Projects That Will Build Community and Address Inequality This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/three-architecture-projects-that-will-build-community-address-inequality-this-year-180967757/These projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recoveryMon, 08 Jan 2018 15:36:52 +0000The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Teslahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/extraordinary-life-nikola-tesla-180967758/The eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags lifeFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:27:30 +0000How Museums Are Becoming More Sensory-Friendly For Those With Autismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-museums-are-becoming-more-sensory-friendly-for-those-with-autism-180967740/An increasing number of institutions are developing programs that make exhibitions more accessible to those with developmental disabilitiesFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Costs and Benefits of Hydropowerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/costs-and-benefits-hydropower-180967691/Damming rivers may seem like a clean and easy solution for Albania and other energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the detailsFri, 05 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/douglas-engelbart-invented-future-180967498/Two decades before the personal computer, a shy engineer unveiled the tools that would drive the tech revolutionWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Future of Energyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-energy-special-report-180959543/Bold new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:06:50 +0000Greek Yogurt Fuels Your Morning...And Your Plane? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/greek-yogurt-fuels-your-morning-and-your-plane-180967680/Researchers have developed a method for turning yogurt whey into bio-oil, which could potentially be processed into biofuel for planesWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:02:38 +0000The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/book-incited-worldwide-fear-overpopulation-180967499/'The Population Bomb' made dire predictions—and triggered a wave of repression around the worldTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-augmented-reality-helping-raise-awareness-about-one-armenias-most-endangered-species-1-180967670/ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:16:38 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-innovators-watch-2018-180967648/Meet a group of trailblazers in medicine, education, art, transportation, artificial intelligence and moreFri, 29 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Would You Eat Food Made With "Trash"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/would-you-eat-food-made-trash-180967655/An increasing number of food companies are using food normally destined for the dumpster, and a new study shows eco-minded consumers don't mind a bitThu, 28 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Rise of Indoor Navigationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rise-indoor-navigation-180967632/You may never get lost in a mall again with these new technologies, designed to help you navigate inside places traditional GPS-based mapping apps can'tFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:04:30 +0000Putting Miniature Museums Where You Are Likely To See Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/putting-miniature-museums-where-you-are-likely-to-see-them-180967611/The nonprofit MICRO is on a mission to meet people where they are, staging small exhibitions in busy, public placesThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Inventing the Jet Engine Came With a Few Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/inventing-the-jet-engine-came-with-a-few-dis_1/The invention of the jet engine was the crowning achievement of engineer Frank Whittle. But the path to glory was littered with countless obstaclesWed, 20 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Fiber Optics Detect Earthquakes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-fiber-optics-detect-earthquakes-180967585/By monitoring every grumble, shiver and burp our planet makes, researchers hope to be more prepared to take action when things go awryTue, 19 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Can a Video Game Treat ADHD?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-video-game-treat-adhd-180967571/It's designed to stimulate neural pathways in the brain tied to sustaining attention and controlling impulsivityMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:09:51 +0000Doctors Are 3D Printing Ear Bones To Help With Hearing Losshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-are-3d-printing-ear-bones-to-help-with-hearing-loss-180967560/By printing custom bone prostheses, researchers hope they can better fix a certain kind of hearing loss Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Where Would Pandemic Flu Wreak the Most Havoc?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-would-pandemic-flu-wreak-most-havoc-180967556/A virulent flu strain would overwhelm developing countries where health care systems are already flounderingFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:27 +0000How Other Countries Deal With Net Neutralityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-other-countries-deal-net-neutrality-180967558/As the U.S. weakens its protections for internet users, it risks falling behind the rest of the worldFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:38:06 +0000What the Robots of Star Wars Tell Us About the Future of Human Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-robots-star-wars-tell-us-about-future-human-work-180967535/The films' much-loved robots exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans—and like us, they are prone to errorsThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:05 +0000Virtual Reality Is Allowing Us To See Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/virtual-reality-allowing-see-some-worlds-most-inaccessible-archaeological-sites-180967534/A Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with its past through virtual reality models of sacred sitesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:18:02 +0000Instead of Killing Bacteria, Can We Just "Turn Off" Its Ability To Cause Infections?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/instead-killing-bacteria-can-we-just-turn-off-its-ability-to-cause-infections-180967533/Researchers could have an answer to antibiotic resistance, and it involves using epigenetics to reprogram bacteriaWed, 13 Dec 2017 19:27:46 +0000Can "Avatar Therapy" Help People Confront Hallucinations?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-avatar-therapy-help-people-confront-hallucinations-180967475/In a recent study, schizophrenics engaged the distressing voices they hear through digital audio-visual representationsTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footage of the First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Testhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/footage-of-the-first-martin-baker-ejection-s_1/Bernard Lynch was an engineer fitter at British aviation firm Martin-Baker. But his main claim to fame was as the fearless test subjectTue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000AOL Instant Messenger Taught Us How To Communicate in the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/aol-instant-messenger-taught-us-how-to-communicate-in-modern-world-180967484/As AIM sunsets, let's reflect on its role in preparing people for today's digital messaging methodsMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:13:31 +0000What a Vice President of the Humane Society Has To Say About Lab-Grown Meathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-vice-president-humane-society-has-to-say-about-lab-grown-meat-180967460/In a new book, Paul Shapiro describes clean meat as a promising alternative to industrial-scale farmingMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:37:41 +0000Amazon Now Has a Patent For a “Garden Service”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/amazon-now-has-patent-garden-service-180967445/The massive online retailer might recommend recipes and tools based on pictures of your plot Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:14:39 +0000There's a Giant Warehouse Full of Product Launches That Failedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-to-go-to-buy-failed-products-180967221/Not open to the public, this expansive archive schools marketers in the art of pitchmanshipThu, 07 Dec 2017 19:40:25 +0000Can Honeybees Monitor Pollution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-honeybees-monitor-pollution-180967431/The tiny pollinators are useful sentinels of what’s going on in an ecosystem, and might just be environmentalists’ best assetThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Importance of Graduating in the Navajo Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/importance-graduating-navajo-way-180967419/Education in traditional knowledge, as well as global issues, form the foundation of this Navajo Nation universityThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Experts Assess Why This Plane Fell Off a Cliffhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/experts-assess-why-this-plane-fell-off-a-cliff_1/On October 10, 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 overran the runway at Stord Airport in Norway, and careened off a nearby cliffThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Turning Hurricane Data Into Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-hurricane-data-into-music-180967414/Can listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think soWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000An Update on Past Ingenuity Award Winnershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/update-past-ingenuity-award-winners-180967230/Where are they now?Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:45:38 +0000How a Wii Handset Inspired a Low-Cost 3D Ultrasoundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wii-handset-inspired-low-cost-3d-ultrasound-180967426/After playing games with his son, a Duke physician invented a medical tool that could put ultrasound imaging in the hands of more doctorsWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Museum of Failure Showcases the Beauty of the Epic Failhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/strange-beauty-epic-fail-180967228/A new exhibition of inventions that bombed boldly celebrates the world’s most creative screw-upsTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:18:15 +0000This App Can Diagnose Your Car Troublehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-can-diagnose-your-car-trouble-180967412/MIT engineers have developed an app that uses smartphone sensors to determine why your car's making that funny noiseTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:29:50 +0000A Routine Landing Turns Into Every Pilot's Nightmarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-routine-landing-turns-into-every-pilots-n_1/On April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 was making a routine landing. Suddenly, the plane tilts dangerously to the leftTue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Google's Plan to Reinvent Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-googles-plan-reinvent-cities-180967368/A waterfront neighborhood in Toronto will be a test bed for technological innovations. It also raises concerns about privacy. Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:02:44 +0000The Science Behind the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, Which Ushered in the Atomic Age 75 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/the-science-behind-first-nuclear-chain-reaction-180967375/That fateful discovery helped give us nuclear power reactors and the atomic bombFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:52:05 +0000This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Starhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-painted-light-admiring-astronomer-helped-make-him-star-180967384/The works and machinations of Thomas Wilfred, a lone performer, inventor and visionary, are now on viewFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:14:12 +0000The Things People Do To Foil Energy-Saving Buildings https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/things-people-do-foil-energy-saving-buildings-180967324/New research on how occupants inhabit energy-efficient buildings reveals behaviors designers don't anticipate—and a slew of bloopersWed, 29 Nov 2017 19:35:54 +0000Why Jony Ive Is Apple's Design Geniushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jony-ive-apple-design-genius-180967232/His work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our livesTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Marley Dias' Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/marley-dias-collect-books-girls-color-180967231/What can we learn from a 12-year-old who’s turning the literary world upside down? EverythingTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why the Team Behind Sesame Street Created a Character With Autismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/team-sesame-street-created-character-autism-180967218/The bravest new face on television is a Muppet that doesn’t say much. But she speaks volumes about life on the spectrumTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neurosurgeon-remarkable-plan-stroke-victims-stem-cells-180967211/Gary Steinberg defied convention when he began implanting living cells inside the brains of patients who had suffered from a strokeTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Can an Algorithm Diagnose Pneumonia? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/algorithm-diagnose-pneumonia-180967327/Stanford researchers claim they can detect the lung infection more accurately than an experienced radiologist. Some radiologists aren't so sure. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:59 +0000To Make Precision Medicine, Scientists Study the Circadian Rhythms in Plantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/to-make-precision-medicine-scientists-study-circadian-rhythms-in-plants-180967325/Biologists are taking a close look at how precisely calibrated timekeepers in organisms influence plant-pathogen interactionsMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:49:08 +0000Scientists Are One Step Closer to a "Personalized" Flu Shothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-are-one-step-closer-to-personalized-flu-shot-180967326/While still decades away, new research shows how custom vaccines could be developedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:10:42 +0000Before You Swat That Mosquito, Record It on Your Cell Phonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-swat-mosquito-record-it-your-cell-phone-180967313/That's the strategy behind Abuzz, a crowdsourcing project designed to track mosquito activity around the worldFri, 24 Nov 2017 14:21:22 +0000This Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachutes Saferhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-ex-trapeze-artist-made-parachutes-safer_1/Toward the end of WWI, it became clear to the U.S. government that pilots needed parachutes to better save their livesFri, 24 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-2017-180967316/Kid tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000Can Digital Pills and Drug Delivery Systems Get People to Take Their Meds?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-digital-pills-drug-delivery-systems-get-people-take-their-meds-180967287/They are among new approaches to dealing with a big problem in American health careWed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-sugarcane-fuel-airplanes-180967288/Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content, and they are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oilTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:30 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-board-games-1-180967283/Want to be a hit at your next party or family gathering? Bring a board game.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:10 +0000What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Optionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-housing-market-america-needs-more-options-180967267/From granny pods to morphing apartments, the future of shelter is evolvingMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-pressure-suit-helped-pilots-survive-new_1/Aviation pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell ColleyMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000