Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 21 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000Behind the Scenes With the Spacecraft That Will Soar Through the Sun's Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behind-scenes-spacecraft-touch-sun-180969951/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-satellite-imagery-tell-us-about-obesity-in-cities-180970354/A 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 Petrahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/petra-jordan-drone-3d-scan-digital-modeling-180970310/How 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 Seafaringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/norways-newest-ships-give-glimpse-into-future-of-sustainable-seafaring-180970326/The 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 Robotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-robotic-skins-turn-everyday-objects-into-robots-180970328/A 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 Debutedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/traveling-world-never-same-once-boeing-747-debuted-180970308/Wave 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 Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wireless-water-to-air-communication-could-revolutionize-marine-research-180970217/Solving 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 Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-robotic-pants-could-help-some-disabled-people-walk-again-180970289/'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 Advancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-predict-when-birds-will-migrate-up-to-week-advance-180970280/A 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 Focushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nuclear-technology-may-help-bring-early-mammal-evolution-into-focus-180970263/Using 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 Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teaching-drones-sniff-out-toxic-air-180970231/Swarms 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 Concussionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/virtual-reality-sideline-brain-scans-help-diagnose-concussions-180970249/Determining 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 Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-center-pivot-irrigation-brought-dust-bowl-back-to-life-180970243/Crop 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 TVhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scientists-can-learn-about-human-behavior-from-closed-circuit-tv-180970236/While 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 Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drones-will-track-one-largest-dam-removals-east-coast-180970219/When 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 Makehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-plant-based-mosquito-repellents-are-hard-make-180970210/Bug 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 RVhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-rv-180970195/In 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-predict-landslides-weeks-before-they-happen-180970181/Australian 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 Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-us-government-tried-make-rain-exploding-dynamite-sky-180970193/Inspired 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 Vaccinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-origins-smallpox-vaccine-180970069/Though 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 Waveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-new-device-print-using-sound-waves-180970186/Harvard 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 Reefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sea-star-murdering-robotsa-are-deployed-in-great-barrier-reef-180970177/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-brain-implant-stop-epilepsy-seizures-180970170/A 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 Handshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-how-well-you-wash-your-hands-180970157/Biomedical 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 Popsiclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inventing-longer-lasting-popsicle-180970147/A 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 Handshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/quest-build-robotic-hands-180970125/Humans 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-was-the-earliest-internet-search-180970041/Years 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 Abusehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sewage-may-hold-key-tracking-opioid-abuse-180970108/Public 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/superpower-glass-helps-kids-autism-understand-emotions-180970080/A 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-fatbergs-biofuel-180970049/Researchers 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 Abovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-not-fear-drones-air-dropping-50000-mosquitoes-above-180970068/These 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 Sockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-one-size-fits-all-tube-sock-180970046/Originally 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 Nothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-electric-currents-to-fool-ourselves-into-tasting-something-were-not-180970005/Nimesha 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 Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rethinking-how-we-build-city-streets-180969976/Sidewalk 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 Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/computers-changed-world-180969987/A 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/driverless-car-technology-could-help-find-unmarked-graves-180969950/The 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 Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sensuous-blending-style-and-speed-ducati-both-art-and-machine-180969933/An appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000How Ancient Arts Are Inspiring Modern Electronicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-ancient-arts-are-inspiring-modern-electronics-180969870/Engineers 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 Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/botulism-outbreak-gave-rise-americas-food-safety-system-180969868/In 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 Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-kind-biplane-embodies-thrill-airshow-flight-180969864/The 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-your-houseplants-keep-tabs-health-your-home-180969781/Researchers 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 Stationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-electric-vehicles-take-off-apartments-need-to-come-with-charging-stations-180969773/As EVs make more inroads, giving tenants somewhere to plug in their cars could become a selling pointFri, 27 Jul 2018 16:16:26 +0000