Innovation | smithsonianmag.comhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenThu, 16 Sep 2021 19:02:02 +0000When a Natural Disaster Hits, Structural Engineers Learn From the Destructionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-a-natural-disaster-hits-structural-engineers-learn-from-destruction-180978690/StEER engineers assess why some buildings survive hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and why others do notThu, 16 Sep 2021 19:02:02 +0000This Calculator Estimates Your Risk of Getting Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-calculator-estimates-your-risk-of-getting-covid-19-180978670/The online tool draws on recent data to approximate your chances of contracting the virus in different scenariosTue, 14 Sep 2021 14:32:00 +0000Is This Weed-Spotting, Yield-Predicting Rover the Future of Farming?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-this-weed-spotting-yield-predicting-rover-future-of-farming-180978612/The robot, developed by Alphabet Inc.'s X, will make its public debut at the SmithsonianFri, 10 Sep 2021 15:52:45 +00009/11 Changed How Doctors Treat PTSDhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/911-changed-how-doctors-treat-ptsd-180978573/New research in the 20 years since the September 11th attacks has led to better therapies for those diagnosed with trauma disordersThu, 09 Sep 2021 14:51:13 +0000A Marine Bacteria Species Shows Promise for Curing an Aggressive Brain Cancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/marine-bacteria-shows-promise-for-curing-aggressive-brain-cancer-180978552/A new glioblastoma drug is derived from a microbe found in the ocean at depths of up to 6,500 feetWed, 01 Sep 2021 14:30:22 +0000At 40, MTV Is Officially Over the Hillhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/40-mtv-officially-over-hill-180978539/Born in 1981, the network soon grew to include reality TV and the VMAs. But nothing compares to its glory days of 24/7 music videosTue, 31 Aug 2021 13:00:00 +0000This Teenager Is Developing a Video Game That Assesses Your Mental Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teenager-developing-video-game-assesses-your-mental-health-180978524/Rasha Alqahtani, an 18-year-old from Saudi Arabia, is determined to help her peers learn about their anxiety—in the wildly popular setting of 'Minecraft'Thu, 26 Aug 2021 11:00:00 +0000From Supercomputers to Fire-Starting Drones, These Tools Help Fight Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-supercomputers-to-fire-starting-drones-these-tools-help-fight-wildfires-180978421/As climate change worsens wildfires in the West, agencies are tapping into new technologies to keep up with the flamesFri, 20 Aug 2021 15:04:43 +0000The Lost Art of Molding Ice Cream Into Eagles, Tugboats and Pineappleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lost-art-molding-ice-cream-into-eagles-tugboats-pineapples-180978463/In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ice cream makers used metal casts to create fanciful dessertsWed, 18 Aug 2021 18:08:37 +0000Researchers Transfer a Human Protein Into Plants to Supersize Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/researchers-transfer-human-protein-plants-supersize-them-180978443/While a promising route to boosting crop yields, experts say more work needs to be done to understand why the tweak worksTue, 17 Aug 2021 14:12:25 +0000The Rugged History of the Pickup Truckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rugged-history-pickup-truck-180978368/At first, it was all about hauling things we needed. Then the vehicle itself became the thing we wantedTue, 17 Aug 2021 12:00:00 +0000In the Face of Rising Seas, Are Floating Cities a Real Possibility?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-face-rising-seas-are-floating-cities-real-possibility-180978409/A scale model of Oceanix City, a concept capable of supporting more than 10,000 residents, will be featured in the Smithsonian's upcoming 'Futures' exhibitThu, 12 Aug 2021 15:16:54 +0000How the Adirondack Chair Became the Feel-Good Recliner That Cures What Ails Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-adirondack-chair-became-feel-good-recliner-cures-what-ails-you-180978322/The furniture piece has gone through countless permutations, but it all started at a time when resting outdoors was thought to be a matter of life or deathWed, 04 Aug 2021 11:00:00 +0000The Quest to Build a Functional, Energy-Efficient Refrigerator That Works in Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/quest-to-build-functional-energy-efficient-refrigerator-that-works-in-space-180978281/Designed and tested by Purdue University engineers, this new appliance would lengthen the shelf life of food on long missionsTue, 27 Jul 2021 14:38:13 +0000How Wheaties Became the 'Breakfast of Champions'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wheaties-became-breakfast-champions-180978246/Images of Olympians and other athletes on boxes helped the cereal maintain a competitive edgeMon, 26 Jul 2021 14:10:10 +0000This Graphic Artist's Olympic Pictograms Changed Urban Design Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-graphic-artists-olympic-pictograms-changed-urban-design-forever-180978256/Having lived through Germany's Nazi regime, Otl Aicher went on to pioneer democratic designFri, 23 Jul 2021 13:09:14 +0000