Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere? robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by AIWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000This Inventor Made the Famed D-Day Swimming Tanks Nicholas Straussler, D-Day wouldn't have been possible. He came up with the design for the Duplex Drives tanks - a key part of the initial invasionWed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000The History of Breeding Mice for Science Begins With a Woman in a Barn more than a mouse fancier, Abbie Lathrop helped establish the standard mouse model and pioneered research into cancer inheritanceTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:36:58 +0000What the Founding Fathers' Money Problems Can Teach Us About Bitcoin challenges faced by the likes of Ben Franklin have a number of parallels to today’s cryptocurrency boomTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:03:10 +0000Dozens of U.S. Cities Have ‘Transit Deserts’ Where People Get Stranded in these zones makes it hard to access good jobs, health care and other services Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Math Behind the Perfect Free Throw basketball computer program simulates millions of trajectories in search of the ideal shotThu, 15 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Female Inventor Behind Mass-Market Paper Bags self-taught engineer, Margaret Knight bagged a valuable patent, at a time when few women held intellectual propertyThu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:29 +0000How It All Began: A Colleague Reflects On the Remarkable Life of Stephen Hawking physicist probed the mysteries of black holes, expanded our understanding of the universe and captured the world's imagination, says Martin ReesWed, 14 Mar 2018 14:37:20 +0000What Frankenstein Can Still Teach Us 200 Years Later An innovative annotated edition of the novel shows how the Mary Shelley classic has many lessons about the danger of unchecked innovationWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:57:30 +0000Can a Computer Model Predict the First Round of This Year's March Madness? mathematicians at Ohio State University are using machine learning to forecast tournament upsetsWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Google Japan Now Has Street View From a Dog's Perspective's like riding an Akita around JapanMon, 12 Mar 2018 20:33:40 +0000Embroidering Electronics Into the Next Generation of 'Smart' Fabrics an archaic sewing skill a key to connected, sensing, communicating fabrics of the future?Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:23:23 +0000When Doctors Need New Medical Tools, These Students Are Up To the Challenge device design courses are more than just good educationFri, 09 Mar 2018 17:29:23 +0000One Hundred Years Later, the Madness of Daylight Saving Time Endures original arguments Congress made for 'springing ahead' have been thoroughly debunked. So why are they still being used today?Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:29:26 +0000Inside the Colorado Vault That Keeps Your Favorite Foods From Going Extinct heirloom potatoes to honeybee sperm, this collection works to preserve our invaluable agricultural diversityFri, 09 Mar 2018 14:43:15 +0000The Sightless Visionary Who Invented Cruise Control cars were far from Ralph Teetor's mind when he patented his speed control deviceThu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000These Flexible Sensors Could Help Monitor a Stroke Patient In Recovery on the throat to evaluate speech, or on the body to track movement, stretchable sensors could lead to better rehabilitationWed, 07 Mar 2018 16:02:24 +0000A New Study Brings Scientists One Step Closer To Mind Reading have developed a technique that uses the brainwaves captured by EEG machines to reconstruct the images you see Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:36:37 +0000Sometimes, a Scientific “Eureka!” Moment Really Does Change the World plastic credit card, microwaveable popcorn and erection enhancers all owe to a fortuitous moment of connectionTue, 06 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000Artificial Intelligence Is Now Used to Predict Crime. But Is It Biased? software is supposed to make policing more fair and accountable. But critics say it still has a way to go.Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:54:59 +0000Only 18 Alfa Romeo 4Cs Are Created Per Day. Here's Why. the Alfa Romeo 4C supercar is a process that the automaker refuses to rushMon, 05 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Smell-O-Vision, Astrocolor and Other Film Industry Inventions That Proved To Be Flops, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These innovations decidedly did not.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:35:42 +0000Will a New Mosquito Emoji Create Some Buzz About Insect-borne Diseases? in mid-2018, the emoji could provide a new means for communicating the science and health implications of mosquitoesWed, 28 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000When It Comes to Counting Wildlife, Drones Are More Accurate Than People Technology could be a conservation gamechanger, but we need to interrogate its impact on wildlife Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:03:15 +0000Does Pyeongchang Have a Future As a Winter Sports Destination? Korea may fall short of its lofty goal to transform the region into an Asian hub for snow and ice sportsMon, 26 Feb 2018 16:37:20 +0000This Low-Cost, Graphene Device Could Help Monitor a Baby's Health have developed a graphene-based liquid that can sense tiny changes in breathing and heart rateThu, 22 Feb 2018 17:04:33 +0000Why Building a Carbon Fiber Car Is So Labor-Intensive make the lightest possible sports car, Alfa Romeo knows it needs to build key components using carbon fiberThu, 22 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000To Keep Up With Its Growth, Singapore Has a Grand Plan To Expand Underground densely populated city-state is becoming a global leader in the underground urbanism movementWed, 21 Feb 2018 19:13:34 +0000How the Creators of <em>Loving Vincent</em> Brought the First Fully Painted Animated Film to Life van Gogh’s swirling coats of paint really move in the Oscar-nominated film thanks to 62,450 original oil paintingsTue, 20 Feb 2018 17:39:01 +0000The Countries Poised To Become "Renewable Superpowers" fossil fuel era won't last forever. And a new set of nations will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals in high demandTue, 20 Feb 2018 17:16:08 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Travels from Court to Classroom to Highlight History of African-American Inventors NBA all-star says he hopes young students realize the power and influence they can achieve in STEM-related fieldsFri, 16 Feb 2018 15:39:21 +0000In a World Striving To Cut Carbon Emissions, Do the Olympics Make Sense? there is still a case for the greenhouse-gas gushing games if host cities amplify their efforts to showcase green tech and innovationsFri, 16 Feb 2018 15:33:12 +0000Here's How a Mercedes-AMG V8 Engine Is Built Mercedes-AMG GT engine is put together by one person, not by an assembly line. In total, it takes that person 11 steps, and approximately three hoursFri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000In the Future, Will We Be Growing Fruit in Home Bioreactors? team of molecular biologists wants you to forget about strawberries and, instead, take "cell jam" for a whirlThu, 15 Feb 2018 18:05:07 +0000Weaving Games and Puzzles Into the Fabric of a City encourage playful learning, Urban Thinkspace and other projects put miniature playgrounds along the paths kids travelThu, 15 Feb 2018 17:24:46 +0000How Engine Placement Gives This Mercedes-AMG Its Edge secret to the high performance of the Mercedes-AMG is the placement of the front end engine: right behind the axleThu, 15 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000Is Drone Delivery Good for the Environment? the need for trucking by delivering some packages with electric drones could save fuel, and potentially carbon emissions. But how much?Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:17:10 +0000The Dubious Science of Genetics-Based Dating love really just a cheek swab away?Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000This AI Bot Fights Workplace Harassment new app, Spot, uses AI to help harassment and discrimination victims create and file reports without having to talk to a humanTue, 13 Feb 2018 16:49:10 +0000How Climate Change is Fueling Innovation in Kenya new generation of start ups are working to help farmers in a region that faces myriad challenges Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0000What Reddit Can Tell Us About the Afterlives of Banned Olympic Drugs analyzed 150,000 comments to find that the Internet is still openly discussing these mind-bending stimulantsMon, 12 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +0000When Treating Sports Injuries, Does the West Do It Best? the Olympics kick off in South Korea, two radically different approaches to training and treating athletes will be on displayFri, 09 Feb 2018 16:57:25 +0000Your Burning Questions About the Olympic Torch, Answered minds will want to know that the blaze is lit not with matches or a lighter, but using a method that dates to Ancient GreeceFri, 09 Feb 2018 15:46:18 +0000Should U.S. Cities Use Congestion Pricing To Ease Traffic? York may soon charge a fee to drive into central Manhattan as a way of reducing traffic and raising funds for public transitThu, 08 Feb 2018 17:46:12 +0000There's a New Job in the Solar Industry it involves shepherding a landscaping crew of hungry sheepTue, 06 Feb 2018 18:47:36 +0000Meet the Robots of the 2018 Olympics Pyeongchang games will have bots to clean, dance, serve drinks, provide translation and moreTue, 06 Feb 2018 15:17:50 +0000The Unbreakable Spirit of American Paralympians is Embodied in These Artifacts’s Sports History collections honor the indomitable innovators of the Paralympic communityTue, 06 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000Now You Can Genetically Test Your Child For Disease Risks. Should You? is cheaper and more available then ever, but its usefulness for parents has yet to be provenMon, 05 Feb 2018 16:58:21 +0000Can a Video Game Train You To Hear Better In a Crowded Room? new study finds it's possible to teach the brain to better distinguish between speech and background noiseMon, 05 Feb 2018 16:17:03 +0000The Cleveland Museum of Art Wants You To Play With Its Art digital-savvy museum is using more than a dozen interactive games to collect data on how visitors digest artworkMon, 05 Feb 2018 15:34:24 +0000A Primer on the Four Olympic Events Debuting in Pyeongchang Winter Games hope to stay popular, with new disciplines that create shareable videos or feature men and women competing togetherFri, 02 Feb 2018 16:46:17 +0000The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice the ideal ice rink or bobsled course takes patience, precision and the skill of an Ice MasterThu, 01 Feb 2018 20:16:43 +0000How UFO Reports Change With the Technology of the Times of Zeppelins, rockets and drones have replaced the "celestial wonders" of ancient timesThu, 01 Feb 2018 16:15:09 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Amazon's New AI-Powered Store it destroy retail as we know it? Is it spying on you? Will it weaken your resolve not to buy that $8 gourmet chocolate bar? Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:04:56 +0000Heart-Stopping Arrow Poison Could Be the Key to Male Birth Control A non-toxic version of the compound interrupts fertilization in ratsWed, 31 Jan 2018 15:57:31 +0000Inside the First Solar-Powered Flight Around the World new documentary highlights the challenges overcome by the experimental aircraft, Solar ImpulseWed, 31 Jan 2018 15:23:58 +0000The Pandemic Everyone Fears Is Flu In the Wrong Place At the Wrong Time should constantly be preparing for outbreaks, instead of just hastily responding to threats as they ariseTue, 30 Jan 2018 19:29:05 +0000These 3D-Printed Objects Can Turn Any Color You Want researchers hope a process that uses a special photochromic dye to change an object's color in response to light will one day reduce wasteMon, 29 Jan 2018 16:43:01 +0000Look at the High-Tech Gear Olympians Will Be Wearing jackets heated with electronic ink to personal airbags for skiers, these are some of the most innovative wearables you'll be seeing in PyeongChangMon, 29 Jan 2018 14:40:05 +0000How 9/11 Drastically Altered U.S. Flight Security months after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government created the Transportation Security Administration, or TSAFri, 26 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Expose Talented Kids From Low-Income Familes To Inventors and They're More Likely To Invent new analysis sheds light on how we might better serve America's "Lost Einsteins"Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:49:04 +0000The First Ice Skates Weren’t for Jumps and Twirls—They Were for Getting Around from animal shin bones, these early blades served as essential winter transportWed, 24 Jan 2018 17:53:08 +0000With Fungi in the Mix, Concrete Can Fill Its Own Cracks fungus might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to repair any damage, without the need for human interventionTue, 23 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000A Saline Shortage This Flu Season Exposes a Flaw in Our Medical Supply Chain IV saline bags used in U.S. hospitals are made in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria has shown how troubling it can be to rely on one producerMon, 22 Jan 2018 19:18:16 +0000Have Scientists Found a Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans? engineered strain of <em>E. coli</em> bacteria can produce a precursor to synthetic indigo using fewer nasty chemicals than traditional methodsMon, 22 Jan 2018 16:19:09 +0000