Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:50 +0000With AI Art, Process Is More Important Than the Producthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-ai-art-process-is-more-important-than-product-180970559/Christie's just auctioned its first piece of AI art—a portrait created via machine learningTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:30 +0000A Smithsonian Sports Curator Explains How Athletes Turn Social and Political Issues into National Conversationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smithsonian-sports-curator-explains-how-athletes-turn-social-and-political-issues-national-conversations-180970778/<em>Atlantic</em> staff writer Frank Foer interviews Damion Thomas about athletes moving from a position of apathy to engagementTue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:50 +0000The Future Is Bright If More Teens Could Think About High School the Way Kavya Kopparapu Doeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-bright-if-more-teens-could-think-about-high-school-way-kavya-kopparapu-does-180970779/Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks with the founder of the Girls Computing League about the promise of her generationMon, 12 Nov 2018 16:20:22 +0000Astrophysicist Michelle Thaller on Understanding Our Place in the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrophysicist-michelle-thaller-understanding-our-place-universe-180970765/Autodesk vice president Brian Mathews talks with the NASA science communicator about the search for life on other planets and why it’s importantFri, 09 Nov 2018 16:19:50 +0000Eno Umoh Is Getting Kids to Think About the Positive Powers of Droneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eno-umoh-getting-kids-think-about-positive-powers-drones-180970760/Latina American writer Gabby Rivera interviews the co-founder of Global Air Media about giving students access to the technologyThu, 08 Nov 2018 17:47:36 +0000Optical Tweezers Give Scientists a Tool to Test the Laws of Quantum Mechanicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/optical-tweezers-give-scientists-tool-test-laws-quantum-mechanics-180970754/Quantum superposition is one of the great mysteries of physics—a mass existing in two states at once—and scientists hope to probe the phenomenonThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000What Are the Economic Incentives to Invent?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-are-economic-incentives-invent-180970742/Prizes and patents may fulfill different needs, but together they fuel innovationThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000There's a New Ranking System For Best Countries to Live In, and Norway Isn't Number Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/theres-new-ranking-system-best-countries-to-live-in-norway-isnt-number-one-180970744/Most researchers use the UN's Human Development Index to measure each country's progress, but that system has flaws. A new index aims to do it betterWed, 07 Nov 2018 16:48:06 +0000Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-3d-printing-save-music-education-180970743/D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang interviews Jill-of-all-trades Kaitlyn Hova about her plan to infuse STEM education with open source, 3-D printable instrumentsWed, 07 Nov 2018 14:32:50 +0000Restaurateur José Andrés Dreams of Milking the Cloudshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/restaurateur-jose-andres-dreams-milking-clouds-180970736/In a conversation with architect David Rockwell, the philanthropic chef urges an invested effort in technology that could collect water from the cloudsTue, 06 Nov 2018 18:03:55 +0000Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Depression in a Person's Voice?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-intelligence-detect-depression-in-persons-voice-180970702/MIT scientists have trained an AI model to spot the condition through how people speak rather than what they tell a doctorMon, 05 Nov 2018 15:37:32 +0000Let's Build Cars Out of Batterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lets-build-cars-out-batteries-180970693/If batteries could make up the very structure of our vehicles and electronics, those products would be far lighter and more efficientFri, 02 Nov 2018 16:34:20 +0000Why John Leguizamo Is So Invested in Telling the Country About Latino Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-leguizamo-invested-telling-latino-history-180970680/His uproariously inventive one-man show, soon to be shown on Netflix, puts the story of a neglected culture center stage Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-performance-sight-machine-reveals-what-artificial-intelligence-thinking-about-us-180970644/Like artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Good Dogs Could Help Identify Malaria Carriershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-can-sniff-out-malaria-180970646/In a small proof-of-concept study, trained dogs neared the accuracy rate recommended by the World Health Organization for detecting the malaria parasiteMon, 29 Oct 2018 13:45:00 +0000People Feared Being Buried Alive So Much They Invented These Special Safety Coffinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/people-feared-being-buried-alive-so-much-they-invented-these-special-safety-coffins-180970627/For centuries, inventors have been patenting technology to prevent such a nightmare from happeningFri, 26 Oct 2018 15:03:08 +0000In the Wake of Apollo’s “Giant Leap,” What’s Next for Lunar Exploration?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wake-apollos-giant-leap-whats-next-lunar-exploration-180970593/A new Smithsonian Book unpacks the possible future of missions to the MoonThu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000This Game Is Moving People to Take Action Against Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-game-is-moving-people-to-take-action-against-climate-change-180970620/In the 'World Climate' simulation, people play delegates to UN climate negotiations and work to strike an agreement that meets global climate goalsWed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:12 +0000This 12-Year-Old Girl Built a Robot That Can Find Microplastics In the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/12-year-old-girl-built-robot-can-find-microplastics-ocean-180970607/Massachusetts seventh grader Anna Du has developed an ROV that moves through water and detects microplastics on the seafloorTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:14:12 +0000How Cities Are Upgrading Infrastructure to Prepare for Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cities-are-upgrading-infrastructure-prepare-climate-change-180970600/The threat of extreme weather and other climate-related events has city planners rethinking the stability of critical infrastructureMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:52:10 +0000Is Wireless Charging for Cars Finally Here?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wireless-charging-cars-finally-here-180970494/The Massachusetts startup WiTricity has developed a mat that charges electric vehicles using magnetic resonanceMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:22:58 +0000This Robotic Farming System Could Be the Answer to Labor Shortageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robotic-farming-system-could-be-answer-labor-shortages-180970575/Hydroponics startup Iron Ox is automating indoor produce farmingThu, 18 Oct 2018 15:34:02 +0000The Woman Who Made a Device to Help Disabled Veterans Feed Themselves—and Gave It Away for Freehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-who-made-device-help-disabled-veterans-feed-themselvesand-gave-it-away-free-180970321/World War II nurse Bessie Blount went on to become an inventor and forensic handwriting expertWed, 17 Oct 2018 16:03:21 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Betterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/innovative-spirit-changing-our-world-better-180952004/In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian and beyondMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:31:07 +0000This New Needle Simulator Could Train Medical Students To Have a Steady Handhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-needle-simulator-could-train-medical-students-to-have-steady-hand-180969867/Penn State researchers have developed a device that could help future doctors perfect their needle insertion technique—before they start on peopleMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:14:32 +0000Stanford Ovshinsky Might Be the Most Prolific Inventor You’ve Never Heard Ofhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-ovshinsky-might-be-the-most-prolific-inventor-youve-never-heard-of-180970276/A new book calls attention to the 20th-century genius with more than 400 patents to his nameMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:09:30 +0000Fishing for Plastic Is the Latest Way to Clean Up Amsterdam’s Canalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fishing-plastic-latest-way-clean-amsterdams-canals-180970378/Plastic Whale offers visitors an opportunity to see the city by boat while also cleaning up its waterwaysThu, 11 Oct 2018 17:51:37 +0000This Golden Canopy Could Power 500 Homes https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/golden-canopy-could-power-500-homes-180970516/Architects propose a new sustainable landmark on a Melbourne beach that is both public art and a power plantThu, 11 Oct 2018 15:05:05 +0000This Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure in Deep Arterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ultrasound-patch-monitors-blood-pressure-in-deep-arteries-180970484/The flexible wearable could be an alternative to current invasive methods of measuring central blood pressure within the human bodyTue, 09 Oct 2018 14:49:07 +0000This App Is Saving Thousands of Snakes (and Humans) in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-saving-thousands-snakes-and-humans-india-180970467/The Big Four Mapping Project's conservation tool helps prevent snakebites and the killing of common venomous speciesFri, 05 Oct 2018 14:59:17 +0000A New Blood Test Can Determine Your Biological Clockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-blood-test-can-determine-your-biological-clock-180970444/Scientists say it could help pinpoint the best time to take medicine, and also predict disease riskThu, 04 Oct 2018 15:50:07 +0000What Makes the Nobel-Winning Breakthroughs in Immunotherapy So Revolutionaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nobel-winning-breakthroughs-in-immunotherapy-revolutionary-180970454/Targeting the immune system to fight cancer could be the first step to defeating the disease Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:56:16 +0000Could Offshore Wind Farms Actually Sap the Rain From Hurricanes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-offshore-wind-farms-actually-sap-rain-from-hurricanes-180970448/With enough turbines, the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey could have been reduced by 20 percent, according to a new studyTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:48:44 +0000Can Artificial Islands Solve Overcrowding?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-islands-solve-overcrowding-180970408/Some say yes, others say the increasingly popular projects are too expensive and harmful to the environmentFri, 28 Sep 2018 16:07:02 +0000This New Coating Could Help Keep Buildings Cool https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-coating-could-help-keep-buildings-cool-180970407/The porous polymer uses tiny air holes to reflect all wavelengths of sunlight, cooling buildings far better than white paintThu, 27 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000Are Spray-On Antennas the Future of Wearables?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-spray-on-antennas-future-of-wearables-180970396/The ultra-thin, flexible antennas can be applied to nearly any surface using an airbrushWed, 26 Sep 2018 12:43:52 +0000The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mathematical-madness-mobius-strips-and-other-one-sided-objects-180970394/The discovery of the Möbius strip in the mid-19th century launched a brand new field of mathematics: topologyTue, 25 Sep 2018 17:05:28 +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 +0000