Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000How General Motors Introduced the Idea of a 'Concept Car'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-general-motors-introduced-idea-concept-car-180971284/Eighty years ago, the Buick Y-job was billed as the car of the futureFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Used a Robot to Study How Prehistoric Lizards Walkedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-used-robot-study-how-prehistoric-lizards-evolved-walk-land-180971283/OroBOT, a robot version of an ancestor to the dinosaurs, is helping fill in some gaps in the evolution of walkingWed, 16 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000The Quest for a Totally American Cheesehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/quest-for-totally-american-cheese-180971278/Move over, Camembert! Three creameries in the U.S. are developing a recipe for a unique cheese they are calling CornerstoneWed, 16 Jan 2019 16:33:38 +0000Seven Unforgettable Inventions Unveiled at This Year's CEShttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-unforgettable-inventions-watch-ces-2019-180971235/From a self-driving suitcase to a flying taxi, these concepts made a splash at the huge trade show in Las VegasFri, 11 Jan 2019 16:12:44 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Car Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-fall-sleeping-car-king-180971240/George Pullman’s unbending business acumen made him a mogul, but also inspired the greatest labor uprising of the 19th centuryFri, 11 Jan 2019 15:54:54 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-innovators-watch-2019-180971194/These big thinkers are set to make news this year with exciting developments in transportation, energy, health, food science and moreThu, 10 Jan 2019 16:28:32 +0000This Lobster Trap Aims to Protect Endangered Whales — and Fishers’ Livelihoodshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lobster-trap-aims-protect-endangered-whalesand-fishers-livelihoods-180971208/A team of engineers is designing a low-cost, lineless, self-surfacing lobster trap that would prevent right whale entanglementThu, 10 Jan 2019 14:48:15 +0000These Technologies Could Put an End to Leaky Water Mainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-technologies-could-put-end-leaky-water-mains-180971177/Two inventors have come up with radically different approaches to try to solve the widespread problem of aging water infrastructureMon, 07 Jan 2019 16:24:15 +0000How Jean Bennett Found a Way to Treat Hereditary Blindness in Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-jean-bennett-found-way-treat-hereditary-blindness-children-180971168/In conversation with chef Spike Gjerde, the molecular geneticist explains how she is paving the way for the future of gene therapyFri, 04 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Drag Helped Sasha Velour Cope With the Loss of Her Motherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-drag-helped-sasha-velour-cope-loss-her-mother-180971161/The drag queen talks with breast cancer specialist Laura Esserman about gender identity, expression and celebrationThu, 03 Jan 2019 15:41:05 +0000How Taiwan Has Achieved One of the Highest Recycling Rates in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-taiwan-has-achieved-one-highest-recycling-rates-world-180971150/Once nicknamed "Garbage Island," the region now has a success story to shareThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The 'Pole of Inaccessibility' Has Eluded Adventurers for More Than a Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pole-inaccessibility-has-eluded-adventurers-more-than-century-180971012/This winter, explorers will once again set out for the most remote part of the Arctic OceanThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000March for Our Lives Activist Naomi Wadler Isn’t Like Most 12-Year-Oldshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/march-our-lives-activist-naomi-wadler-isnt-most-12-year-olds-180971057/Disney Imagineer Bei Yang interviews the young activist about social media, gun violence, hope and her futureWed, 02 Jan 2019 17:22:26 +0000Here's What the Future of Haptic Technology Looks (Or Rather, Feels) Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/heres-what-future-haptic-technology-looks-or-rather-feels-180971097/Bringing the sense of touch to virtual reality experiences could impact everything from physical rehabilitation to online shoppingFri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000From 3-D Printed Gills to AI Dolphin Dictionaries, These Innovations Could Make Us More Like Aquamanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-3-d-printed-gills-to-ai-dolphin-dictionaries-these-innovations-could-make-us-more-like-aquaman-180971108/If you look beyond the movie, you can see how the underwater superhero's signature powers translate in real techFri, 21 Dec 2018 21:31:51 +0000Farmworkers Rights Activist Mily Treviño-Sauceda Empowers Women to Create Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmworkers-rights-activist-mily-trevino-sauceda-empowers-women-to-create-change-180971099/The founder of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas joined poet Jacqueline Suskin in a conversation about family, women, strength and unityFri, 21 Dec 2018 17:03:34 +0000Will Digital License Plates Drive Us Forward or Leave Us Fuming?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-digital-license-plates-drive-us-forward-or-leave-us-fuming-180971093/California-based Reviver Auto has rolled out an electronic license plate that could benefit drivers, as well as cities and statesFri, 21 Dec 2018 15:10:33 +0000The Patents Behind Christmas Lightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-christmas-lights-180971071/This Christmas, take a moment to appreciate the many innovations that make holiday light displays and the strand of bulbs on your tree possibleThu, 20 Dec 2018 17:39:07 +0000Studying Political Pessimism in the Past Actually Makes Historian Jon Grinspan Optimistic About the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/studying-political-pessimism-past-actually-makes-historian-jon-grinspan-optimistic-about-future-180971082/Columnist David Brooks interviews the political historian about what we can learn from negative political engagement in our country’s historyThu, 20 Dec 2018 15:19:24 +0000Museum Visitors Can Play This Wall Art Like an Instrumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/museum-visitors-can-play-this-wall-art-like-instrument-180971072/An artist, musician, experience designer and app developer meet for coffee. This multi-sensory installation is the resultWed, 19 Dec 2018 20:31:30 +0000Cheech Marin Uses Humor to Find Common Groundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/cheech-marin-uses-humor-find-common-ground-180971066/With the 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the actor and comedian talks about how his life has been filled with music, art and laughterWed, 19 Dec 2018 14:47:35 +0000How Savvy Advertising Helped Make Stereo Technology Mainstreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-stereo-technology-became-mainstream-thanks-savvy-advertising-180971028/Stereo demonstrations and colorful ads sold customers on the two-channel sound technology when it was introduced 60 years agoThu, 13 Dec 2018 18:06:28 +0000How a 19th-Century Photographer Made the First 'GIF' of a Galloping Horsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-19th-century-photographer-first-gif-galloping-horse-180970990/Eadweard Muybridge photographed a horse in different stages of its gallop, a new Smithsonian podcast documents the groundbreaking feat Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0000How the First Popular Video Game Kicked Off Generations of Virtual Adventurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-popular-video-game-kicked-off-generations-virtual-adventure-180971020/A simple contest of sci-fi strategy, ‘Spacewar!’ ushered in what is now a 140 billion dollar industryThu, 13 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It!, the Beloved Family Card Gamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/math-card-game-spot-it-180970873/The simple matching game has some deceptively complex mathematics behind the scenes Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:21:08 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-board-games-2018-180970986/Go analog at your next party with one of these new classicsTue, 11 Dec 2018 15:54:46 +0000Google's New AI Is a Master of Games, but How Does It Compare to the Human Mind?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-ai-deepminds-alphazero-games-chess-and-go-180970981/After building AlphaGo to beat the world's best Go players, Google DeepMind built AlphaZero to take on the world's best machine playersMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:25:07 +0000The Ten Best Children's Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-childrens-books-2018-180970972/Our picks deliver feminist history, folklore reimagined and an adventurous romp through awe-inspiring destinationsFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:56:10 +0000China Launches First Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-launches-change-4-mission-land-far-side-moon-180970973/Not glimpsed by humanity until 1959, the surface of the far side of the Moon has never been visited beforeFri, 07 Dec 2018 18:25:20 +0000This Sculptor Imagines Brain Waves in 3-Dhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-sculptor-imagines-brain-waves-in-3d-180970953/Julia Buntaine Hoel depicts the electrical activity of the brain in <i>Wave(s)</i>, on display at Smithsonian's "The Long Conversation"Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:23:19 +0000Ear Tubes May Finally Get an Upgradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ear-tubes-may-finally-get-upgrade-180970946/Harvard researchers have invented a new device that might mean fewer visits to the surgeon for kids with chronic ear infections Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:04:25 +0000What's New, and What's Not, in the Reported Birth of the CRISPR Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-new-whats-not-reported-birth-crispr-babies-180970935/Editing human DNA, either in embryos or in cells that are reintroduced to the body, had come a long way before Lulu and Nana were bornMon, 03 Dec 2018 15:23:35 +0000Plans for the First E-cigarette Went Up in Smoke 50 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plans-for-first-e-cigarette-went-up-in-smoke-50-years-ago-180970730/Herbert A. Gilbert invented his "Smokeless" in 1963, but he couldn't convince any companies to bring the device to marketThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000What the Popularity of 'Fortnite' Has in Common With the 20th Century Pinball Crazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/popularity-fortnite-common-20th-century-pinball-craze-180970721/Long before parents freaked over the ubiquitous video game, they flipped out over another newfangled fadThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Wilbur Wright Deserves the Bulk of the Credit for the First Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-wilbur-wright-deserves-bulk-credit-first-flight-180970714/A new book advances a controversial theory about the singular contribution that went into the brothers’ pioneering achievementThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Aren't There Electric Airplanes Yet? It Comes Down to Batteries.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-arent-there-electric-airplanes-yet-it-comes-down-batteries-180970909/Batteries need to get lighter and more efficient before we use them to power energy-guzzling airplanesWed, 28 Nov 2018 18:53:16 +0000The Woman Whose Invention Helped Win a War — and Still Baffles Weathermenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-whose-invention-helped-win-warand-still-baffles-weathermen-180970900/Her work long overlooked, physicist Joan Curran developed technology to conceal aircraft from radar during World War IIWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why This Body-Surfing, Sound-Blasting, Cake-Throwing DJ Belongs in a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-body-surfing-sound-blasting-cake-throwing-dj-belongs-museum-180970855/Just as his new release tops the charts, Electronic Dance Music DJ Steve Aoki says he is "blown away" to have his turntable technology in the collectionsWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Satellites and Big Data Are Predicting the Behavior of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-satellites-and-big-data-are-predicting-behavior-hurricanes-and-other-natural-disasters-180970893/Leveraging machine learning could help diminish the damages of storms and wildfiresTue, 27 Nov 2018 17:14:45 +0000What Makes Janelle Monáe America's Most Revolutionary Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/janelle-monae-americas-most-revolutionary-artist-180970727/The musical virtuoso leaves her old persona behind with her third album, <em>Dirty Computer</em>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Tracy K. Smith, America's Poet Laureate, Travels the Country to Ignite Our Imaginationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracy-smith-poet-laureate-traveling-country-igniting-imagination-180970722/Like Johnny Appleseed, Smith has been planting the seeds of verse across the U.S.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Time's Up Initiative Built Upon the Work Done by These Labor Activistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/times-upinitiative-built-upon-work-labor-activists-180970720/How the leaders of a farmworkers' alliance reached across cultural divides to fight sexual harassmentTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The March for Our Lives Activists Showed Us How to Find Meaning in Tragedyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/march-for-our-lives-student-activists-showed-meaning-tragedy-180970717/After the massacre at a Florida high school, these brave students provided a way forwardTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000How John Krasinski Created 'A Quiet Place'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-krasinski-created-quiet-place-180970716/The actor turned director creates a genre-busting horror movie with a terrifying twist—silenceTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Waymo's Fleet of Self-Driving Cars Is Finally Ready for Prime Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/waymo-fleet-self-driving-cars-ready-prime-time-180970713/Your driverless car is already here, thanks to the visionary engineers behind a bold experimentTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet Scott Bolton, the Visionary Behind the NASA Mission to Jupiterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scott-bolton-visionary-behind-nasa-mission-jupiter-180970712/The Juno project will take on the mysteries of the gas giant that may in turn help us understand our own planet’s originsTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-to-give-gifts-this-year-180970868/Experts and kids of all ages recommend these tech toys, which inspire year-round curiosityFri, 23 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000