Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenWed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Device Pulls Water Out of Desert Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-device-pulls-water-out-of-desert-air-180969398/A new water harvester can extract water from extremely dry air, using only solar energyWed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Original 'Space Invaders' Is a Meditation on 1970s America's Deepest Fears https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/original-space-invaders-icon-1970s-America-180969393/ One of the first digital shooting games reflected a fear of, well, invaders—a fear that still resonates todayTue, 19 Jun 2018 15:38:39 +0000The Neuroscientist in the Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/neuroscientist-art-museum-180969388/At Massachusetts's Peabody Essex Museum, Tedi Asher is using neuroscience research to create impactful art experiencesTue, 19 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-daguerreotype-photography-reflected-changing-america-180969389/The National Portrait Gallery brings the eerie power of a historic medium into focusMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:13:51 +0000Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndromehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bats-could-bounce-back-devastating-white-nose-syndrome-180969378/Scientists are testing light therapy, a fungus-killing fungus—and maybe, doing nothingMon, 18 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +0000Jurassic Park's Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jurassic-park-reveals-delicate-interplay-between-science-and-science-fiction-180969331/The 1993 film showed both the promise and misconceptions that surround ancient DNAFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:33:21 +0000This NASA Satellite Can Map the Planet's Soil Moisture Content In Just Three Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-satellite-can-map-planets-soil-moisture-content-in-just-three-days-180969330/The speedy collection of this data will help with crop management and flood predictionWed, 13 Jun 2018 17:59:19 +0000Nearly Half the Patents on Marine Genes Belong to Just One Companyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nearly-half-all-patents-marine-genes-belong-just-one-company-180969325/Who owns biodiversity? No one and everyone—or maybe, a German chemical companyWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000How Guadalajara Reinvented Itself as a Technology Hubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-guadalajara-reinvented-itself-technology-hub-180969314/Mexico's second largest city has nimbly transformed into a R&D hotpsot, offering a model for the country's futureTue, 12 Jun 2018 15:48:42 +0000How Computer Scientists Model the Role of Religion in Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-computer-simulations-may-help-us-understand-religious-behavior-180969296/Virtual simulations attempt to show how faith influences human behavior in the face of terrorMon, 11 Jun 2018 15:49:28 +0000Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Smell Illnesses in Human Breathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-may-be-able-to-smell-illnesses-in-human-breath-180969286/Compounds in your breath could help AI detect illnesses, including different cancersMon, 11 Jun 2018 14:58:00 +0000How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-newton-goethe-ornithologist-and-board-game-designer-helped-us-understand-color-180969264/A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum explores the kaleidoscope of figures who shaped color theoryMon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forwardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-jurassic-park-made-history-25-years-ago-propelling-computer-generated-animation-forward-180969285/It was the first time that computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen. How has the technology improved since then?Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:01:48 +0000Can AI Tell if a Child Is Malnourished?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-ai-tell-if-child-is-malnourished-180969268/A new program may be able to spot malnutrition in a simple photo, making it easier to assess nutrition problems in volatile regionsFri, 08 Jun 2018 14:46:09 +0000NASA's New Exoplanet Travel Bureau Lets You "Tour" Far-Distant Planets In 360 Degreeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasas-new-exoplanet-travel-bureau-lets-you-tour-far-distant-planets-in-360-degrees-180969250/Eager space tourists can now visit sunny Kepler-186f, a moon of Kepler-16b or the Earth-like TRAPPIST-1e virtuallyWed, 06 Jun 2018 16:43:33 +0000How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-ketchup-revolutionized-how-food-is-grown-processed-regulated-180969230/The condiment really is the perfect complement to the American dietMon, 04 Jun 2018 14:24:06 +0000How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the AmericasFri, 01 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Putting Organs on Chips Could Revolutionize Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-organs-chips-revolutionize-medicine-180969203/ Scientists are now working to connect these ersatz "organs" together into systemsWed, 30 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/handheld-device-could-print-new-skin-burn-victims-180969165/The machine prints sheets of a skin substitute directly onto burn wounds, potentially making skin grafting faster, cheaper and easierWed, 30 May 2018 15:21:30 +0000Seven Airplane Innovations That Could Change How We Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-airplane-innovations-that-could-change-how-we-travel-180969166/In-flight virtual reality entertainment? Bunk beds in the cargo hold? These innovations may be the future of flight. Tue, 29 May 2018 14:19:16 +0000Window Cleaning One of Chicago's Tallest Buildingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/window-cleaning-one-of-chicagos-tallest-bui/Chicago, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, throws some pretty unusual challenges at its daring window cleanersTue, 29 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Mark Segal, LGBTQ Iconoclast, Activist and Disruptor, Donates Lifetime of Papers and Artifacts https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mark-segal-lgbtq-iconoclast-activist-and-disruptor-donates-lifetime-papers-and-artifacts-180969176/Following the 1969 Stonewall Raid, Segal built a life around protest and the quest for equal rights for minority groups Fri, 25 May 2018 17:45:45 +0000Most Parents Want to Test Their Unborn Kids' Genes For Disease Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-parents-want-test-genes-unborn-kids-180969170/Despite the fact that they might not like what they learnFri, 25 May 2018 15:47:23 +0000Dolphins Have a Mysterious Network of Veins That Could Be Key to Preventing the Bendshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dolphins-have-mysterious-network-veins-could-be-key-preventing-bends-180969162/It might be possible to make an external device that protects divers from the deadly conditionFri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amelia-bloomer-didnt-mean-start-fashion-revolution-her-name-became-synonymous-trousers-180969164/In the 1850s, women’s rights activists briefly adopted a new style in an effort to liberate themselves from heavy dressesThu, 24 May 2018 14:33:16 +0000Are These Baked Mushroom Sandals the Future of Fashion?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-baked-mushroom-shoes-future-fashion-180969152/As sustainable fashion goes mainstream, multiple designers are turning to fungi for compostable attireWed, 23 May 2018 16:39:15 +0000Hamilton's David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit's Design So Versatilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hamiltons-david-korins-explains-what-makes-smash-hit-design-so-versitle-180969135/The renowned designer dishes about the new Hamilton exhibition, precision and metaphor on stage and how the turntables almost didn’t happenWed, 23 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000The East Coast May Be On the Brink of a Hop Renaissancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/east-coast-may-be-on-brink-hop-renaissance-180969129/Can a farmer and a brewer come together to bring hops back to the eastern United States?Mon, 21 May 2018 16:14:39 +0000Teaching Refugees How To Map Their World Could Have Huge Benefitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teaching-refugees-how-to-map-their-world-could-have-huge-benefits-180969120/A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create maps—an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisisMon, 21 May 2018 14:42:21 +0000Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land Gave Us More Than Just Instant Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/polaroid-inventor-edwin-land-gave-us-more-than-just-instant-photos-180969119/Seventy years after the game-changing camera was invented, a vision scientist calls attention to Land's other technological breakthroughsFri, 18 May 2018 17:07:55 +0000A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-americas-obsession-sneakers-180969116/Invented for athletics, sneakers eventually became status symbols and an integral part of street styleFri, 18 May 2018 15:16:53 +0000How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Wayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/honor-world-bee-day-protect-your-local-pollinators-these-ten-east-ways-180969111/As the first annual World Bee Day looms, insect and garden lovers are abuzz with excitementThu, 17 May 2018 18:08:01 +0000Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-low-cost-device-provide-clean-drinking-water-to-those-in-need-180969100/Engineers have created an upgraded solar still that uses carbon paper and the sun to purify water at an unprecedented rateThu, 17 May 2018 15:03:21 +0000America’s Top Designers Are Both Embracing and Breaking With Traditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/americas-top-designers-are-both-embracing-and-breaking-tradition-180969065/ Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt announces ten National Design Award winnersMon, 14 May 2018 14:59:05 +0000A Hangover Pill Is Working on Drunk Micehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hangover-pill-working-drunk-mice-180969047/The new antidote may lower blood alcohol levels, helping a hangover and preventing alcohol overdose deathsThu, 10 May 2018 14:55:19 +0000Could a Pill Help Detect Breast Cancer?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-a-pill-help-detect-breast-cancer-180969037/University of Michigan researchers are developing a pill that when ingested causes tumors to glow under infrared lightWed, 09 May 2018 16:08:38 +0000Designing "Adaptive Clothing" For Those With Special Needshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-adaptive-clothing-for-those-with-special-needs-180968976/Companies are releasing new inclusive lines that solve some of the dressing challenges that people with physical and mental disabilities faceTue, 08 May 2018 16:08:50 +0000How Was Red Rock Canyon Formed?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-was-red-rock-canyon-formed/One of the most important byproducts of the Hoover Dam is an artificial body of water known as Lake MeadMon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Have a New Way of Knowing How Many Sharks Are in the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-have-new-way-knowing-how-many-sharks-are-in-sea-180968964/The predators are elusive, but marine ecologists are finding more of them by analyzing the "environmental DNA" in ocean water samplesFri, 04 May 2018 16:40:59 +0000How Accurately Can Scientists Reconstruct A Person's Face From DNA?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-accurately-can-scientists-reconstruct-persons-face-from-dna-180968951/Predicting physical features from genetic data certainly has its limitations, but it is advancing. What does this mean for our privacy?Fri, 04 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Artificial Intelligence Could Help Generate the Next Big Fashion Trendshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-could-help-generate-next-big-fashion-trends-180968952/With a tool called Cognitive Prints, designers will be able to riff off of past styles and incorporate outside inspiration like never beforeThu, 03 May 2018 16:42:34 +0000These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-strange-ocean-creatures-trap-their-food-net-mucus-180968949/Biologists are finding that these invertebrate grazers can actually be picky eaters—and their choices might influence ocean food websThu, 03 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Could Our Housewares Keep Us Healthier? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-our-housewares-keep-us-healthier-180968950/Some designers are harnessing sound, color, smell and touch in products that promote well-being and independence for allThu, 03 May 2018 12:07:17 +0000Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-clean-drinking-water-is-hard-to-find-bats-could-lead-way-180968941/A wildlife biologist argues that tracking bats, which cover wide areas and need clean water, could be useful in locating potable sourcesWed, 02 May 2018 14:55:44 +0000Could This New Tactile Font Help People Who Lose Their Sight Late In Life?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-new-tactile-font-help-people-who-lose-their-sight-late-in-life-180968917/ELIA Frames may serve some blind readers better than braille, but the new system has its skepticsTue, 01 May 2018 16:03:08 +0000The Story Behind Rube Goldberg’s Complicated Contraptionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-behind-rube-goldbergs-complicated-contraptions-180968928/In his time he was a world-famous cartoonist, but today he’s best known for these wacky inventionsTue, 01 May 2018 15:25:19 +0000This Conductive Paint Turns Walls Into Giant Touchscreenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-conductive-paint-turns-walls-into-giant-touchscreens-180968922/The interactive surfaces could make "smart" home features much more subtle and affordableMon, 30 Apr 2018 19:22:33 +0000Future of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/future-art-180968660/A new generation of artists is merging innovation with tradition to tell the important stories of our timeMon, 30 Apr 2018 17:08:40 +0000Elevators Are Going Greenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/elevators-are-going-green-180968907/Lifts are becoming more sustainable, as the percentage of the world's population living in cities growsFri, 27 Apr 2018 15:45:44 +0000This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It's Been Bombedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-virtual-reality-experience-drops-you-hiroshima-right-after-its-been-bombed-180968903/When creators tread the line between empathy and trauma carefully, immersive technology can be a powerful tool for educating the public about historyFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:42:18 +0000How Poetry and Math Intersecthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-poetry-and-math-intersect-180968869/Both require economy and precision—and each perspective can enhance the otherTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:42:48 +0000Just Like Faces, Buildings Have Features That Algorithms Can Recognizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/just-like-faces-buildings-have-features-that-algorithms-can-recognize-180968859/An art historian explains how he uses 'facial recognition' to unlock architectural secretsTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Is How MINI JCW Turbo Engines Are Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-is-how-mini-jcw-turbo-engines-are-built/The John Cooper Works edition is the fastest machine MINI has ever built. With a 228 two-liter twin turbo motor, it can hit 0 to 60 in six seconds flatTue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000