Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenMon, 16 Sep 2019 18:23:02 +0000Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections two years of documenting the nation’s craft brewing industry, curator Theresa McCulla makes ready for a public debutMon, 16 Sep 2019 18:23:02 +0000A Century Ago, This Eerie-Sounding Instrument Ushered in Electronic Music, the theremin—a strange little invention that translates hand gestures into pitch and volume—could make a comebackMon, 16 Sep 2019 15:43:33 +0000This New Dye Changes Color When Exposed to UV Light shoes, jewelry, cars, furniture and more could be possible with this new MIT technologyFri, 13 Sep 2019 18:22:30 +0000The Gut Microbiome Could Speed Up the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease microbes in the gastrointestinal tract influence the immune system and the brain, possibly playing a role in the development of Alzheimer’sFri, 13 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000Move Over Fake Meat, It's Time for Veggie Seafood are six companies bringing you animal-free fish products, from tomato-based sushi to "Fysh Sauce"Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Desert of this year's Land Art Generator Initiative competition proposed beautiful, power-generating works of public art for Abu DhabiTue, 10 Sep 2019 13:31:31 +0000The History of How School Buses Became Yellow educator Frank Cyr had the vision and pull to force the nation to standardize the color of the ubiquitous vehicleWed, 04 Sep 2019 15:54:28 +0000These High-Tech Scarecrows Will Keep Pesky Creatures Away robots to digitized recordings, farmers are upping their game when it comes to protecting their cropsTue, 03 Sep 2019 15:41:14 +0000Four U.S. CRISPR Trials Editing Human DNA to Research New Treatments down how the gene editing technology is being used, for the first time in the United States, to treat patients with severe medical conditionsTue, 03 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Nature sunflower spirals to schooling fish, renewable energy innovators are uncovering ideas for improving efficiency and output in natural phenomenaFri, 30 Aug 2019 17:54:11 +0000The Accidental Invention of the Slinky idea for the timeless toy sprung to mind when Naval engineer Richard James dropped some coiled wiresThu, 29 Aug 2019 17:48:02 +0000How Biology Inspires Future Technology at Harvard’s Wyss Institute showcase their ingenious medical, industrial and environmental designs at the Cooper HewittMon, 26 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Could a Rusty Bridge Generate Electricity? research shows that water flowing over thin layers of rust can generate powerMon, 26 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Waffle Iron Swartwout’s invention, patented 150 years ago, helped feed America’s passion for wafflesFri, 23 Aug 2019 15:46:05 +0000You Can Thank Chemist Stephanie Kwolek for Bulletproof Vests and Yoga Pants long-serving researcher at DuPont invented kevlar and contributed to spandexWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:08:08 +000014 Fun Facts About Roller Coasters starters, one of the oldest coasters in America carried coal before it carried passengersFri, 16 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000How the Wiffle Ball Came to Be in 1957, the lightweight ball saved players' arms and more than a few windowsWed, 14 Aug 2019 15:44:42 +0000These Lenses Zoom With a Couple Blinks of Your Eyes have developed a soft polymer lens that changes shape based on electrical inputTue, 13 Aug 2019 14:45:20 +0000The Patents Behind Seven Classic Back-to-School Supplies backpacks to crayons, every piece of gear has an invention storyThu, 08 Aug 2019 17:03:55 +0000For 100 Years, KitchenAid Has Been the Stand-Up Brand of Stand Mixers celebrity chef Julia Child said that the sleek appliance made mixing 'marvelous'Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:34:06 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—They Need Your Help scientists can submit leaf samples from their hometowns through the end of AugustTue, 06 Aug 2019 14:38:46 +0000Mark Twain's Quest to Bring Affordable Watches to the Masses one time, he even invested in a watch company that launched a signature 'Mark Twain' pocket watchTue, 06 Aug 2019 14:20:30 +0000This Device Can Hear You Talking to Yourself could help people with communication or memory problems by broadcasting internal monologuesMon, 05 Aug 2019 15:49:58 +0000Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Health Care for Everyone? medical tools could democratize health care, but some worry they could also worsen inequalitiesWed, 31 Jul 2019 14:21:34 +0000Why the Radar-Jamming Prowler Was an Attack Aircraft's Best Friend in the Skieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com iconic Northrop Grumman EA-6B flies into history—and the National Air and Space Museum collectionMon, 29 Jul 2019 16:27:54 +0000Thirty Years Ago, Game Boy Changed the Way America Played Video Games's handheld gaming system proved to be a huge success, thanks to its durability and battery lifeMon, 29 Jul 2019 14:42:05 +0000Why Lie Detector Tests Can't Be Trusted agencies embraced the polygraph in the 1950s to reassure the public that they could unmask spies Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:01:35 +0000How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses lobbying for changes to city laws to running reuse centers for building supplies, women are dominating the deconstruction industryWed, 24 Jul 2019 13:39:51 +0000The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed discovering 'Irish moss' in coastal waters, Irish immigrants launched a booming mossing industry in Scituate, MassachusettsMon, 22 Jul 2019 17:17:38 +0000How Neil Armstrong Trained to Land the Lunar Module prepare him for landing the lunar module, Neil Armstrong practiced on a training vehicle right here on EarthSat, 20 Jul 2019 13:00:00 +0000This Artist Imagines How Nature Evolves Following an Environmental Apocalypse Ruffner’s “Reforestation of the Imagination” at the Renwick uses augmented reality to show the plants that might grow after environment devastationFri, 19 Jul 2019 15:46:09 +0000The Scientist Behind Some of Our Favorite Junk Foods A. Mitchell invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, Tang and other 20th-century treatsFri, 19 Jul 2019 14:49:57 +0000