Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenTue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:50 +0000With AI Art, Process Is More Important Than the Product'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 Conversations<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 Does 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 Universe 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 Drones 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 Mechanics 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? 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 One 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? 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 Clouds 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? 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 Batteries 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 History 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 Us 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 Carriers 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 Coffins 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? 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 Change 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 Ocean 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 Change 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? 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 Shortages 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 Free 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 Better 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 Hand 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 Of 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 Canals 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 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 Arteries 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 India 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 Clock 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 Revolutionary 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? 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? 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 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? 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 Objects 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? 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 Petra 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 Seafaring 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 Robots 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 Debuted goodbye to the beloved jet that took us to new heightsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:42:36 +0000