Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenMon, 16 Sep 2019 18:23:02 +0000Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-whats-brewing-new-smithsonian-beer-collections-180973134/After 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 Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/century-ago-this-eerie-sounding-instrument-ushered-in-electronic-music-180973126/Now, 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-dye-changes-color-when-exposed-to-uv-light-180973099/Color-change 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 Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-microbiome-could-speed-progression-alzheimers-disease-180973123/The 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 Seafoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/move-over-fake-meat-its-time-veggie-seafood-180973080/Here 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 Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-wild-sculptures-could-bring-sustainable-energy-desert-180973030/Winners 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 Yellowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-how-school-buses-became-yellow-180973041/Rural 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 Awayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-high-tech-scarecrows-will-keep-pesky-creatures-away-180973031/From 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 Treatmentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/four-us-crispr-trials-editing-human-dna-for-new-medical-treatments-180973029/Breaking 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 Naturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-engineers-new-energy-technology-are-taking-cues-from-nature-180973025/From 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 Slinkyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/accidental-invention-slinky-180973016/The 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-biology-inspires-future-technology-180972953/Bioengineers 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-rusty-bridge-generate-electricity-180972960/New 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 Ironhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-waffle-iron-180972980/Cornelius 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 Pantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-thank-chemist-stephanie-kwolek-bulletproof-vests-and-yoga-pants-180972948/The long-serving researcher at DuPont invented kevlar and contributed to spandexWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:08:08 +000014 Fun Facts About Roller Coastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-fun-facts-about-roller-coasters-180972920/For 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 Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wiffle-ball-came-to-be-180972900/Patented 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 Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-lenses-zoom-with-couple-blinks-eyes-180972887/Researchers 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 Supplieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/patents-behind-seven-classic-back-to-school-supplies-180972832/From 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 Mixershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/100-years-kitchenaid-has-been-stand-brand-stand-mixers-180972838/Even 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 Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientists-use-ginkgo-leaves-study-climate-change-they-need-your-help-180972806/Citizen 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 Masseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mark-twains-quest-bring-affordable-watches-masses-180972813/At 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 Yourselfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-can-hear-voice-inside-your-head-180972785/AlterEgo 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-artificial-intelligence-improve-health-care-for-everyone-180972758/A.I.-driven 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/prowlers-last-prowl-180972608/The 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 Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/thirty-years-ago-game-boy-changed-way-america-played-video-games-180972743/Nintendo'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 Trustedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-lie-detector-tests-cant-be-trusted-180972724/Federal 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 Houseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-women-are-leading-charge-recycle-whole-houses-180972709/From 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 Seaweedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/most-irish-town-america-built-seaweed-180972701/After 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 Modulehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-neil-armstrong-trained-to-land-the-lunar_1/To 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 Apocalypsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-imagines-how-nature-evolves-following-environmental-apocalypse-180972679/Ginny 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientist-behind-some-our-favorite-junk-foods-180972624/William A. Mitchell invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, Tang and other 20th-century treatsFri, 19 Jul 2019 14:49:57 +0000