Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Options granny pods to morphing apartments, the future of shelter is evolvingMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heights pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell ColleyMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Fruit Fly Brains Could Improve Our Search Engines flies have a unique way of matching data, which could teach scientists to create better, faster search algorithmsFri, 17 Nov 2017 15:53:05 +0000The Man Dead Set On Building an Offshore Wind Farm on Lake Erie Wagner has Cleveland on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of bothThu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Head of the World Bank Believes in Investing in People to Promote Peacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com the refugee crisis causing high rates of forced migration, Jim Yong Kim looks at the role development plays in preventing future disastersMon, 13 Nov 2017 16:40:14 +0000Why Puerto Rico's Power Can't Come From Solar 'Microgrids' Alone island could benefit from on-site solar and battery backup, but the strategy isn't a cure-all for its energy woesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:02:04 +0000This Inexpensive Scanning Device Could Catch Skin Cancer Early team of biomedical engineers has won this year's Dyson Award for "the sKan," which detects the thermal changes associated with melanomaThu, 09 Nov 2017 16:08:02 +0000These Light-Emitting Pajamas Could Help Treat Newborns With Jaundice method has an advantage over traditional phototherapy in that it allows babies to receive treatment in the comfort of their parents' armsThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces neighborhoods, restaurants and museums become more photogenic, are we experiencing an "Instagramization" of the world?Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Sleek Portable Toilet and Other Design Solutions for Disaster Victims toilet kit, from a Japanese design studio, is part of wave of interest in design fixes for the problems created by disastersTue, 07 Nov 2017 16:26:09 +0000Watch: Experts Discuss "The Next Pandemic: Are We Prepared?" leaders gathered at the National Museum of Natural History on November 13 to discuss the past, present and future of the fluMon, 06 Nov 2017 16:41:08 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Archival Museum Research new study shows off a computer program’s specimen-sorting prowessFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:42:08 +0000Computer Systems and Sensors Could Put a Stop To Car-Based Attacks aid systems and self-driving vehicle control systems could override a driver who is trying to strike peopleFri, 03 Nov 2017 14:47:43 +0000How a Ripped-Off Sequel of Don Quixote Predicted Piracy in the Digital Age anonymous writer's spinoff of Cervantes' masterpiece showed the peril and potential of new printing technologyFri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000When You Die, You'll Probably Be Embalmed. Thank Abraham Lincoln For That president was an "early adopter" of embalming technology, helping to bring the modern death industry to the mainstream Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:06:30 +0000Where Do New Ideas Come From? close study, the genealogies of even the most original ideas can be tracedTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:50:42 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Evaporation as a Renewable Energy Source’s the big deal with evaporation-driven engines?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Country“Wine Cubes” will be popping up on Armenian vineyards—and building up the country’s enotourism industry Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:32:20 +0000This Philly Transformation Plan Rethinks the Neighborhood School city housing authority’s designs for a mixed-income community include a once-shuttered high school that could guard against displacement amid changeFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How a Deadly Flesh-Eating Fungus Helped Make Bats Cute Again silver lining to the worldwide epidemic of white nose syndrome: People like bats more nowThu, 26 Oct 2017 17:07:48 +0000Is Black Light the Path to a Stink-Free Livestock Farm? at Iowa State University are using a new technique involving the UV-light producing device to curb bad odors Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000How Elysian Brewing Company Turns a 1,790-Pound Pumpkin Into a Keg is this insane thing really a pumpkin?Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:26:27 +0000This Breathtaking Railway Was Built in Just Two Years White Pass & Yukon railway system was built in 1898, connecting Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, CanadaThu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000You Should Thank Maurice Hilleman for Helping You Live Past the Age of 10 “Greatest Scientist of the 20th Century” created vaccines for pandemics and childhood illnessesWed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Video Gamers Make Our Food Supply Safer? effort to combat poisonous molds that contaminate crops is looking to tap the puzzle-solving skills of amateur gamersWed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Next Pandemic Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Museum of Natural History, we look at the past, present and future of the fluTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:05:52 +0000How to Stop a Lethal Virus tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a revolutionary flu vaccine before the next devastating epidemicTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic? there have already died of a new bird flu, putting world health authorities on high alertTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Forensics Tell Us About This Odd Plane Crash analysis of the engine from El-Al Flight 1862, which crashed on October 4, 1992, finds no explosive residue on itTue, 24 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Hedy Lamarr Was Hollywood’s Secret Weapon starlet patented an ingenious technology to help with the war effort, but it went unrecognized for decadesMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Could This Bionic Vision System Help Restore Sight? technology gives hope that blind patients, who lost sight from disease, might one day emerge from the darkThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Your Tears Can Generate Electricity protein found in human tears can create electricity when placed under pressure, potentially paving the way for better biomedical devicesThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Windows Tint With a Flick of a Switch engineers are developing electric windows that block glare without blocking your viewWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:20 +0000Could This Strange Fluid Prevent Concussions and Twisted Ankles? researchers, academics and industry have been using shear thickening fluids for body armor, better football helmets, rehabilitation tools and moreWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The $5 Million Dollar Ferrari of wheeling and dealing collectible cars have taught Robert M. Lee that it never hurts to askWed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonish scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new bookMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:42:38 +0000Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Scenes Glessner Lee's ‘Nutshell Studies’ exemplify the intersection of forensic science and craftMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Like Octopus Skin, This New Material Goes From 2D to 3D in Seconds are masters of disguise, able to change both the color and texture of their skin. Engineers have developed a material that can do similar tricksFri, 13 Oct 2017 13:57:45 +0000This Mapping Tool Could Help Wilderness Firefighters Plan Escape Routes may soon get safety help from a new technology that assesses terrain and plots a course outFri, 13 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Have We Been Building Chairs All Wrong? Dutch designer Joris Laarman uses algorithms and digital technology to innovate through constraintFri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Mobility for Disabled People? machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles could revolutionize how people with disabilities get around their communitiesWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:16:05 +0000How Marie Curie Brought X-Ray Machines To the Battlefield World War I, the scientist invented a mobile x-ray unit, called a "Little Curie," and trained 150 women to operate itWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:09:28 +0000The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One) a long-dead Galapagos tortoise will take Jurassic Park-esque tactics—but have humans already intervened too much?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Animal That Built Australia's Ghan Railway the 1860s, the Australian Outback was the scene of major railroad expansion. At the heart of it was an unusual animal helping haul people and cargoMon, 09 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Magic Tricks scientists have designed a trick that uses an algorithm to search the internet for the words most associated with imagesFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:20:39 +0000Use Your Hand (or Your Coffee Cup, or Your Cat) as a Remote Control new gesture recognition technology could allow users to turn almost any item into a remote for controlling televisions, tablets and moreFri, 06 Oct 2017 14:38:23 +0000How This Ship Handles Seas Loaded With Icebergs Ocean Endeavour is sailing toward a famous glacier near the Arctic town of Ilulissat. It's a route packed with dangerous icebergsFri, 06 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Is How You Stop an Old Train Tunnel from Flooding Albula Tunnel, the second longest on the Glacier Express line that cuts through the Swiss Alps, was opened in 1903Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovation rarely played ancient bells are newly analyzed with their acoustics remastered and digitized for a new exhibition at the Sackler GalleryThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Next Generation of Biofuels Could Come From These Five Crops are currently developing biofuels from these abundant species, which require relatively little land, water and fertilizerTue, 03 Oct 2017 18:51:23 +0000What Can Cities Do to Go "Blue"? a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against itMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:14:04 +0000How Does Human Echolocation Work? since he was very young, Daniel Kish is the world's foremost proponent of using vocal clicks to navigateMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:45:57 +0000Want to Learn Cherokee? How About Ainu? This Startup Is Teaching Endangered Languages founder Inky Gibbens explains how saving languages is a means of preserving different worldviewsFri, 29 Sep 2017 18:21:31 +0000Can a Chatbot Help You Prepare For Death?'re being designed to tee up end-of-life conversations, prep documents and provide spiritual counselingFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:27:19 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Stories an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Rock Lobster From a Farm Could Soon Be Coming To a Menu Near You lobster isn't just a B52's song, it's a beloved meal around the world. And now scientists have figured out how to raise them on a farmThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:20 +0000Army Scientists Put the "Pee" in Power combining urine and aluminum powder, soldiers may be able to produce energy in the fieldThu, 28 Sep 2017 17:45:04 +0000What Makes This Canadian Train So Special? Canadian passenger train has a unique streamlined design that goes back to the 1930s. It’s a rare aesthetic, perfectly captured by this fanThu, 28 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Crops team at Penn State University is developing a clip-on leaf sensor that measures water stress on individual plantsWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:11:45 +0000How Japanese High-Speed Trains Handle Earthquakes being on a Japanese high-speed train when an earthquake hits. This is a scenario that the Tokaido Shinkansen railway team has been planning forTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Origami Clothes Grow With Your Child Ryan Yasin is creating pleated garments that could save on money and wasteMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:24:59 +0000This Keyboard Cover Lets Users Actually Feel the Letters They Type college students found a way have a keyboard tap into our muscle memory of the alphabetMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:45:27 +0000How Do You Dock a Ship Into a Port That's 200 Feet Short? Viking Sea is docking into the Scottish port of Lerwick. It's a major challenge considering the port is over 200 feet shorter than the shipMon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Over 130 Factories Get New Lives as Tourist Destinations in Taiwan glassblowing to ribbon weaving, baking to soap making, the island offers innovative tourism attractions for every type of visitorFri, 22 Sep 2017 21:07:09 +0000Turning Irregular Heartbeats Into Music set of piano pieces could help doctors better understand heart rhythm disordersFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:12:21 +0000This Train Hauls Fish Up a Mountain for a Living path of the North Rail Express from Norway to Sweden is a challenging one: starting at sea level, the train will have to climb 25 miles upFri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000