Innovation | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Optionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-housing-market-america-needs-more-options-180967267/From granny pods to morphing apartments, the future of shelter is evolvingMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-pressure-suit-helped-pilots-survive-new_1/Aviation 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 Engineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-fruit-fly-brains-could-improve-our-search-engines-180967257/Fruit 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 Eriehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/man-dead-set-on-building-offshore-wind-farm-lake-erie-180967200/Lorry 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/head-world-bank-believes-investing-people-promote-peace-180965172/With 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' Alonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-puerto-ricos-power-cant-come-from-solar-microgrids-alone-180967176/The 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 Earlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-inexpensive-scanning-device-could-catch-skin-cancer-early-180967159/A 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 Jaundicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-light-emitting-pajamas-could-help-treat-newborns-with-jaundice-180967147/The 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 Spaceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-instagram-changing-way-we-design-cultural-spaces-180967071/As 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sleek-portable-toilet-and-other-design-solutions-disaster-victims-180967096/The 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?"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-livestream-next-pandemic-are-we-prepared-180967069/Thought 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 Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artificial-intelligence-could-revolutionize-museum-research-180967065/A 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 Attackshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/computer-systems-sensors-could-put-stop-to-car-based-attacks-180967076/Driver 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 Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-ripped-off-sequel-don-quixote-predicted-piracy-digital-age-180967048/An 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 Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lincolns-embrace-embalming-birthed-american-funeral-industry-180967038/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-do-new-ideas-come-from-180965202/With 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 Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-evaporation-renewable-energy-source-180967017/What’s the big deal with evaporation-driven engines?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Countryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-mobile-wine-tasting-rooms-could-revolutionize-armenian-wine-country-180966988/“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 Schoolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/philly-transformation-plan-rethinks-neighborhood-school-180966983/The 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 Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flesh-eating-fungus-helped-make-bats-cute-again-180966974/A 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/black-light-path-stink-free-livestock-farm-180966965/Researchers 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 Keghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-elysian-brewing-company-turns-1790-pound-pumpkin-keg-180966963/And is this insane thing really a pumpkin?Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:26:27 +0000This Breathtaking Railway Was Built in Just Two Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-breathtaking-railway-was-built-in-just/The 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 10https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-should-thank-maurice-hilleman-helping-you-live-past-age-10-180965369/The “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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-video-gamers-make-our-food-supply-safer-180965355/An 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 Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/next-pandemic-180965242/With 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 Virushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-lethal-virus-180965217/With 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-ground-zero-future-pandemic-180965213/Hundreds 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 Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-forensics-tell-us-about-this-odd-plane-_1/Forensic 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 Weaponhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hollywood-secret-weapon-180965209/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-bionic-vision-system-help-restore-sight-180965305/The 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/your-tears-can-generate-electricity-180965135/A 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 Switchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-windows-tint-flick-switch-180964646/Stanford 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-strange-fluid-prevent-concussions-180965272/Army 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 Ferrarihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-5-million-dollar-ferrari/Years 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, Soonishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-technologies-will-change-our-lives-soonish-180965276/A 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 Sceneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/home-where-corpse-frances-glessner-lees-miniature-dollhouse-crime-scenes-180965204/Frances 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/like-octopus-skin-this-new-material-goes-from-2d-to-3d-in-seconds-180965247/Octopi 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 Routeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-mapping-tool-could-help-wilderness-firefighters-plan-escape-routes-180965253/Firefighters 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/have-we-been-building-chairs-all-wrong-180965194/Experimental 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-self-driving-cars-future-mobility-disabled-people-180965241/Combining 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 Battlefieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-marie-curie-brought-x-ray-machines-to-battlefield-180965240/During 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)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/island-where-scientists-bring-extinct-reptiles-back-life-180965041/Reviving 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 Railwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-unlikely-animal-that-built-australias-g/In 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 Trickshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-intelligence-improving-magic-tricks-180965139/Computer 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/use-your-hand-or-your-coffee-cup-or-banana-or-your-cat-remote-control-180965111/A 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 Icebergshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-this-ship-handles-seas-loaded-with-icebergs/The 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 Floodinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-how-you-stop-an-old-train-tunnel-fro/The 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 Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/These 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 Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/next-generation-biofuels-could-come-from-these-five-crops-180965099/Researchers 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"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-cities-do-to-go-blue-180965085/In 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-does-human-echolocation-work-180965063/Blind 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 Languageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/want-learn-cherokee-how-about-ainu-startup-teaching-endangered-languages-180965076/Tribalingual 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-chatbot-help-you-prepare-for-death-180965071/They'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 Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/How 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 Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rock-lobster-farm-could-soon-be-coming-menu-near-you-180965064/Rock 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 Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/army-scientists-put-pee-power-180965053/By 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/1004949_1_3451906_eps01_models_yt_pl/The 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 Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/snap-sensor-could-tell-farmers-exactly-how-much-water-their-crops-180965036/A 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 Earthquakeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1004949_1_3451907_eps01_shinkansen_yt_pl/Imagine 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 Childhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/origami-clothes-grow-your-child-180965010/Designer 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 Typehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-keyboard-cover-lets-users-actually-feel-letters-they-type-180964992/Two 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1003687_2_3451006_eps01_vikingsea_yt_pl/The 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 Taiwanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-taiwans-tourism-factories-180964778/From 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 Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-irregular-heartbeats-music-180964991/A 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 Livinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1003687_2_3451005_eps01-europa2_chef_yt/The 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