Innovation | Smithsonian feed for InnovationenWed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Electric Eels Inspire A New Type of Battery took a cue from the electric eel to create a soft, foldable battery that could one day power devices like pacemakersWed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Here's My Problem With the Google Arts & Culture Face-Matching App Sajet, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, offers ideas to make it betterTue, 16 Jan 2018 22:08:01 +0000Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vital looking into the crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks?Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Could Giant "Solar Rigs" Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel? at Columbia University have designed a device that could make the process economically viableThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000Will Traditional Colleges and Universities Become Obsolete? intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, in-person learningWed, 10 Jan 2018 15:30:56 +0000As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines and military bases are using the bivalve to defend against flooding and damage from climate change-driven storms Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000This New Zealand Farmer Revolutionized Modern Planes the early 1900s, a New Zealand farmer named Richard Pearse built what looked like a flying bicycle. Some of the ideas he developed are now standardWed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000For People Living with Disabilities, New Products Prove Both Practical and Stylish Hewitt turns its design eye to beautifully styled wheelchairs, hearing aids and other accessible innovationsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:15:59 +0000Three Architecture Projects That Will Build Community and Address Inequality This Year projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recoveryMon, 08 Jan 2018 15:36:52 +0000The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags lifeFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:27:30 +0000How Museums Are Becoming More Sensory-Friendly For Those With Autism increasing number of institutions are developing programs that make exhibitions more accessible to those with developmental disabilitiesFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Costs and Benefits of Hydropower rivers may seem like a clean and easy solution for Albania and other energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the detailsFri, 05 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future decades before the personal computer, a shy engineer unveiled the tools that would drive the tech revolutionWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Future of Energy new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:06:50 +0000Greek Yogurt Fuels Your Morning...And Your Plane? have developed a method for turning yogurt whey into bio-oil, which could potentially be processed into biofuel for planesWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:02:38 +0000The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation'The Population Bomb' made dire predictions—and triggered a wave of repression around the worldTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Species Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:16:38 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2018 a group of trailblazers in medicine, education, art, transportation, artificial intelligence and moreFri, 29 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Would You Eat Food Made With "Trash"? increasing number of food companies are using food normally destined for the dumpster, and a new study shows eco-minded consumers don't mind a bitThu, 28 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Rise of Indoor Navigation may never get lost in a mall again with these new technologies, designed to help you navigate inside places traditional GPS-based mapping apps can'tFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:04:30 +0000Putting Miniature Museums Where You Are Likely To See Them nonprofit MICRO is on a mission to meet people where they are, staging small exhibitions in busy, public placesThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Inventing the Jet Engine Came With a Few Disasters invention of the jet engine was the crowning achievement of engineer Frank Whittle. But the path to glory was littered with countless obstaclesWed, 20 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Fiber Optics Detect Earthquakes? monitoring every grumble, shiver and burp our planet makes, researchers hope to be more prepared to take action when things go awryTue, 19 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Can a Video Game Treat ADHD?'s designed to stimulate neural pathways in the brain tied to sustaining attention and controlling impulsivityMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:09:51 +0000Doctors Are 3D Printing Ear Bones To Help With Hearing Loss printing custom bone prostheses, researchers hope they can better fix a certain kind of hearing loss Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Where Would Pandemic Flu Wreak the Most Havoc? virulent flu strain would overwhelm developing countries where health care systems are already flounderingFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:27 +0000How Other Countries Deal With Net Neutrality the U.S. weakens its protections for internet users, it risks falling behind the rest of the worldFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:38:06 +0000What the Robots of Star Wars Tell Us About the Future of Human Work films' much-loved robots exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans—and like us, they are prone to errorsThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:05 +0000Virtual Reality Is Allowing Us To See Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Sites Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with its past through virtual reality models of sacred sitesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:18:02 +0000Instead of Killing Bacteria, Can We Just "Turn Off" Its Ability To Cause Infections? could have an answer to antibiotic resistance, and it involves using epigenetics to reprogram bacteriaWed, 13 Dec 2017 19:27:46 +0000Can "Avatar Therapy" Help People Confront Hallucinations? a recent study, schizophrenics engaged the distressing voices they hear through digital audio-visual representationsTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footage of the First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Test Lynch was an engineer fitter at British aviation firm Martin-Baker. But his main claim to fame was as the fearless test subjectTue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000AOL Instant Messenger Taught Us How To Communicate in the Modern World AIM sunsets, let's reflect on its role in preparing people for today's digital messaging methodsMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:13:31 +0000What a Vice President of the Humane Society Has To Say About Lab-Grown Meat a new book, Paul Shapiro describes clean meat as a promising alternative to industrial-scale farmingMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:37:41 +0000Amazon Now Has a Patent For a “Garden Service” massive online retailer might recommend recipes and tools based on pictures of your plot Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:14:39 +0000There's a Giant Warehouse Full of Product Launches That Failed open to the public, this expansive archive schools marketers in the art of pitchmanshipThu, 07 Dec 2017 19:40:25 +0000Can Honeybees Monitor Pollution? tiny pollinators are useful sentinels of what’s going on in an ecosystem, and might just be environmentalists’ best assetThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Importance of Graduating in the Navajo Way in traditional knowledge, as well as global issues, form the foundation of this Navajo Nation universityThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Experts Assess Why This Plane Fell Off a Cliff October 10, 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 overran the runway at Stord Airport in Norway, and careened off a nearby cliffThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Turning Hurricane Data Into Music listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think soWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000An Update on Past Ingenuity Award Winners are they now?Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:45:38 +0000How a Wii Handset Inspired a Low-Cost 3D Ultrasound playing games with his son, a Duke physician invented a medical tool that could put ultrasound imaging in the hands of more doctorsWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Museum of Failure Showcases the Beauty of the Epic Fail new exhibition of inventions that bombed boldly celebrates the world’s most creative screw-upsTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:18:15 +0000This App Can Diagnose Your Car Trouble engineers have developed an app that uses smartphone sensors to determine why your car's making that funny noiseTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:29:50 +0000A Routine Landing Turns Into Every Pilot's Nightmare April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 was making a routine landing. Suddenly, the plane tilts dangerously to the leftTue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Google's Plan to Reinvent Cities waterfront neighborhood in Toronto will be a test bed for technological innovations. It also raises concerns about privacy. Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:02:44 +0000The Science Behind the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, Which Ushered in the Atomic Age 75 Years Ago fateful discovery helped give us nuclear power reactors and the atomic bombFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:52:05 +0000This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Star works and machinations of Thomas Wilfred, a lone performer, inventor and visionary, are now on viewFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:14:12 +0000The Things People Do To Foil Energy-Saving Buildings research on how occupants inhabit energy-efficient buildings reveals behaviors designers don't anticipate—and a slew of bloopersWed, 29 Nov 2017 19:35:54 +0000Why Jony Ive Is Apple's Design Genius work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our livesTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Marley Dias' Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Color can we learn from a 12-year-old who’s turning the literary world upside down? EverythingTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why the Team Behind Sesame Street Created a Character With Autism bravest new face on television is a Muppet that doesn’t say much. But she speaks volumes about life on the spectrumTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cells Steinberg defied convention when he began implanting living cells inside the brains of patients who had suffered from a strokeTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Can an Algorithm Diagnose Pneumonia? researchers claim they can detect the lung infection more accurately than an experienced radiologist. Some radiologists aren't so sure. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:59 +0000To Make Precision Medicine, Scientists Study the Circadian Rhythms in Plants are taking a close look at how precisely calibrated timekeepers in organisms influence plant-pathogen interactionsMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:49:08 +0000Scientists Are One Step Closer to a "Personalized" Flu Shot still decades away, new research shows how custom vaccines could be developedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:10:42 +0000Before You Swat That Mosquito, Record It on Your Cell Phone's the strategy behind Abuzz, a crowdsourcing project designed to track mosquito activity around the worldFri, 24 Nov 2017 14:21:22 +0000This Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachutes Safer the end of WWI, it became clear to the U.S. government that pilots needed parachutes to better save their livesFri, 24 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017 tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000Can Digital Pills and Drug Delivery Systems Get People to Take Their Meds? are among new approaches to dealing with a big problem in American health careWed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes? have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content, and they are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oilTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:30 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2017 to be a hit at your next party or family gathering? Bring a board game.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:10 +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 +0000