Technology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:18:23 +0000Dubai Will Be Home To the World’s Biggest Vertical Farmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dubai-will-be-home-to-worlds-biggest-vertical-farm-180969655/An indoor megafarm might be the best way for the United Arab Emirates—a country that imports an estimated 85 percent of its food—to attempt to feed itselfMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:18:23 +0000This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Datahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-connecticut-farm-is-milking-cows-data-180969606/Robotic milkers, video cameras and even sensors hidden inside cows will help the facility get the most milk from a healthy herdWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:00:03 +0000How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs' Deadly Smoochhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tiny-trackers-could-help-humans-avoid-kissing-bugs-deadly-smooch-180969569/The insects, which spread Chagas disease, can now be tracked with miniature radios to stop the spread of illnessMon, 09 Jul 2018 15:28:39 +0000The Pickup Truck's Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pickup-trucks-transformation-from-humble-workhorse-to-fancy-toy-180969523/From 'rusty rattletraps' to 'big black jacked-up' rides, the vehicles symbolize blue-collar identity while flaunting bourgeois prosperityTue, 03 Jul 2018 15:17:11 +0000This Lighthouse Made Sailing Into San Francisco Bay Saferhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-lighthouse-made-sailing-into-san-franci/With heavy fog and windy conditions, sailing into San Francisco Bay has long been a hazardous affair. Then, in 1870, things got a lot saferTue, 03 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Personal Flying Machines of the Future Won't Look Much Like Jet Packshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/personal-flying-machines-future-wont-look-much-jetpacks-180969487/Judging from the GoFly competition, they're much more likely to resemble flying motorbikesMon, 02 Jul 2018 15:16:41 +0000What Will It Take to Make Vegan Wool?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-it-take-to-make-vegan-wool-180969478/A team of Colombian students has created a wool-like material from coconut fibers, hemp and mushroom enzymesFri, 29 Jun 2018 16:34:06 +0000The Intricate Skill That Goes Into Landing a Fighter Jethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-intricate-skill-that-goes-into-landing-a/Landing on an aircraft carrier's 300-feet runway seems like an impossible taskFri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armeniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/free-virtual-reality-app-drops-users-heart-historic-armenia-180969480/Painstaking imaging of cultural heritage sites worldwide has the potential to usher in a new era of participatory preservation effortsThu, 28 Jun 2018 15:01:35 +0000This Aircraft Carrier Cannon Fires 4,500 Rounds a Minutehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-aircraft-carrier-cannon-fires-4500-rou/The Sea Wiz is the affectionate nickname given to a 20mm Vulcan Cannon on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. It fires 4,500 rounds a minuteThu, 28 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Engineering the Perfect Wavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/engineering-perfect-wave-180969335/A technology breakthrough allows surf legend Kelly Slater to manufacture the same wave over and over againWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000"Time Banking" Is Catching On In the Digital Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/time-banking-is-catching-on-in-digital-world-180969437/Apps that allow users to pay for services in redeemable credits instead of cash are helping to build communitiesMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:12:50 +0000Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop School Shootings?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-intelligence-help-stop-school-shootings-180969288/Some researchers believe it could help predict student violence. Others worry about unintended consequencesFri, 22 Jun 2018 14:05:22 +0000This Device Pulls Water Out of Desert Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-device-pulls-water-out-of-desert-air-180969398/A new water harvester can extract water from extremely dry air, using only solar energyWed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000This NASA Satellite Can Map the Planet's Soil Moisture Content In Just Three Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-satellite-can-map-planets-soil-moisture-content-in-just-three-days-180969330/The speedy collection of this data will help with crop management and flood predictionWed, 13 Jun 2018 17:59:19 +0000How Guadalajara Reinvented Itself as a Technology Hubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-guadalajara-reinvented-itself-technology-hub-180969314/Mexico's second largest city has nimbly transformed into a R&D hotpsot, offering a model for the country's futureTue, 12 Jun 2018 15:48:42 +0000How Computer Scientists Model the Role of Religion in Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-computer-simulations-may-help-us-understand-religious-behavior-180969296/Virtual simulations attempt to show how faith influences human behavior in the face of terrorMon, 11 Jun 2018 15:49:28 +0000Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Smell Illnesses in Human Breathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-may-be-able-to-smell-illnesses-in-human-breath-180969286/Compounds in your breath could help AI detect illnesses, including different cancersMon, 11 Jun 2018 14:58:00 +0000How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forwardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-jurassic-park-made-history-25-years-ago-propelling-computer-generated-animation-forward-180969285/It was the first time that computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen. How has the technology improved since then?Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:01:48 +0000This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/handheld-device-could-print-new-skin-burn-victims-180969165/The machine prints sheets of a skin substitute directly onto burn wounds, potentially making skin grafting faster, cheaper and easierWed, 30 May 2018 15:21:30 +0000Seven Airplane Innovations That Could Change How We Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-airplane-innovations-that-could-change-how-we-travel-180969166/In-flight virtual reality entertainment? Bunk beds in the cargo hold? These innovations may be the future of flight. Tue, 29 May 2018 14:19:16 +0000Window Cleaning One of Chicago's Tallest Buildingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/window-cleaning-one-of-chicagos-tallest-bui/Chicago, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, throws some pretty unusual challenges at its daring window cleanersTue, 29 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Teaching Refugees How To Map Their World Could Have Huge Benefitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teaching-refugees-how-to-map-their-world-could-have-huge-benefits-180969120/A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create maps—an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisisMon, 21 May 2018 14:42:21 +0000