Technology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenTue, 23 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000With Fungi In the Mix, Concrete Can Fill Its Own Crackshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-fungi-in-mix-concrete-can-fill-its-own-cracks-180967911/Adding fungus might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to repair any damage, without the need for human interventionTue, 23 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Could AI One Day Detect the Flu...Before You Even Feel Sick?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-ai-one-day-detect-flu-you-even-feel-sick-180967856/New research into the subtle facial signs of illness could one day help train artificial intelligence systems to scan for infectionsThu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Here's My Problem With the Google Arts & Culture Face-Matching App https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-my-problem-google-arts-culture-face-matching-app-180967843/Kim 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 Vitalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/yes-putting-an-emergency-oxygen-mask-on-fir_1/Investigators 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 +0000Will Traditional Colleges and Universities Become Obsolete?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-traditional-colleges-universities-become-obsolete-180967788/Artificial 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 +0000This New Zealand Farmer Revolutionized Modern Planeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-new-zealand-farmer-revolutionized-moder_1/In 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 +0000The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Teslahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/extraordinary-life-nikola-tesla-180967758/The eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags lifeFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:27:30 +0000How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-augmented-reality-helping-raise-awareness-about-one-armenias-most-endangered-species-1-180967670/ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:16:38 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-innovators-watch-2018-180967648/Meet a group of trailblazers in medicine, education, art, transportation, artificial intelligence and moreFri, 29 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Rise of Indoor Navigationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rise-indoor-navigation-180967632/You 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 +0000Inventing the Jet Engine Came With a Few Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/inventing-the-jet-engine-came-with-a-few-dis_1/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-fiber-optics-detect-earthquakes-180967585/By 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 +0000How Other Countries Deal With Net Neutralityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-other-countries-deal-net-neutrality-180967558/As 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 Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-robots-star-wars-tell-us-about-future-human-work-180967535/The 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 Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/virtual-reality-allowing-see-some-worlds-most-inaccessible-archaeological-sites-180967534/A 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 +0000Footage of the First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Testhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/footage-of-the-first-martin-baker-ejection-s_1/Bernard 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 Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/aol-instant-messenger-taught-us-how-to-communicate-in-modern-world-180967484/As AIM sunsets, let's reflect on its role in preparing people for today's digital messaging methodsMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:13:31 +0000Amazon Now Has a Patent For a “Garden Service”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/amazon-now-has-patent-garden-service-180967445/The massive online retailer might recommend recipes and tools based on pictures of your plot Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:14:39 +0000Experts Assess Why This Plane Fell Off a Cliffhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/experts-assess-why-this-plane-fell-off-a-cliff_1/On 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 Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-hurricane-data-into-music-180967414/Can listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think soWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000How a Wii Handset Inspired a Low-Cost 3D Ultrasoundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wii-handset-inspired-low-cost-3d-ultrasound-180967426/After 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 +0000This App Can Diagnose Your Car Troublehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-can-diagnose-your-car-trouble-180967412/MIT 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 Nightmarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-routine-landing-turns-into-every-pilots-n_1/On 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 Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-googles-plan-reinvent-cities-180967368/A 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 Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/the-science-behind-first-nuclear-chain-reaction-180967375/That fateful discovery helped give us nuclear power reactors and the atomic bombFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:52:05 +0000Why Jony Ive Is Apple's Design Geniushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jony-ive-apple-design-genius-180967232/His work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our livesTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Can an Algorithm Diagnose Pneumonia? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/algorithm-diagnose-pneumonia-180967327/Stanford 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 +0000