Technology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenFri, 16 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +000014 Fun Facts About Roller Coastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-fun-facts-about-roller-coasters-180972920/For starters, one of the oldest coasters in America carried coal before it carried passengersFri, 16 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000These Lenses Zoom With a Couple Blinks of Your Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-lenses-zoom-with-couple-blinks-eyes-180972887/Researchers have developed a soft polymer lens that changes shape based on electrical inputTue, 13 Aug 2019 14:45:20 +0000For 100 Years, KitchenAid Has Been the Stand-Up Brand of Stand Mixershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/100-years-kitchenaid-has-been-stand-brand-stand-mixers-180972838/Even celebrity chef Julia Child said that the sleek appliance made mixing 'marvelous'Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:34:06 +0000This Device Can Hear You Talking to Yourselfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-can-hear-voice-inside-your-head-180972785/AlterEgo could help people with communication or memory problems by broadcasting internal monologuesMon, 05 Aug 2019 15:49:58 +0000Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Health Care for Everyone?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-artificial-intelligence-improve-health-care-for-everyone-180972758/A.I.-driven medical tools could democratize health care, but some worry they could also worsen inequalitiesWed, 31 Jul 2019 14:21:34 +0000Thirty Years Ago, Game Boy Changed the Way America Played Video Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/thirty-years-ago-game-boy-changed-way-america-played-video-games-180972743/Nintendo's handheld gaming system proved to be a huge success, thanks to its durability and battery lifeMon, 29 Jul 2019 14:42:05 +0000Why Lie Detector Tests Can't Be Trustedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-lie-detector-tests-cant-be-trusted-180972724/Federal agencies embraced the polygraph in the 1950s to reassure the public that they could unmask spies Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:01:35 +0000The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/most-irish-town-america-built-seaweed-180972701/After discovering 'Irish moss' in coastal waters, Irish immigrants launched a booming mossing industry in Scituate, MassachusettsMon, 22 Jul 2019 17:17:38 +0000This Artist Imagines How Nature Evolves Following an Environmental Apocalypsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-imagines-how-nature-evolves-following-environmental-apocalypse-180972679/Ginny Ruffner’s “Reforestation of the Imagination” at the Renwick uses augmented reality to show the plants that might grow after environment devastationFri, 19 Jul 2019 15:46:09 +0000The Scientist Behind Some of Our Favorite Junk Foods https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientist-behind-some-our-favorite-junk-foods-180972624/William A. Mitchell invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, Tang and other 20th-century treatsFri, 19 Jul 2019 14:49:57 +0000Neil Armstrong’s Restored Spacesuit Put Back on Display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-armstrongs-restored-spacesuit-put-back-display-smithsonians-national-air-and-space-museum-180972654/The spacesuit, which Armstrong wore when he walked on the moon during Apollo 11, is available for public viewing and as a 3-D model onlineTue, 16 Jul 2019 14:13:55 +0000The Best Books About the Apollo Program and Landing on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-books-about-apollo-program-and-landing-moon-180972653/From astronaut autobiographies to definitive accounts from leading historians, these are the must reads about the landmark missionTue, 16 Jul 2019 13:09:43 +0000Will Cities of the Future Have Floating Farms?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-cities-future-have-floating-farms-180972634/In the Netherlands, an experimental floating dairy farm promises to reduce emissions and increase food securityFri, 12 Jul 2019 13:45:51 +0000Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-scientific-findings-could-lead-new-inventions-180972615/From cat tongues to dandelions seeds, engineers often look in peculiar places for inspirationFri, 12 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/apollo-engineers-discuss-what-it-took-land-moon-180972580/The people who bent metal and built spaceships recall the culture and leadership that made it possible to send humans to the lunar surfaceFri, 12 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Winshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/battles-man-machine-james-bond-always-wins-180972627/We love the suave character because he soothes our anxieties about the power of humans in an increasingly technological worldThu, 11 Jul 2019 19:43:49 +0000Danny Thompson's Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/danny-thompson-blazing-pursuit-of-racing-glory-180972541/An American tale of speed demons, murder and a son's attempt to complete his father's unfinished legacyWed, 10 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Wind Storm in Australia Nearly Interrupted the Moon Landing Broadcasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wind-storm-australia-almost-interrupted-apollo-11-moon-landing-broadcast-180972581/As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, radio telescope operators in New South Wales scrambled to receive the live videoTue, 09 Jul 2019 18:00:00 +0000From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad's Engineering Talent Had No Limitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-family-station-wagon-apollo-lunar-rover-dads-engineering-talent-had-no-limits-180972574/Stricken with polio as an adult, he retired from the military and joined NASA's ingenious design teamTue, 09 Jul 2019 16:33:58 +0000The Walkman's Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/walkman-invention-40-years-ago-launched-cultural-revolution-180972552/In 1979, the new device forever changed the way we listened to musicTue, 09 Jul 2019 14:00:00 +0000Seven Inventions for a Safer Fourth of Julyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-inventions-safer-fourth-july-180972544/From fireworks shields to seat belts, these inventions throughout history have made summer fun less riskyWed, 03 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000How Xerox's Intellectual Property Prevented Anyone From Copying Its Copiershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-xeroxs-intellectual-property-prevented-anyone-from-copying-copiers-180972536/The company used patents and trademarks to develop a line of machines based on inventor Chester Carlson's 'electrophotography'Tue, 02 Jul 2019 17:29:37 +0000A Translator for Baby Cries? Yes, Pleasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/translator-baby-cries-yes-please-180972486/Researchers have developed an algorithm to identify cries that signal pain or sicknessMon, 01 Jul 2019 17:25:58 +0000How the Escalator Forever Changed Our Sense of Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-escalator-forever-changed-our-sense-space-180972468/Sure, the 19th-century invention transformed shopping. But it also revolutionized how we think about the built environmentThu, 27 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Voting Machine That Displayed Different Ballots Based on Your Sexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/voting-machine-displayed-different-ballots-based-sex-180972434/In an era of partial suffrage, these inventions helped women cast their votesWed, 26 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lightsail-2-launches-space-soar-power-sunshine-180972485/The Planetary Society's second solar sail will attempt to use sunlight to fly through spaceTue, 25 Jun 2019 12:34:00 +0000The Augmented Reality App That Lets You Experience the Moon Landinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/augmented-reality-app-lets-you-experience-moon-landing-180972465/Tied to a new series from the Smithsonian Channel, the app is the closest you can get to being on the moon without time-traveling to 1969Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Accidental Invention of the Super Soakerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/accidental-invention-super-soaker-180972428/A leak in a heat pump gave rocket scientist Lonnie Johnson the idea for his powerful squirt gunFri, 21 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0000How the Invention of Scotch Tape Led to a Revolution in How Companies Managed Employeeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-invention-scotch-tape-led-revolution-how-companies-managed-employees-180972437/College dropout Richard Drew became an icon of 20th century innovation, inventing cellophane tape, masking tape and moreThu, 20 Jun 2019 15:29:31 +0000'Vis-O-Matic' Was the 1950s Version of Online Shoppinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vis-o-matic-was-1950s-version-online-shopping-180972448/A Canadian department store tried to revolutionize buying when it opened a shop with booths and screens for ordering merchandiseThu, 20 Jun 2019 15:12:32 +0000Engineers Built a Robotic Lionfish With an Energetic Bloodstreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/engineers-built-robotic-lionfish-energetic-bloodstream-180972454/The robo-fish pumps energy-packed liquid through vein-like tubes to move its fins and swim for hoursWed, 19 Jun 2019 17:01:00 +0000