Technology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-2017-180967316/Kid tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-sugarcane-fuel-airplanes-180967288/Scientists 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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +0000