Technology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenWed, 13 Feb 2019 19:06:06 +0000How NASA's Opportunity Rover Made Mars Part of Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-nasas-opportunity-rover-made-mars-part-earth-180971484/After more than 15 years exploring the surface of Mars, the Opportunity rover has finally roved its last legWed, 13 Feb 2019 19:06:06 +0000The Patents Behind Your Box of Valentine's Day Chocolateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-your-box-valentines-day-chocolates-180971478/Before you sample a truffle or a coconut cream, consider all of the innovation that has been poured into the sweets and their lovely presentationWed, 13 Feb 2019 17:23:09 +0000The Pharmacist Who Launched America's Modern Candy Industryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pharmacist-who-launched-americas-modern-candy-industry-180971354/Oliver Chase invented a lozenge-cutting machine that led to Necco wafers, Sweethearts and the mechanization of candy makingFri, 08 Feb 2019 15:41:24 +0000Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/artificial-intelligence-study-human-genome-finds-unknown-human-ancestor-species-180971436/The genetic footprint of a "ghost population" may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in SiberiaFri, 08 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0000How Lego Patents Helped Build a Toy Empire, Brick by Brickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-lego-patents-helped-build-toy-empire-brick-by-brick-180971429/The Danish toy company invented its basic brick, then designed a toddler-friendly version, before adding mini figures to the mixThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:21:23 +0000The Patents Behind Pasta Shapeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-pasta-shapes-180971388/When you sit down to a bowl, be it gnocchi or Kraft macaroni, consider the design work and innovation that have gone into itFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:53 +0000Color TV Transformed the Way Americans Saw the World, and the World Saw Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/color-tv-transformed-way-americans-saw-world-world-saw-america-180971343/A historian of 20th century media argues that the technological innovation was the quintessential Cold War machineFri, 25 Jan 2019 17:36:26 +0000The Accidental Invention of Bubble Wraphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/accidental-invention-bubble-wrap-180971325/Two inventors turned a failed experiment into an irresistibly poppable product that revolutionized the shipping industryWed, 23 Jan 2019 17:13:19 +0000How General Motors Introduced the Idea of a 'Concept Car'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-general-motors-introduced-idea-concept-car-180971284/Eighty years ago, the Buick Y-job was billed as the car of the futureFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Used a Robot to Study How Prehistoric Lizards Walkedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-used-robot-study-how-prehistoric-lizards-evolved-walk-land-180971283/OroBOT, a robot version of an ancestor to the dinosaurs, is helping fill in some gaps in the evolution of walkingWed, 16 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000Seven Unforgettable Inventions Unveiled at This Year's CEShttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-unforgettable-inventions-watch-ces-2019-180971235/From a self-driving suitcase to a flying taxi, these concepts made a splash at the huge trade show in Las VegasFri, 11 Jan 2019 16:12:44 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-innovators-watch-2019-180971194/These big thinkers are set to make news this year with exciting developments in transportation, energy, health, food science and moreThu, 10 Jan 2019 16:28:32 +0000This Lobster Trap Aims to Protect Endangered Whales — and Fishers’ Livelihoodshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lobster-trap-aims-protect-endangered-whalesand-fishers-livelihoods-180971208/A team of engineers is designing a low-cost, lineless, self-surfacing lobster trap that would prevent right whale entanglementThu, 10 Jan 2019 14:48:15 +0000These Technologies Could Put an End to Leaky Water Mainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-technologies-could-put-end-leaky-water-mains-180971177/Two inventors have come up with radically different approaches to try to solve the widespread problem of aging water infrastructureMon, 07 Jan 2019 16:24:15 +0000How Taiwan Has Achieved One of the Highest Recycling Rates in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-taiwan-has-achieved-one-highest-recycling-rates-world-180971150/Once nicknamed "Garbage Island," the region now has a success story to shareThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The 'Pole of Inaccessibility' Has Eluded Adventurers for More Than a Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pole-inaccessibility-has-eluded-adventurers-more-than-century-180971012/This winter, explorers will once again set out for the most remote part of the Arctic OceanThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Here's What the Future of Haptic Technology Looks (Or Rather, Feels) Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/heres-what-future-haptic-technology-looks-or-rather-feels-180971097/Bringing the sense of touch to virtual reality experiences could impact everything from physical rehabilitation to online shoppingFri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000From 3-D Printed Gills to AI Dolphin Dictionaries, These Innovations Could Make Us More Like Aquamanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-3-d-printed-gills-to-ai-dolphin-dictionaries-these-innovations-could-make-us-more-like-aquaman-180971108/If you look beyond the movie, you can see how the underwater superhero's signature powers translate in real techFri, 21 Dec 2018 21:31:51 +0000Will Digital License Plates Drive Us Forward or Leave Us Fuming?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-digital-license-plates-drive-us-forward-or-leave-us-fuming-180971093/California-based Reviver Auto has rolled out an electronic license plate that could benefit drivers, as well as cities and statesFri, 21 Dec 2018 15:10:33 +0000