Technology | Smithsonian feed for TechnologyenWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017 tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes? 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 Heights 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 Engines 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 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 Attacks 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 Age 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? 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 Years 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 Crash 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 Switch 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? 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 Ferrari 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, Soonish 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 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 Routes 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? 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 Battlefield 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 Railway 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 Tricks 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 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 Icebergs 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 Flooding 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?'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 You 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 Crops 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 Earthquakes 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? 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