Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Space is on orbit to become the first art piece created in spaceTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:03:37 +0000Where We Got the Term “Banana Republic” it’s not a great moment in American historyWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Japan Tries (and Fails) to Launch a Tiny Rocket teensy satellites into space isn’t just an experiment in cute—it's an effort to reduce the cost of sending tech into spaceMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:07:19 +0000In 1957, The U.S. Flew a Jet Around the World to Prove it Could Drop a Nuclear Bomb Anywhere B-52 bomber that made the flight was part of a new bomber class that was still proving its worthMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000Since First Successfully Used 75 Years Ago, Ejection Seats Have Saved Thousands faster an airplane is moving, the harder it is to get out of: that's why ejection seats are so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Department of Defense Calls for Biodegradable, Seed-Planting Ammo seed bombs could make Army training easier on the environment Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:40:08 +0000How a Children's Toy Could Help Fight Malaria 20-cent whirligig-like centrifuge could help doctors in remote regions diagnose diseaseThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:34 +0000This Swiss Grocery Will Soon Sell Mealworm Burgers the continued quest for sustainable proteins, another company is wriggling into the market Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000People Have Tried to Make U.S. Cigarette Warning Labels More Graphic for Decades this day in 1964, the surgeon general officially said that smoking causes cancer. But warning labels in America still don't show its effects Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:00 +0000The Hot Toddy: A “Medicinal” Drink That Might Actually Work National Hot Toddy Day, warm up with this tasty drink, whether you're sick or notWed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Three-Wheeled, Battery-Powered Plastic Car-Bike Was a Giant Flop in 1985 today, some have asked if Sir Clive Sinclair was just ahead of his timeTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:55:00 +0000John D. Rockefeller Was the Richest Person To Ever Live. Period Oil, his company, is one of the biggest reasons we have anti-monopoly lawsTue, 10 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Tech Writers Said About the iPhone When It Debuted Ten Years Ago everyone thought the sleek phone/browser/music player would have mainstream appealMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:00:32 +0000The Inventor of the Telegraph Was Also America’s First Photographer daguerreotype craze took over New York in the mid-nineteenth centuryMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:35:33 +0000Finland Has a New Social Experiment: Giving People Free Money thousand unemployed Finns will now get around $594 a month—whether they get jobs or notThu, 05 Jan 2017 21:01:41 +0000On This Day in 1847, a Texas Ranger Walked Into Samuel Colt’s Shop and Said, Make Me a Six-Shooter Colt was a clever marketer as well as a talented inventorWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000If Isaac Asimov Had Named The Smartphone, He Might Have Called It The “Pocket Computer Mark II” sci-fi author correctly predicted a number of innovations that have come to passMon, 02 Jan 2017 15:28:16 +0000The Year in National Parks people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000How a Red Party Cup Became an American Icon's just something about Solo cupsThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:31:54 +0000Five Years Ago, This Island Nation Lost an Entire Day this day in 2011, Samoa switched sides of the international date line for the second time, losing December 30 in the process. Here's whyThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:36:08 +0000You Can Hear Hagia Sophia’s Sublime Acoustics Without a Trip to Istanbul scientists have digitally created the building’s unique sound, taking listeners back to the Middle AgesTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Crossword Puzzles Are Still Mostly Written By Humans can write sports articles, replace stock brokers and help diagnose patients. But they can’t write good crosswordsWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000Presidents Can Be Impeached Because Benjamin Franklin Thought It Was Better Than Assassination founding fathers struggled with the idea of whether the top leader should be impeachableMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:46:28 +0000On This Day, The Black Box Proved Its Worth Park Slope plane crash was a tragedy, but it proved the importance of the flight data recorderFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31:27 +0000Ever Wonder Who Invented The Tea Bag? two competing origin stories are linked by one thing: convenienceThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:36:31 +0000Why Basketball Is The Perfect Sport for Virtual Reality Naismith invented basketball on this day in 1891. He couldn’t have seen VR comingThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:35:00 +0000Silicon Valley Owes Its Success To This Tech Genius You’ve Never Heard Of Noyce was one of the founders of Silicon ValleyMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:33:07 +0000Another Weird Facet of America’s Strangest National Park: The Conscience Pile mail stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park, but they can't be returned to their original sitesFri, 09 Dec 2016 17:43:28 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candy cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Alan Turing’s World War II Headquarters Will Once Again House Codebreakers Park is being revived as a cybersecurity training centerTue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000Escape With a Virtual Ride on the World’s Steepest Train are looking up (down, right and left) thanks to a 360-degree video captures a stunning Norwegian fjord Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:40:01 +0000Dallas Proposes the Country's Largest Urban Park 10,000-acre Nature District could turn the Trinity River into the city’s centerpieceMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:24:22 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death? new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000One Hundred and Three Years Ago Today, Henry Ford Introduced the Assembly Line: His Workers Hated It was seen as one more way the automaker could exert rigid control over his employeesThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:32:55 +0000The 'Flying Scotsman' Made Train History When The Speedometer Hit 100 first locomotive to hit 100 miles per hour was billed as "The Most Famous Train in the World"Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:09 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapse satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000The Forgotten Car That Won America's First Auto Race zippy roadster won America's first automobile race in 1895 with an average speed of 5 mphMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:50 +0000New Technology Shows Fetuses From the Inside Using Virtual Reality's a view that could change prenatal careTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:04:58 +0000