Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 29 May 2015 16:30:00 +000060 NASA Scientists are Trying to Build a Better Parachute Supreme Council of Parachute Experts wants to construct a parachute that can help a heavier craft land on MarsFri, 29 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Scientists Just Mummified a Human Leg to Test Ancient Egyptian Techniques took 208 days for Swiss scientists to mummify a fresh leg using natronThu, 28 May 2015 17:10:23 +0000Take a Drone Tour of Ancient History offer a soaring perspective of ancient sitesWed, 27 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Pac-Man Turns 35 This Month now-iconic game was originally released by Namco in 1980Wed, 27 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000This Surfboard Maps Waves and Gathers Ocean Data for Researchers would make surfers into citizen scientistsWed, 27 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 This Beer Was Brewed to Save Sea Stars new ale sends some proceeds to research on sea star wasting syndromeFri, 22 May 2015 18:16:21 +0000Jerusalem is Running Out of Room for the Dead new project looks to save space by building modern catacombsWed, 20 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000A Malaysian Farm is Playing Classical Music to its Chickens chickens roam in a barn filled with tunes from MozartTue, 19 May 2015 17:42:09 +0000Engineered Yeast Could Open up a DIY Painkiller Market modified microbes could also make cheaper and better opiatesTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Will Your Doctor One Day Pay You? research shows that incentive-based health programs really do workTue, 19 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Scientists Want to Unleash an Army of Caterpillars to Destroy Cocaine Crops scientists say the insect could replace cocaine-killing herbicides.Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Angry AI Will Train Telemarketers to Handle Angry Real People robot apocalypse will come with the howling fury of an angry customer service call.Mon, 18 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Twitter is Helping Scientists Spot More Northern Lights new study shows the power of social media to pinpoint where and when auroras occurSun, 17 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Stopping Malaria With Viagra can help boost the spleen’s ability to filter out infected blood cellsThu, 14 May 2015 15:18:11 +0000Stop Calling it Bird Flu: World Health Organization Calls for More Care in Naming Diseases naming guidelines issued to avoid stigmatizing communities.Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Alaska is Growing a Plant the Soviet Military Used in Secret Experiments root, or Rhodiola rosea, is also popular in Siberian folk medicineThu, 14 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Company is Turning Holocaust Survivor Interviews into Holograms are using new technology to keep Holocaust testimonies aliveWed, 13 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000How Snow Keeps the World’s Most Powerful Space Telescope Squeaky Clean snowflakes are being tested for use with Hubble’s successorWed, 13 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Computers Are Learning About Art Faster than Art Historians algorithm took just a few months to draw connections between artists that scholars have been working on for yearsWed, 13 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000New York State Forms Emergency Task Force to Protect Manicurists authorities spurred into action by New York Times expose uncovering health risks and wage theft in New York City’s nail salonsTue, 12 May 2015 12:58:35 +0000Starbucks Moves its Bottled Water Operations Out of California’s Drought water in California might not be a great idea, but many companies still do itSat, 09 May 2015 13:54:34 +0000How to Crash a Drone, Safely’s time to teach drones how to safely land in an emergency.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000A Streak in the Sky: Photographer Captures an Incredible Time-lapse Image of the Moon Voutilainen's photo took nearly 40 minutes to shootThu, 07 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here's How NASA is Keeping The Satellites Around Mars From Running Into Each Other is beefing up traffic monitoring as more satellites enter orbit around the red planet.Wed, 06 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000The Very First Self-Driving Semi Truck Has Hit the Road Freightliner Inspiration is the first commercially-licensed autonomous truckWed, 06 May 2015 15:24:23 +0000Department of Justice Says it’s Time to Reevaluate the Stingray Phone-Tracking System report says agency to take a look into cell phone snooping.Tue, 05 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000This African Plant Leads the Way to Diamond Deposits palm-like plant seems to grow only on top of diamond-rich deposits called kimberlite pipesTue, 05 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000This is How Bombardier Beetles Fire Explosives From Their Butts beetls have a special chamber in their abdomens where they mix together chemicals to produce an explosive reactionTue, 05 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Group of Scientists That Keeps Lenin’s 90-Year-Old Corpse Fresh years later, Vladimir Lenin’s body is still maintained by a Russian labFri, 01 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Report Suggests Top Psychologists Worked With the C.I.A. on Torture Program emails reveal secret collaboration between the A.P.A. and Bush AdministrationFri, 01 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here's Why The Italian Army is Growing Weed want to lower the price of medicinal marijuana by growing their ownFri, 01 May 2015 13:18:59 +0000The U.S. Military Has Developed Self-Steering Bullets bullets can help snipers hit moving targetsThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Have a Tattoo? The Apple Watch Might Not Work For You people with wrist ink say the Apple Watch can't detect their skinThu, 30 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000This is the View from Inside the Cockpit of a Solar-Powered Plane won’t be much sightseeing as the solar-powered airplane crosses the PacificThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Laptops of the Future May Not Have Space Bars recent Google patent points to a time when trackpads replace the trusty keyWed, 29 Apr 2015 16:36:12 +0000Brewmasters Now Using DNA Techniques to Spot Bad Batches of waiting for bacteria to grow, a quick genetic test can identify problem brewsTue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000Harnessing the Power of Peer Pressure Could Help Reduce Traffic are more likely to carpool if they think their peers are doing it tooTue, 28 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Eau de Death: Perfumer Develops Scents Based on Dead Loved Ones French perfumer is attempting to harness the emotional power of scent Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:10 +0000SOS! The FAA Gives the Go-Ahead for Emergency Rescue Company to Use Drones Maine-based search and rescue company is the first of its kind to win FAA approval to experiment with dronesMon, 27 Apr 2015 12:54:54 +0000An Imagined Catalogue of Self-Assembling Furniture furniture of the future will put itself togetherFri, 24 Apr 2015 14:18:56 +0000A Record-Breaking Clock Won’t Lose a Second For Another 15 Billion Years atomic clocks could eventually help scientists map the Earth’s shapeWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Lifeless Venus Could Hold the Key to Life on Earth’s sister planet is astonishingly hostile to life, but exactly how it got that way has researchers intriguedTue, 21 Apr 2015 17:25:58 +0000Scientists Want to Use Lasers to Shoot Down Space Junk idea sounds farfetched, but it may be better than previous solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 19:35:55 +0000Why Astronomers Are Fighting Back Against Robotic Lawnmowers’s a feud fueled by radio frequencies Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 +0000This Tiny Trackpad Fits on a Fingernail why would you actually want one?Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:45:05 +0000Disney's Getting Into 3D-Printing Soft, Cuddly Things world of cartoons is going to get a little realer Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:14 +0000Scientists Bombard the Earth With Asteroids to Practice Saving It Planetary Defense Conference doesn’t just have papers and seminars. It also has an asteroid disaster scenario to solve.Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:00:59 +0000Levitating Train Breaks Speed Record in Japan magnetic levitation bullet train is capable of speeds of 366 miles per hour—and possibly moreFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:00:40 +0000Why You Can’t Listen to Radio On Your Smartphone’s an FM radio on your phone…but you likely can’t use it Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:45:58 +0000Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out If Humans Can Hibernate of hibernators and experiments inducing short-term torpor in humans may answer whether human hibernation is possibleThu, 16 Apr 2015 17:20:18 +0000What If Job Interviews Were Automated? study shows that computers can predict how applicants will do at interviewsThu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:58 +0000Forget Fake Meat…How About Fake Milk? over, soy—a group of bio-hackers is trying to turn snippets of DNA into milk-producing yeastWed, 15 Apr 2015 14:30:07 +0000SpaceX Didn’t Land Its Rocket third time was not a charm for the Falcon 9Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:46:20 +0000These Magic Toothbrushes Work Without Toothpaste new brush—and an old one, too—that don't rely on possibly harmful pastes to make your smile shineTue, 14 Apr 2015 19:00:11 +0000Sound Waves Could Help Find Elusive Cancer Cells have developed a new device that could help determine the presence of tumor cells circulating in the bloodstreamFri, 10 Apr 2015 19:00:14 +0000Ancient Tech Could Help Solve Lima’s Water Crisis out Peru’s Wari people were excellent urban planners...and their 1,500-year-old 'amunas' could soon bring water to LimaFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:30:20 +0000Mountaineers Are Taking a New Route Up Everest’ll forge their path sans sherpas or oxygen tanksFri, 10 Apr 2015 15:30:32 +0000Yes, Facebook is Making You Sad comparing your life to flattering photos and carefully-crafted status updatesFri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:06 +0000A Plan for a Robot Who Can Impersonate Your Mom has a patent for artificial intelligence with a personality -- and that patent might not be a good ideaThu, 09 Apr 2015 15:50:37 +0000Meet Your New Favorite Font Unica, Helvetica’s long-lost sibling, is back after 30 years in obscurity Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:00:10 +0000Meet a Hermit Crab Who Has Shacked Up in a Lego things can become home sweet home when you are a tiny soft crustaceanTue, 07 Apr 2015 17:15:20 +0000High Schoolers Might Code Rather Than Speak French proponents of foreign language schooling aren’t pleasedFri, 03 Apr 2015 19:15:47 +0000Most Plastic Trash Comes From Farms's what they're trying to do about itFri, 03 Apr 2015 18:00:46 +0000An Autonomous Car Just Completed a 3,400-Mile Road Trip’s robo-car drove itself across 15 states in just nine daysFri, 03 Apr 2015 17:12:48 +0000Why the ESA’s Astronauts Train Underground European Space Agency is applying protocols from the International Space Station in cavesThu, 02 Apr 2015 15:01:11 +00003D Printing Could Help Developing Countries Predict Natural Disasters development of more affordable, 3D printed equipment could save livesThu, 02 Apr 2015 14:30:29 +0000This Onion Will Never Make You Cry Japanese food company has designed an onion that won't make you cryWed, 01 Apr 2015 19:31:47 +0000Found: The Bacteria That Are Making You Stink have finally discovered the culprit behind smelly armpitsWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:58 +0000This Nasty Medieval Remedy Kills MRSA ancient brew could lead to modern-day drugs to fight the superbugTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:20 +0000