Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenTue, 25 Nov 2014 19:04:57 +0000A Dutch Actress Is Journeying to the South Pole on a Tractorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dutch-actress-journeying-south-pole-tractor-180953462/She pays tribute to great polar expeditions of the past and carries the dreams of thousands with herTue, 25 Nov 2014 19:04:57 +0000A Simple Way to Reduce Car Crashes: Start the High School Day Later http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simple-way-reduce-car-crashes-start-high-school-day-later-180953435/A later roll-call time for teens also means improved health, mood, and grades Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:54 +0000One Idea to Get to Mars: Fill the Walls of a Spaceship With Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-idea-get-mars-fill-spaceships-walls-water-180953428/The insulation from radiation would also be drinkable Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:18:02 +0000How to Fold a World Record-Setting Paper Airplanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fold-world-record-setting-paper-airplane-180953417/The secret lies in the design, but having a football quarterback on hand to throw the plane might help you break recordsThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:15:54 +0000Now a Person Can Scramble Up a Wall Just Like a Geckohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scale-glass-wall-material-inspired-gecko-feet-180953411/Or use the same material to catch wayward space trashThu, 20 Nov 2014 17:46:50 +0000This Company Is Crowdfunding a Mission to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-crowd-funding-mission-moon-180953377/Your reward: a spot in a digital time capsule buried beneath the lunar surfaceWed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:03 +0000Outfitting Football Helmets With Magnets Could Reduce Concussionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/outfitting-football-helmets-magnets-could-reduce-concussions-180953355/Strong magnets can repel at least 300 lbs of force, preventing heads from colliding Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:45:51 +0000How to Heat Your House With a Cloud Computer Serverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-cozy-overheated-computer-180953354/A German company is installing servers in homes and offices to recycle heat Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:15:49 +0000How to Live With Hallucinatory “Voices” Without Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-live-hallucinatory-voices-without-drugs-180953337/A European-centered movement is trying to change the perception that hearing voices is badMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:01:11 +0000Look How 30 Years of Automation Changed How Crayons Are Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-how-30-years-industrial-automation-changed-how-crayons-are-made-180953330/Thirty years ago, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood showed how people made crayons. Today, crayon-making is a robot's jobFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:00:08 +0000Why Charging for Plastic Bags Makes People Give Them Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-charging-plastic-bags-makes-people-give-them-180953315/It's all about setting up psychological tripping blocks Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:49:56 +0000DARPA Wants Flying Drone Carriershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darpa-wants-flying-drone-carriers-180953293/Retrofitting big bombers into drone carriers could make Cold War tech more useful for modern warfareTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:35 +0000Virgin Galactic's Aggressive Plan to Get Back in the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-aggressive-plan-get-back-air-180953260/The company hopes to resume flying with a new ship by summer 2015Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:30:16 +0000It’s Still Possible to Stop the Worst of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-still-possible-stop-worst-climate-change-180953221/Say so long to fossil fuelsMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:01:15 +0000Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed in Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-just-crashed-california-180953218/The private spaceflight company was testing a new fuel for their experimental spaceshipFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:38:37 +0000Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Figure Out What Ails Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-working-pill-can-figure-out-what-ails-you-180953181/Microscopic particles will spy on the cells of your body and look for any disease, including cancerWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:02:45 +0000The Pope Would Like You to Accept Evolution And the Big Banghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pope-would-you-accept-evolution-and-big-bang-180953166/The Roman Catholic Church is pro evolution and Big Bang, but with a twistTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:53:32 +0000How the Gates Foundation Is Making Cassava the Next Cornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-gates-foundation-making-cassava-next-corn-180953142/Sophisticated plant breeding techniques (but no GMOs) and lots of money are aimed at improving this staple crop of the tropicsFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0000The Case for Sending Women to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-sending-women-mars-180953096/Because women are smaller than men, they're cheaper to send into spaceTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:33 +0000This Umbrella Creates an Air “Force Field” to Keep Rain Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/umbrella-creates-air-force-field-keep-rain-away-180953073/The umbrellas are still in the testing phase but are expected to ship out by next December Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:38:00 +0000In an Effort to Stop Poaching, Namibia Will Remove All of Its Rhinos’ Hornshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/effort-stop-poaching-namibia-will-remove-all-its-rhinos-horns-180953052/That extreme measure will likely not be enough to stop the killing, however, so the country is also bolstering its anti-poaching patrols Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:16 +0000All the Things a Hacker Can Find Out About You on Public Wifihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-things-hacker-can-find-out-about-you-public-wifi-180953051/Your vacation, your job, your passwordsWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:49 +0000Watch Adorable Meerkat And Otter Live Streams, Help Combat Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/streaming-meerkats-effort-test-tech-180953031/Google and the London Zoo have teamed up to offer live streams of animals in an effort to test conservation techTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:35:26 +0000Robot Ships And Pepper Spray—the Latest in Pirate-Fighting Techhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-ships-and-pepper-spray-latest-pirate-fighting-tech-180953000/New technology developments are looking to combat piracy and terrorism on the high seasMon, 13 Oct 2014 17:07:24 +0000Instead of Growing Meat in a Lab, Why Not Make It Out of Plants?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/instead-growing-meat-lab-why-not-make-it-out-plants-180952985/"Plant blood" is the secret behind the I-can't-believe-it-isn't-meat company, Impossible Foods Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:58:07 +0000The Fake Story of a Blond Child Bride Made This the Most Visited Blog in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-story-blond-child-bride-made-most-visited-blog-norway-180952977/The campaign is meant to increase awareness and also is seeking sponsors of individual girlsWed, 08 Oct 2014 18:29:26 +0000To Detect Bombs Before They're Used, Sweden Is Looking at Its Sewershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunting-down-bomb-makers-stockholms-sewers-180952890/The EU's Emphasis Project is designed to detect people manufacturing IED'sTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:04 +0000This Drone Could Live on Your Wrist And Help You Take Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soon-you-could-take-selfies-wearable-drone-180952874/Holding a camera at arms length is so passe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:28:47 +0000