Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenTue, 26 Jul 2016 14:24:53 +0000Why VHS and Five Other Formats May Live Forever final VCRs will ship later this month, but if recent history is any indicator, it doesn't mean the VHS format will vanish for goodTue, 26 Jul 2016 14:24:53 +0000Italy Just Hosted the First Olympics-Like Competition for People With Down Syndrome unique competition drew 1,000 athletesMon, 25 Jul 2016 17:40:31 +0000This Classical Mandolinist Makes Music With...Instagram?“InstaConcerto for Mandolin and Orchestra” plays with a genre known more for its selfies than its chamber musicWed, 20 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:09 +0000Alexander McQueen Is Being Turned Into Leather late designer's DNA is part of a bizarre experiment in fashion ethicsWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:08 +0000Watch Corals in Action With New Underwater Microscope Benthic Underwater Microscope opens up a whole new age of ocean explorationFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000New Zealanders Just Crowdfunded a New Addition to this National Park 40,000 people donated to buy Awaroa Beach and gift the site to Abel Tasman National ParkThu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Impatient Islanders Create Google "Sheep View" won’t forget this unique look at the Faroe IslandsWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:34:04 +0000Give Me a Drink, HAL: Artificial Intelligence Helps Design New Beer uses AI to guide its brewmaster's tweaksTue, 12 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016 your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Learning to Recognize Cyclists’ Hand Signals, meet the nicest car you’ll ever share the road withWed, 06 Jul 2016 17:30:18 +0000More Than Half a Million Hoverboards Were Just Recalled, McFlyWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:53:29 +0000Why the Humble Sweet Potato Won the World Food Prize are helping to fight malnutrion and childhood blindness in Africa with new varieties of starchy, orange-fleshed sweet potatoesTue, 05 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Four Explosive Advancements for Future Fireworks color to sound, the next-gen fireworks are sure to wowFri, 01 Jul 2016 20:06:42 +0000Tour de France Goes High Tech to Battle Mechanical Cheating will use thermal cameras developed by the French nuclear agency to detect "mechanical doping" during the 2016 TourWed, 29 Jun 2016 16:59:31 +0000Scientists Found a Huge Reservoir of Much-Needed Helium is used in everything from particle accelerators to MRI machines, and a dearth of the gas has long plagued researchersTue, 28 Jun 2016 17:13:21 +0000This Perfume Smells Like a Comet, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Columbus, Ohio Wins $140 Million to Become the Transporation City of Tomorrow city beat out 77 others vying for the chance to update its infrastructure with the latest and greatest technologyMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:08:57 +0000Editing of Human Genes May Begin by Year’s End in the U.S. first-ever trial of CRISPR in the U.S. will test if it's safe to edit T cells in cancer patientsThu, 23 Jun 2016 13:23:29 +0000PG&E Announces Closure of California's Last Nuclear Power Plant of the most famous, but aging, nuclear power plants in the U.S. will soon see its endWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:06:38 +0000This Floating School Was a Design Nerd’s Dream…until it sankMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomato salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000Mongolia Adopts Address System That Uses Three-Word Names' geo-coding system divides the Earth's surface into 57 trillion squares, and assigns each a unique, memorable string of namesFri, 17 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevator nanotubes may not be as strong as scientists once thoughtFri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000National Aquarium Will Move Dolphins to Seaside Sanctuary by 2020 mounting public pressure, the aquarium's eight bottle-nosed dolphins will soon move to a seaside retreat in the tropicsWed, 15 Jun 2016 17:27:02 +0000Net Neutrality Was Just Upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals’s a victory for open internet activists—but will it stick?Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:37:39 +0000This Robot Librarian Locates Haphazardly Placed Books's the next best thing since the Dewey Decimal SystemTue, 14 Jun 2016 15:50:00 +0000This New Satellite Project Helps People Find Patterns in City Spaces turns a mad world into a satisfying, matchy-matchy nirvanaThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:34:40 +0000The World’s "Ugliest" Color Could Help People Quit Smoking hope hideous packs of cigarette packs will make would-be smokers think twice Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:57:17 +0000Emotikis and New Keyboards Bring Indigenous Cultures to Text Messaging Maori emojis to First Nations languagesWed, 01 Jun 2016 13:24:56 +0000