Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 17 Oct 2014 13:38:00 +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 +0000Who Can Use Drones This Week?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drone-round-who-can-use-drones-week-180952859/Movies and deliveries are moving on up, while fines and bans go into effect in parksFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:37:53 +0000New Marine Robots Could One Day Patrol the Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-marine-robots-could-one-day-patrol-oceans-1-180952848/How do you keep an eye on the oceans? With robotsThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:38:31 +0000A New MIT Challenge: Hack the Breast Pumphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mit-challenge-hack-breast-pump-180952825/Last weekend, MIT's Media Lab hosted the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" HackathonWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:42:58 +0000A New Search Engine For Metaphorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-search-engine-metaphors-180952810/Yossarian offers a new way of searching for inspiration online Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:21:32 +0000Meet the Teen Winners of Google's Science Fair http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-teen-winners-googles-science-fair-180952812/A flying fruit fly-inspired robot and a bacterial solution for world hunger are among the three winners Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:34:11 +0000 The US Is Trying to Expedite Sunscreen Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-trying-expedite-sunscreen-innovation-180952741/Sunscreen is currently subject to an approval process similar to that of new pharmaceuticals Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:07:31 +0000Law Enforcement Can Now Search for Faces, Not Just Fingerprintshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbis-facial-recognition-project-now-operational-180952729/The Next Generation Identification system is an upgrade from the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System used todayWed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:57 +0000Programmers Are Creating a Way for Your Phone to Get Online Even When Data Is Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/programmers-are-building-way-access-internet-your-phone-when-data-goes-down-180952702/The Cosmos Browser uses text messages to browse the webMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:21 +0000America: The Land of the (Romantically) Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-land-romantically-free-180952697/For the first time on record, more Americans are single than marriedMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:03:26 +0000Weird Ways People Have Tried To Stop Lavahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-ways-people-have-tried-stop-lava-180952685/People living near volcanoes have tried a lot of different methods to redirect lava flowsFri, 12 Sep 2014 15:29:34 +0000This Website Wants to Make Your Major Life Decisions for Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/website-wants-make-your-major-life-decisions-you-180952681/The site could help people who just want their decisions validated or who honestly have no idea what to do with themselves Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:09:11 +0000A High-Tech, Strength-Boosting Exoskeleton Doesn't Have to Be Heavyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightweight-exosuit-developed-harvard-180952684/The next generation of exoskeletons may be less bulky than Iron ManFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:37:05 +0000Libraries Are Great at Lending All Sorts of Things—Not Just Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/checking-out-tools-and-telescopes-local-libraries-180952662/Lending libraries are now lending more than books Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:19:35 +0000Women Get More Politically Engaged When Their Senator Is Also Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-get-more-politically-engaged-when-their-senate-representative-also-female-180952667/Women no longer lag far behind men in political savvy when they have a female leader to look toward Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:37:22 +0000In the Summer, Helsinki's Buildings Are Cooled by an Underground Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinki-cooled-underground-lake-180952646/Underneath a park in Helsinki, Finland is a lake used to cool buildings in the cityTue, 09 Sep 2014 17:26:01 +0000Contribute to an Asteroid Time Capsulehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contribute-asteroid-time-capsule-180952596/NASA wants to know what your predictions are for the future of Solar System explorationThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:41:15 +0000This Project Wants to Compost People After They Diehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-wants-compost-people-after-they-die-180952598/A Seattle-based designer aims to introduce a sustainable way of disposing of bodies Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:11:32 +0000Someday, Okra Could Help Make Ice Cream http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someday-okra-could-help-make-ice-cream-180952520/The slime in okra could make for a natural ice cream stabilizer Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:56 +0000The Secret to Instagram's New Video App Is Already in Your Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-instagrams-new-video-app-already-your-phone-180952497/The ability to create moving, time-lapse videos is in your hands, thanks to gyroscopesWed, 27 Aug 2014 19:10:44 +0000Dams Removed On Washington State Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dams-removed-washington-state-river-180952493/The removal of dams on the Elwha river is the largest dam removal to take place Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:06 +0000Hoverbikes Get One Step Closer to Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hoverbikes-get-one-step-closer-reality-funded-kickstarter-campaign-180952491/Chris Malloy is raising money on Kickstarter to continue development of his hoverbikeWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:13 +0000New Jersey Will Test Solar-Powered Commuting Pods Straight Out of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commuting-solar-power-will-be-tested-new-jersey-180952453/The new form of transportation looks like it came here from the futureFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:39 +0000