Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 24 Apr 2015 14:18:56 +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 +0000Japan Is Building a 40-foot Wall to Stop Tsunamis the expensive, extensive wall might not be high enoughFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:56:08 +0000Why Craigslist Users Are Flocking to Police Departments “safe lot” programs aim to make buying and selling goods saferFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:30:34 +0000The Navajo Nation Will Have the First Junk Food Tax in the U.S. Navajo National Council approved a 2 percent increase in sales tax on foods like pastries, fried foods, desserts, chips and sodaThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:49:30 +0000An Asteroid Boulder Will Be A Stepping Stone on the Journey to Mars announces details in its plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbitWed, 25 Mar 2015 20:57:09 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancer research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Why Forecasters Were Once Banned From Using the Word “Tornado” meteorologists developed reliable prediction techniques, the t-word was off the tableWed, 25 Mar 2015 14:30:01 +0000Here’s How Music Really Could Soothe Your Soul leading scholar theorizes that music developed as an evolutionary adaptation to help us deal with the contradictory nature of lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:30:11 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000Half of All Local Council Positions in France Will Be Held by Women tickets with men and women running together will lead to councils balanced by genderTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:45:28 +0000Got Allergies? Air Pollution Could Be to Blame research suggests that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can alter allergens, creating more potent immune responsesMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:20:07 +0000Trouble Remembering Passwords? Charles Dickens May Be Able Help programmer has devised a creative “password generation scheme” using <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:30:23 +0000The Rules of Wrinkling, From Brain Folds to Pumpkin Ridges, ridges, folds and "delaminated buckles" are all different forms of wrinklingFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:00:56 +0000Drones Are Teaching Falcons How to Hunt of the newest training techniques used by falconers could eventually help conservation efforts to save the birds’ preyFri, 20 Mar 2015 13:55:39 +0000Wikipedia Editing Shows That Different Countries Have Different Sets of Interests analysis shows that interests are local, not global Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:40:25 +0000Could Your Browser Make You a Better Employee? answer could be yes…if you use Firefox or ChromeThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:15:46 +0000A Special Facility in England Keeps the World’s Chocolate Safe cocoa tree is very sensitive to disease and pests, so someone checks every plant bound for international tradeMon, 16 Mar 2015 18:30:49 +0000There’s Finally Free Wifi in Cuba becomes more connectedMon, 16 Mar 2015 15:15:30 +0000The First Green Beer Was Made With Laundry Whitener food coloring, St. Patrick’s Day’s most festive brew got its hue from a different kind of dyeMon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:10 +0000Slime Mold Has an Uncannily Accurate Sense of Where Rome Built Its Roads strange organisms are remarkably good at mapping the most efficient route from place to place—and that's exactly what roads doMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:37 +0000Scientists Have Been Studying Two Fake Human Pheromones for Decades chemicals provided by a perfume company appear in a 1991 research paper and side-track years of work on human pheromonesFri, 13 Mar 2015 20:27:02 +0000There’s an Invader in the International Space Station Invader mosaic has found its way to space Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:00:34 +0000Now the Turing Test Goes Visual proposed test would have computer programs not only pick out what is in a photo but what is happeningFri, 13 Mar 2015 14:00:26 +0000Celebrating the Women of the Supreme Court With LEGOs better way to hail the female trailblazers of the bench than miniaturizing them into tiny toys?Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:36 +0000When Even the Simplest Word Looks Weird And Wrong You Have Wordnesia don’t really know why it happens, but at least there is a term for itWed, 11 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000London’s Congestion Pricing Plan Is Saving Lives charging $17.34 for a trip downtown during peak hours, London has reduced traffic fatalities by 40 percentTue, 10 Mar 2015 15:30:53 +0000Why’s Wikimedia Suing the NSA? Foundation joins Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others to protest mass surveillance onlineTue, 10 Mar 2015 14:45:56 +0000How Dick Tracy Invented the Smartwatch detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for the Apple Watch and other wearablesMon, 09 Mar 2015 16:03:13 +0000This Is Next-Level Origami dancing cranes to protective structures, origami is popping up in science and techFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:04:03 +0000NASA’s Next Space Robot Was Inspired by a Baby’s Toy the Super Ball Bot, a flexible robot that could explore new planets Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:00:18 +0000Microsoft Billionaire Finds Enormous Sunken Japanese Battleship Allen used his megayacht to locate the long-lost ship, which has been missing since World War IIWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:02 +0000The FCC Just Voted to Preserve Net Neutrality passes “Preserving the Open Internet” rules by 3-2 voteThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:09:11 +0000See Shipping Traffic Move Through Straits Around the World visualization shows a week’s worth of vessel movementTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:06:31 +0000Amsterdam Is Out of Bike Parking city will create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:51:27 +0000