Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:21 +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 +0000The Marines Have Equipment Stashed In Norwegian Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marines-have-equipment-stashed-norwegian-caves-180952411/The Marines are storing tanks and other large equipment in large caves in NorwayWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:52:28 +0000Imagine Living on Mars In One of These Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-living-spaces-mars-might-actually-look-180952390/You could call an acropolis, pyramid or beehive home Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:35:39 +0000Tokyo Has Built Disaster Preparedness Into the Fabric of the Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-has-built-disaster-preparedness-fabric-city-180952366/Refuge parks stocked with food and water are ready for the next disasterFri, 15 Aug 2014 18:14:18 +0000Using Sweat To Power Devices Isn’t Far Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/using-sweat-power-devices-isnt-far-180952348/An intense workout at the gym could one day not only recharge your batteries, but your phone's tooThu, 14 Aug 2014 14:01:34 +0000Why Everyone From Conservationists to Yao Ming to Andrew Cuomo Supports Banning Ivory Saleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-conservationists-yao-ming-think-we-should-completely-ban-ivory-sales-180952347/Because of corruption and laundering, any system of legal ivory trade threatens the continued existence of elephants Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:29:25 +0000Is It Wise to Build a Zoo Without Cages?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-wise-build-zoo-without-cages-180952345/Being able to mingle with the animals sounds nice, but is it?Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:09:02 +0000Starting Tonight, You Can Roam the Tate Museum After Hours, Via Robothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/control-robots-roaming-tate-museum-night-180952342/Spend a virtual night at the museum with robots Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:37:25 +0000The Salmon Cannon Is One Way of Helping Fish Get Over a Damhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salmon-canon-one-way-helping-fish-get-over-dam-180952341/Making salmon and other fish momentarily airborne is an efficient way of allowing them to clear obstacles, some innovators think Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:56:42 +0000How Plants Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines—And Extract Metal in the Processhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-extract-metals-ground-using-plants-180952335/Some groups are researching how plants can be used to clean up dangerous metals from the groundWed, 13 Aug 2014 13:34:49 +0000It's a Wrap! The Forest Service Is Wrapping Historic Structures To Protect Them From Wildfireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-wrap-forest-service-wrapping-historic-structures-protect-them-wildfires-2-180952289/Similar protective covering is used as emergency shelters by firefighters Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:37:42 +0000Who's Better at Pokémon, Anarchist Twitch Players or a Betta Fish? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-better-pokemon-anarchist-twitch-players-or-betta-fish-180952282/Anarchy seems to be more effective than a fish, so farThu, 07 Aug 2014 17:08:54 +0000The World’s First Climate Change Refugees Were Granted Residency in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-climate-change-refugees-were-just-granted-residency-new-zealand-180952279/A Tuvalese family said they can't go home because of climate change Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:45:44 +0000Explore Native Alaskan Stories As a Young Iñupiaq Girl in This New Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-game-lets-you-explore-native-alaskan-stories-young-inupiaq-girl-180952252/Never Alone draws on the art, stories and culture of Alaskan InuitTue, 05 Aug 2014 15:30:15 +0000Copenhagen Might Install a Giant, Energy-Gathering Duck in Its Harbor http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copenhagen-might-install-giant-solar-energy-gathering-duck-its-harbor-180952249/The duck would be both a tourist attraction and a means of helping the city become carbon-neutral by 2025 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:08:02 +0000Send Your Pets’ Remains To Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/send-your-pets-remains-space-180952237/A new service offers to launch your pet's ashes into spaceFri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:48 +0000This Monet Isn't the Real Thing—But It's Awfully Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nanoprinters-can-duplicate-great-artworks-microscale-precision-180952187/Nanoprinters can duplicate great artwork with remarkable precisionTue, 29 Jul 2014 13:28:44 +0000Shale Oil May be Making Railroad Oil Transport More Dangeroushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volatile-shale-oil-making-railroad-oil-transport-more-dangerous-180952155/The rise of shale oil and longer shipping distances have spurred railroad regulators' push to update oil carsThu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:51 +0000Creepy Internet-Style Tracking and Targeting Analytics Are Moving into Real Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cameras-and-heat-sensors-track-customers-new-make-store-180952149/A company is using cameras and heat sensors to track people in their storeThu, 24 Jul 2014 17:31:07 +0000Japan’s Massive Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Fresh Lettuce Every Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japans-indoor-farm-supplies-10000-heads-fresh-lettuce-every-day-180952142/The innovative farming solution could help cut down on food wasteWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:08:28 +0000Take a Virtual Reality Trip to the Cambrian Explosion with David Attenboroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coming-soon-virtual-reality-nature-documentaries-180952118/Admit it, virtual reality David Attenborough is something you've always wantedWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:55 +0000This Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition to Exclude Greedy Kittieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smart-cat-feeder-uses-facial-recognition-exclude-greedy-pusses-180952097/The feeder tracks each cat's food intake to make sure no one is taking the lion's share Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:26 +0000Bubble Wrap Can Make Great DIY Test Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bubble-wrap-can-double-test-tubes-180952085/Bubble wrap test tubes could be particularly useful in developing countries Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:35:30 +0000