Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:59 +0000Advanced Prosthetics Help a Dog Run And a Man Move Robotic Arms With His Mind http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/advanced-prosthetics-help-dog-run-and-man-move-robotic-arms-his-mind-180953693/Two recent stories showcase the latest advances in prosthetics and the lives they have changedFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:59 +0000The Turing Test of Computer Intelligence Is Too Easyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turing-test-computer-intelligence-too-easy-test-would-look-computer-creativity-180953640/To better test our computer programs’ intelligence, we should to ask them for stories and drawingsTue, 16 Dec 2014 19:31:40 +0000China Just Opened the World's Largest Water Diversion Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-just-sent-first-flows-through-largest-water-diversion-project-world-180953607/An unprecedented engineering project sends water to China’s parched NorthFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000TGI Fridays Has Dispatched Mistletoe-Carrying Drones in Restaurantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tgi-fridays-has-dispatched-mistletoe-carrying-drones-restaurants-180953567/There's already been one collision between drone and humanTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:09 +0000These Adorable Robot Toys Teach Kids How to Codehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-adorable-robot-toys-teach-kids-how-code-180953566/The two bots using a basic visual language, and they are just one way to introduce children to computer programmingTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:11:49 +0000Body Cameras Help Policehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/body-cameras-help-police-more-will-be-needed-help-citizens-180953560/An in-depth investigation of five cities using police body cameras highlights what the technology addresses and what it doesn’tMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:53:37 +0000Goodbye CAPTCHA: Just Click a Box to Prove You're Not a Robothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-captcha-now-all-we-have-do-click-box-prove-were-not-robots-180953531/Google is getting rid of spam bots and annoying squiggly text at the same timeThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:26:35 +0000A Worm’s Gut Could Help Dispose of Plastic Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plastic-loving-bacteria-worms-gut-could-help-break-down-our-pollution-problem-180953528/Microbes found in the guts of waxworms like to feast on polyethyleneThu, 04 Dec 2014 14:34:16 +0000The Fracking Boom Could Burn Out Decades Before It's Supposed Tohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/overenthusiastic-shale-gas-estimates-may-be-setting-world-fracking-crash-180953521/Overenthusiastic shale gas estimates may be setting the world up for a fracking crashWed, 03 Dec 2014 18:02:27 +0000MIT Is Giving Its Students Bitcoinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mit-giving-its-students-bitcoin-180953512/Researchers interested in studying how people use Bitcoin are handing out $100 worth of the currency to whoever wants itWed, 03 Dec 2014 14:34:45 +0000The White House Is Going Digital With Its Holiday Decorationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-going-digital-its-holiday-decorations-180953499/Robot dogs, an interactive holiday card and crowd-sourced light shows are a few of the new additions Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:18:53 +0000Girl Scouts Can Now Sell Cookies Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scout-cookies-sales-are-going-digital-first-time-180953492/But you'll still need to interact with a real, live Girl Scout to gain digital access to their cookiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:08:58 +0000There's an Airbnb for Fields in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-airbnb-fields-180953486/In the U.K., you can rent a field for weddings, concerts, sports matches or simply your own enjoyment Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:00:49 +0000Just in Time for Black Friday, San Francisco Passed the First Ever Retail Worker Bill of Rightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-black-friday-san-francisco-passed-first-ever-retail-worker-bill-rights-180953480/San Francisco's retail staff will have more stable hours and the possibility to work overtimeFri, 28 Nov 2014 15:08:24 +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 +0000