Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenWed, 16 Aug 2017 15:53:28 +0000Once Plundered by Thieves, Ancient Cave Reopens with 3-D Replicas of Stolen Fossils took multiple attempts—and two broken printers—to get the recreations rightWed, 16 Aug 2017 15:53:28 +0000A Virtual Exhibit Unites Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers global collaboration features five of the six surviving canvasesFri, 11 Aug 2017 20:36:06 +0000This "Tissue" Paper Is Made From Real Tissue from powdered organs, the flexible paper could be used as a sophisticated bandage during surgeryFri, 11 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Tate Modern’s Modigliani Exhibition Ventures Into Virtual Reality upcoming retrospective couples works by the famed modernist with the museum's first VR experienceThu, 10 Aug 2017 17:26:02 +0000The Bizarre Story of 'Vasa,' the Ship That Keeps On Giving'Vasa' sunk in front of horrified onlookers on this day in 1628, claiming 30 livesThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000Aspirin's Four-Thousand-Year History's 2000 B.C. and you have a headache. Grab the willow barkThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Obscure Fishing Book is One of the Most Reprinted English Books Ever'The Compleat Angler' is much more than an instruction manual on fishing. It's a Walden-like meditation on nature and friendshipWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000The CIA Experimented On Animals in the 1960s Too. Just Ask ‘Acoustic Kitty’ out that cats really don't take direction wellTue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Is One A Number? According to ‘Mathematicks Made Easie,' Yes ancient Greeks, and people for almost 2,000 years after them, argued over whether one was a numberTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000The Cuddly Tail of Guide Dogs have been assisting blind humans for a very long time, but the arrangement only became formal recentlyMon, 07 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +0000Telephones Were Silenced for One Minute After Alexander Graham Bell Died the time Bell died, he had moved on to other inventions. But the telephone made a huge mark on American societyFri, 04 Aug 2017 14:30:00 +0000Can the ‘Textalyzer’ Stop New Yorkers From Texting and Driving? device would allow police to check if phone usage could be to blame for a car crash, but critics have raised privacy concernsWed, 02 Aug 2017 18:30:06 +000019th-Century Londoners Walked Under the Thames in This Creepy Tunnel Tower Subway tunnel was only seven feet in diameterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000The World Wide Web Was Almost Known as “The Mesh” inventor of the World Wide Web had a few different name ideasTue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Salmon Sperm DNA Could Revolutionize Sunscreen thin layer of the genetic material seems to effectively block the sun's rays and becomes more effective over timeTue, 01 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000What the First Three Patents Say About Early America, fertilizer, soap, candles and flour were all important to AmericansMon, 31 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +0000Why Does NOAA Still Send Pilots Into Hurricanes? first “Hurricane Hunter” flight was a bet, but today they’re an essential part of risk managementThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30:20 +0000America Has Been Struggling With the Metric System For Almost 230 Years United States is the one of the world's only holdouts at this point, but it could have been the first country outside of France to adopt the systemThu, 27 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Roomba Wants to Sell Maps of Your Home from these robovacs could assist in the development of other 'smart home' devicesWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:32:36 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Jung thought he was two people (sort of) and more things you didn't know about the pioneering psychologistWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Meaty Secrets Behind the Record-Setting, 1,774-Pound Burger beefy behemoth was recently bestowed the title of world's largest commercially available burgerTue, 25 Jul 2017 19:08:11 +0000The First Self-Cleaning Home Was Essentially a 'Floor-to-Ceiling Dishwasher' Gabe, who died late last year, channeled her frustration with housework into a futuristic design to end the drudgery of cleaningThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:11 +0000Debunking the Mechanical Turk Helped Set Edgar Allan Poe on the Path to Mystery Writing many others, Poe was certain the machine couldn't be playing chess under its own powerThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000"Space Archaeologists" to Examine the International Space Station millions of photos and documents, researchers will reconstruct life on the ISS to see how visitors interact with their tools and each otherTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:37:18 +0000Text an Emoji and the SFMOMA Will Respond with a Picture of Art new text messaging service lets users explore the museum’s vast collectionMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:17:21 +0000Ex-NASA Engineer Builds World's Largest Super Soaker than a mere toy, this water gun can slice through glass and watermelonsFri, 14 Jul 2017 15:49:48 +0000How Hoop Skirts Led to Tape Measures ladies would recognize some things about the modern contractor’s toolFri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Buckminster Fuller Was Good at Ideas, Terrible at Car Design held more than 30 patents during his life, but many of his ideas didn't make it off the page–or not for longWed, 12 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Anti-Slavery Jewelry Shows the Social Concerns (and the Technology) of Its Time 'Wedgwood Slave Medallion' was the first modern piece of protest jewelryWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Martin Luther King and Gandhi Weren’t the Only Ones Inspired By Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’'s essay became a cornerstone of 20th-century protestWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Surf Through Newly Digitized Images to See Rome’s Ever-Changing History Eternal City is always evolving. Now, a new web resource shows howFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:04:29 +0000High-Status Indigenous Family Brought Back to Life With Digital Reconstruction 3,700 years ago, the relatives were given elaborate burials along the coast of British ColumbiaWed, 05 Jul 2017 20:03:48 +0000Why Ancient Roman Concrete Is So Strong rare chemical reaction strengthens it even today—and that could help threatened coastal communitiesWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:59:22 +0000"Corpse Hotels" Are in Demand in Japan are too busy, so a new type of business stepped in to make the wait more comfortableWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:35:05 +0000AI Project Produces New Styles of Art let two neural networks critique each other to create the imagesMon, 03 Jul 2017 19:30:03 +0000New Badges Will Make Today's Girl Scouts Tomorrow's Cybersleuths and cookie sales are just the tip of the iceberg for modern scoutsFri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate the Eclipse With a Color-Shifting Stamp next letter just got more celestial Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:57:26 +0000Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfies have been photographing themselves almost since the dawn of the technologyWed, 21 Jun 2017 13:40:41 +0000Renewables Generated Ten Percent of U.S. Energy In March days, stronger wind and reduced electricity demand helped green energy break double digits for the first timeMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:43:42 +0000