Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +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 +0000Canada's New Two-Dollar Coins Glow in the Dark two-dollar coins celebrate the nation's 150th anniversary and include a scene with Northern Lights that really glowThu, 15 Jun 2017 19:14:10 +0000350 Years Ago, A Doctor Performed the First Human Blood Transfusion. A Sheep Was Involved scientists thought that the perceived qualities of an animal—a lamb’s purity, for instance—could be transmitted to humans in blood formThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Two Myths and One Truth About Wind Turbines the cost of turbines to one U.S. senator's suggestion that "wind is a finite resource" Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:35:19 +0000Art Installation Recreates the Smell of Cities Around the World Pollution Pod project emphasizes the unequal air quality divide between rich and poor citiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:44:59 +0000In a Fit of 1940s Optimism, Greyhound Proposed a Fleet of Helicopter Buses"Greyhound Skyways" would have turned major cities into bustling helicopter hubsWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:37:44 +0000How Sheep's Blood Helped Disprove This Wacky Nineteenth-Century Theory of Illness didn't understand that bacteria caused disease, but then enter Louis PasteurTue, 13 Jun 2017 19:44:16 +0000In 1913, One Gluttonous Pupper Changed the Course of Animation History before "Steamboat Willie," this animated dog hammed it up onscreenMon, 12 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Tool Makes it Easy to Compare Art From Different Museums frees images from the confines of individual websites Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:34:03 +0000Mail Delivery By Rocket Never Took Off the Postmaster General was on board with the idea of missile mail, the Navy was ultimately less interestedThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +0000Got Food Waste? Get Some Maggots just a few hours, these tiny crawlers can eat more than their weight in foodWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:00:15 +0000China Turns On the World's Largest Floating Solar Farm on a lake over a collapsed coal mine, the power station in Anhui province can produce 40 megawatts of energyWed, 07 Jun 2017 15:29:21 +0000Abused Animals in Connecticut Get Their Own Legal Advocates week, for the first time, a lawyer testified in court on behalf of abused pit bullsTue, 06 Jun 2017 17:42:20 +0000Meet the Daredevil Parachutist Who Tested the First Nylon Parachute 75 Years Ago Gray was just 24, but she was already an experienced parachutist and a trained pilotTue, 06 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000The First Artificial Skating Rinks Looked Pretty But Smelled Terrible the technology to reliably freeze water existed, the first rinks used pig fat and saltsFri, 02 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Is Light Pollution Really Pollution? countries grow richer, light pollution gets worse–but some are fighting to change thatThu, 01 Jun 2017 16:30:28 +0000These Sustainable Sneakers Are Made Using Algae shoes’ manufacturers harvest harmful algal blooms and turn the goo into footwearWed, 31 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Zealand Sent a 3D-Printed Rocket to Space the Electron usher in a new era for satellites? Thu, 25 May 2017 18:49:32 +0000Italy Is Giving Away 103 Historic Buildings, Free of Charge potential owners are required to transform the properties into tourist-friendly sites Tue, 23 May 2017 19:02:33 +0000The 1870s Dairy Lobby Turned Margarine Pink So People Would Buy Butter or butter? The question has deep roots, and you shouldn't even ask it in WisconsinTue, 23 May 2017 13:40:00 +0000Switzerland Votes to Phase Out Nuclear Power nation plans to decommission its five nuclear plants and invest in renewablesMon, 22 May 2017 18:27:01 +0000Good News, Everybody! Someone Once Patented Plans For Keeping A Severed Head Alive was what's called a "prophetic patent"—one that isn't real yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000Here’s How FDR Explained Making Electricity Public"My friends, my policy is as radical as the Constitution of the United States," he saidThu, 18 May 2017 17:10:00 +0000One Man Invented Two of the Deadliest Substances of the 20th Century Midgley Jr.'s inventions have had an outsize impact—not all of it good—on humankindThu, 18 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000Can Giving Paintings Their Own DNA Stop Art Forgery? is leading the charge against copycatsWed, 17 May 2017 15:25:55 +0000Glue Made of Mussel Slime Could Prevent Scarring glue, infused with a version of the protein decorin, healed wounds in rats, giving them skin with hair follicles and oil glands instead of scar tissueTue, 16 May 2017 17:36:15 +0000A Little History of American Kindergartens, blocks and snack time (and don't forget a nap)Tue, 16 May 2017 16:49:43 +0000With This One Quotable Speech, Teddy Roosevelt Changed the Way America Thinks About Nature a speech at the start of the 1908 Conference of Governors, Roosevelt changed the national conversation about resource useMon, 15 May 2017 12:49:00 +0000This Infamous 19th-Century Birth Control Pamphlet Got Its Writer Imprisoned Knowlton did three months hard labor and was fined $50Wed, 10 May 2017 15:10:51 +0000Google Maps Glitch Sends Tourists to the Wrong Norwegian Town is not in FossmorkTue, 09 May 2017 17:12:45 +0000Pricey Graphing Calculators Could Be Headed for Extinction testing companies are adopting embedded web calculators instead of freestanding devicesTue, 09 May 2017 16:41:10 +0000Crayola to Debut Crayon Inspired by New Shade of Blue YInMn pigment was accidentally discovered by a chemist in 2009Tue, 09 May 2017 14:04:23 +0000U.S. Home Births Aren't As Safe As Many Abroad birth doesn't have to be a dangerous and deadly proposition–but in the United States, it often isFri, 05 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Mule Racing Led to Mule Cloning was a huge advance in cloning in the early 2000sThu, 04 May 2017 15:12:06 +0000The Man Who Invented the First Gas Mask Haldane came up with a rudimentary gas mask to protect Allied troops during WWIWed, 03 May 2017 14:16:18 +0000Insect-Based Munchies Coming to Grocery Stores Across Switzerland country recently lifted restrictions on selling mealworms, locusts and crickets for consumptionWed, 03 May 2017 13:57:43 +0000This Prolific Inventor Helped Give Us The Phrase “The Real McCoy” are many stories about how we got this phrase. But there was only one Elijah McCoyTue, 02 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Benjamin Franklin Was the First to Chart the Gulf Stream's cousin, Timothy Folger, knew how the then-unnamed current worked from his days as a whalerTue, 02 May 2017 15:08:56 +0000Can Snow Machines Save Swiss Glaciers? many as 4,000 could be deployed to insulate ice on MorteratschMon, 01 May 2017 20:24:49 +0000Scientists Make Sturdy Bricks From Mars-Like Soils findings may be a step forward in the mission to build structures on the Red PlanetMon, 01 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000Check Out This Year's Entries to the RobotArt Competition teams have submitted almost 200 artworks painted by robots, many guided by artsy artificial intelligence Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:16:08 +0000Times Square's Glitzy Look was One Man's Bright Idea Leigh's ability to imagine new kinds of advertising shaped the signs of the cityFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000