Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-wants-send-sculpture-your-laughs-space-180961295/#Laugh is on orbit to become the first art piece created in spaceTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:03:37 +0000Where We Got the Term “Banana Republic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-we-got-term-banana-republic-180961813/Hint: it’s not a great moment in American historyWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Japan Tries (and Fails) to Launch a Tiny Rocket http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-tries-fails-launch-tiny-rocket-180961811/Sending teensy satellites into space isn’t just an experiment in cute—it's an effort to reduce the cost of sending tech into spaceMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:07:19 +0000In 1957, The U.S. Flew a Jet Around the World to Prove it Could Drop a Nuclear Bomb Anywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1957-us-flew-jet-around-world-prove-it-could-drop-nuclear-bomb-anywhere-180961769/The B-52 bomber that made the flight was part of a new bomber class that was still proving its worthMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000Since First Successfully Used 75 Years Ago, Ejection Seats Have Saved Thousands http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-successfully-used-75-years-ago-ejection-seats-have-saved-thousands-180961744/The faster an airplane is moving, the harder it is to get out of: that's why ejection seats are so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Department of Defense Calls for Biodegradable, Seed-Planting Ammo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/department-defense-wants-biodegradable-seed-planting-ammo-180961768/These seed bombs could make Army training easier on the environment Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:40:08 +0000How a Children's Toy Could Help Fight Malariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-childrens-toy-may-help-fight-malaria-180961779/A 20-cent whirligig-like centrifuge could help doctors in remote regions diagnose diseaseThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:34 +0000This Swiss Grocery Will Soon Sell Mealworm Burgershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-grocery-start-selling-mealworm-burgers-180961765/In the continued quest for sustainable proteins, another company is wriggling into the market Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000People Have Tried to Make U.S. Cigarette Warning Labels More Graphic for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cigarette-warning-labels-more-graphic-180961721/On this day in 1964, the surgeon general officially said that smoking causes cancer. But warning labels in America still don't show its effects Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:00 +0000The Hot Toddy: A “Medicinal” Drink That Might Actually Work http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-toddy-medicinal-drink-might-actually-work-180961714/On National Hot Toddy Day, warm up with this tasty drink, whether you're sick or notWed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Three-Wheeled, Battery-Powered Plastic Car-Bike Was a Giant Flop in 1985http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-wheeled-battery-powered-plastic-car-bike-was-giant-flop-1980s-180961685/But today, some have asked if Sir Clive Sinclair was just ahead of his timeTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:55:00 +0000John D. Rockefeller Was the Richest Person To Ever Live. Periodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-d-rockefeller-richest-person-ever-live-period-180961705/Standard Oil, his company, is one of the biggest reasons we have anti-monopoly lawsTue, 10 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Tech Writers Said About the iPhone When It Debuted Ten Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-tech-writers-thought-about-iphone-when-it-debuted-10-years-ago-180961728/Not everyone thought the sleek phone/browser/music player would have mainstream appealMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:00:32 +0000The Inventor of the Telegraph Was Also America’s First Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-telegraph-was-also-americas-first-photographer-180961683/The daguerreotype craze took over New York in the mid-nineteenth centuryMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:35:33 +0000Finland Has a New Social Experiment: Giving People Free Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finland-has-new-social-experiment-giving-people-free-money-180961684/Two thousand unemployed Finns will now get around $594 a month—whether they get jobs or notThu, 05 Jan 2017 21:01:41 +0000On This Day in 1847, a Texas Ranger Walked Into Samuel Colt’s Shop and Said, Make Me a Six-Shooterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1847-texas-ranger-walked-samuel-colts-shop-and-said-make-me-six-shooter-180961621/Samuel Colt was a clever marketer as well as a talented inventorWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000If Isaac Asimov Had Named The Smartphone, He Might Have Called It The “Pocket Computer Mark II” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-isaac-asimov-had-named-smartphone-he-might-have-called-it-pocket-computer-mark-ii-180961588/The sci-fi author correctly predicted a number of innovations that have come to passMon, 02 Jan 2017 15:28:16 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000How a Red Party Cup Became an American Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/red-party-cup-american-icon-solo-cup-180961603/There's just something about Solo cupsThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:31:54 +0000Five Years Ago, This Island Nation Lost an Entire Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-time-zones-make-work-worse-180961569/On this day in 2011, Samoa switched sides of the international date line for the second time, losing December 30 in the process. Here's whyThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:36:08 +0000You Can Hear Hagia Sophia’s Sublime Acoustics Without a Trip to Istanbulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-hear-hagia-sophias-sublime-acoustics-without-trip-istanbul-180961563/Stanford scientists have digitally created the building’s unique sound, taking listeners back to the Middle AgesTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Crossword Puzzles Are Still Mostly Written By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-crossword-puzzles-are-still-mostly-written-humans-180961518/Computers can write sports articles, replace stock brokers and help diagnose patients. But they can’t write good crosswordsWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000Presidents Can Be Impeached Because Benjamin Franklin Thought It Was Better Than Assassination http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-presidents-can-be-impeached-because-benjamin-franklin-thought-it-was-better-assassination-180961500/The founding fathers struggled with the idea of whether the top leader should be impeachableMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:46:28 +0000On This Day, The Black Box Proved Its Worthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-black-box-proved-its-worth-180961484/The Park Slope plane crash was a tragedy, but it proved the importance of the flight data recorderFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31:27 +0000Ever Wonder Who Invented The Tea Bag? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ever-wonder-who-invented-tea-bag-180961469/Its two competing origin stories are linked by one thing: convenienceThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:36:31 +0000Why Basketball Is The Perfect Sport for Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-basketball-perfect-sport-vr-180961453/James Naismith invented basketball on this day in 1891. He couldn’t have seen VR comingThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:35:00 +0000Silicon Valley Owes Its Success To This Tech Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silicon-valley-owes-its-success-tech-genius-youve-never-heard-180961395/Robert Noyce was one of the founders of Silicon ValleyMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:33:07 +0000Another Weird Facet of America’s Strangest National Park: The Conscience Pilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-more-weird-aspect-americas-strangest-national-park-conscience-pile-180961377/People mail stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park, but they can't be returned to their original sitesFri, 09 Dec 2016 17:43:28 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-worlds-fair-paid-half-admission-box-cotton-candy-180961332/Celebrating cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Alan Turing’s World War II Headquarters Will Once Again House Codebreakershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alan-turings-world-war-ii-headquarters-house-codebreakers-180961281/Bletchley Park is being revived as a cybersecurity training centerTue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000Escape With a Virtual Ride on the World’s Steepest Train http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escape-virtual-ride-worlds-steepest-train-180961275/Things are looking up (down, right and left) thanks to a 360-degree video captures a stunning Norwegian fjord Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:40:01 +0000Dallas Proposes the Country's Largest Urban Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-proposes-countrys-largest-urban-park-180961256/A 10,000-acre Nature District could turn the Trinity River into the city’s centerpieceMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:24:22 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-magic-mushrooms-one-day-help-cancer-patients-face-down-death-180961264/Two new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000One Hundred and Three Years Ago Today, Henry Ford Introduced the Assembly Line: His Workers Hated Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-hundred-and-three-years-ago-today-henry-ford-introduced-assembly-line-his-workers-hated-it-180961267/It was seen as one more way the automaker could exert rigid control over his employeesThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:32:55 +0000The 'Flying Scotsman' Made Train History When The Speedometer Hit 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flying-scotsman-made-train-history-when-speedometer-hit-100-180961257/The first locomotive to hit 100 miles per hour was billed as "The Most Famous Train in the World"Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:09 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earths-new-tools-shows-32-years-changing-planet-180961251/A satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000The Forgotten Car That Won America's First Auto Race http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-t-came-duryea-wagon-180961218/The zippy roadster won America's first automobile race in 1895 with an average speed of 5 mphMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:50 +0000New Technology Shows Fetuses From the Inside Using Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technology-shows-fetuses-inside-using-virtual-reality-180961193/It's a view that could change prenatal careTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:04:58 +0000