Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenThu, 02 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000A Danish Festival Will Recycle Partiers’ Urine To Make Beer of urine will be used to fertilize barley for future festivalgoersThu, 02 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000SpaceX Failure Puts Dozens of Satellites on Hold losses have left other SpaceX customers in limboThu, 02 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000To Better Understand Lava, an Artist and Scientist Make Their Own lab at Syracuse University creates melts basaltic rock in a modified furnaceThu, 02 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000In the Future, Grocery Stores May be More Like ATMs and motion detection expand the idea of what it means to shopWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:12:08 +0000Canned Goods and Cucumber Seeds: Food Banks Are Starting to Give Out Garden Starters goods take a backseat to freshly-grown produceTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:49:43 +0000Germany is Turning its Old Military Bases Into Nature Reserves downsizing the military, Germany sets aside land for wildlifeTue, 30 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Here's How Plastic Toy Dinosaurs are Made series of molds help the toy creators’ vision pop into 3-DTue, 30 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000Scale El Capitan From Your Couch Using Google Street View latest expansion of the Maps project takes users up Yosemite’s iconic climbFri, 26 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000The First Human Clinical Trial of Synthetic Blood Will Begin Soon could receive artificial blood transfusions as early as 2017Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000Norway is Building a Highway for Bees world’s first superhighway for bees sends Oslo bee traffic from east to westFri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000In Sweden the Blood Bank Will Text You When Your Blood is Used’s blood bank uses text messages and Facebook posts to remind donors to give againWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Catch and Release: This Device Could Help Accidentally Caught Fish Survive SeaQualizer returns fish safely to the depths of the oceanWed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Can Hookworms Cure Hayfever? But we need to learn a lot more about them before they hit pharmacy shelvesTue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Demand for Sand is so High There are Illegal Sand Mining Operations certain kinds of sand can be used in construction and mining it causes problemsTue, 23 Jun 2015 12:33:32 +0000The Mystery of the Failed Chlamydia Vaccine the 1960s, a vaccine for chlamydia made patients more susceptible to chlamydia. Now scientists know whyMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here’s What People Are Asking Google About Climate Change visualization reveals what people want to know about the environmentMon, 22 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachers match DNA in seized tusks to elephant dung to map where poaching is taking placeMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:17:32 +0000Researchers Have Finally Figured Out How to Stop Lithium Batteries from Spontaneously Combusting fires have kept experts cautious about the potential of lightweight batteriesFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Every Year, Norway Hosts an Oil Cleanup Drill annual release of offshore oil is no accident — it’s a chance to train, test, and prepare for the possibility of a catastrophic oil spillFri, 19 Jun 2015 16:44:15 +0000History’s Most Creative Paintings, As Picked by a Computer masters got snubbedThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:07:08 +0000U.S. Grants Captive Chimpanzees Endangered Species Status, Prohibiting Most Research on Them chimps now have the same protections as wild onesWed, 17 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Elon Musk’s Futuristic Hyperloop is Coming to California Next Year project isn’t the enormous high-speed rail alternative that Elon Musk orginialy proposed, but it is closeTue, 16 Jun 2015 15:30:00 +0000Excess Embryos: Families Are Now Adopting Unused Embryos Leftover from IVF Treatments practice is relatively new and touches on complicated legal and ethical issuesTue, 16 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000In California, Smart Water Meters Tattle on Wasteful Ways internet-connected meters provide nearly real-time feedback on water useTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:25:14 +0000Worried About the Robot Takeover? Here’s a Video of Robots Falling Over’s like humanoid robots have ended adolescence — awkward clumsiness aboundsFri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Lose's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Google is Trying to Count Calories in Food Porn you need is an Instagram photo and an algorithm Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Restaurants are Facing an Egg Shortage Thanks to Avian Flu outbreak, which spread surprisingly fast, hit farms that produce liquid eggsWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:10:05 +0000This Computer Runs on Water new class of computers takes advantage of the physical properties of waterWed, 10 Jun 2015 15:57:28 +0000How Non-stick Frying Pans Are Made the pans helps coatings apply evenly and makes the process hypnoticWed, 10 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes at a Tyrannosaurus Rex Dissection of work went into creating a model, life-sized dinosaur for experts to dismember and cut openWed, 10 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Researchers Are Training Robots Using Minecraft popular game helps robots learn real-world skillsWed, 10 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This is What it Looks Like When a GoPro Falls From Space put a camera in a payload fairing for its Falcon 9 rocketMon, 08 Jun 2015 17:49:39 +0000The Most Popular Eating Banana Might Soon Go Extinct Cavendish banana is succumbing to a disease that wiped out its predecessorFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000An Oregon Town Tried (and Failed) to Scare Off Sea Lions With a Fake Orca“Fake Willy" nearly drowned on its mission to drive sea lions out of Astoria, OregonFri, 05 Jun 2015 15:32:28 +0000Stop Calling Flibanserin "Female Viagra" the FDA weighs the merits of a new drug to boost female libido, it's clear this is not a little blue pill for womenFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:10:41 +0000NASA Will Launch a Flying Saucer Soon has kept the test vehicle, designed to land softly on Mars, grounded for the moment but the launch window is still openThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000Japanese Elevators May Soon Have Toilets travelers could have access to running water in elevatorsThu, 04 Jun 2015 15:41:23 +0000How Bug Guts Slow Down Planes and What Engineers are Doing About it the most fuel-efficient plane means keeping wings free of sticky exploded bugsWed, 03 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Does Planet Earth Need Its Own Flag? think we need a universal flag to stake our claim in spaceTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:28:57 +0000This is What the First Home Pregnancy Test Looked Like"Predictor" gave results in just two hours Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:34:38 +0000New ATMs in China Recognize Your Face cash machines were designed to cut down on fraudTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:36:28 +0000The Case for Washing Clothes in Cold Water You're doing it wrongMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Perfumers Are Analyzing the Stench of Toilets warning: Toilet chemistry is not for the faint of stomachMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +000060 NASA Scientists are Trying to Build a Better Parachute Supreme Council of Parachute Experts wants to construct a parachute that can help a heavier craft land on MarsFri, 29 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Scientists Just Mummified a Human Leg to Test Ancient Egyptian Techniques took 208 days for Swiss scientists to mummify a fresh leg using natronThu, 28 May 2015 17:10:23 +0000Take a Drone Tour of Ancient History offer a soaring perspective of ancient sitesWed, 27 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Pac-Man Turns 35 This Month now-iconic game was originally released by Namco in 1980Wed, 27 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000This Surfboard Maps Waves and Gathers Ocean Data for Researchers would make surfers into citizen scientistsWed, 27 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 This Beer Was Brewed to Save Sea Stars new ale sends some proceeds to research on sea star wasting syndromeFri, 22 May 2015 18:16:21 +0000Jerusalem is Running Out of Room for the Dead new project looks to save space by building modern catacombsWed, 20 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000A Malaysian Farm is Playing Classical Music to its Chickens chickens roam in a barn filled with tunes from MozartTue, 19 May 2015 17:42:09 +0000Engineered Yeast Could Open up a DIY Painkiller Market modified microbes could also make cheaper and better opiatesTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Will Your Doctor One Day Pay You? research shows that incentive-based health programs really do workTue, 19 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Scientists Want to Unleash an Army of Caterpillars to Destroy Cocaine Crops scientists say the insect could replace cocaine-killing herbicides.Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Angry AI Will Train Telemarketers to Handle Angry Real People robot apocalypse will come with the howling fury of an angry customer service call.Mon, 18 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Twitter is Helping Scientists Spot More Northern Lights new study shows the power of social media to pinpoint where and when auroras occurSun, 17 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Stopping Malaria With Viagra can help boost the spleen’s ability to filter out infected blood cellsThu, 14 May 2015 15:18:11 +0000Stop Calling it Bird Flu: World Health Organization Calls for More Care in Naming Diseases naming guidelines issued to avoid stigmatizing communities.Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Alaska is Growing a Plant the Soviet Military Used in Secret Experiments root, or Rhodiola rosea, is also popular in Siberian folk medicineThu, 14 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Company is Turning Holocaust Survivor Interviews into Holograms are using new technology to keep Holocaust testimonies aliveWed, 13 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000How Snow Keeps the World’s Most Powerful Space Telescope Squeaky Clean snowflakes are being tested for use with Hubble’s successorWed, 13 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Computers Are Learning About Art Faster than Art Historians algorithm took just a few months to draw connections between artists that scholars have been working on for yearsWed, 13 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000New York State Forms Emergency Task Force to Protect Manicurists authorities spurred into action by New York Times expose uncovering health risks and wage theft in New York City’s nail salonsTue, 12 May 2015 12:58:35 +0000Starbucks Moves its Bottled Water Operations Out of California’s Drought water in California might not be a great idea, but many companies still do itSat, 09 May 2015 13:54:34 +0000How to Crash a Drone, Safely’s time to teach drones how to safely land in an emergency.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000A Streak in the Sky: Photographer Captures an Incredible Time-lapse Image of the Moon Voutilainen's photo took nearly 40 minutes to shootThu, 07 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here's How NASA is Keeping The Satellites Around Mars From Running Into Each Other is beefing up traffic monitoring as more satellites enter orbit around the red planet.Wed, 06 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000The Very First Self-Driving Semi Truck Has Hit the Road Freightliner Inspiration is the first commercially-licensed autonomous truckWed, 06 May 2015 15:24:23 +0000Department of Justice Says it’s Time to Reevaluate the Stingray Phone-Tracking System report says agency to take a look into cell phone snooping.Tue, 05 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000This African Plant Leads the Way to Diamond Deposits palm-like plant seems to grow only on top of diamond-rich deposits called kimberlite pipesTue, 05 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000This is How Bombardier Beetles Fire Explosives From Their Butts beetls have a special chamber in their abdomens where they mix together chemicals to produce an explosive reactionTue, 05 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000