Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:30:00 +0000This Biotech Company Is Growing Meatballs in a Lab just a few years, lab-grown meat might make it to the marketFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:30:00 +0000Which States Have the Fastest Talkers? time you hear, "this call may be recorded," an analytics firm could be analyzing every wordFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:33:50 +0000What It Feels Like to Don a Skintight Virtual Reality Suit it sounds a little weird, it might be the future of virtual realityThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar Panels five years, France hopes the panels will supply power to 5 million peopleThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Water Bottle Refills Itself From Moisture in the Air Fontus is a gadget for adventurers and potentially a way to help people living regions where water is scarceWed, 03 Feb 2016 20:33:52 +0000Adventure Through the Water Cycle With NASA's New Comic Book comic brings whimsy and fun into the story of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite missionWed, 03 Feb 2016 19:18:05 +0000These Stunning Fractals Are Made of Snow artist Simon Beck uses his own two snowshoe-clad feet to create these masterpiecesTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:00 +0000GoPro-Armed Vultures Capture Lima’s Trash Problems sniffing out illegal dumps, the watchful buzzards will hopefully inspire action to clean up the city's streetsMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:09 +0000Step Inside a Dalí Painting at This Virtual Reality Exhibit meets real life in an exploration of a Dalí masterworkThu, 28 Jan 2016 20:03:18 +0000British People Are Building Highways for Hedgehogs Through Their Yards populations in England have declined since the 1970s due urban and suburban developmentThu, 28 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000These Levitating Bonsai Will Brighten Your Home With Science workshop in Japan created tiny Bonsai plants that float with the help of magnetsTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:49:13 +0000New Way to Wean Calves Leaves Them Happier and Healthier stress on the animals may also have economic benefitsMon, 25 Jan 2016 19:17:56 +0000Describe Your Coffee With Science's an art—and a lot of science—to a consistent cup of coffeeMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000How a Hidden Figure Emerged From One of Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000Sunday's SpaceX Landing Didn't Exactly Go as Planned made it to orbit—but the company's Falcon 9 rocket didn't make it back to Earth in one pieceMon, 18 Jan 2016 16:59:45 +0000Vietnam Turns to DNA to Identify the Remains of Those Lost in the War advances in DNA analysis will make this massive effort possibleMon, 18 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Move Over Hackers, Squirrels Are the Power Grid's Greatest Foe may loom large in peoples' minds, but these fluffy rodents are the ones actually taking down the gridMon, 18 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000Virtually Climb Mount Everest From Your Living Room new virtual reality experience allows users delve into the world of Everest and scale the beast firsthandFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Incandescent Light Bulbs May Have a Bright Future After All could turn the inefficient bulbs’ weakness into a strengthTue, 12 Jan 2016 19:51:18 +0000Watch 100 Drones Dance Their Way to a World Record swarm recently took to the skies to Beethoven's Fifth SymphonyTue, 12 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulele, strum, repeatTue, 12 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Grab Your Fork and Travel Back in Time With These Old USDA Dietary Guidelines, pyramids and plates—dietary recommendations have come a long way in the last centuryThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:56:03 +0000Scientists Trained Monitor Lizards Not to Chow Down on Poisonous Toads they did it by feeding them smaller and less-poisonous toadsThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Copenhagen Has a Cemetery for Homeless People proper burials for indigent individuals remain few and far betweenWed, 30 Dec 2015 17:04:43 +0000What Should People Do With Food Waste? Make Beer beers are getting creativeWed, 30 Dec 2015 16:15:00 +0000Through This New Crowdfunding Site, a Lucky Few Can Make a Living Just by ... Living make around $1,100 a month—just for being aliveMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:13:14 +0000France Has a Power Plant Fueled by Cheese course they doThu, 24 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Pen Can Draw Electrical Circuits silver salt based ink lets users draw any circuit they can dreamThu, 24 Dec 2015 16:16:37 +0000Here's Why NASA Had to Postpone a 2016 Mission to Mars leak in a key instrument on board the InSight lander means the team will have to wait for the next launch window in 2018Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Oysters Could Save Staten Island From the Next Hurricane Sandy living breakwater could prevent future flooding while cleaning polluted watersWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:36:39 +0000This Hearing Test Can Be Taken Over the Phone it doesn't replace a visit to a doctor, researchers hope it will persuade more people to seek helpWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:00 +0000Sensors Designed for Prosthetic Hands Could Lead to New Textile Standards sensors might help figure out if thread count really mattersWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Utah Will Soon Have an Imaginary Theme Park 2016, virtual reality fanatics will step into a VR "VOID" Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:00:57 +0000Rainbow Collars Could Help Keep Cats From Wiping Out Birds colorful trick may stop Fluffy from murdering local songbirdsWed, 16 Dec 2015 17:07:48 +0000Four Things to Know About the Paris Climate Deal strengths and limitations of the roadmap for fighting climate changeTue, 15 Dec 2015 18:30:00 +0000These Old-School Internet Browsers Are Like Real-Life Time Machines new tool lets you experience the glory—and embarrassment—of the internet of yoreTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:30:23 +0000How Much Space Do Astronauts Need? answer could help design spacecraft for one day taking people on the months-long trip to MarsTue, 15 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Many Roads That Lead to Rome, Visualized not all cities named Rome are in ItalyMon, 14 Dec 2015 20:00:41 +0000Jakarta Is Building a Gigantic Bird-Shaped Seawall will the Great Garuda project be enough to save a sinking city? 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