Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:54 +0000A Simple Way to Reduce Car Crashes: Start the High School Day Later later roll-call time for teens also means improved health, mood, and grades Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:54 +0000One Idea to Get to Mars: Fill the Walls of a Spaceship With Water insulation from radiation would also be drinkable Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:18:02 +0000How to Fold a World Record-Setting Paper Airplane secret lies in the design, but having a football quarterback on hand to throw the plane might help you break recordsThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:15:54 +0000Now a Person Can Scramble Up a Wall Just Like a Gecko use the same material to catch wayward space trashThu, 20 Nov 2014 17:46:50 +0000This Company Is Crowdfunding a Mission to the Moon reward: a spot in a digital time capsule buried beneath the lunar surfaceWed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:03 +0000Outfitting Football Helmets With Magnets Could Reduce Concussions magnets can repel at least 300 lbs of force, preventing heads from colliding Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:45:51 +0000How to Heat Your House With a Cloud Computer Server German company is installing servers in homes and offices to recycle heat Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:15:49 +0000How to Live With Hallucinatory “Voices” Without Drugs European-centered movement is trying to change the perception that hearing voices is badMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:01:11 +0000Look How 30 Years of Automation Changed How Crayons Are Made years ago, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood showed how people made crayons. Today, crayon-making is a robot's jobFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:00:08 +0000Why Charging for Plastic Bags Makes People Give Them Up's all about setting up psychological tripping blocks Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:49:56 +0000DARPA Wants Flying Drone Carriers big bombers into drone carriers could make Cold War tech more useful for modern warfareTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:35 +0000Virgin Galactic's Aggressive Plan to Get Back in the Air company hopes to resume flying with a new ship by summer 2015Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:30:16 +0000It’s Still Possible to Stop the Worst of Climate Change so long to fossil fuelsMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:01:15 +0000Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed in California private spaceflight company was testing a new fuel for their experimental spaceshipFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:38:37 +0000Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Figure Out What Ails You particles will spy on the cells of your body and look for any disease, including cancerWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:02:45 +0000The Pope Would Like You to Accept Evolution And the Big Bang Roman Catholic Church is pro evolution and Big Bang, but with a twistTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:53:32 +0000How the Gates Foundation Is Making Cassava the Next Corn plant breeding techniques (but no GMOs) and lots of money are aimed at improving this staple crop of the tropicsFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0000The Case for Sending Women to Mars women are smaller than men, they're cheaper to send into spaceTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:33 +0000This Umbrella Creates an Air “Force Field” to Keep Rain Away umbrellas are still in the testing phase but are expected to ship out by next December Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:38:00 +0000In an Effort to Stop Poaching, Namibia Will Remove All of Its Rhinos’ Horns extreme measure will likely not be enough to stop the killing, however, so the country is also bolstering its anti-poaching patrols Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:16 +0000All the Things a Hacker Can Find Out About You on Public Wifi vacation, your job, your passwordsWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:49 +0000Watch Adorable Meerkat And Otter Live Streams, Help Combat Poaching and the London Zoo have teamed up to offer live streams of animals in an effort to test conservation techTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:35:26 +0000Robot Ships And Pepper Spray—the Latest in Pirate-Fighting Tech technology developments are looking to combat piracy and terrorism on the high seasMon, 13 Oct 2014 17:07:24 +0000Instead of Growing Meat in a Lab, Why Not Make It Out of Plants?"Plant blood" is the secret behind the I-can't-believe-it-isn't-meat company, Impossible Foods Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:58:07 +0000The Fake Story of a Blond Child Bride Made This the Most Visited Blog in Norway campaign is meant to increase awareness and also is seeking sponsors of individual girlsWed, 08 Oct 2014 18:29:26 +0000To Detect Bombs Before They're Used, Sweden Is Looking at Its Sewers EU's Emphasis Project is designed to detect people manufacturing IED'sTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:04 +0000This Drone Could Live on Your Wrist And Help You Take Selfies a camera at arms length is so passe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:28:47 +0000Who Can Use Drones This Week? and deliveries are moving on up, while fines and bans go into effect in parksFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:37:53 +0000New Marine Robots Could One Day Patrol the Oceans do you keep an eye on the oceans? With robotsThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:38:31 +0000A New MIT Challenge: Hack the Breast Pump weekend, MIT's Media Lab hosted the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" HackathonWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:42:58 +0000