Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:56:08 +0000Japan Is Building a 40-foot Wall to Stop Tsunamis the expensive, extensive wall might not be high enoughFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:56:08 +0000Why Craigslist Users Are Flocking to Police Departments “safe lot” programs aim to make buying and selling goods saferFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:30:34 +0000The Navajo Nation Will Have the First Junk Food Tax in the U.S. Navajo National Council approved a 2 percent increase in sales tax on foods like pastries, fried foods, desserts, chips and sodaThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:49:30 +0000An Asteroid Boulder Will Be A Stepping Stone on the Journey to Mars announces details in its plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbitWed, 25 Mar 2015 20:57:09 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancer research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Why Forecasters Were Once Banned From Using the Word “Tornado” meteorologists developed reliable prediction techniques, the t-word was off the tableWed, 25 Mar 2015 14:30:01 +0000Here’s How Music Really Could Soothe Your Soul leading scholar theorizes that music developed as an evolutionary adaptation to help us deal with the contradictory nature of lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:30:11 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000Half of All Local Council Positions in France Will Be Held by Women tickets with men and women running together will lead to councils balanced by genderTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:45:28 +0000Got Allergies? Air Pollution Could Be to Blame research suggests that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can alter allergens, creating more potent immune responsesMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:20:07 +0000Trouble Remembering Passwords? Charles Dickens May Be Able Help programmer has devised a creative “password generation scheme” using <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:30:23 +0000The Rules of Wrinkling, From Brain Folds to Pumpkin Ridges, ridges, folds and "delaminated buckles" are all different forms of wrinklingFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:00:56 +0000Drones Are Teaching Falcons How to Hunt of the newest training techniques used by falconers could eventually help conservation efforts to save the birds’ preyFri, 20 Mar 2015 13:55:39 +0000Wikipedia Editing Shows That Different Countries Have Different Sets of Interests analysis shows that interests are local, not global Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:40:25 +0000Could Your Browser Make You a Better Employee? answer could be yes…if you use Firefox or ChromeThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:15:46 +0000A Special Facility in England Keeps the World’s Chocolate Safe cocoa tree is very sensitive to disease and pests, so someone checks every plant bound for international tradeMon, 16 Mar 2015 18:30:49 +0000There’s Finally Free Wifi in Cuba becomes more connectedMon, 16 Mar 2015 15:15:30 +0000The First Green Beer Was Made With Laundry Whitener food coloring, St. Patrick’s Day’s most festive brew got its hue from a different kind of dyeMon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:10 +0000Slime Mold Has an Uncannily Accurate Sense of Where Rome Built Its Roads strange organisms are remarkably good at mapping the most efficient route from place to place—and that's exactly what roads doMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:37 +0000Scientists Have Been Studying Two Fake Human Pheromones for Decades chemicals provided by a perfume company appear in a 1991 research paper and side-track years of work on human pheromonesFri, 13 Mar 2015 20:27:02 +0000There’s an Invader in the International Space Station Invader mosaic has found its way to space Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:00:34 +0000Now the Turing Test Goes Visual proposed test would have computer programs not only pick out what is in a photo but what is happeningFri, 13 Mar 2015 14:00:26 +0000Celebrating the Women of the Supreme Court With LEGOs better way to hail the female trailblazers of the bench than miniaturizing them into tiny toys?Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:36 +0000When Even the Simplest Word Looks Weird And Wrong You Have Wordnesia don’t really know why it happens, but at least there is a term for itWed, 11 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000London’s Congestion Pricing Plan Is Saving Lives charging $17.34 for a trip downtown during peak hours, London has reduced traffic fatalities by 40 percentTue, 10 Mar 2015 15:30:53 +0000Why’s Wikimedia Suing the NSA? Foundation joins Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others to protest mass surveillance onlineTue, 10 Mar 2015 14:45:56 +0000How Dick Tracy Invented the Smartwatch detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for the Apple Watch and other wearablesMon, 09 Mar 2015 16:03:13 +0000This Is Next-Level Origami dancing cranes to protective structures, origami is popping up in science and techFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:04:03 +0000NASA’s Next Space Robot Was Inspired by a Baby’s Toy the Super Ball Bot, a flexible robot that could explore new planets Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:00:18 +0000Microsoft Billionaire Finds Enormous Sunken Japanese Battleship Allen used his megayacht to locate the long-lost ship, which has been missing since World War IIWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:02 +0000The FCC Just Voted to Preserve Net Neutrality passes “Preserving the Open Internet” rules by 3-2 voteThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:09:11 +0000See Shipping Traffic Move Through Straits Around the World visualization shows a week’s worth of vessel movementTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:06:31 +0000Amsterdam Is Out of Bike Parking city will create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:51:27 +0000Save the Birds By Embarrassing Your Cat cats in colorful collars may be one key to preventing them from effectively preying on birds and other small animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:30:06 +0000Is That Pill a Placebo? This Program Can Tell, Even If You Can't new algorithm could make it faster and less expensive to develop new painkillers Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:51 +0000LED Skylights Perfectly Mimic Natural Sunlight lights fool human brains and camera eyesWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:00:39 +0000Found: A New Tool in the Fight Against HIV approach offers “vaccine-like” protection against HIV Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:27 +0000Only 1 in 4 Americans Would Take a Free Space Flight are still skeptical about some aspects of space travelWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:30:02 +0000This Teeny Chair Can Assemble Itself tiny prototype developed at MIT marks one of the first steps into a world where we’ll never need an Allen wrench againWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:30:24 +0000Is DNA the Solution for Permanent Data Storage? study uses “synthetic fossils” to store data for the ages Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:31:42 +0000Is Our Universe Supersymmetric? hope the rebooted Large Hadron Collider could find supersymmetric particles—the next frontier of particle physicsMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:30:30 +000019th-Century Sexual Advice: No Sex Before Meals rest of the tips are even farther from any sort of modern scientific basisFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:17:50 +0000Britain’s First Driverless Car Stays on the Sidewalk car's 15 mile-per-hour speed limit keeps things safeFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:42:21 +0000Jailing People Has Little Effect on Crime Levels some point, the data indicates, more people in prison doesn’t translate to fewer crimesFri, 13 Feb 2015 18:15:54 +0000Technology from ‘Interstellar’ Could Be Useful to Scientists, Too movie’s visual effects are now being used for scientific researchFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:02:28 +0000Hypnotize Yourself With a Record-Breaking Traditional Dance synchronized dance won a group of 5,211 Indian women a Guinness World RecordThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:30:20 +0000New Guidelines on Cholesterol: Eggs Are Ok, Butter's Still Bad have long pushed for the change since for most, cholesterol isn't the demon we thought it wasWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:20:12 +0000Farm Animals Could Soon Carry Wi-Fi a few years, shepherds might be monitoring their flocks with networks of wireless sensorsTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:00:20 +0000Now for Sale: Straw Houses new technique for green building—making houses out of straw—actually draws on century-old ideasTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:58:20 +0000These Bells Play Seismic Shifts as UC Berkeley’s bells play the earth’s “natural frequencies” Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:23 +0000Here’s How to Build an Igloo your chilly construction itchTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:52 +0000Has Facebook Become the Internet? social network’s worldwide reach is leading to some serious confusionMon, 09 Feb 2015 17:26:34 +0000Creating Drought-Tolerant Plants By Hacking Their Natural Responses new technique will help plants survive with less water? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:02:13 +0000A Great Idea: Create an HMS Beagle in LEGO Form to turn this tiny version of a famous ship into a LEGO kit available for all to enjoyThu, 05 Feb 2015 16:29:08 +0000Private Space Investments Will Reach $10 Billion This Year way for money—investors are bullish on space Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:02 +0000Scientists Discover “Reset” Button for Circadian Rhythm a simple reboot turn exhaustion into a thing of the past? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:16:12 +0000There Aren’t Enough Patients for Ebola Drug’s First Clinical Trial developer called a halt after fewer than 10 people had been treated in the trial’s first monthMon, 02 Feb 2015 19:12:38 +0000