Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:39:53 +0000How Halitosis Became a Medical Condition With a "Cure" breath wasn’t perceived as a medical condition until one company realized that it could help them sell mouthwashThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:39:53 +0000Being Politically Correct Can Actually Boost Creativity mixed-gender groups, being PC makes everyone more comfortable and lets ideas flowWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:15:22 +0000Hive Mind: A Swarm of Microprobes Could Tell Us More About Jupiter miniature probes will gather atmospheric data before bursting into flames Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:30:10 +0000Impressed by a Big Truck’s Beefy Rev? It Could Be an Illusion engine noise is a reality for today’s more efficient trucks Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:38 +0000These New GMOs Need Artificial Compounds to Live’s genetic engineering with the safety onThu, 22 Jan 2015 19:46:47 +0000Angry Tweets Help Twitter Detect Heart Disease Risk research shows that Twitter can detect not just viruses, but long-term public health problems Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:44 +0000Finally! A Tire That Will Never Go Flat Tweel went into commercial production in November, recently got picked up by John Deere and may soon be rolling towards youThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:03 +0000The Wine of the Future Could Be Aged Underwater historic shipwreck inspired a new way to age wineTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000Solar Power Provides About As Many Jobs As the Coal Industry in the U.S. might even give solar and edge in the jobs department, but is that a good thing?Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:06:17 +0000Deaf People Could Soon Hear... Through Their Tongues retainer could be a more cost-effective alternative to cochlear implants Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:52:26 +0000What the SpaceX Rocket Crash Really Looked Like images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Emphasizing Natural Brilliance Might Keep Women Away From Certain Fields in science prompted researchers to look into other fields — such as philosophy and economics — as well to find a causeThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:08:43 +0000Two New Studies Posit At Least Two New Planets Out Beyond Pluto may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagious at a chilly person could make you cold, tooThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:45:00 +0000Oil Companies First Built Pipelines in the 1860s; They've Been Contested Ever Since the 19th century, reformers were happy to have oil come out of the ground—but they objected to the way oil companies controlled itMon, 12 Jan 2015 16:30:52 +0000It’s Cheaper to Make Diabetes Test Strips of Silk Than of Paper in India handloom weavers and abundant silk hold the key for an innovative solutionFri, 09 Jan 2015 18:25:13 +0000Model Your New Year’s Resolutions After Marilyn Monroe’s in 1955 actress wrote that she wanted to "keep looking around me — only much more so"Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:52:08 +0000Create Your Very Own False Memories by Lying on Facebook brain is notoriously poor at recalling past events, and social media just makes it worseFri, 02 Jan 2015 19:41:22 +0000Cloud Seeding Study Suggests We Could Boost Rain And Snow by 15 Percent comparing the effect of cloud seeding generators on snowfall in two nearby mountain ranges, researchers think a program might helpWed, 31 Dec 2014 19:30:24 +0000If the Earth’s Orbit Stopped We Would Have About A Month To Contemplate Our Doom, this is just a thought experimentWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:09:18 +0000What's the Best Method For Preventing School Attacks? new type of glass designed to keep gunmen out of school raises the question of whether defense is being prioritized over prevention Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:07:53 +0000Tesla's New Car Can Go From Boston to Baltimore on a Single Charge charge can carry the Tesla Roadster up to 400 miles Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:00:54 +0000A Few Things You Can Do With Unneeded Presents first challenge is saying thank you for something you can’t use, but here’s some ideas about what to do nextFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:57 +0000Argentinian Orangutan Is "Non-Human Person," Says Court in the zoo impinges on her freedomMon, 22 Dec 2014 16:00:13 +0000Advanced Prosthetics Help a Dog Run And a Man Move Robotic Arms With His Mind recent stories showcase the latest advances in prosthetics and the lives they have changedFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:59 +0000The Turing Test of Computer Intelligence Is Too Easy better test our computer programs’ intelligence, we should to ask them for stories and drawingsTue, 16 Dec 2014 19:31:40 +0000China Just Opened the World's Largest Water Diversion Project unprecedented engineering project sends water to China’s parched NorthFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000TGI Fridays Has Dispatched Mistletoe-Carrying Drones in Restaurants's already been one collision between drone and humanTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:09 +0000These Adorable Robot Toys Teach Kids How to Code two bots using a basic visual language, and they are just one way to introduce children to computer programmingTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:11:49 +0000Body Cameras Help Police in-depth investigation of five cities using police body cameras highlights what the technology addresses and what it doesn’tMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:53:37 +0000Goodbye CAPTCHA: Just Click a Box to Prove You're Not a Robot is getting rid of spam bots and annoying squiggly text at the same timeThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:26:35 +0000A Worm’s Gut Could Help Dispose of Plastic Trash found in the guts of waxworms like to feast on polyethyleneThu, 04 Dec 2014 14:34:16 +0000The Fracking Boom Could Burn Out Decades Before It's Supposed To shale gas estimates may be setting the world up for a fracking crashWed, 03 Dec 2014 18:02:27 +0000MIT Is Giving Its Students Bitcoin interested in studying how people use Bitcoin are handing out $100 worth of the currency to whoever wants itWed, 03 Dec 2014 14:34:45 +0000