Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:59 +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 +0000The White House Is Going Digital With Its Holiday Decorations dogs, an interactive holiday card and crowd-sourced light shows are a few of the new additions Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:18:53 +0000Girl Scouts Can Now Sell Cookies Online you'll still need to interact with a real, live Girl Scout to gain digital access to their cookiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:08:58 +0000There's an Airbnb for Fields in England the U.K., you can rent a field for weddings, concerts, sports matches or simply your own enjoyment Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:00:49 +0000Just in Time for Black Friday, San Francisco Passed the First Ever Retail Worker Bill of Rights Francisco's retail staff will have more stable hours and the possibility to work overtimeFri, 28 Nov 2014 15:08:24 +0000A Dutch Actress Is Journeying to the South Pole on a Tractor pays tribute to great polar expeditions of the past and carries the dreams of thousands with herTue, 25 Nov 2014 19:04:57 +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 +0000