Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:39:53 +0000How Halitosis Became a Medical Condition With a "Cure"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marketing-campaign-invented-halitosis-180954082/Bad 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 Creativityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/being-politically-correct-can-actually-boost-creativity-180954061/In 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hive-mind-swarm-microprobes-could-tell-us-more-about-jupiter-180954036/The 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 Illusionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impressed-big-trucks-beefy-rev-it-could-be-illusion-180954038/Fake 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 Livehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gmos-need-artificial-compounds-live-address-one-technologys-problems-180954001/It’s genetic engineering with the safety onThu, 22 Jan 2015 19:46:47 +0000Angry Tweets Help Twitter Detect Heart Disease Riskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angry-tweets-help-twitter-detect-heart-disease-risk-180953995/New 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 Flathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finally-tire-will-never-go-flat-180953991/The 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 Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wine-future-could-be-aged-underwater-180953955/A 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-power-provides-about-many-jobs-coal-industry-does-us-180953938/Estimates 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-deaf-people-could-soon-hearthrough-their-tongues-180953921/Prototype 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 Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-spacex-rocket-crash-really-looked-180953919/New images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Emphasizing Natural Brilliance Might Keep Women Away From Certain Fieldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emphasizing-natural-brilliance-might-keep-women-away-certain-fields-180953913/Disparities 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 Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-unknown-planets-beyond-pluto-180953909/We may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catching-cold-why-shivers-could-be-contagious-180953907/Looking 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 Sincehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-first-oil-pipelines-180953870/In 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 Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-its-cheaper-make-diabetes-test-strips-out-silk-rather-paper-india-180953860/Skilled 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 1955http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-your-new-years-resolutions-after-marilyn-monroes-1-180953808/The 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 Facebookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/create-your-very-own-false-memories-lying-facebook-180953796/The 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 Percenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloud-seeding-study-suggests-we-could-boost-rain-and-snow-15-percent-180953784/After 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 Doomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-earths-orbit-stopped-we-would-have-about-month-contemplate-our-doom-180953781/Fortunately, this is just a thought experimentWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:09:18 +0000What's the Best Method For Preventing School Attacks? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-best-method-preventing-school-attacks-180953773/A 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 Chargehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teslas-new-car-can-go-boston-baltimore-single-charge-180953745/One 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 Presentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-things-you-can-do-unneeded-presents-180953740/The 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 Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/argentinian-orangutan-non-human-person-and-being-zoo-impinges-its-freedom-says-court-180953701/Being 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/advanced-prosthetics-help-dog-run-and-man-move-robotic-arms-his-mind-180953693/Two 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 Easyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turing-test-computer-intelligence-too-easy-test-would-look-computer-creativity-180953640/To 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 Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-just-sent-first-flows-through-largest-water-diversion-project-world-180953607/An unprecedented engineering project sends water to China’s parched NorthFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000TGI Fridays Has Dispatched Mistletoe-Carrying Drones in Restaurantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tgi-fridays-has-dispatched-mistletoe-carrying-drones-restaurants-180953567/There's already been one collision between drone and humanTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:09 +0000These Adorable Robot Toys Teach Kids How to Codehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-adorable-robot-toys-teach-kids-how-code-180953566/The 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 Policehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/body-cameras-help-police-more-will-be-needed-help-citizens-180953560/An 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 Robothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-captcha-now-all-we-have-do-click-box-prove-were-not-robots-180953531/Google 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 Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plastic-loving-bacteria-worms-gut-could-help-break-down-our-pollution-problem-180953528/Microbes 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 Tohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/overenthusiastic-shale-gas-estimates-may-be-setting-world-fracking-crash-180953521/Overenthusiastic shale gas estimates may be setting the world up for a fracking crashWed, 03 Dec 2014 18:02:27 +0000MIT Is Giving Its Students Bitcoinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mit-giving-its-students-bitcoin-180953512/Researchers 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