Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The American West is Full of Old Mines Threatening to Pollute Waterways can be learned from the recent spill in the Animas RiverMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Drum Pants Might Help People Who Can’t Speak electronic drum kit could give a voice to some people who can’t talk.Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:08:27 +0000During Prohibition, Vintners Sold "Wine Bricks" Rather Than Wine, ferment, enjoyThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000New York City Might Get a Climate Change Museum museum will be the first of its kind in the U.S.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:15:00 +0000Utah Has the First Tar Sands Mine in the U.S. mine will operate on land in the Book Cliffs areaWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000There’s Now Whiskey On the ISS astronauts can't drink it)Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:45:54 +0000Psychopaths Might Be Immune to Contagious Yawning less empathetic someone is, the less likely they are to yawn back.Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:30:00 +0000Japan’s Subways Now Have Drunk-Spotting Cameras pilot program seeks to save drunken passengers from the dangers of busy train tracksFri, 21 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000This is a Robot Taking a Leisurely, Terrifying Walk in the Woods humanoid robots have never been so relaxedWed, 19 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Drone Racing Wants to Become a Professional Sport Drone Racing League just got $1 million from Miami Dolphins owner Stephen RossTue, 18 Aug 2015 14:30:55 +0000Is Chocolate Milk the Next Sports Drink? all comes down to cowsMon, 17 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Today, Cassini Will Say Goodbye to Saturn’s Moon Dione's curtains for the NASA mission's close relationship with the satelliteMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:57:30 +0000Cadavers Are Teaching Doctors to Be More Empathetic getting to know the person behind the cadaver, new doctors are honing the skills they'll use on living patientsMon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000A New Cooking Oil Can Be Reused 80 Times it make for better French fries and disrupt a worldwide black market at the same time? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000The European Space Agency Wants to Build a Moon Village soon, the hot new European vacation spot could have a great view of the planet EarthFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:10:00 +0000Watch a Robot Evolve's the mother of all robotsThu, 13 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Inside a Dutch Police Academy...for Rats rats are creating new job opportunities for their fellow rodentsTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500sMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000Bats and Balloon Bombs: The Weird Weapons That Could Have Won WWII War II's lesser-known weapons were ingenious, indeedMon, 10 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Washing Machine of the Future May Use Beads Instead of Water new washing machine cuts down on water use with deep-cleaning polymer beadsMon, 10 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Steve Jobs is About to Get His Own Opera will it include a singing Woz? Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000By Keeping Cows From Burping, This Drug Could Slow Down Climate Change cheeseburger may soon be less harmful to the environmentWed, 05 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Balloon or Drone? The Internet's Space Race is Heating Up and Google battle to provide the best internet connection from the edge of the atmosphereWed, 05 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000North Korea's Military Still Uses Stealth Planes From the 1940s An-2 can hover and fly backwardsTue, 04 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Emojis Could Help People With Food Allergies emoji. Disappointed face emoji.Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Changed Pets' Legal Status loss of thousands of pets to the hurricane encouraged lawmakers to rethink society’s responsibility to animalsTue, 04 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000How Do U.S. Carbon Emissions Rank Internationally?'s complicatedMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:05:00 +0000This Robotic Insect Can Jump on Water Because it’s coolMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Hackers Have Figured Out How to Control Smart Rifles the right code, hackers can control guns from afarFri, 31 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Maine Brewers Are Selling Lobster-Infused Beer of course they areFri, 31 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000NYC Subway Technology Goes Way the 1930s's busiest subway system relies on vintage machinesFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Kids Can Build Their Own Lego Prosthetics system brings a bit of fun to prostheticsThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Here's What Caused a Catastrophic Virgin Galactic Crash say space plane didn’t have enough safeguardsWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebook's the emoji for "scientific discovery"? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Drones Are Getting in the Way of Firefighters Combating Wilderness Blazes need to take to the air to fight fires, but sometimes that air is just too crowdedMon, 27 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Drones Hunt Whale Snot will make mucus collection less stressful for whalesMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000The First Malaria Vaccine Could Be Released Soon vaccine isn’t as effective as hoped however, and needs several more approvalsSat, 25 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A List of All the Times People Have Tried to Build a Working Tricorder Trek-style scanning has been a bit more complicated than expected Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:19:43 +0000Bakers Are Still Searching for the Perfect Egg Replacement prices are hitting record highs, raising demand for substitutesFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000The NSA Has a Summer Camp for Cyberspies camps nationwide teach teens white hat hacking skills Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:24:07 +0000A New York City Airport is Building a Luxury Terminal Just for Animals and livestock will soon travel in high style through JFKWed, 22 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000One Man Packed and Shipped Over 700 Pounds of Boston Snow This Year they refused to ship snow to anyone in Massachusetts Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:13:20 +0000Public Drinking Fountains Are Disappearing, and That's a Bad Thing water divorces people from caring about keeping public water supply cleanThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:51:29 +0000Australians Are Building a Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncé envision a rippling structure that takes a page from the singer’s famous lookThu, 16 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Could This Shrub Overthrow the Mighty Rubber Tree? are working to make a shrub found in southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico a viable natural rubber alternativeWed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Has the Internet Finally Killed the Greeting Card? like Hallmark are experiencing hard times as social media and ecards gain steamMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bug used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000Cannabis is Being Used to Build Homes“Hempcrete” turns weed into building materialsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How to Make a Record Out of a Tortilla, it’s edibleThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:57:53 +0000The Russian Government is Teaching its Citizens Selfie Safety rash of injuries while taking selfies prompted the new campaign Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000People Who Bring Their Own Grocery Bags are More Likely to Buy Junk Food’s all about perceived virtueThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000This is What Happened When an Australian City Gave Trees Email Addresses get fan mail and even write back to Melburnian residentsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:24:42 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellite researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Look Up: Clouds Could be the Next Movie Screens abandoned military strategy leads to the first “cloud movie” Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000Ultrasonic Fingerprint Readers Can Unlock Phones Even When Your Fingers are Gross and Sweaty say ultrasound fingerprint sensors are harder to hackTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:25:21 +0000Researchers Are Using Facial Recognition Software To Save Lions algorithms offer a non-invasive way to track the big catsTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:21:08 +0000Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving storytelling brings a bit of sobering reality to would-be donorsTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:15:00 +0000This Scorpion-Shaped Robot Will Enter One of Fukushima’s Reactors nuclear power plant's owners still don't know exactly what is going on inside the three reactors that melted downMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:33:13 +0000