Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:21 +0000Programmers Are Creating a Way for Your Phone to Get Online Even When Data Is Down Cosmos Browser uses text messages to browse the webMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:21 +0000America: The Land of the (Romantically) Free the first time on record, more Americans are single than marriedMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:03:26 +0000Weird Ways People Have Tried To Stop Lava living near volcanoes have tried a lot of different methods to redirect lava flowsFri, 12 Sep 2014 15:29:34 +0000This Website Wants to Make Your Major Life Decisions for You site could help people who just want their decisions validated or who honestly have no idea what to do with themselves Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:09:11 +0000A High-Tech, Strength-Boosting Exoskeleton Doesn't Have to Be Heavy next generation of exoskeletons may be less bulky than Iron ManFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:37:05 +0000Libraries Are Great at Lending All Sorts of Things—Not Just Books libraries are now lending more than books Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:19:35 +0000Women Get More Politically Engaged When Their Senator Is Also Female no longer lag far behind men in political savvy when they have a female leader to look toward Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:37:22 +0000In the Summer, Helsinki's Buildings Are Cooled by an Underground Lake a park in Helsinki, Finland is a lake used to cool buildings in the cityTue, 09 Sep 2014 17:26:01 +0000Contribute to an Asteroid Time Capsule wants to know what your predictions are for the future of Solar System explorationThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:41:15 +0000This Project Wants to Compost People After They Die Seattle-based designer aims to introduce a sustainable way of disposing of bodies Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:11:32 +0000Someday, Okra Could Help Make Ice Cream slime in okra could make for a natural ice cream stabilizer Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:56 +0000The Secret to Instagram's New Video App Is Already in Your Phone ability to create moving, time-lapse videos is in your hands, thanks to gyroscopesWed, 27 Aug 2014 19:10:44 +0000Dams Removed On Washington State River removal of dams on the Elwha river is the largest dam removal to take place Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:06 +0000Hoverbikes Get One Step Closer to Reality Malloy is raising money on Kickstarter to continue development of his hoverbikeWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:13 +0000New Jersey Will Test Solar-Powered Commuting Pods Straight Out of the Future new form of transportation looks like it came here from the futureFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:39 +0000The Marines Have Equipment Stashed In Norwegian Caves Marines are storing tanks and other large equipment in large caves in NorwayWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:52:28 +0000Imagine Living on Mars In One of These Structures could call an acropolis, pyramid or beehive home Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:35:39 +0000Tokyo Has Built Disaster Preparedness Into the Fabric of the City parks stocked with food and water are ready for the next disasterFri, 15 Aug 2014 18:14:18 +0000Using Sweat To Power Devices Isn’t Far Off intense workout at the gym could one day not only recharge your batteries, but your phone's tooThu, 14 Aug 2014 14:01:34 +0000Why Everyone From Conservationists to Yao Ming to Andrew Cuomo Supports Banning Ivory Sales of corruption and laundering, any system of legal ivory trade threatens the continued existence of elephants Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:29:25 +0000Is It Wise to Build a Zoo Without Cages? able to mingle with the animals sounds nice, but is it?Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:09:02 +0000Starting Tonight, You Can Roam the Tate Museum After Hours, Via Robot a virtual night at the museum with robots Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:37:25 +0000The Salmon Cannon Is One Way of Helping Fish Get Over a Dam salmon and other fish momentarily airborne is an efficient way of allowing them to clear obstacles, some innovators think Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:56:42 +0000How Plants Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines—And Extract Metal in the Process groups are researching how plants can be used to clean up dangerous metals from the groundWed, 13 Aug 2014 13:34:49 +0000It's a Wrap! The Forest Service Is Wrapping Historic Structures To Protect Them From Wildfires protective covering is used as emergency shelters by firefighters Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:37:42 +0000Who's Better at Pokémon, Anarchist Twitch Players or a Betta Fish? seems to be more effective than a fish, so farThu, 07 Aug 2014 17:08:54 +0000The World’s First Climate Change Refugees Were Granted Residency in New Zealand Tuvalese family said they can't go home because of climate change Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:45:44 +0000Explore Native Alaskan Stories As a Young Iñupiaq Girl in This New Video Game Alone draws on the art, stories and culture of Alaskan InuitTue, 05 Aug 2014 15:30:15 +0000Copenhagen Might Install a Giant, Energy-Gathering Duck in Its Harbor duck would be both a tourist attraction and a means of helping the city become carbon-neutral by 2025 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:08:02 +0000Send Your Pets’ Remains To Space new service offers to launch your pet's ashes into spaceFri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:48 +0000This Monet Isn't the Real Thing—But It's Awfully Close can duplicate great artwork with remarkable precisionTue, 29 Jul 2014 13:28:44 +0000Shale Oil May be Making Railroad Oil Transport More Dangerous rise of shale oil and longer shipping distances have spurred railroad regulators' push to update oil carsThu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:51 +0000Creepy Internet-Style Tracking and Targeting Analytics Are Moving into Real Life company is using cameras and heat sensors to track people in their storeThu, 24 Jul 2014 17:31:07 +0000Japan’s Massive Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Fresh Lettuce Every Day innovative farming solution could help cut down on food wasteWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:08:28 +0000Take a Virtual Reality Trip to the Cambrian Explosion with David Attenborough it, virtual reality David Attenborough is something you've always wantedWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:55 +0000This Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition to Exclude Greedy Kitties feeder tracks each cat's food intake to make sure no one is taking the lion's share Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:26 +0000Bubble Wrap Can Make Great DIY Test Tubes wrap test tubes could be particularly useful in developing countries Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:35:30 +0000