Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000This Algorithm Lets You “Write” Like the Greats words, their handwritingFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000This Robot Is Soft and Squishy Inside and Out—No Wires or Batteries Necessary"Octobot" uses a deceptively simple fuel source and inspiration from the depths of the seaThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:56:05 +0000Explore Some of America's Greatest National Parks in Virtual Reality next best thing to celebrating the Centennial in personThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:36:26 +0000Why This Rwandan City Bans Cars Once a Month’s #CarFreeDay is a first for AfricaFri, 19 Aug 2016 13:45:00 +0000Not So Fast: Here's Why That Chinese Elevated Bus May Not Be Quite What It Seems TEB is the latest iteration of a concept that's been "floating" for decades, but it has some big problemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 14:17:07 +0000Scientists Uncover a “Hidden” Portrait by Edgar Degas powerful X-ray unveiled one of the painter’s rough draftsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:31:47 +0000New Observation Tower Is World's Thinnest's West Pier comes back to a crazy vertical viewing towerThu, 04 Aug 2016 18:42:27 +0000The First Private Lunar Landing Was Just Approved Express will head to Earth’s nearest neighbor in 2017Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:33:02 +0000Chernobyl Might Get a Second Life as a Solar Power Plant nuclear disaster to renewable energyFri, 29 Jul 2016 17:49:22 +0000How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to Help End Slavery groundbreaking orator embraced newfangled technology to make her message heardThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:14:07 +0000Why VHS and Five Other Formats May Live Forever final VCRs will ship later this month, but if recent history is any indicator, it doesn't mean the VHS format will vanish for goodTue, 26 Jul 2016 14:24:53 +0000Italy Just Hosted the First Olympics-Like Competition for People With Down Syndrome unique competition drew 1,000 athletesMon, 25 Jul 2016 17:40:31 +0000This Classical Mandolinist Makes Music With...Instagram?“InstaConcerto for Mandolin and Orchestra” plays with a genre known more for its selfies than its chamber musicWed, 20 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:09 +0000Alexander McQueen Is Being Turned Into Leather late designer's DNA is part of a bizarre experiment in fashion ethicsWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:08 +0000Watch Corals in Action With New Underwater Microscope Benthic Underwater Microscope opens up a whole new age of ocean explorationFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000New Zealanders Just Crowdfunded a New Addition to this National Park 40,000 people donated to buy Awaroa Beach and gift the site to Abel Tasman National ParkThu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Impatient Islanders Create Google "Sheep View" won’t forget this unique look at the Faroe IslandsWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:34:04 +0000Give Me a Drink, HAL: Artificial Intelligence Helps Design New Beer uses AI to guide its brewmaster's tweaksTue, 12 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016 your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Learning to Recognize Cyclists’ Hand Signals, meet the nicest car you’ll ever share the road withWed, 06 Jul 2016 17:30:18 +0000More Than Half a Million Hoverboards Were Just Recalled, McFlyWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:53:29 +0000Why the Humble Sweet Potato Won the World Food Prize are helping to fight malnutrion and childhood blindness in Africa with new varieties of starchy, orange-fleshed sweet potatoesTue, 05 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Four Explosive Advancements for Future Fireworks color to sound, the next-gen fireworks are sure to wowFri, 01 Jul 2016 20:06:42 +0000