Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-wants-send-sculpture-your-laughs-space-180961295/#Laugh is on orbit to become the first art piece created in spaceTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:03:37 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-worlds-fair-paid-half-admission-box-cotton-candy-180961332/Celebrating cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Alan Turing’s World War II Headquarters Will Once Again House Codebreakershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alan-turings-world-war-ii-headquarters-house-codebreakers-180961281/Bletchley Park is being revived as a cybersecurity training centerTue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000Escape With a Virtual Ride on the World’s Steepest Train http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escape-virtual-ride-worlds-steepest-train-180961275/Things are looking up (down, right and left) thanks to a 360-degree video captures a stunning Norwegian fjord Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:40:01 +0000Dallas Proposes the Country's Largest Urban Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-proposes-countrys-largest-urban-park-180961256/A 10,000-acre Nature District could turn the Trinity River into the city’s centerpieceMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:24:22 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-magic-mushrooms-one-day-help-cancer-patients-face-down-death-180961264/Two new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000One Hundred and Three Years Ago Today, Henry Ford Introduced the Assembly Line: His Workers Hated Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-hundred-and-three-years-ago-today-henry-ford-introduced-assembly-line-his-workers-hated-it-180961267/It was seen as one more way the automaker could exert rigid control over his employeesThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:32:55 +0000The 'Flying Scotsman' Made Train History When The Speedometer Hit 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flying-scotsman-made-train-history-when-speedometer-hit-100-180961257/The first locomotive to hit 100 miles per hour was billed as "The Most Famous Train in the World"Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:09 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earths-new-tools-shows-32-years-changing-planet-180961251/A satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000The Forgotten Car That Won America's First Auto Race http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-t-came-duryea-wagon-180961218/The zippy roadster won America's first automobile race in 1895 with an average speed of 5 mphMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:50 +0000New Technology Shows Fetuses From the Inside Using Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technology-shows-fetuses-inside-using-virtual-reality-180961193/It's a view that could change prenatal careTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:04:58 +0000Africa Just Got Its First Bike Share Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/africa-just-got-its-first-bike-share-program-180961086/Now you can get around Marrakech on a fleet of bicycles—no air pollution needed Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:01:59 +0000How Astronomy Cameras Are Helping British Muslims Schedule Morning Prayershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cameras-designed-astronomers-are-helping-british-muslims-schedule-their-morning-prayers-180961051/The cameras would help track exactly when the sun risesMon, 14 Nov 2016 18:11:29 +0000New Underpass Helps New Zealand Penguins Cross Busy Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-underpass-helps-new-zealand-penguins-cross-busy-road-180961081/The blue penguin colony in Oamaru can now cross between their nesting area and the ocean without dodging trafficMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:20:39 +0000U.S. Military Tests Brain Stimulation to Sharpen Mental Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-tests-brain-stimulation-improve-members-mental-skills-180961039/Could electrodes one day replace pill bottles in the theatre of war? Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Visually Impaired People Can Now Explore Andy Warhol’s Work With Their Ears and Fingershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visually-impaired-people-can-now-explore-andy-warhols-work-their-ears-180960935/"Out Loud" adds depth to an artist obsessed with the surface of thingsWed, 02 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Spinach: The Superfood That Could Help Detect Bombshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-spinach-can-detect-bombs-180960981/Now more than Popeye’s favorite food, carbon nanotubes are turning the leafy green into a bomb detectorTue, 01 Nov 2016 19:58:28 +0000Chill Ways to Recycle Last Year's Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chill-ways-recycle-last-years-snow-180960954/Let it snow!Tue, 01 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000New Method Could Store Massive Amounts of Data in Diamond Defectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-diamonds-store-data-180960932/Scientists use lasers to probe the gem's flaws, creating data storage that could potentially last foreverThu, 27 Oct 2016 19:05:35 +0000How Hacking Neural Networks Can Help Amputees Flawlessly Crack an Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-crack-code-how-brain-distinguishes-intensity-touch-180960916/By tapping into the body's nervous system, researchers could create touch-sensitive prostheticsWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000Scientists Hijacked Tobacco Plants to Make Malaria Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-hijack-tobacco-plants-make-malaria-drugs-180960877/A promising new advance could make the world's best anti-malarial drug more widely availableMon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000How Many Comedy Writers Does It Take to Help A.I. Tell a Funnier Joke?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comedy-writers-ai-funnier-joke-180960759/Jokesters from Pixar and <i>the Onion</i> are on the case to make artificial intelligence seem more humanWed, 19 Oct 2016 19:00:07 +0000Reach Out And Touch This Version of Klimt’s “Kiss”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reach-out-and-touch-version-klimts-kiss-180960769/A 3-D printed version of the classic painting lets blind people appreciate the artworkMon, 17 Oct 2016 16:08:52 +0000Scientists Are Creating an Atlas of Human Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-creating-atlas-human-cells-180960794/The Human Cell Atlas will boldly go where science, surprisingly, hasn’t gone beforeMon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000How Virtual Reality Is Helping Prosecute Nazi War Criminalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-virtual-reality-helping-prosecute-nazi-war-criminals-180960743/A new, detailed 3D simulation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is helping prosecutors build stronger cases against these still-living NazisTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:47:52 +0000Coming Soon: Otter-Inspired Wetsuitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coming-soon-otter-inspired-wetsuits-180960716/A team at MIT has figured out exactly how otter and beaver fur keeps the animals warm in cold waterMon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000