Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0000How the Gates Foundation Is Making Cassava the Next Corn plant breeding techniques (but no GMOs) and lots of money are aimed at improving this staple crop of the tropicsFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0000The Case for Sending Women to Mars women are smaller than men, they're cheaper to send into spaceTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:33 +0000This Umbrella Creates an Air “Force Field” to Keep Rain Away umbrellas are still in the testing phase but are expected to ship out by next December Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:38:00 +0000In an Effort to Stop Poaching, Namibia Will Remove All of Its Rhinos’ Horns extreme measure will likely not be enough to stop the killing, however, so the country is also bolstering its anti-poaching patrols Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:16 +0000All the Things a Hacker Can Find Out About You on Public Wifi vacation, your job, your passwordsWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:49 +0000Watch Adorable Meerkat And Otter Live Streams, Help Combat Poaching and the London Zoo have teamed up to offer live streams of animals in an effort to test conservation techTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:35:26 +0000Robot Ships And Pepper Spray—the Latest in Pirate-Fighting Tech technology developments are looking to combat piracy and terrorism on the high seasMon, 13 Oct 2014 17:07:24 +0000Instead of Growing Meat in a Lab, Why Not Make It Out of Plants?"Plant blood" is the secret behind the I-can't-believe-it-isn't-meat company, Impossible Foods Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:58:07 +0000The Fake Story of a Blond Child Bride Made This the Most Visited Blog in Norway campaign is meant to increase awareness and also is seeking sponsors of individual girlsWed, 08 Oct 2014 18:29:26 +0000To Detect Bombs Before They're Used, Sweden Is Looking at Its Sewers EU's Emphasis Project is designed to detect people manufacturing IED'sTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:04 +0000This Drone Could Live on Your Wrist And Help You Take Selfies a camera at arms length is so passe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:28:47 +0000Who Can Use Drones This Week? and deliveries are moving on up, while fines and bans go into effect in parksFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:37:53 +0000New Marine Robots Could One Day Patrol the Oceans do you keep an eye on the oceans? With robotsThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:38:31 +0000A New MIT Challenge: Hack the Breast Pump weekend, MIT's Media Lab hosted the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" HackathonWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:42:58 +0000A New Search Engine For Metaphors offers a new way of searching for inspiration online Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:21:32 +0000Meet the Teen Winners of Google's Science Fair flying fruit fly-inspired robot and a bacterial solution for world hunger are among the three winners Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:34:11 +0000 The US Is Trying to Expedite Sunscreen Innovation is currently subject to an approval process similar to that of new pharmaceuticals Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:07:31 +0000Law Enforcement Can Now Search for Faces, Not Just Fingerprints Next Generation Identification system is an upgrade from the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System used todayWed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:57 +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 +0000