Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:20:50 +00003-D Printed Cycling Bridge Unveiled in the Netherlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-printed-cycling-bridge-unveiled-netherlands-180965330/It is reportedly the first-ever civil infrastructure project built with a 3-D printerFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:20:50 +0000These Dummies Gave Us a Crash Course on Auto Safetyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-dummies-gave-us-crash-course-auto-safety-180965313/Many of your car's safety features owe a lot to these inanimate peopleFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000John Z. DeLorean Thought He Was Designing the Car of the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-z-delorean-thought-he-was-designing-car-future-180965302/Instead its almost-instantly out-of-date styling made it a legendThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Now You Can Virtually Visit Quttinirpaaq National Park, One of the Most Remote Places on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/street-view-records-canadas-most-remote-national-park-180965296/Google Street Views records the wonders of the northerly jewelWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:39:21 +0000The Navajo Nation Might Lift a Longstanding Ban on Genetic Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-might-lift-longstanding-ban-genetic-research-180965256/A policy written by tribal officials could help alleviate ethical concerns and guide genetic research and data sharingFri, 13 Oct 2017 16:11:14 +0000App Aims to be the "Shazam" of the Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/app-aims-be-shazam-art-museum-180965199/With a database of 30 museums worldwide and growing, Smartify can use your phone camera to identify and explain works of artThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:40:40 +0000The Man Who Invented Nitroglycerin Was Horrified By Dynamitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-nitroglycerin-was-horrified-dynamite-180965192/Alfred Nobel–yes, that Nobel–commercialized it, but inventor Asciano Sobrero thought nitroglycerin was too destructive to be usefulThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000There Never Were 57 Varieties of Heinz Ketchup https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-never-were-57-varieties-heinz-ketchup-180965158/The '57' doesn't actually refer to <I>anything</i>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Virtually Explore a World War II Shipwreck in 360 Degreeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-world-war-ii-goes-digital-180965165/High-resolution video and 3D scanning brings the SS <i>Thistlegorm</i> to armchair archaeologists everywhereTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:13:14 +0000Exhibit Sheds New Light on Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-looks-behind-and-beneath-famed-renoir-painting-180965178/More than 130 years after it was completed, "Renoir and Friends" returns to the famed paintingTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:01:54 +0000Get Stuck on Band-Aid Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-stuck-band-aid-history-180965157/Small injuries are a commonplace problem, but before the Band-Aid, protecting papercuts and other such wounds was a huge hassleTue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Jane Squire and the Longitude Warshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jane-squire-and-longitude-wars-180965143/The sixteenth-century debate over how to determine longitude had a lot of participants—and one womanTue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Agoraphobic Photographer Captures the World With Some Help From Google Street Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-photography-just-laptop-180965145/A new exhibition shows how Jacqui Kenny has photographed stunning images of the planet without leaving her London homeMon, 09 Oct 2017 17:41:20 +0000People in the 1800s Dreamed of Bicycling on Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-1800s-dreamed-bicycling-water-180965107/Despite numerous patents, nothing really ever came of this fadThu, 05 Oct 2017 13:09:00 +0000Investigators Are Turning to Big Data to Find Who Betrayed Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigators-are-using-big-data-analysis-find-out-who-betrayed-anne-frank-180965117/Many experts believe that someone alerted Nazi authorities to the hiding place of Frank and her family, but the culprit has never been determined Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:47:14 +0000The Irish Cardiologist Whose Invention Saved LBJhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-cardiologist-whose-invention-saved-lbj-180965080/Frank Pantridge miniaturized the defibrillator, making it portableTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:26 +0000In a First, Archival-Quality Performances Are Preserved in DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-rare-music-performances-archived-dna-180965088/Songs by Miles Davis and Deep Purple at the Montreux Jazz Festival will live on in the ultra-compact, long-lasting formatMon, 02 Oct 2017 18:58:03 +0000How a Controversial European Architect Shaped New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-controversial-european-architect-shaped-new-york-180965073/Le Corbusier's ideas arguably helped shape the city more than his own designsMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000The 1982 Tylenol Terror Shattered American Consumer Innocencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1982-tylenol-terror-led-sealed-packaging-180965019/Seven people lost their lives after taking poisoned Tylenol. The tragedy led to important safety reformsFri, 29 Sep 2017 16:49:34 +0000Competition Wants You to Turn Cultural Heritage Into GIFshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-turn-vintage-images-gifs-180965069/The latest round of "GIF It Up" seeks the best GIFs made from public domain prints, photos, paintings and moreFri, 29 Sep 2017 15:39:02 +0000Why Coco Chanel Created the Little Black Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-coco-chanel-created-lbd-180965024/The style icon created a... well.... style icon in 1926Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:33:34 +0000Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapperhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-true-things-about-sanitary-engineer-thomas-crapper-180965008/Thomas Crapper's actual innovation was entirely tangential to the flush toiletThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why You Should Appreciate the Invention of the Bendy Strawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-appreciate-bendy-straw-180965014/It's the straw that bends, not the personThu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Vitro Fertilization Was Once As Controversial As Gene Editing is Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vitro-fertilization-was-once-controversial-cloning-today-180964989/The scientists who pioneered it were regarded as pariahs, even within their own universitiesWed, 27 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Modern World Depends on Humble Cementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-world-depends-humble-cement-180964983/Portland cement is a key ingredient in one of the world’s most common materials Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000Watch This AI Turn Sketches into Masterpieceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-ai-turn-sketches-masterpieces-180965007/Trained on the 'history of human art,' this system can transform your scribblesTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the High Fashion of Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-fashion-exploration-180964946/From the Arctic to the Moon, a new exhibit shows how the outfits of exploration have impacted the outfits of the runwayMon, 25 Sep 2017 20:19:11 +0000How The U.S. Won the Race to Circumnavigate the Globe by Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-us-won-race-circumnavigate-globe-air-180964977/The first round-the-world flight was an achievement but also a surpriseMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Maori Translation of ‘Moana’ Is a Hit in New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maori-translation-moana-hit-new-zealand-180964958/Experts hope the film will spark a renewed interest in the Maori language Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:26:19 +0000New Exhibit Imagines the Buildings New York Could've Hadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-buildings-new-york-couldve-had-180964990/From a gigantic airport, to an urbanized Ellis Island, the show reveals the many fascinating ideas for New York City that never made it off the pageFri, 22 Sep 2017 16:48:04 +0000The Amazing, Portable, Edible Ice Cream Conehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-portable-edible-ice-cream-cone-180964939/Unlike foods that came before it, ice cream in a cone could be eaten on the go–without a spoonFri, 22 Sep 2017 14:30:00 +0000The Science Behind Our Search for Waldohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-search-waldo-180964909/'Where's Waldo' was first published on this day 30 years agoThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000More Than 5,000 Objects of Espionage Are Coming to the Spy Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spy-museum-gets-trove-cool-artifacts-180964944/The trove of cool artifacts comes from the world's largest private collection of spycraftTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:33:30 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals the History of Zero Is Older Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/An ancient text called the Bakhshali manuscript has bumped zero’s origin story back by 500 yearsThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:50:47 +0000A Brief History of Chocolate in the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/Eating chocolate is a relatively new innovationWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:01:34 +0000How the Nauga and its Fictional Friends Helped Make Synthetic Fabric Cuddlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nauga-belgian-velcro-and-other-synthetic-creatures-180964811/What started out as an advertising ploy turned into a low-key cultural phenomenonTue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Everyone Went on a Wild Goose Chase Looking for the Planet Vulcanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-everyone-went-wild-goose-chase-looking-planet-vulcan-180964822/The idea of a ninth planet in the Solar System would resolve a mathematical conundrum about Mercury–only problem is, it wasn't thereTue, 12 Sep 2017 15:04:43 +0000How a "Snowman" Lasted the Entire Summer In Chicagohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowman-lasted-entire-summer-chicago-180964823/The icy Fischli/Weiss art installation on top of the Art Institute survived the swelter of the Windy City and will go on display next in San FranciscoMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:24:50 +0000The Roots of Computer Code Lie in Telegraph Codehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roots-computer-code-lie-telegraph-code-180964782/Émile Baudot, born a year after the first long-distance telegraph message was sent, helped advance the technologyMon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Storehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-piggly-wiggly-first-self-service-grocery-store-180964708/What's in a name?Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:56:06 +0000Canada Completes World's Longest Hiking Trailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-connects-its-14000-mile-long-great-trail-180964737/After 25 years and millions of dollars, the coast-to-coast hiking, biking and paddling trail has an official routeTue, 05 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0000Long Before Siri, Emma Nutt's Voice Was on the Other End of the Linehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-siri-emma-nutts-voice-was-other-end-line-180964651/She was the first female telephone operator. Before her, telephone operators were teenaged boys. That didn't go so wellFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:38:42 +0000The First Syphilis Cure Was the First 'Magic Bullet'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syphilis-cure-magic-bullet-180964644/The term 'magic bullet' once just meant a targeted drugThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:56:44 +0000The Vacuum Cleaner Was Harder to Invent Than You Might Thinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacuum-cleaner-was-harder-invent-you-might-think-180964631/The original vacuum cleaner required a number of improvements before becoming the household staple it is todayWed, 30 Aug 2017 17:50:50 +0000A Neural Network Attempted to Write the Next Game of Thrones Bookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-writing-next-game-thrones-book-us-180964668/Impatient readers can quench their thirst with the awkward, yet fascinating, prose of a neural network trained on George R.R. MartinWed, 30 Aug 2017 17:15:04 +0000