Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenWed, 23 Jan 2019 19:44:48 +0000Scientists Used an Ordinary Digital Camera to Peer Around a Cornerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-used-camera-corner-180971331/A team from Boston University recreated an image of an object using its shadowWed, 23 Jan 2019 19:44:48 +0000This App Tracks Breathing to Identify Opioid Overdoses Before They Turn Deadlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/app-tracks-breathing-identify-opioid-overdoses-they-turn-deadly-180971229/Second Chance transforms smartphones into sonar systems, tracking users’ breathing and sending for help if a potential overdose is detectedThu, 10 Jan 2019 18:39:32 +0000The National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Its 2019 Inducteeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-inventors-hall-fame-announces-2019-inductees-180971200/Joseph Lee, inventor of the automatic bread and breadcrumb makers, was posthumously honored alongside 18 other men and womenWed, 09 Jan 2019 16:53:56 +0000The Getty Digitizes More Than 6,000 Photos From the Ottoman Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-has-digitized-more-6000-photos-ottoman-era-180971186/The images date to the 19th and 20th centuries, the waning days of the once-powerful empireTue, 08 Jan 2019 18:53:26 +0000New AI Camera Helps Conservationists Spot Elephant Poachers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-ai-camera-helps-conservationists-spot-elephant-poachers-180971180/TrailGuard AI uses machine learning to sort through images in real-time and identify relevant threatsMon, 07 Jan 2019 17:32:22 +0000Your Christmas Tree May Be Turned Into Mouthwash One Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-day-your-christmas-tree-may-be-turned-mouthwash-180971133/A new sustainable chemical process can turn pine needles into a chemical feedstock for paint, food sweeteners, mouthwash and other productsMon, 31 Dec 2018 20:09:06 +0000Digital Trove of Typographical Artifacts Set to Launch in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-trove-typographical-artifacts-set-launch-2019-180971120/The Letterform Archive's online database features book jackets, posters, brochures and miscellaneous ephemera dating between 1844 and 2016Fri, 28 Dec 2018 18:41:48 +0000New Animal Overpass Is Already Protecting Critters in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/animal-overpass-already-protecting-animals-washington-state-180971124/The bridge over Interstate 90 is the first of 20 that will allow animals to cross the busy roadway and connects wildlife in the North and South CascadesFri, 28 Dec 2018 17:02:50 +0000Google Virtual Tour Preserves Collections Destroyed in Brazil Museum Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-virtual-tour-preserves-collections-destroyed-brazil-museum-fire-180971109/Back in 2016, the tech giant had begun working to digitize the museum’s collectionsWed, 26 Dec 2018 15:29:04 +0000New Digital Archive Provides Critical Record of Egon Schiele's Body of Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-explore-digital-archive-egon-schieles-work-180971053/Online catalogue raisonné features over 400 paintings, graphics, sketchbooks and sculptures, with additional drawings, watercolors set to be added in 2019Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:39:13 +0000Archaeologist Reconstructs Ruins of Tiwanaku Temple in Bolivia Using 3-D Printing Technologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crumbling-temple-bolivia-reconstructed-3d-printing-180971047/It was like an ‘elaborate lego set,’ says UC Berkeley's Alexei VranichMon, 17 Dec 2018 18:35:50 +0000VR Experience Lets You Join Nellie Bly on Her 72-Day Trip Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-vr-experience-lets-users-join-nellie-bly-her-72-day-trip-around-world-180971034/The Newseum, Vive collaboration catalogues the intrepid reporter’s record-breaking journeyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:06:03 +0000By the End of 2018 More Than Half the World Will Be Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-half-world-went-online-180970987/In the past decade, there's been a huge spike in internet access though that number is beginning to slow downTue, 11 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000How a New Hampshire Museum Is Using Art to Reach Families Affected by the Opioid Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-hampshire-museum-uses-art-reach-families-affected-opioid-crisis-180970978/The 'Art of Hope' initiative encourages participants to draw connections between works of art and their own livesMon, 10 Dec 2018 18:29:25 +0000No, Wait, This Is the Real Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-wait-real-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180970950/New DNA evidence drastically changes the image of the young woman buried in Caithness 4,250 years agoTue, 04 Dec 2018 20:57:26 +0000Explore Vermeer’s Surviving Paintings, Together After All This Time, in One Virtual Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-virtual-museum-features-all-vermeers-surviving-paintings-180970939/The augmented reality “Meet Vermeer” experience details the Dutch Old Master’s artistic style, life and enduring legacyMon, 03 Dec 2018 21:28:36 +0000Relive Medieval London’s Bloody Murders With This New Interactive Death Maphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relive-medieval-londons-bloody-murders-new-interactive-death-map-180970922/The macabre tool features tales of revenge, thwarted love, infanticide—and a urinal that drove a man to murderFri, 30 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Critically Explore 17th-Century Noblewoman's Little-Known Poems Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-female-aristocrats-little-known-poems-now-available-online-180970910/Hester Pulter’s works detail chaotic political landscape of the English Civil War, scientific discoveries, theological queries, personal strugglesWed, 28 Nov 2018 20:20:10 +0000Ambitious VR Experience Restores 7,000 Roman Buildings, Monuments to Their Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-experience-restores-7000-roman-buildings-monuments-their-former-glory-180970901/You can take an aerial tour of the city circa 320 A.D. or stop by specific sites for in-depth explorationWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Online Portal Reveals Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Creative Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-portal-reveals-pieter-bruegels-macabre-underdrawings-creative-process-180970889/The project’s launch coincides with a blockbuster Vienna retrospective celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Flemish old master's deathTue, 27 Nov 2018 16:06:14 +0000