Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:22:51 +0000New Evidence Smashes Assumptions of Crushing Death for Pompeii Skeletonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-man-crushed-stone-block-uncovered-pompeii-180969208/Researchers found the intact skull of the skeleton that made headlines for being pinned beneath a giant stone blockThu, 31 May 2018 15:27:10 +0000Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-vr-tour-egyptian-queens-elaborate-tomb-180969597/The resting place of Queen Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramses II, is largely closed to visitors, but it can now be explored virtuallyThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:22:51 +0000Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-used-particle-accelerator-unearth-tarnished-19th-century-daguerreotype-portraits-180969585/Using an experimental X-ray fluorescence process, researchers mapped contours of the plates and produced digital copies of images previously lost to timeTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:07:04 +0000With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhinohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-one-step-closer-resurrecting-northern-white-rhino-180969549/Hybrid embryos were created using northern rhinos’ frozen sperm, southern rhinos’ eggsThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:58:48 +0000Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-mapped-koala-genome-unlocks-secrets-marsupials-diet-susceptibility-chlamydia-180969525/The cuddly creatures can survive on a diet of high-toxin eucalyptus leaves thanks to detoxifying genesTue, 03 Jul 2018 17:33:02 +0000Automata History Comes Alive in the 'Marvellous Mechanical Museum'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/automata-move-clockwork-marvellous-mechanical-museum-180969514/The new exhibition at Compton Verney features a Fabergé elephant with swinging trunk and a gigantic kinetic sculpture by Rowland EmettMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:05:29 +0000'HALO' Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Baselhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/particle-collisions-transform-kaleidoscopic-light-sound-immersion-art-basel-180969367/The site-specific installation by British artist duo Semiconductor revisits the universe’s first momentsThu, 14 Jun 2018 15:57:16 +0000Why Artists Have so Much Trouble Painting Lightninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-artists-have-so-much-trouble-painting-lightning-180969323/A new study compares painted versus photographed depictions of lightning bolts' offshooting branchesThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:46:57 +0000How to Hear the Met’s Historic Instruments' Singular Soundshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-streaming-swan-songs-mets-historic-instruments-180969297/New audio recordings by the museum feature roughly 40 instruments, from Ming dynasty lute to the world’s oldest surviving pianoThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:18 +0000Space Nanodiamonds Found to Be Source of Some Cosmic Microwave Radiationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-nanodiamonds-found-source-microwave-radiation-180969305/The diamond dust in protoplanetary discs may solve a decades-old astronomical mysteryTue, 12 Jun 2018 17:31:32 +0000Step Into Scotland With Immersive AR Apphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-scotlands-natural-historic-wonders-immersive-ar-app-180969270/Portal AR allows users to traverse Britain’s highest peak, roam the halls of Edinburgh Castle and enjoy whiskey at Highlands distilleryMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:06:36 +0000High-Tech Scanning Shows Picasso's Blue Period Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-tech-scans-show-picassos-blue-period-evolution-180969274/A new study of "La Soupe" reveals it underwent as many as 13 layers of revisionMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:12:30 +0000Netherlands Will Welcome Its First Community of 3D-Printed Homeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/netherlands-set-welcome-worlds-first-functional-3d-printed-house-2019-180969272/Five concrete houses designed to look like “erratic blocks in a green landscape" will populate Eindhoven communityThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:42:47 +0000Explore Google's Sweeping Retrospective on Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-launches-sweeping-retrospective-frida-kahlos-life-and-legacy-180969173/'Faces of Frida' lets visitors interact with paintings, letters, photographs and other artifacts connected to the iconic artistFri, 25 May 2018 16:15:06 +0000Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle Unveils New Look After $100 Million Renovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-iconic-building-unveils-new-look-after-100-million-renovation-180969131/The update allows visitors to experience 360-degree views of the city from the observation deckThu, 24 May 2018 17:34:49 +0000Tape-Removing Gel May Be a Game Changer for Art Restorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tape-removing-gel-may-have-revealed-michelangelo-180969154/The newly developed hydrogel helps dissolve tape adhesive, one of the stickiest challenges for art conservation and restoration expertsThu, 24 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000Brush up on Your Scuba Certification—This Florida Museum Is Entirely Underwaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coral-creatures-and-culture-floridas-underwater-museum-art-180969064/The Underwater Museum of Art will permanently exhibit seven sculptures in the Gulf coastal waters off Walton County, FloridaTue, 22 May 2018 20:51:41 +0000