Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:20:50 +00003-D Printed Cycling Bridge Unveiled in the Netherlands 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 Safety 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20 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000John Z. DeLorean Thought He Was Designing the Car of the Future its almost-instantly out-of-date styling made it a legendThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Now You Can Virtually Visit Quttinirpaaq National Park, One of the Most Remote Places on Earth Street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 Research 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 Museum 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 Dynamite 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 '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 Degrees 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" 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 History 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 Wars 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 View 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 Water 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 Frank 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 LBJ Pantridge miniaturized the defibrillator, making it portableTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:26 +0000In a First, Archival-Quality Performances Are Preserved in DNA 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 York 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 Innocence 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 GIFs 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 Dress style icon created a... well.... style icon in 1926Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:33:34 +0000Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapper 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 Straw'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 Today 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 Cement 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 Masterpieces on the 'history of human art,' this system can transform your scribblesTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the High Fashion of Exploration 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 Air 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 Zealand 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 Had 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 Cone 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 Waldo'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 Museum 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 Thought 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 States chocolate is a relatively new innovationWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:01:34 +0000How the Nauga and its Fictional Friends Helped Make Synthetic Fabric Cuddly 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 Vulcan 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 Chicago 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 CodeÉmile 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 Store's in a name?Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:56:06 +0000Canada Completes World's Longest Hiking Trail 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 Line 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' 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 Think 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 Book 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