Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Virtual Reality Drawings billboards on Sunset Boulevard play host to a fascinating new public art installationThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000Massive Data Project Will Help People Identify Enslaved Ancestors State's 'Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade' will combine available historical data on slavery into one searchable hubTue, 16 Jan 2018 16:50:39 +0000Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Weimaraner will inspect incoming artwork for beetles, moths and other critters that can damage museum collectionsThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:31 +0000This Is the Largest Known Prime Number Yet newly discovered prime is 23 million digits longThu, 04 Jan 2018 21:46:57 +0000Big Data Traces the World's Most Distinctive Musical Traditions analysis of 8,200 recordings from 137 nations shows nations in sub-Saharan Africa have the most unique rhythms and melodiesThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:28:03 +0000Madame de Pompadour Was Far More Than a ‘Mistress’ though she was a keen politicker and influential patron, she’s been historically overlooked Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:01:00 +0000This Time-Saving Patent Paved the Way for the Modern Dishwasher Cochran just wanted to stop having broken dishesThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:50:00 +0000The True Story of Mrs. Alford's Nitroglycerin Factory Alford remains the only woman known to own a dynamite and nitroglycerin factoryThu, 28 Dec 2017 14:40:00 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirth unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000How 21st-Century Technology Is Shedding Light on a 2nd-Century Egyptian Painting at UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have pioneered a technology that goes behind the scenes of a centuries-old artistic processTue, 26 Dec 2017 17:08:46 +0000Listen to Alan Turing's First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing's computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchersFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Marshmallow-Topped Hot Chocolate Will Keep You Warm This Long Solstice Night and hot chocolate each have a long history, but their union only dates back about a centuryThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:44 +0000How Industrial Espionage Started America's Cotton Revolution the British, Samuel Slater was ‘Slater the traitor,’ but to the Americans, he was the father of the American industrial revolutionWed, 20 Dec 2017 19:37:06 +0000Here's Why Pearls No Longer Cost a Fortune up with ways to lower the price of pearls—either through culturing or by out-right fakery—took centuriesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:27 +0000A Paper Bag Was the Inspiration for the First Coach Purse Cahn reached back to her childhood experiences to design the "leather shopping bag" that was the company's first purseMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:00 +0000How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humans were the size of refrigerators--or larger--but robots were on their wayFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:42:29 +0000Ancient Maya Heritage Comes Alive...With Some Help From Google and the British Museum explorer Alfred Maudslay’s images are now available online for all to seeTue, 05 Dec 2017 22:02:25 +0000The Snowmobile Changed How Americans Did Winter the cold comes in, snowbound communities are tuning up their vehicles and recreationists are making speedy winter plansMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Short Picture History of Gas Stations stations have evolved a lot from their humble rootsFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:59:12 +0000 Thank(?) Joseph Shivers For Spandex Spanx to space suits, spandex has shaped modern garmentsWed, 29 Nov 2017 15:27:38 +0000This Neural Network Can (Maybe) Start a Novel Better Than You the end of NaNoWriMo draws near, take a look at one researcher's effort to help find that perfect first lineWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:13:46 +0000This Artificial Muscle Can Lift 1,000 Times Its Own Weight were inspired by origamiTue, 28 Nov 2017 21:52:10 +0000How WWII Created the Care Package, the innovation was originally trademarkedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:03:21 +0000