Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Virtual Reality Drawingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-and-real-blend-new-la-billboard-art-exhibition-180967837/Tandem 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 Ancestorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-data-project-will-connect-info-slaves-and-their-descendants-180967836/Michigan 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 Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-museum-training-puppy-sniff-out-art-chewing-insects-180967804/The 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 Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-prime-number-we-know-180967739/The newly discovered prime is 23 million digits longThu, 04 Jan 2018 21:46:57 +0000Big Data Traces the World's Most Distinctive Musical Traditionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-reveals-worlds-most-distinctive-musical-traditions-180967685/An 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’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadour-was-far-more-mistress-180967662/Even 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 Dishwasherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-saving-patent-paved-way-modern-dishwasher-180967656/Josephine Cochran just wanted to stop having broken dishesThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:50:00 +0000The True Story of Mrs. Alford's Nitroglycerin Factoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-mrs-alfords-nitroglycerin-factory-180967653/Mary 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 Childbirthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-didnt-take-very-long-anesthesia-change-childbirth-180967636/The 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 Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-imaging-technique-revealed-secrets-ancient-portrait-180967633/Researchers 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-alan-turings-first-computer-generated-christmas-carols-180967624/In 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 Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshmallow-topped-hot-chocolate-will-keep-you-warm-long-solstice-night-180967614/Marshmallows 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 Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-industrial-espionage-started-americas-cotton-revolution-180967608/To 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 Fortunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pearls-cost-fortune-180967540/Coming 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 Pursehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paper-bag-was-inspiration-first-coach-purse-180967457/Lillian 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 Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-first-industrial-robot-180967442/Computers 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 Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-ancient-mayan-sites-through-eyes-alfred-maudslay-180967428/Victorian 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 Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowmobile-changed-how-americans-did-winter-180967383/As 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 Stationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-picture-history-gas-stations-180967337/Gas stations have evolved a lot from their humble rootsFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:59:12 +0000 Thank(?) Joseph Shivers For Spandexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-joseph-shivers-spandex-180967335/From 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 Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neural-network-can-maybe-start-novel-better-you-180967300/As 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-designed-artificial-muscle-can-lift-1000-times-its-own-weight-180967354/They were inspired by origamiTue, 28 Nov 2017 21:52:10 +0000How WWII Created the Care Packagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wwi-created-care-package-180967315/Technically, the innovation was originally trademarkedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:03:21 +0000