Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenMon, 24 Sep 2018 17:38:26 +0000Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs Out of Blood Cells For the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-create-immature-human-eggs-out-blood-cells-first-time-180970388/The lab-grown eggs were not advanced enough for fertilization, but researchers say this next step in the future of reproduction could arrive soonMon, 24 Sep 2018 17:38:26 +0000Military Invests in 'Molar Mic' That Can Route Calls Through Your Teethhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-invests-molar-mic-communications-180970284/Too lazy to pick up the phone? Open wide... this new device latches onto your chompers to transmit sound via the cranial bonesThu, 13 Sep 2018 19:15:57 +00002,000-Foot-Long Plastic Catcher Released to Aid Cleanup of Great Pacific Garbage Patchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-foot-long-plastic-catcher-released-aid-cleanup-great-pacific-garbage-patch-180970256/Skeptics argue the device will endanger marine wildlife, exacerbate existing pollution problemsTue, 11 Sep 2018 15:30:23 +0000Artificial Intelligence Can Now Decipher Medieval Graffiti (Cat Sketches and All)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-can-now-decipher-medieval-graffiti-180970222/Researchers sought to decipher the 11th-century graffiti adorning the walls of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in KievMon, 10 Sep 2018 14:42:51 +0000Helsinki's New Subterranean Art Museum Opens Its Doorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinkis-new-subterranean-art-museum-opens-its-doors-180970176/The Amos Rex Museum is located beneath Lasipalatsi, a 1930s shopping center known as the ‘Glass Palace’Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:15:47 +0000The Wreck of a WWII Fighter Plane Will Be Unearthed from a Greenland Glacier https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-wwii-fighter-plane-will-be-unearthed-from-greenland-glacier-180970141/The P-38 fighter is a member of the famed Lost Squadron, which landed on ice caps after running afoul of poor weather in July 1942Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000 Genetic Testing Shows Animal Shelters Often Misidentify Dogs' Breedshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetic-testing-shows-animal-shelters-often-misidentify-dogs-breeds-180970136/Shelter staff correctly identified a pup's primary or secondary breed just 67 percent of the timeMon, 27 Aug 2018 18:35:30 +0000Astronomers Say This Reflective Space Sculpture Will Cause Unneeded Light Pollution. The Artist Argues Otherwisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-say-trevor-paglens-reflective-space-sculpture-will-generate-unnecessary-light-pollution-artist-argues-otherwise-180970128/‘Orbital Reflector,’ a 100-foot long, diamond-shaped balloon, aims to inspire humans to gaze up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonderFri, 24 Aug 2018 19:18:08 +0000Fall Down the Rabbit Hole With the New York Public Library's Instagram Version of Classic Taleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-reimagines-classic-books-instagram-generation-180970118/Featured texts include ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ ‘The Metamorphosis’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper'Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:35:42 +0000New Nanotech Returns Henry VIII's Favorite Warship to Its Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-nanotechnology-henry-viiis-favorite-warship-facelift-180970098/Researchers used tiny magnetic particles to remove the iron ions responsible for the wooden vessel’s decayWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:47:12 +0000Christie's Will Be the First Auction House to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-will-be-first-auction-house-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-180970086/Christie's will sell the work from Paris-based art collective Obvious, which created ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ with the machine-learning algorithm GANTue, 21 Aug 2018 19:54:06 +0000There’s a Scientific Explanation for Why Adults Are More Likely to Tolerate Leafy Greenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-scientific-explanation-why-adults-are-more-likely-tolerate-leafy-greens-180970081/Just eat your veggies: Salivary proteins adapt to bitter tastes, making them more palatable over timeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:30:37 +0000What the Deaths of More Than 300 Reindeer Teach Us About the Circle of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-deaths-more-300-reindeer-teach-us-about-circle-life-180970072/ In an isolated corner of Norwegian plateau, carcasses of reindeer felled by lightning are spawning new plant lifeMon, 20 Aug 2018 16:27:55 +0000Light-Reactive Bacteria Create Miniature 'Mona Lisa' Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-reactive-bacteria-can-function-paint-living-building-blocks-180970062/Researchers transformed swimming bacteria into replica of the da Vinci masterpiece, morphing likenesses of Albert Einstein, Charles DarwinFri, 17 Aug 2018 16:19:37 +0000Children Are Susceptible to Robot Peer Pressure, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/children-are-susceptible-robot-peer-pressure-study-suggests-180970047/When robots provided incorrect answers in social conformity test, children tended to follow their leadThu, 16 Aug 2018 18:33:20 +0000View the Uffizi’s Ancient Treasures From Afar, in 3D https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-uffizis-ancient-treasures-afar-3d-180970007/A new website has digitized 300 objects from the Florence gallery’s Greek and Roman collectionWed, 15 Aug 2018 14:56:33 +0000Popcorn-Powered Robots? Get 'Em While They’re Hot! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popcorn-powered-robots-get-em-while-theyre-hot-180969889/In an attempt to harness the power of pop, researchers went against the grain to push the boundaries of this staple starchMon, 06 Aug 2018 17:36:02 +0000