Smart News Ideas & Innovations | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-ideas-innovations/RSS feed for Smart News Ideas & InnovationsenWed, 18 Sep 2019 18:08:16 +0000The Longest Running Web Cam, Set to Go Offline, Has Been Savedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/longest-running-web-cam-goes-offline-month-180972946/The camera has been recording San Francisco’s fog for 25 yearsWed, 21 Aug 2019 14:26:06 +0000There’s a New Blackest Black in Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-blackest-black-town-180973175/MIT researchers have discovered a substance that absorbs 99.995 percent of any incoming lightWed, 18 Sep 2019 18:08:16 +0000Inside the Brains of Artists Who Paint With Their Feethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-who-paint-their-feet-exhibit-unique-neurological-adaptation-180973160/Two artists born without arms possess complex "toe maps" similar to more typical neural "hand maps"Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:06:13 +0000This London Gallery Is Working to Be One of the World's Most Accessible Museumshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-gallery-worlds-most-accessible-museum-180973105/The Wellcome Collection's latest permanent exhibition focuses on design features and curatorial approaches suggested by individuals with disabilitiesWed, 11 Sep 2019 17:48:19 +0000Why Astronauts Are Mixing Cement Aboard the International Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-astronauts-are-mixing-cement-aboard-international-space-station-180973102/Experiments show that cement will set in space, but moon colonists may have to tweak the mixture to make it work in low gravityWed, 11 Sep 2019 16:07:22 +0000How Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survives the Freezing Temperatureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-antarcticas-only-insect-resident-survives-freezing-temperatures-180973087/Antarctic midges rely on a process known as rapid cold hardening to protect against the southernmost continent’s harsh conditionsTue, 10 Sep 2019 18:21:04 +0000India Locates Lost Lunar Lander but Struggles to Reestablish Contacthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-locates-lost-lunar-lander-struggles-reestablish-contact-180973069/The Vikram spacecraft went offline minutes before it was scheduled to touch down near the south pole of the moonMon, 09 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000'Robotic Worm' Could Be the Future of Stroke Carehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-brain-worm-could-be-future-stroke-care-180973020/The hydrogel-covered wire can be guided through the brain via magnets to bust up blood clotsFri, 30 Aug 2019 19:25:16 +0000Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: 'Hello World!'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/advanced-carbon-nanotube-microprocessor-created-180973013/The tiny tubes replace silicon transistors and may lead to much faster, energy efficient microchipsThu, 29 Aug 2019 20:11:47 +0000Graphene-Coated Fabric Causes Mosquitoes to Buzz Offhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graphene-coated-fabric-causes-mosquitoes-buzz-180973007/Researchers found the insects can't penetrate thin layers of the wonder material, which also blocks the scent of human sweatWed, 28 Aug 2019 20:01:35 +0000Listen to the Sounds of Succulents at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-succulents-brooklyn-botanic-garden-180973004/An ongoing installation encourages visitors to interact with prickly cacti, palm plants and potted succulentsWed, 28 Aug 2019 16:59:56 +0000Eggs Successfully Collected from the Last Two Northern White Rhinoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eggs-successfully-collected-last-two-northern-white-rhinos-180972982/Advances in fertility science will hopefully allow researchers to implant embryos of the species into surrogate southern white rhinosFri, 23 Aug 2019 17:19:27 +0000California Will Build the Largest Wildlife Crossing in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-will-build-largest-wildlife-crossing-world-180972947/The overpass will provide safe passage for mountain lions, coyotes, deer, lizards, snakes and other wild animals crossing the 101 FreewayWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:15:32 +00003-D Map to Digitize Part of Carlsbad Caverns Down to the Millimeterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-map-capture-35-miles-carlsbad-caverns-down-millimeter-180972932/The National Parks Service is also compiling a modern cultural history of the cavernsMon, 19 Aug 2019 20:48:52 +0000Thanks to the Hopper Hotel Experience, You Can Now Spend a Night at the Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-edward-hopper-hotel-experience-you-can-now-spend-night-museum-180972922/The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host guests in a 3-D recreation of Edward Hopper's 1957 painting, 'Western Motel'Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:10:02 +0000F.D.A. Approves New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-approves-new-treatment-deadliest-strain-tuberculosis-180972916/The drug regimen involves just five pills taken orally for a duration of six monthsThu, 15 Aug 2019 17:06:57 +0000Imaging Reveals Leonardo da Vinci Wrestled With the Composition of 'The Virgin of the Rocks'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/imaging-reveals-leonardo-wrestled-composition-virgin-rocks-180972918/Two underdrawings detected using high-tech imaging techniques show he altered the figures twice before paintingThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:45:08 +0000At-Risk Indigenous Languages Spotlighted on New Google Earth Platformhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-risk-indigenous-languages-new-google-earth-platform-180972896/The new initiative features recordings of native languages from around the globeThu, 15 Aug 2019 15:54:17 +0000Miami Museum Launches Exhibition Exclusively on Instagram https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miami-museum-launches-exhibition-instagram-180972794/Over eight weeks, 'Joyous Dystopia' is posting digital works by eight different artistsMon, 05 Aug 2019 14:15:13 +0000The Library of Congress Needs Your Help Transcribing Suffragist Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-needs-your-help-transcribing-suffragist-papers-1-180972677/Nearly 16,000 pages of diaries, letters, speeches and other documents are available on the library’s crowdsourcing platformTue, 30 Jul 2019 19:33:08 +0000Robotic Hand Restores Wearer’s Sense of Touchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-hand-restores-wearers-sense-touch-180972737/The prosthetic enabled a test subject to pick up an egg without cracking it, send a text message, peel a banana and hold his wife's handFri, 26 Jul 2019 16:15:32 +0000London Signs Up as First 'National Park City'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-signs-first-national-park-city-180972705/The city has commited to upping its greenspace to 50 percent and making the urban landscape healthier, greener and more beautiful by 2050Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:38:17 +0000