Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/laser-technology-making-tattoo-removal-easier-ever-180956443/Thanks to recent advances, the tattoo removal business has quadrupled in the last decadeFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000A "Frozen" Summer Adventure Awaits You in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/disney-frozen-norways-southern-fjords-180956427/If the cold really does bother you, anyway, then visit the fjords in warmer monthsFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:34:03 +0000How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-indigenous-group-battling-construction-nicaragua-canal-180956418/The Rama community's efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaireThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Guinness Book of World Records: A Promotional Stunt That Became an International Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/guinness-book-world-records-promotional-stunt-became-international-phenomenon-180956420/The book that makes us ooh and ahh, and squirm in our seats turns 60 todayThu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000The Abandoned Theme Park That Finally Got a Storybook Endinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-marylands-enchanted-forest-had-its-own-storybook-ending-1-180956318/This Maryland amusement park was once an East Coast version of Disneyland and was left for dead until one woman rescued itWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:20:16 +0000Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-childrens-books-that-use-psychological-techniques-help-kids-180956378/The sleep-inducing "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" has become a mega bestseller. But it's not the only story to lean on psychologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Woman Invented Monopoly to Combat Greedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-woman-invented-monopoly-to-combat-greed/Monopoly, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie MagieMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:14:38 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/A naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Get Tripped Up by These Tricked-Out Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/get-tripped-up-tricket-out-photographs-180956329/A new photography collaboration aims for an unbearable lightnessMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-21st-century-life-list-180956324/Something for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000Visit the Ruined Castles of Polandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-ruined-castles-poland-180956290/Grand but dilapidated structures from many centuries ago dot the country’s landscapeThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:21:55 +0000Five of the World's Most Fascinating Topiary Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/art-topiary-gardening-ancienthere-are-five-modern-gems-180956159/Whimsical gardens in surprising shapes decorate homes, churches and cemeteries around the world. We’ve rounded up five of the most extraordinaryMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:26:08 +0000Why Jon Batiste Is the Perfect Choice to Be the “Late Night” Bandleaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-jon-batiste-perfect-choice-be-late-night-bandleader-180956296/The tall, lanky jazz musician will bring his unique talents to television this fallMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:37:46 +0000Could This 'Drinkable Book' Provide Clean Water to the Developing World?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-drinkable-book-provide-clean-water-developing-world-180956286/Pour untreated water over a page from the book and silver nanoparticles embedded in it will kill nearly 100 percent of disease-causing bacteriaSun, 16 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Scottish Duke Transformed This Abandoned Coal Mine into a Cosmological Land-Art Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/scottish-duke-transformed-abandoned-coal-mine-cosmological-land-art-park-180956270/A scarred landscape in rural Scotland has become a grassy multiverse now open for explorationFri, 14 Aug 2015 10:30:00 +0000In Bolivia's High-Altitude Capital, Indigenous Traditions Thrive Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/la-paz-bolivia-aymara-indigenous-traditions-reawaken-180956143/Among sacred mountains, in a city where spells are cast and potions brewed, the otherworldly is everydayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:09:58 +0000Visit These Floating Peruvian Islands Constructed From Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/people-peru-live-manmade-islands-constructed-plants-180956218/The Uro people who live on Lake Titicaca have been building their own villages by hand for centuriesThu, 13 Aug 2015 17:15:50 +0000Where Albinism Means Being Targeted for Murder or Dismembermenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-albinism-means-humans-are-risk-murder-and-dismemberment-180956263/Elsewhere in the world, people with albinism are at high risk for blindness and skin cancer. In Tanzania, the threats are much more severeThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:57:19 +0000Is There a ‘Gay Aesthetic’ to Pop Music?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/there-gay-aesthetic-pop-music-180956253/From Elton John to Mika, the “glam piano” genre may be as integral to the Gay American experience as hip-hop and the blues are to the African American oneThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:04:29 +0000A Parade of Bright Flowers in a City With a Dark Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Medellin-festival-flowers-180956227/Farmers carried 500 dazzling flower designs through the streets of Medellín, ColombiaWed, 12 Aug 2015 15:44:19 +0000At "Russia's Burning Man," Strange Structures Transform Villageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/archstoyanie-festival-russias-burning-man-180956164/The beautiful, bizarre structures of the Archstoyanie festival are made of natural materials and help bring economic prosperity to small villages Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:22:32 +0000What Gives Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Its Power?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-gives-robert-frosts-road-not-taken-its-power-180956200/On the 100th anniversary of the poem’s publication, a Smithsonian poet examines its message and how it encapsulates what its author was all aboutMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:30:47 +0000What “Ricki and the Flash” Gets Wrong About the Life of a Musicianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-ricki-and-flash-gets-wrong-about-life-musician-180956195/The new Meryl Streep vehicle is the latest in a long history of movies about bar singersFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:41:34 +0000Why the Nepal Earthquake Was Especially Bad for Cultural Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-nepal-earthquake-was-especially-bad-historic-cultural-sites-180956184/The major quake sparked a resonance in the basin that made taller buildings more likely to toppleThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Parasitic Wasps Turn Spiders Into Zombie Weavershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/parasitic-wasps-turn-spiders-zombie-weavers-180956178/Arachnids injected with a potent neurotoxin are forced to create shiny new web cradles for wasp larvae Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:00:00 +0000Swedish Designers Are Turning Fruits and Veggies Into a Nonperishable Powderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/swedish-designers-are-turning-fruits-and-veggies-that-might-otherwise-be-tossed-away-into-nonperishable-powder-180956099/The dried and powdered produce, called FoPo, could become a staple in disaster reliefTue, 04 Aug 2015 20:27:28 +0000Curly Hair Science Is Revealing How Different Locks React to Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/curly-hair-science-revealing-how-different-locks-react-heat-180956156/A mechanical engineer tackles the understudied problem of how to style curls without frying hairTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:42:54 +0000How Lego Redefined Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-lego-redefined-play/Once a company of only 10 employees, Lego is now one of the most recognized brands on the planetMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:38:53 +0000What Is a Personal Food Computer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-a-personal-food-computer-180956085/A farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in citiesMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000What Should You Look for When Buying Olive Oil?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-should-you-look-when-buying-olive-oil-180956116/Cold-pressed? From Greece or Spain? What really matters when getting your EVOOFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:28:41 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/legos-go-sustainable-everything-really-is-awesome-180955874/To reduce its carbon footprint, the toy company is searching for a sustainable material for its bricks by 2030 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:16 +0000What Gives Bugs Bunny His Lasting Power?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-gives-bugs-bunny-his-lasting-power-180956070/Seventy-five years after his first “What’s Up, Doc?,” the leporine character still leaves his markMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-little-museum-you-never-visited-180956025/The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a trove of cunning inventionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:53 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-deal-googles-sidewalk-labs-180955847/The tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Running Shoes Date Back to the 1860s, and Other Revelations From the Brooklyn Museum's Sneaker Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/running-shoes-date-back-to-the-1860s-and-other-revelations-from-the-brooklyn-museums-sneaker-show-180955967/A show on sneaker culture at the Brooklyn Museum hypes its modern Nikes, but perhaps most fascinating are the historic kicks that started it allMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Captivating Photos of the Survivors of the Nepal Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/captivating-photos-survivors-nepal-earthquake-180956061/Photographer Sara Hylton visited the central Asian nation once the 7.9 tremor shook the earthMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:35:55 +0000The Scandalous Story Behind the Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture "Greek Slave" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scandalous-story-behind-provocative-sculpture-greek-slave-19th-century-audiences-180956029/Artist Hiram Powers earned fame and fortune for his beguiling sculpture, but how he crafted it might have proved even more shockingFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:53:51 +0000The Mad Challenge of Translating "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mad-challenge-translating-alices-adventures-wonderland-180956017/Explore the linguistic tricks used to make Lewis Carroll's puns, parodies and nonsense accessible in hundreds of tonguesThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000When Rock Bands Flocked to Howard Finster’s Remote, Bizarre Artist Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-rock-bands-flocked-howard-finsters-remote-bizarre-artist-compound-180956012/Even today you can visit the site where groups such as R.E.M. found a true artistic geniusThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:03 +0000What Endures From the Ancient Civilizations That Once Ruled the Central Andes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-civilizations-central-andes-180955910/To journey here is to roam through almost six thousand years of civilization, to one of the places where the human enterprise beganThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:01 +0000Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-wild-tiny-pimp-tomato-so-important-180955911/Native to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomyThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:38 +0000What It's Like to Live in This Smart, Energy-Efficient Home of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-to-live-smart-energy-efficient-home-future-180956001/Nine months in, a family of four adjusts to life in the Honda Smart Home, a testing ground for new technologies at University of California, DavisWed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:17 +0000Provoking Presidential Portraitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/provoking-presidential-portraits/Pat Oliphant's searing sketches cross party lines. But the portraits are all in good clean fun...or are they?Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:20 +0000Photos of Muslims Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Across the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-muslims-across-world-celebrating-end-ramadan-180955952/Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with food, festivities, gifts and prayers Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:42:19 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flybyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-pictures-give-rare-glimpse-heart-pluto-flyby-180955950/Spanning the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000Seven Ways to Revamp Deserted Spaces Under New York City's Highways and Elevated Trainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-ways-revamp-deserted-spaces-under-new-york-citys-highways-elevated-trains-180955726/The Design Trust for Public Space reimagines neglected areas under the city's infrastructureFri, 17 Jul 2015 11:07:25 +0000Get Lost in the World's Largest Mazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-lost-worlds-largest-maze-180955903/Ponder existence while wandering through the bamboo stalks of Italy's Masone LabyrinthThu, 16 Jul 2015 14:24:10 +0000The History of Creepy Dollshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-creepy-dolls-180955916/Take a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathedWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:46:34 +0000An Attempt to Keep the Dying Gottschee Culture Very Much Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/attempt-keep-dying-gottschee-culture-very-much-alive-180955915/Inspired by a trip to Slovenia with her grandmother, one New Yorker took it upon herself to chronicle the story of a lost piece of European historyTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:15:52 +0000Which of These Baseball Players Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-baseball-players-should-portrait-gallery-put-display-180955906/Vote for these all-stars in an entirely different kind of competitionMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-innovative-mind-one-worlds-most-inventive-architects-180955826/A new show at the Cooper Hewitt reveals the process behind designer Thomas Heatherwick's projectsWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000What it Took to Create the World’s First Gay Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-it-took-create-worlds-first-gay-art-museum-1-180955840/Charles Leslie’s passionate half-century of homoerotic art collecting offers a mirror for the history of gay history itselfTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:18 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-new-york-citys-subway-symphony-180955725/Musician James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollboothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-milos-sunrises-are-symphony-color-phantom-tollbooth-180955811/Author Norton Juster says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000The Back to the Future Movies Are Obsessed With Television, Rightfully Sohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/back-future-movies-are-obsessed-television-rightfully-so-180955807/The McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000