Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Ever 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 Norway 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 Canal 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 Phenomenon 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 Ending 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 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 Greed, 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 South naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Get Tripped Up by These Tricked-Out Photographs new photography collaboration aims for an unbearable lightnessMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000Visit the Ruined Castles of Poland 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 Gardens 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” Bandleader 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? 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 Park 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 Again 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 Plants 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 Dismemberment 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? 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 Past 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 Villages 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? 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 Musician 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 Sites 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 Weavers 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 Powder 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 Heat mechanical engineer tackles the understudied problem of how to style curls without frying hairTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:42:54 +0000How Lego Redefined Play 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? 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? From Greece or Spain? What really matters when getting your EVOOFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:28:41 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesome 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? 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 Paris 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? 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 Show 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 Earthquake 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" 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" 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 Compound 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? 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? 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 Future 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 Portraits 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 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 Flyby 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 Trains 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 Maze existence while wandering through the bamboo stalks of Italy's Masone LabyrinthThu, 16 Jul 2015 14:24:10 +0000The History of Creepy Dolls 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 Alive 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? 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 Architects 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 Museum 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 Event 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 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 Tollbooth 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 So McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000