Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-george-washington-trades-his-curls-man-bun-180961715/The first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000The Oscars Are Held in a Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/oscars-are-held-mall-180962226/It takes two weeks to dress the venue (which is in a mall, remember) for the occasion each yearFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000That Time the U.S. Government Won an Oscarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/that-time-us-government-won-oscar-180962277/Today, the award is kept on permanent display in the National ArchivesThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:45 +0000A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovered-lost-work-fiction-walt-whitman-180962260/The serialized novella was first published anonymously in 1852Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:04 +0000Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tootsie-rolls-were-wwii-energy-bars-180962202/The candies were included in rations because they stayed fresh for a long timeThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:23 +0000Watch the Oldest-Known Surviving Film by an African-American Directorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-oldest-known-surviving-film-african-american-director-180962035/<i>Within Our Gates</i> was Oscar Micheaux’s response to a racist classicThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-margaritas-possible-predecessor-daisy-180962192/This cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000Girl Scouting Was Once Segregatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouting-was-once-segregated-180962208/Though the Girl Scouts of the USA initially declared itself a space for all girls, the reality was different for girls of colorTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:36 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-happen-when-language-dies-and-one-thing-you-can-do-help-180962188/This World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000The Inventors of Upcycling Published Their Manifesto In a Plastic Book. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventors-upcycling-published-their-idea-plastic-book-why-180962182/You might have heard the term in relation to crafting, but it means a lot moreTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +0000A Leaky Roof Has Forced the Johannesburg Art Gallery to Temporarily Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaky-roof-forced-johannesburg-art-gallery-temporarily-close-180962228/But there’s some good news to comes out of this soggy situationFri, 17 Feb 2017 17:59:04 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Once Patented http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statute-liberty-was-once-patented-180962158/Reading the original patent documents can help us learn more about this history of this American iconFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000How 13th-Century “Mermaid Bones” Came to Be Displayed in a Japanese Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-13th-century-mermaid-bones-came-be-displayed-japanese-temple-180962209/According to legend, the ningyo washed ashore on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1222Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:39:06 +0000American Girl Announces Boy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-girl-announces-boy-180962193/The toy titan’s newest doll is a boy named Logan Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0000Five Cool Finds From Google Arts & Culture's Presidents' Day Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-finds-google-presidents-day-collection-180962206/The platform is sharing more than 2,000 items steeped in political historyThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1980s-roberta-williams-brought-graphic-adventure-games-home-180962160/Mystery House was the first home computer game ever to include graphics as well as textThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Nick Offerman’s Character in “The Founder” Is Based on This Real Historical Figurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nick-offermans-character-founder-based-real-historical-figure-180962147/Richard “Dick” McDonald’s story in the film is true — to a degreeThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Aww-Inspiring Origins of Clifford the Big Red Doghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aww-origins-clifford-dog-180962099/Norman Bridwell, Clifford’s creator, was also a lot like his creationWed, 15 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-most-important-and-cutest-teddy-bear-moments-past-114-years-180962140/The American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-rappelled-london-warehouse-in-heist-180962176/The burglars made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 millionTue, 14 Feb 2017 20:46:21 +0000Winning Nature Photos Capture Triumph and Turmoil in the Animal Kingdomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-winning-nature-photos-world-press-photo-competition-180962162/From poaching to panda recovery, the winners of the World Press Photo competition chronicle human interactions with natureTue, 14 Feb 2017 19:03:46 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pompeiian-bakery-became-years-hot-date-destination-180962169/The romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000These Photos Show Just How Colossal the World's Tallest Sandcastle Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180962149/The new Guinness World Record holder is a 48.8-foot creation on Puri Beach that celebrates world peace. It's <i>shore</i> to impress Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art Triumphantly Re-Openshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-museum-islamic-art-re-opens-180962057/The museum has restored 160 artifacts damaged by a 2014 truck bomb and has expanded, putting three times as many artworks on displayTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:32:30 +0000How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-make-authentic-civil-war-valentine-180962090/Handmade Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War yearsTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Win a Stay at a Castle Fit for "Beauty and the Beast"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/win-stay-castle-beauty-beast-180962159/Though it's a Scottish castle, not French château, it's sure to be a fairytale tripTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photographs-show-paul-gaugin-in-tahiti-180962112/The newly discovered photos are from the summer of 1896Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:55:45 +0000When Some 1920s Garbage Was Mistaken for an Ancient Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-garbage-or-ancient-artifact-probably-1920s-garbage-180962081/The "Coso Artifact" was fuel for those who want to believe that the truth is out thereMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000Newly Discovered Photo May Depict a Younger Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-photo-may-depict-younger-harriet-tubman-180962103/The late 1860s carte-de-visite comes from fellow abolitionist Emily Howland's albumFri, 10 Feb 2017 20:15:08 +0000What Is the Congressional Review Act?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-congressional-review-act-180962031/The U.S. Congress is wiping away rules and regulations finalized in the last months of the Obama administration through a little-used 1996 lawFri, 10 Feb 2017 19:08:00 +0000Meet the Historically Accurate Mr. Darcyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-historically-accurate-mr-darcy-180962136/A team of experts on fashion and social culture offer their take on Jane Austen's brooding heroFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000Computers Are Great at Chess, But That Doesn't Mean the Game Is 'Solved'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-man-lose-computer-said-about-chess-21st-century-180962046/On this day in 1996, the computer Deep Blue made history when it beat Garry KasparovFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/The Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-digitizing-history-circus-180962100/In a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000Mark Twain Museum Battles Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-museum-battles-mold-180962070/A malfunctioning HVAC system led to mold contaminating 5,000 artifacts in a storage room, which will be restored over the next four monthsThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-might-have-found-another-dead-sea-scroll-cave-180962092/It could be cave number 12Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:10:19 +0000375,000 Images From the Met Are Now Yours for the Takinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/375000-images-from-the-met-now-yours-for-taking-180962080/It’s a milestone for one of the world's most significant art collectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:36:28 +0000Fans of Dorothy Parker Can Pay to Wear Her Mink Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fans-dorothy-parker-can-pay-wear-her-mink-coat-180962062/It’s all in the name of preservationWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:10 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quest-save-vincent-van-goghs-grave-180962028/His final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-house-prairie-was-built-native-american-land-180962020/Yesterday was Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. It's time to take a critical look at her workWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:27:54 +0000#ColorOurCollections Is Back, Turning Your Favorite Cultural Institutions Into Coloring Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-favorite-cultural-institution-just-turned-coloring-book-180962061/In its second year, it's more vibrant than everWed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-fanatical-monk-took-over-florence-and-burned-bunch-vanities-180962005/He told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000Researchers Discover a 17th-Century "Emoji"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-a-17th-century-emoji-180962055/The classic smiley face has been around for a long timeMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:40:13 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-babe-ruth-so-good-hitting-home-runs-180961998/People have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Spool of “Holocaust Songs” Found in Mislabelled Containerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spool-holocaust-songs-found-mislabelled-container-180962045/The “Henonville Songs” are being heard for the first time in 70 yearsFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:24 +0000LiDAR Scans Reveal Maya Civilization's Sophisticated Network of Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lidar-scans-maya-network-roads-180961995/Detailed aerial images reveal a remarkably ambitious transportation network consisting of 17 roadsFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:39:38 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-silver-swan-has-fascinated-fans-nearly-250-years-180962024/It preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Littlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rachel-carson-wrote-silent-spring-partly-because-author-stuart-little-180961962/The book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000WWII Songstress Croons Her Way to Age 100 With a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-songress-croons-her-way-age-100-with-new-album-180962022/Dame Vera Lynn "the Forces' Sweetheart" will make the history books with the releaseThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:53:34 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hell-raising-suffragists-name-will-soon-grace-oregon-hotel-180961963/Abigail Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lie-detectors-dont-work-advertised-and-they-never-did-180961956/Barred from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-doodle-sculpts-tribute-pioneering-artist-edmonia-lewis-180962010/Celebrate the first day of Black History Month by getting to know the 19th-century sculptorWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:50 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-winnie-pooh-was-written-sale-180961999/The 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-langston-hughess-dreams-inspired-mlks-180961929/Langston Hughes wrote about dreams at a time when racism meant that black people’s dreams were silencedWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-displays-weasel-brought-down-particle-physics-180961969/A stone marten that disrupted the Large Hadron Collider in November goes on display in Rotterdam in an exhibit about human-animal mishapsWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000World's Longest Running Streak Comes to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-longest-running-streak-comes-end-180961985/After running a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days, running legend Ron Hill finally took a day off due to heart problemsTue, 31 Jan 2017 19:21:57 +0000Co-Defendant in €100 Million Art Heist Claims He Threw Five Masterpieces in the Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co-defendant-100-million-art-heist-claims-he-threw-five-masterpieces-trash-180961988/But investigators are skepticalTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:35:23 +0000Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-scouts-will-allow-transgender-children-180961982/The decision is thanks to an 8 year old Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:18 +0000This Artist Creates Roses From Weapons Left Behind By War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-creates-roses-weapons-left-behind-war-180961927/"Two Roses for Peace" brings together people on both sides of a 1982 conflictFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0000America Just Won the Olympics of Cooking You Probably Haven't Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-just-won-culinary-olympics-you-probably-havent-heard-180961940/It's the first time the USA has been awarded goldFri, 27 Jan 2017 13:30:00 +0000The LBD Gets an Update With the Debut of the First Dress Made with Graphenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-first-dress-made-graphene-debuts-180961928/Partially made from the world's thinnest, strongest material, lights on the dress change color based on the wearer's breathing rateThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:58:53 +0000Here’s What Happens in a "Comic Book" Drawn by Medieval Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-in-comic-book-drawn-by-medieval-monks-180961922/<i>Psychomachia</i> pits vice against virtue in a battle for human souls Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:50:26 +0000America’s First Immigration Center Was Also an Amusement Park http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-first-immigration-center-was-also-amusement-park-180961727/Castle Garden went from fort to pleasure grounds to precursor of Ellis Island Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Remembering Mary Tyler Moore and Her Groundbreaking Sitcom That Almost Wasn'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-tyler-moore-groundbreaking-sitcom-almost-wasnt-180961920/The iconic entertainer died today. She was 80 years oldWed, 25 Jan 2017 22:18:58 +0000New Exhibition Highlights Art Inspired by Standing Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-highlights-art-inspired-standing-rock-180961842/Art as a lens to understand the protestWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:21:37 +0000This Famous American Clown Was (Probably) a Model for Uncle Samhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famous-american-clown-was-probably-model-uncle-sam-180961852/Dan Rice was the John Oliver of the mid-nineteenth centuryWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Gung Haggis Fat Choy: This Canadian Celebration Combines Robert Burns Night and Chinese New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gung-haggis-fat-choy-canadian-celebration-combines-robert-burns-night-and-chinese-new-year-180961845/Started by "Toddish McWong" in 1998, the annual dinner has grown and grownWed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000TV's Longest-Running Soap Opera Was First Broadcast 80 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tvs-longest-running-soap-opera-was-first-broadcast-80-years-ago-180961849/Guiding Light had over 15,700 episodes between radio and televisionWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Mark Twain Fairy Tale Unearthedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mark-twain-fairy-tale-unearthed-180961903/The previously unknown—and unfinished—story was hiding in plain sightWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Police Recover More Than 3,500 Stolen Artifacts in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-recover-more-than-3500-stolen-artifacts-europe-180961894/Operation Pandora involved 18 nations and pan-European police agencies to recover paintings, coins and artifiactsTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:25 +0000American Librarians Just Chose 2017’s Best Books for Children and Young Adults http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-librarians-just-chose-2017s-best-books-children-and-young-adults-180961889/Meet the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz award winnersMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:58:59 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/necklace-contains-all-worlds-languages-180961876/Because cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-paul-robeson-actor-sportsman-and-leader-180961834/Among other things, Robeson transformed one of history’s most famous showtunes into a protest song Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-grants-give-out-millions-preserve-african-american-history-180961848/A $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +0000Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-poe-toaster-we-still-have-no-idea-180961820/In Baltimore, they’re keeping the tradition of visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave for his birthday—but without the mysteryThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/altar-cloth-might-be-elizabeth-is-skirt-180961756/It belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cuban-cartoonist-drew-cold-war-mad-magazine-180961787/The Black Spy and the White Spy have been chasing each other around in <i>MAD</i> Magazine for 56 yearsTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Some States Celebrate MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday on the Same Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-celebrate-mlk-day-and-robert-e-lees-birthday-same-day-180961772/Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Austin Is Looking for Its First Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austin-is-looking-for-first-artist-residence-180961789/Winning artists will be embeded in city agencies to help bring in new eyes to reconsider old problemsFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:30:22 +0000A Four-Year-Old Bibliophile Is the Library of Congress' Latest Guest Librarianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-four-year-old-bibliophile-is-library-congress-latest-guest-librarian-180961801/Daliyah Maria Arana has read more than 1,000 booksFri, 13 Jan 2017 19:23:31 +0000This 1951 Prison B-Movie Inspired “Folsom Prison Blues”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1951-prison-b-movie-inspired-folsom-prison-blues-180961740/Johnny Cash's live prison concert made him the voice for rehabilitation over punishmentFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:25:25 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-write-inside-mark-twains-library-180961790/Commune with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bruce-springsteen-getting-his-own-archive-180961758/A new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Muslim and Sikh Troops Can Now Wear Beards, Turbans and Headscarveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/muslim-and-sikh-troops-can-now-wear-beards-turbans-and-headscarves-180961743/The U.S. Army just changed its grooming regulations to accommodate observant soldiersThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:46:19 +0000Norway Killed the Radio Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-killed-radio-star-180961761/The Scandinavian country began a controversial phase out of FM radio broadcasts this week in favor of Digital Audio BroadcastingThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:20:18 +0000New York State Once Introduced an Anti-Flirting Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-state-once-introduced-anti-flirting-bill-180961687/The law aimed to crack down on public displays of affection of all kindsMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:15:58 +0000Tens of Thousands of Plastic Eggs Washed Up on a German Beach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-plastic-eggs-washed-german-beach-180961713/It was an eggstravaganzaFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:12:17 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-nearly-70-years-india-pakistan-partition-gets-museum-180961682/The Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000Swedish Woman Smashes Record for Skiing Solo to the South Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swedish-woman-skis-south-pole-record-time-180961636/Skiing for 38 days, 23 hours and 5 minutes Johanna Davidsson beat the previous record by almost 10 hoursWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:21:18 +0000Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strike-it-rich-without-marrying-for-money-by-finding-hidden-jane-austen-art-180961647/A British artist has sparked a nationwide scavenger hunt for £5 notes worth thousandsTue, 03 Jan 2017 21:13:40 +0000Germany’s Controversial New Version of ‘Mein Kampf’ Is Now a Bestseller http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-controversial-new-version-mein-kampf-now-bestseller-180961637/Once kept under lock and key, the book is now available in a critical editionTue, 03 Jan 2017 19:18:18 +0000One of the World’s Largest Dada Collections Can Now Be Viewed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-worlds-largest-dada-collections-can-now-be-viewed-online-180961626/The freewheeling art movement didn’t lend itself to posterityTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:18:31 +0000France Says "Au Revoir" to After-Hours Work Emailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-au-revoir-after-hours-work-email-180961631/A new "right to disconnect" law lets employees negotiate communication rules in order to reduce stress and exhaustion from workTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:05:31 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-woman-statue-stokes-old-tensions-between-japan-and-south-korea-180961628/She’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Poland Gets a da Vinci at a Big Discounthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-gets-davinci-big-discount-180961624/The world famous Princes Czartoryski Foundation was recently acquired by the Polish government for a fraction of its valueMon, 02 Jan 2017 18:32:06 +0000Scientists Spot Cognitive Decline in Famous Artists’ Brushstrokes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-spot-cognitive-decline-famous-artists-brushstrokes-180961625/Could paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-men-behind-saturday-mornings-most-memorable-cartoons-180961596/Zoinks! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000Artist Geocaches His Work Throughout Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-geocaches-his-work-throughout-central-park-180961604/Brad Troemel's Freecaching is a tongue-in-cheek response to New York's high rent and a new way to "store" artworkFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Vatican Names Its First Woman Museum Director http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-names-its-first-woman-museum-director-180961591/Barbara Jatta just smashed through one frescoed ceilingThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:50:07 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-transform-australias-uluru-waterfall-wonderland-1-180961602/Record storms flooded roads and swelled rivers near the park's iconic natural featureThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:27:24 +0000This Art Show Looks at 500 Years of Failed Utopiashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-show-looks-500-years-failed-utopias-180961587/So far, the ideal has yet to work outThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:53:49 +0000Lawyer Wants to Make Harper Lee’s Hometown a Haven for Tourists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyer-wants-make-harper-lees-hometown-haven-tourists-180961584/Monroeville, Alabama, could change with a proposed Harper Lee TrailThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:34 +0000Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Historieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/The library is looking for help protecting its tapesWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:21:23 +00002016 Got You Down? Trash All Your Woes on Good Riddance Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-got-you-down-trash-all-your-woes-good-riddance-day-180961583/Inspired by a Latin American tradition, Good Riddance Day is one way to say goodbye to this year’s bad memoriesWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:53:01 +0000