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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000"Full Blood Resurrection" and Other Gaming Terms Are Entering Chinese Vernacularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/full-blood-resurrection-and-other-gaming-terms-are-entering-chinese-vernacular-180956389/As online gaming is so popular in China, it’s changing the way people talk.Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:30:00 +00003D Printing Molten Glass Is Beautifulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3d-printing-molten-glass-beautiful-180956385/The innovation comes out of the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 11:59:45 +0000How a Single Wedding Ring Led to a $6 Billion Gold Hoax http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wedding-ring-led-6-billion-gold-hoax-180956380/People really wanted to believe there were 13 million pounds of gold there for the taking Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:40:13 +0000There’s a Conference in the U.K. All About Werewolves Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-conference-uk-all-about-werewolves-180956370/Wolf-to-human transformations in literature and history and their significance take the stageMon, 24 Aug 2015 12:39:28 +0000A 15-Foot-Tall, 250-Pound Inflatable Ball Got Loose in Toledo, Ohiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-giant-red-ball-run-wild-180956360/Sounds like the inspiration for a Pixar movie.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:58:29 +0000Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-wants-rachmaninoffs-remains-back-180956350/Should a composer who abandoned his home forever be returned there 72 years after his death? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Burning Man is Currently Infested With Biting, Stinky Desert Bugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burning-man-infested-biting-stinky-desert-bugs-180956351/The plague of insects is really harshing the vibeThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:34:48 +0000American Vegetarianism Has a Religious Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-vegetarianism-had-religious-upbringing-180956346/Thank the creators of corn flakes and graham crackers for veggie burgers and not-dogsThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Banksy May Be Opening A Dystopian Disneyland Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banksy-may-be-opening-theme-park-180956340/The elusive street artist’s take on Disneyland is chock-full of dystopiaThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:34:55 +0000Disney Will Add Star Wars Themed Lands to California and Florida Theme Parks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/disney-building-star-wars-lands-180956297/The 14-acre expansion will feature battles and the Millennium FalconMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:33:33 +0000Why Humans Love Things That Fit into Other Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-things-fit-together-perfectly-are-so-satisfying-180956287/There's comfort in unexpected orderMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The World's Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Was Too Fragile to Read...Until Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-multicolor-printed-book-180956262/The 1633 book has now been digitizedThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Animation Is Made of Embroideryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laborious-embroidery-animation-brings-passover-folk-song-life-180956256/It took a year and a half to create a short film using "embroidermation" Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is How Bread Takes Shape in Tajikistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/observe-fascinating-traditional-bread-baking-methods-tajikistan-180956213/A poke, a slap, a prized traditionWed, 12 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000What's Behind China's Professional Tomb Raiding Trend? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-has-professional-tomb-raiding-problem-180956214/Move over, Lara Croft: raiding tombs is an increasingly viable career in ChinaTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-shakespeare-smoke-pot-180956223/Tobacco pipes in the Bard’s backyard may retain traces of cannabis, but some historians remain skeptical Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teenage-girls-have-been-revolutionizing-language-16th-century-180956216/They've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500sMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000Humans Evolved to Be Moved by Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enjoy-art-thank-evolution-180956209/New research shows that while people respond to art for very different reasons, the ability to be moved in the first place is universalMon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Could This Video Solve One of History's Greatest Art Mysteries? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-surfaces-infamous-gardner-museum-heist-180956197/Footage shows an unknown man entering the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum the night before the infamous robberyFri, 07 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Steve Jobs is About to Get His Own Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/steve-jobs-opera-set-santa-fe-stage-2017-180956182/But will it include a singing Woz? Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Austin Just Sidestepped a Brawl Over BBQ Smokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-mess-texas-barbecue-180956177/Don't mess with Texas...barbecue Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Swiss Troops Stormed France in the Name of Cheese (and Cows)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-army-sent-troops-france-save-cheese-and-cows-180956189/Thirsty cows + torrid heat = trouble between nationsFri, 07 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lessonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-renaissance-painting-can-tell-us-about-modern-watermelons-180956155/Hint: it's in the watermelonThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Physics of a UFC Fighter so Fast, She Might Just Be Bionichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ronda-rousey-so-fast-she-might-be-superhuman-180956167/Two words: kinetic energyWed, 05 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Was the Turducken of Border Disputeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-turducken-border-disputes-180956161/Dahala Khagrabari (#51) used to be a piece of India inside Bangladesh, inside India, inside BangladeshWed, 05 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000"Happy Birthday to You" Could Soon Have Its Day in the Public Domainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-you-might-start-hearing-happy-birthday-you-tv-soon-180956109/One of the most popular songs in the world could soon be free to singThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Muggles, Rejoice: Quidditch is Becoming a Serious Sport http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quidditch-game-harry-potter-becoming-serious-sport-180956108/The Harry Potter-inspired game is now played by more than 300 teams around the worldThu, 30 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Queen Guitarist Brian May is Now a New Horizons Science Collaboratorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-team-got-little-help-queen-guitarist-brian-may-180956073/As new images were transmitted from Pluto, the rock-star-turned-astrophysicist rubbed shoulders with his heroesWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Listen to Dr. Kevorkian's Jazz-Funk Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-jack-kevorkians-jazz-album-180956097/The man called "Dr. Death" created a complex and surprising body of artistic workWed, 29 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000In Mexico, a Gritty Neighborhood Has Become a 65,000-Square-Foot Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-street-artists-brighten-rough-neighborhood-65000-square-foot-mural-180956090/A hillside in Pachuca gets a psychedelic makeoverTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:30:00 +0000Venezuela Is About to Run Out of Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venezuela-about-run-out-beer-180956069/Strict import laws could make Venezuela's taps dry up in just a few weeksTue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Carrot Liqueur Could Be Coming to a Cocktail Near Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carrot-liqueur-could-be-coming-cocktail-near-you-180956065/What’s Next?! Kale?! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals One of the Oldest Known Copies of the Quranhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-oldest-copy-quran-180956036/Manuscript fragments found in U.K. library were written between 568 and 645Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:41:02 +0000Listen to 98 hours of Shakespeare’s Poems and Plays Performed by Great Actorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-98-hours-shakespeares-poems-and-plays-performed-great-actors-180956007/The playlist includes the voices of Edith Evans, Dylan Thomas, Orson Welles and Sir Ian McKellenFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:41 +0000Root Beer Is For Adults Again http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-edge-craft-breweries-put-hard-root-beer-tap-180956008/This is not your soda fountain’s root beerThu, 23 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000You Can Pay for This Transylvanian Music Festival in Blood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transylvanian-music-festival-trades-blood-tickets-180955985/Dracula would totally approve of this payment systemWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Central Park Has 22 Statues of Historical Figures. Every Single One is a Man.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-has-no-statues-real-women-180955973/Could a crusade to bring historic women into the park change the face of the city?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:49 +0000Someone Stole the Skull of ‘Nosferatu’ Director F.W. Murnauhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-stole-skull-nosferatu-director-fw-murnau-180955958/Thieves left behind traces of wax, suggesting occult practices might be at play here Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000150 Years Ago, a Fire in P.T. Barnum's Museum Boiled Two Whales Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pt-barnums-bizarre-museum-burned-ground-1865-180955955/Attracting tourists and locals alike, the museum mixed freakshow performers with educational collectionsMon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/course-some-people-think-pluto-pictures-are-fake-180955949/Or at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-deal-wine-baths-180955945/Chemists investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York in 350 Pieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-liberty-arrived-350-pieces-180955920/Luckily, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000Australians Are Building a Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncéhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australians-are-building-skyscraper-inspired-beyonce-1-180955902/Architects envision a rippling structure that takes a page from the singer’s famous lookThu, 16 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000What to Expect From Harper Lee’s Long-Lost Second Novel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scout-finch-rides-rails-first-chapter-harper-lees-long-lost-second-novel-180955890/Controversy still surrounds the release of <i>Go Set a Watchman</i>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000San Diego’s First Comic-Con Was Held in a Basementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-diegos-first-comic-con-was-held-basement-180955891/The original fan gathering only attracted 145 peopleTue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Here’s What the First Lady Has to Do if She Wants to Redecoratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-when-first-lady-decides-redecorate-180955889/A few throw pillows and a touch of new paint? No way.Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Why Was One of Hollywood's First Female Film Directors, Dorothy Arzner, Forgotten?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-dorothy-arzner-paved-way-female-directors-today-180955904/Arzner directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Conservationists Want You to Stop Building Rock Pileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stacking-rocks-wilderness-no-good-180955880/Cairns have a long history and purpose, one that newer stacks sometimes subvertMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:32:07 +0000When This Photographer Got Sick, He Started Taking Beautiful Photos of Painkillers and Tears http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographer-snaps-microscopic-images-painkillers-and-tears-180955886/The extreme closeups were one way for the photographer to understand what he was takingFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Real-life Vampires Exist, but They Are Scared to Admit Their Practices to Doctorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-vampires-exist-they-are-scared-admit-their-practices-doctors-180955877/Even vampires need non-judgmental help sometimesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:23:44 +0000Washington D.C. Just Got a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-takes-visitors-beach-180955861/A giant ball pit exhibit allows National Building Museum visitors to experience an indoor oceanThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Why Is there Wine on the UNESCO World Heritage List?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unescos-newest-world-heritage-sites-are-vineyards-180955850/Bordeaux, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000Behold the World’s Tallest Sandcastle, 41 Feet Tallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180955842/The battle for tallest sand structure rages onWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000A Sculpture Meant to Celebrate the Renewal of the Gowanus Canal Just Got Caught on Trash and Sankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-gowanus-canal-dragged-down-sculpture-meant-celebrate-its-renewal-180955812/R.I.P. Harvest Dome 2.0Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000One of the Earliest Feature Films Was This Italian Adaptation of Dante’s Infernohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-earliest-feature-films-was-italian-adaptation-dantes-inferno-180955805/It's the earliest surviving complete feature-length film, made in 1911Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Almost Half of Black and Latina Scientists Report They’ve Been Mistaken for Administrative Assistants or Janitorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/almost-half-black-and-latina-scientists-report-theyve-been-mistaken-administrative-assistants-or-janitors-180955808/Women of color in science are more likely to experience some forms of bias Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000For Veterans' Sake, Make A Little Less Noise With Your 4th of July Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/veterans-sake-make-little-less-noise-your-4th-july-fireworks-180955796/Fireworks can trigger PTSD in some veterans, and one organization is trying to raise awarenessThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How the Internet Tracked Down the Designer of the Beloved Jazz Paper Cuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-snazzy-jazz-design-paper-cups-come-180955779/Meet Gina, the woman behind the iconic paper cup pattern Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:02:07 +0000