Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 05 Mar 2015 18:45:22 +0000Ringling Brothers Is Phasing Out Its Elephant Act years of fielding controversy and claims of abuse, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will soon be retiring its trained elephants for goodThu, 05 Mar 2015 18:45:22 +0000Vigilantes in Quito Have A Mission to Correct Graffiti Artists' Spelling and Grammar is important, the group says to explain their illicit copyediting dutiesTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:00:12 +0000Grave Robbers Once Held Charlie Chaplin’s Body For Ransom after his death, thieves stole the actor’s body in hopes of a $600,000 payout; it didn’t turn out as they had hopedMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:30:00 +0000Someone Found Chris Hadfield’s Flight Suit in a Thrift Store astronaut isn’t sure how his suit made its way to a Toronto second-hand shopMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:37 +0000Popular Music Changed the Most in 1964 use genomic data to show how pop music evolves Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:30:14 +0000Victor Hugo Also Created Dramatic Pen and Ink Drawings sketches, many done with pen and ink, are almost modern and surrealFri, 27 Feb 2015 19:39:54 +0000The Great Goldfish Swallowing Craze of 1939 Never Really Ended Harvard undergrad’s $10 bet set off a sensation among college students that still echoes on the Internet todayFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:46 +0000Adultery Is Now Legal in South Korea years after the passage of a morality law, spouses can’t be prosecuted for extramarital affairsThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:15:34 +0000This Is How New Words Enter the Vernacular of ASL, photobomb and five-second rule all have signs in progressThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:22 +0000Found: One Lost Sherlock Holmes Story was in the attic, my dear WatsonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:15:08 +0000These Glass Sculptures Were Inspired By the New York City Ballet artist wanted to convey that "all of your memories are stuck inside your bone marrow" and make them visibleThu, 19 Feb 2015 15:00:17 +0000See the Swoops of Seagulls’ Flight Patterns video effects shows more than an hours worth of seagull flight as curling pathsWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:16:02 +0000A Computer Can Tell Real Jackson Pollocks From Fakes Pollacks really are distinguishable from random splatters of paint—there's now software to prove itTue, 17 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000The Inventor Who Has Developed a Sweet-Smelling "Fart Pill" eccentric French man wants to take the guilt out of gas with a tablet designed to make farts smell like flowers, ginger or chocolate Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:30:17 +0000Men Care More About Having Fancy Kitchens Than Women Do survey of prospective homebuyers reverses certain stereotypes about gendered desiresFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Technology from ‘Interstellar’ Could Be Useful to Scientists, Too movie’s visual effects are now being used for scientific researchFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:02:28 +0000Can Antiquities Looting in Syria Be Stopped? Islamic State is selling antiquities to fund their fight, now a secretive group is trying to protect those cultural treasuresThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Hypnotize Yourself With a Record-Breaking Traditional Dance synchronized dance won a group of 5,211 Indian women a Guinness World RecordThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:30:20 +0000A Scientist And a Slime Mold Are Set To Play a Duet blob-like creatures’ movements inspired a composer to create a way for slime mold to play the piano Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:45:13 +0000Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like a Bit of Pocket Change seduced their sweeties with "love tokens"Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 +0000These Bells Play Seismic Shifts as UC Berkeley’s bells play the earth’s “natural frequencies” Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:23 +0000Here’s The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold Gauguin painting broke the price record this week, selling for nearly $300 millionMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:30:08 +0000Wisconsin is Too Warm for a 66-Foot Ice Tower to Survive conditions likely played a big factor in the crashing demise of a giant ice sculpture intended to last through the winterWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:56:56 +0000The Taj Mahal Gardens Have a Special Relationship to the Solstice the day the sun climbs the highest in the sky, careful alignments within the gardens and buildings of the beautiful mausoleum appearTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:12:13 +0000Harper Lee is Releasing A Sequel to “To Kill A Mockingbird” in July novel was written before her prize-winning book and tells the story of Scout as an adult, returned to her hometown from New YorkTue, 03 Feb 2015 17:34:38 +0000This Music Is Made of Embroidery’s what happens when you feed historical cross-stitch through a music boxTue, 03 Feb 2015 15:08:04 +0000New Research May Solve a Mystery Behind Shakespeare’s Sonnets first printing of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets was dedicated to a “Mr. WH”—has a scholar finally identified him?Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:30:51 +0000South Korea’s 'Women of the Sea’ Have Free Dived For Abalone Since the 17th Century supported life on the wind-scoured, rocky island of JejuFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:15 +0000Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death? centuries-old crypt could hold the answer to the mystery of Cervantes’ missing remains Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:30:54 +0000Mystery Solved: Footage From a Long-Lost Silent Sherlock Holmes Is Found Gillette is responsible for how we see Sherlock Holmes—but the loss of his single silent film was an unsolved mysteryMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:42 +0000How One 138-Page Book Inspired the Creation of the Boy Scouts a little military textbook evolved into a movement that would captivate generations of young menMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:30:17 +0000How to Mind Your Manners at Silent Movies slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000To Appreciate Surrealistic Art, Think About Death new studies indicate that thoughts about death can influence how we perceive artFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:17 +0000King Tut’s Beard Fell Off...And Was Glued Back on With Epoxy curators won’t admit who’s behind the irreparable repair Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Made a Really Great Doorstop man’s doorstop is another man’s rare, ancient artifact Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Save the Voices of Tolkien, Joyce And Tennyson British Library is fighting time and budget constraints to save its vast collection of audio recordingsWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:00:07 +0000America's Goats Are Concentrated in Texas 2012, famers reported more than 2 million goats living in the U.S.Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:15:42 +0000A Museum in England Is Hiding a Forgery Among Its Masterpieces South London gallery is asking its patrons to identify the fake in order to spark discussion about how and why we appreciate the artTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:30:43 +0000Come for the Giant Rock, Stay for the UFO History Van Tassel believed he could communicate with aliensFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:30:59 +000060 Years Ago, the First African-American Soloist Sang at the Met Opera Anderson performed as the fortuneteller Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in MascheraThu, 08 Jan 2015 19:05:43 +0000