Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenSat, 25 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Carrot Liqueur Could Be Coming to a Cocktail Near You’s Next?! Kale?! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals One of the Oldest Known Copies of the Quran 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 Actors 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 is not your soda fountain’s root beerThu, 23 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000You Can Pay for This Transylvanian Music Festival in Blood 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. 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. Murnau 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 Alive 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 Fake at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths? investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York in 350 Pieces, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000Australians Are Building a Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncé 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 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 Basement 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 Redecorate 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? directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Conservationists Want You to Stop Building Rock Piles 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 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 Doctors vampires need non-judgmental help sometimesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:23:44 +0000Washington D.C. Just Got a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pit 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?, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000Behold the World’s Tallest Sandcastle, 41 Feet Tall 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 Sank Harvest Dome 2.0Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000One of the Earliest Feature Films Was This Italian Adaptation of Dante’s Inferno'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 Janitors 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 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 Cup Gina, the woman behind the iconic paper cup pattern Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:02:07 +0000Racehorse Speed Hasn’t Peaked Yet how will horses fare in the race to get faster?Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Mockumentary Explains the Appeal of Skateboarding to Scared Parents“The Devil’s Toy” looks “an epidemic from which no one was secure”: having fun on skateboardsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:08:44 +0000Did an Auction of Hitler’s Art Go Too Far? collection of Hitler’s paintings just sold for $450,000Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Murky Tale of John Smith and the Mermaid Dumas probably just made it up Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000An Art Dealer Just Found a Forgotten Monet Pastel Hidden Behind Another Drawing pastel depicts a lighthouse and jetty near Monet’s childhood homeThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000A Genetically Modified Sheep was Sent to a Slaughter House and Sold for Meat lamb came from a agricultural research lab and was equipped with a jellyfish gene Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Is This a Photograph of Vincent Van Gogh? scholars think the camera shy artist can be spotted in an image taken by an amateur photographer, while others disagreeWed, 24 Jun 2015 12:41:21 +0000Poachers Are Killing Andean Camels for Their Wool meet a growing demand for vicuña wool in Europe and Asia, gangs are massacring herds of the animals in South AmericaTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000The Creators of Super Mario Drafted The Game on Graph Paper levels were originally planned out one at a time by handMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000A Pickle A Day May Keep Your Anxiety At Bay food appears to calm the nerves of the socially challengedMon, 22 Jun 2015 15:15:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brain it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000Etsy Won’t Let Witches Sell Spells craft site’s ban on metaphysical services stirs up a cauldron of controversyThu, 18 Jun 2015 15:38:57 +0000Some African Countries Are Trying to Use Science to Make Homophobic Laws, Now African Scientists are Pushing Back African countries have tried to use science to justify laws that criminalize homosexualityWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:31 +0000Destroyed Buddha Statues Are Coming Back to Life in Afghanistan as Beautiful 3D Projections light projections recreate a pair of statues destroyed by the Taliban Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Half of All Languages Come From This One Root Tongue. Here’s How it Conquered the Earth., three billion people speak Indo-European langaugesTue, 16 Jun 2015 12:15:40 +0000Which Wine Should You Pair With Your Weed? the cheese and charcuterie Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Americans Waste So Much Food alert: desire for freshness, fear of food poisoning play a role Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Google is Trying to Count Calories in Food Porn you need is an Instagram photo and an algorithm Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000About 12,200 People Are Erroneously Declared Dead Every Year by the U.S. Government officially dead because of a typo makes living life difficultWed, 10 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Amateur Women's Baseball Teams Existed as Early as 1866 typically challenged local a men’s teams to playTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:42:22 +0000There's Only One Way to Make a Dark 'n' Stormy Without Breaking the Law cocktail has a surprising, and litigious history Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:35:59 +0000French Government Plans to Fine Grocery Stores That Throw Away Food regulations require that markets donate extra food or face finesFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000Water Wives: Men in India Marry Extra Women to Fetch Them Water regions of India depend on women who take on the time-consuming, inconvenient task of obtaining and carrying waterFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:04:02 +0000Museums Issue Most-Threatened List of Iraqi Treasures types of cultural objects are under threat from the Islamic State and instability in IraqWed, 03 Jun 2015 16:02:31 +0000Does Planet Earth Need Its Own Flag? think we need a universal flag to stake our claim in spaceTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:28:57 +0000How People Write Down Their Laughter Has Changed Over Time"Hehe" means something different than "heehee"Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Lisbon Artists Are Teaching Graffiti Classes for the Elderly learn about street art history and how to tag wallsMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000London Adds Special Lanes for Ducks city charity has painted pathways for waddlers on Regents Canal walkwaysMon, 01 Jun 2015 12:55:42 +0000Two Factions Are Battling for Control in an Alternate Reality Game aliens are here and some want them to stayFri, 29 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Independent Bookstore Is Not Dead Yet in the American Booksellers Association is upFri, 29 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Here Are Some of the Weird Ways You Could Die in Tudor England vaulting and bacon are among the odd causes of death discovered by historians Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Archivists Uncover an Unfinished Memoir By Orson Welles of “Confessions of a One-Man Band” discovered in a newly-acquired trove of documents Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000