Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Confused Construction Workers Tore Down an Ancient Tomb and Replaced it With a Picnic Table the tomb's picnic table-like appearance to blame? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Big Ben is Running Fast is it slow? Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000"Full Blood Resurrection" and Other Gaming Terms Are Entering Chinese Vernacular 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 Beautiful 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 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 Month 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, Ohio like the inspiration for a Pixar movie.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:58:29 +0000Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back 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 Bugs plague of insects is really harshing the vibeThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:34:48 +0000American Vegetarianism Has a Religious Past 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 Park 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 14-acre expansion will feature battles and the Millennium FalconMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:33:33 +0000Why Humans Love Things That Fit into Other Things's comfort in unexpected orderMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The World's Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Was Too Fragile to Read...Until Now 1633 book has now been digitizedThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Animation Is Made of Embroidery 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 Tajikistan poke, a slap, a prized traditionWed, 12 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000What's Behind China's Professional Tomb Raiding Trend? over, Lara Croft: raiding tombs is an increasingly viable career in ChinaTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot? 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 Centuries'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 Art 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? 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 Opera will it include a singing Woz? Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Austin Just Sidestepped a Brawl Over BBQ Smoke't mess with Texas...barbecue Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Swiss Troops Stormed France in the Name of Cheese (and Cows) cows + torrid heat = trouble between nationsFri, 07 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson it's in the watermelonThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Physics of a UFC Fighter so Fast, She Might Just Be Bionic words: kinetic energyWed, 05 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Was the Turducken of Border Disputes 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 Domain 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 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 Collaborator 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 Album 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 Mural hillside in Pachuca gets a psychedelic makeoverTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:30:00 +0000Venezuela Is About to Run Out of Beer 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 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 +0000