Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:15 +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 +0000Watch How Farm Machines Shake Down Almond Trees grows 80 percent of the world’s almonds, for nowFri, 02 Jan 2015 19:21:41 +0000This Art Studio Nurtures Talent in People on the Autism Spectrum York City's Pure Visions Arts provides an art and exhibition space for around 40 creative people with autism Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:30:48 +0000Don’t Make Hoppin’ John for New Year's Without Heirloom Beans original dish didn’t use black-eyed peas, plus the rice and bacon you have is probably wrongWed, 31 Dec 2014 20:00:37 +0000Americans Love Cheesy Art most searched for artists, according to one website, run the gamut from classic masters to Duck Stamp contest winnersMon, 29 Dec 2014 17:46:58 +0000Argentina Has a Superstition That Seventh Sons Will Turn into Werewolves the president adopts them, however, the seventh sons are spared from their werewolf fate Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:59:20 +0000Scientifically Accurate 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' Is Still Charming aren't diamonds at all—they're giant balls of gasFri, 26 Dec 2014 15:00:32 +0000In Catalonia a Christmas Log Delivers Presents in An Unusual Way Tió de Nadal, the log is decorated with a smiling face and fed until Christmas, but that’s not the strangest part of the traditionWed, 24 Dec 2014 18:30:37 +0000CBS Executives Thought 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Would Fail wasn't much CBS executives liked about the Christmas specialWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:30:40 +0000How Candy Canes Are Made by Hand made sweets are still crafted in specialty shopsWed, 24 Dec 2014 15:46:05 +0000Canada’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks’ Days Are Numbered Thanks to Climate Change rinks are already open for fewer days in the year than they were just a decade ago Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:00:12 +0000These Two Guys Recreate Famous Paintings Using Only Office Supplies and a Phone cranks out slapstick renditions of works ranging from "American Gothic" to "Girl with the Pearl Earring" Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:45:13 +0000"White Christmas" Is Actually the Saddest Christmas Song season would have reminded composer Irving Berlin of his young son who died Christmas Day in 1928Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:25 +0000Architects Analyze Kevin McCallister's "Home Alone" Booby Traps Home Alone in every way possible — and it still stands up, all these years laterThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:23 +0000Get Set Up With a Family in NYC for Christmas’t be sad at the prospect of spending the holiday alone, a popular photoblog will match you up with a familyThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:15:32 +0000Vinyl Producers Can’t Keep Up With Hipsters’ Demands is cool again, but will it last?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:58:18 +0000America's Best Butter Is Handchurned in Vermont price for perfection is $49 per poundWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:23:00 +0000Making Dead People's Pulses Beat Again new device can transform 150-year-old printed representations of heart beats into actual sound Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:03:04 +0000Online Students Give Better Reviews to Professors They Think Are Male if the teachers were actually women, if the students thought they were men, the bias stuck Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:39:24 +0000Norwegian Nobel Winners Release Their Inner Avant-Garde Musicians laureates in Physiology or Medicine repurposed a Norse folk tune for a science lecture Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:30:39 +0000Someone Walked Off With a Picasso From a Miami Beach Art Festival $85,000 silver plate went missing late last weekMon, 08 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000Queen Victoria Dreamed Up the White Wedding Dress in 1840 most people, wearing a white wedding dress wasn't really a thing until the 1950sMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:30:41 +0000Found in "Penny Papers" from the 1800s, A Lost Walt Whitman Poem professor at the University of Nebraska stumbled upon an ode to Whitman’s contemporary William Cullen BryantFri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:30 +0000