Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 08 Oct 2015 20:02:57 +00005 Things to Know About Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature Belarusian journalist is best known for her tragic investigations of war and disaster in eastern Europe Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:02:57 +0000Listen to the Sweet Sounds of Slime Mold artists transform the bioelectricity of microorganisms into songThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:48:24 +0000The Only Eyewitness Painting of Lincoln's Assassination Is Finally Being Restored a forgotten portrait of the president's dying hours was savedThu, 08 Oct 2015 12:30:00 +0000Ray Harryhausen's Movie Memorabilia Goes Up For Auction, models, and a treasure trove of collectibles from Hollywood's first king of special effectsThu, 08 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Decorative Gourd Season Conquered Fall squash have become big business for farmersTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Card Catalog Is Officially Dead live the card catalogMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Here's What Whale Songs Look Like as Sheet Music notation created by a musician and a designer make whale song look almost like an alien languageMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Japanese Universities Are Shuttering Social Sciences and Humanities Departments how valuable is that degree in literature?Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000If You Die in This Video Game, You Can Never Play Again do people play when dead means dead?Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Oakland A’s Hire the First Woman to Coach Major League Baseball Siegal will be a guest instructor for the teamFri, 02 Oct 2015 14:30:00 +0000An Oregon Brewery Is the First Ever to Go “Salmon-Safe” Urban Brewery is the first in the United States to be certified Salmon-SafeFri, 02 Oct 2015 13:43:33 +0000How Helen Keller Experienced Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony"I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roll of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison"Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:13:15 +0000General Tso’s Chicken Got its Start in a Fancy Restaurant in Taiwan haute cuisine to takeoutThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:41:43 +0000In Honor of Banned Books Week, Here Are the Most Challenged Books of 2014 American Library Association reported 311 formal, written challenges to booksWed, 30 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Mason Jars Went from Thrifty to Hip jar that can be used to store pickles, serve cocktails and, with some craftiness, light up a room (just not all at the same time)Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Italian Police Finally Busted Thieves for Nabbing $875,000 in Cheese is the most stolen food in the worldWed, 30 Sep 2015 12:30:00 +0000Mold Is Threatening Boston Public Library’s Rare Books spores are found in the stacks, it's time to battle a fuzzy foeTue, 29 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000Pope Francis is Dropping a Prog Rock-Inspired Album the PopeMon, 28 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0000The “Happy Birthday” Song is Officially in the Public Domain without fear of being suedFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:02:28 +0000Supreme Court Justices Have a Thing for Shakespeare brief's the thingFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:00:32 +0000People Can Now Have Their Tattoos Framed After They Die new service turns skin art into a gift that keeps on givingThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:24:41 +0000Netflix Has Figured Out The Exact Moment Viewers Get Addicted to a Show doesn’t take many episodesThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:21:32 +0000PETA Wants a Selfie-Snapping Monkey to be Granted Copyright to its Photo Wants a Selfie-Snapping Monkey to be Granted Copyright to its PhotoThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:10:24 +0000How Doughnut-Loving Cops Became a Stereotype sugar-sweet symbol for beat cops around the countryThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:07:35 +0000Crimean Officials Are Suing Putin for Drinking a 240-Year-Old Bottle of Wine and Berlusconi opened up a world of trouble along with a vintage bottle of boozeWed, 23 Sep 2015 16:07:20 +0000People are Leaving Secret Letters to Fellow Fans in Harry Potter Books was designd to warm the hearts of future readersWed, 23 Sep 2015 14:36:08 +0000Mark Twain Was not a fan of the Mona Lisa"The complexion was bad; in fact it was not even human," he wrote of Da Vinci’s mysterious smiling ladyTue, 22 Sep 2015 17:14:35 +0000A Brief History of Awareness Ribbons Awards attendees sported green ribbons this year. But can ribbons really affect climate change?Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:54:30 +0000Preserving Old Computer Games Is Harder Than it Seems’s an art and a science to resurrecting now-defunct PC gamesMon, 21 Sep 2015 14:36:20 +0000Why Are Urban Planners Collecting City Soundscapes? is a journey into soundMon, 21 Sep 2015 14:32:56 +0000It Is Officially Legal to Ritually Kill Chickens on the Streets of New York City judge ruled that there was not enough evidence that the practice was a public nuisanceFri, 18 Sep 2015 14:16:10 +0000This Camera Refuses to Take Clichéd Photos art project demands a unique perspective of its userFri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000Half of American Catholics Have Lapsed 11 percent eventually return to the churchThu, 17 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Competitive Tree Climbing Is a Thing’s on, arboristsThu, 17 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Here Are the Winners of Getty Images’ First-Ever Instagram Grant photographers come from Bangladesh, Brazil and RussiaTue, 15 Sep 2015 19:21:13 +0000A One-of-a-Kind Museum Was Just Lost in California’s Wildfires JKL Museum of Telephony featured hundreds of old-fashioned phonesTue, 15 Sep 2015 13:51:08 +0000There Are About 600,000 Dahlias on These Van Gogh Themed Floats colorful floats can be covered in up to one million dahlias apiece.Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:25:59 +0000This Computer Can Track How Fashion Spreads From the Runway to the Street created an algorithm to recognize and analyze fashion on the runway and in the streetWed, 09 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000People Have Always Been Obsessed with the End of the World ancient times, art and fiction love to play in the fertile ground of the apocalypse, but it hasn't always been healthyTue, 08 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0000The World’s Rarest Silk Is Made of Clam Spit one person in the world is thought to be able to dive for, spin and create rare "sea silk" Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:27:51 +0000Six American States Have Official Guns and handguns represent some states alongside official flowers, snacks and birds.Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:32:59 +0000In 1965, 45 Percent of Americans Smoked, Today It's Only 15 Percent’s the lowest percentage ever recordedFri, 04 Sep 2015 12:24:49 +0000A Single Video Game Character Can Cost Around $80,000 To Make takes money to make money.Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:30:00 +0000Is the Appalachian Trail Getting too Crowded? and books bring popularity to the long trails in the U.S. and concerns over the trails’ healthThu, 03 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0000Here’s How Victorians “Photoshopped” Photos photographers used pencils to touch up photographic plates — and the results look pretty freakyWed, 02 Sep 2015 16:39:47 +0000Comedy Group Wants To Build a Wall To Keep Burners out of the Bay Area ban would apply to people armed with glowsticks and art cars alike.Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:41:04 +0000The History of the Bloody Mary Meat Straw straw is one potential upgrade to drink known for its penchant for carrying a little extra protein, among other thingsTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:04:47 +0000U.S. Court Says A Chicken Sandwich Can’t Be Copyrighted claims intellectual property theft for putting chicken on a bun.Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +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 +0000