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Now it’s the source of new artThu, 25 May 2017 17:23:20 +0000North Carolina Has a House Cat Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-carolina-has-house-cat-museum-180963442/You’ll want to paws for this roadside attractionThu, 25 May 2017 16:03:08 +0000Researchers Create Color Images With Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-bacteria-make-color-images-180963430/The art is done by inserting 18 genes into E. coliWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:11 +0000'Mary Had a Little Lamb' Is Based on a True Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-had-little-lamb-based-true-story-180963330/As a child, Mary Sawyer rescued a lamb. Then it followed her to school one dayWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Blinged-Out Menorah Debuts at Pioneering Exhibit in Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blinged-out-menorah-debuts-pioneering-exhibit-rome-180963381/The piece, which is encrusted with precious jewels, was gifted to the Jewish Museum in Rome by the artist Joel Arthur RosenthalWed, 24 May 2017 14:42:08 +0000Italy Is Giving Away 103 Historic Buildings, Free of Chargehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-giving-away-103-historic-buildings-free-charge-180963423/But potential owners are required to transform the properties into tourist-friendly sites Tue, 23 May 2017 19:02:33 +0000Indonesian Village Turns Into a Rainbow to Attract Touristshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesian-village-turns-rainbow-attract-tourists-1-180963414/Every house and business in Kampung Pelangi is painted in bright rainbow colorsTue, 23 May 2017 16:53:05 +0000Basquiat Painting Becomes Most Expensive American Work Ever Soldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/basquiat-painting-becomes-most-expensive-american-work-ever-sold-180963410/A Japanese billionaire bought the piece for $110.5 millionTue, 23 May 2017 15:16:09 +0000The 1870s Dairy Lobby Turned Margarine Pink So People Would Buy Butterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1870s-dairy-lobby-turned-margarine-pink-so-people-would-buy-butter-180963328/Margarine or butter? The question has deep roots, and you shouldn't even ask it in WisconsinTue, 23 May 2017 13:40:00 +0000Sprawling Contemporary Art Museum to Open in Bangladeshhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sprawling-contemporary-art-museum-open-bangladesh-180963399/The space will include a 100-acre sculpture park and a vast gallery devoted to South Asian artMon, 22 May 2017 17:52:47 +0000Enormous Chicken Painting Comes Home to Roosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enormous-chicken-painting-comes-home-roost-180963401/After years overseas, Doug Argue’s iconic portrait is backMon, 22 May 2017 16:58:21 +0000New App Makes It Easier to Colorize Old Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-app-joins-ai-and-artists-colorize-old-photos-180963396/The software combines human input and a sophisticated neural network to make historical images popMon, 22 May 2017 16:35:25 +0000A Brief History of White House Weddingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-white-house-weddings-180963318/Seventeen weddings have taken place in the White House—the last in 1994Mon, 22 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000Japanese Princess Will Lose Her Royal Status When She Marries a Commonerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-princess-will-lose-her-royal-status-when-she-marries-commoner-180963387/Some say that the country should amend its imperial succession laws, which currently prohibit women from ascending to the throneFri, 19 May 2017 18:30:11 +0000Six Portraits on Display Deepen the Mystery of Jane Austenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-six-portraits-deepen-mystery-jane-austen-180963366/Was Austen demure, sardonic, or glamorous? Each portrait tells a different story about the beloved authorFri, 19 May 2017 14:26:23 +0000The Icelandic Translation of 'Dracula' Is Actually a Different Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelandic-translation-dracula-actually-different-book-180963346/The mysteries of this Gothic classic aren't over yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:34:00 +0000Beads Made From Meteorite Reveal Ancient Trade Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-meteorite-show-ancient-trade-network-180963343/Researchers have confirmed iron beads in Illinois come from a Minnesota meteorite, supporting a theory called the Hopewell Interaction SphereThu, 18 May 2017 16:43:17 +0000Iceland's Volcano and Earthquake Museum is Devoted to the Country's "Epic" Geology http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelands-volcano-and-earthquake-museum-devoted-countrys-epic-geology-180963312/The Lava Center is surrounded by three volcanoesThu, 18 May 2017 15:28:13 +0000See the Civil War Through the Lens of Its First Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-civil-war-through-mathew-bradys-lens-180963271/Mathew Brady and the photographers he hired were the first to photograph a war zoneThu, 18 May 2017 15:20:00 +0000Drag Queens Are Public Libraries’ Newest Storytellershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drag-queens-are-public-libraries-newest-storytellers-180963341/Early reading just got a lot more glamorous Thu, 18 May 2017 14:39:14 +0000Can Giving Paintings Their Own DNA Stop Art Forgery? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-giving-paintings-their-own-dna-stop-art-forgery-180963331/Science is leading the charge against copycatsWed, 17 May 2017 15:25:55 +0000Street Art Will Soon Take to the Skies with Graffiti-Painting Drone Swarms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/street-art-will-soon-take-skies-graffiti-painting-drone-swarms-180963323/Paint-loaded quadcopters can turn any vertical space into a canvas Tue, 16 May 2017 16:25:36 +0000Walt Disney’s Original Map of Disneyland Is Headed to Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walt-disneys-original-map-disneyland-headed-auction-180963316/Disney created the map with the artist Herb Ryman while trying to secure funds for his theme parkTue, 16 May 2017 14:26:52 +0000The MP3 Format is Music History's Latest Casualtyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mp3-format-music-historys-latest-casualty-180963317/The Institute that licenses MP3 tech recently stopped, but the format that began the digital music era may live on indefinitelyMon, 15 May 2017 19:49:40 +0000Newly Digitized Archives Reveal the Inner Lives of Artists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-archives-reveal-inner-lives-artists-180963313/The Delaware Art Museum just put 500 rare documents online Mon, 15 May 2017 18:50:46 +0000Chinese Tomb Murals Paint Colorful Picture of 1000-Year-Old Fashionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-tomb-murals-paint-colorful-picture-1000-year-old-fashions-180963173/Racks of vibrant clothing and tables laden with fineries are depicted on the walls of the Liao Dynasty tombMon, 15 May 2017 16:47:51 +0000The First “Chocolate Chip” Was a Molasses Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-chocolate-chip-was-molasses-candy-180963206/The name "chocolate chip" goes back much farther than the Toll House cookiesMon, 15 May 2017 14:10:00 +0000Download 200 Free Art Books, Courtesy of the Guggenheimhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/download-200-free-art-books-courtesy-guggenheim-180963266/Titles devoted to Picasso, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Klimt and more are now available for your reading pleasureMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000An Upcoming Art Exhibition Caters to Canine Critics http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/upcoming-art-exhibition-caters-canine-critics-180963256/Touching (and licking and sniffing) the art is allowedMon, 15 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Handwritten 'Harry Potter' Prequel Stolenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/handwritten-harry-potter-prequel-stolen-180963279/Police and J.K. Rowling have urged fans not to buy the magical manuscript Fri, 12 May 2017 17:06:59 +0000Battle the Bard in Shakespeare Remix Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/battle-bard-shakespeare-remix-competition-180963246/$25,000 is on the line—along with some serious bragging rightsFri, 12 May 2017 16:15:53 +0000Apple Pie Is Not All That Americanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-apple-pie-linked-america-180963157/Neither apples nor the pie originally came from America, but Americans have made this dish their ownFri, 12 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Massive Royal Atlas Gets Digitizedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-royal-atlas-gets-digitized-180963220/The magnificent Klencke Atlas is now available online courtesy of the British LibraryFri, 12 May 2017 15:03:54 +0000Listen to This First 1920s Recording By One of the Kings of Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-first-1920s-recording-one-kings-jazz-180963163/Sidney Bechet was one of the first big jazz soloists, and brought the soprano saxophone into the jazz foldFri, 12 May 2017 13:35:35 +0000Why Does Every Tourist Attraction Sell Fudge? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-tourist-attraction-sell-fudge-180963152/One thing that places as different as Niagara Falls, Disneyland and Ellis Island have in common? FudgeFri, 12 May 2017 12:55:00 +0000American Journalists Used Nazi-Provided Photos During World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-journalists-used-nazi-provided-photos-during-world-war-ii-180963259/A new report reveals more details about the Associated Press’ secret deal with the Third ReichThu, 11 May 2017 18:38:21 +0000Ornate Tiara, Once Worn by a Grand Duchess, Stolen From German Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ornate-tiara-once-worn-grand-duchess-stolen-german-museum-180963249/The headpiece is adorned with 367 diamonds and has been valued at $1.31 millionThu, 11 May 2017 16:47:57 +0000Songwriter Irving Berlin’s Interfaith Marriage Caused 1920s Gossiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songwriter-irving-berlins-interfaith-marriage-caused-1920s-gossip-180963148/The songwriter made headlines when he and writer Ellin Mackay got married against her millionaire father's wishesThu, 11 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why People Love Southern Gothic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-people-love-southern-gothic-180963145/From the 19th century to S-Town, it’s a compelling genre that’s as flawed as its most grotesque charactersThu, 11 May 2017 14:03:00 +0000Tomatoes Have Legally Been Vegetables Since 1893http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-supreme-court-maintains-tomato-vegetable-180963133/Okay, so it's technically a fruit. But we don't eat it like oneWed, 10 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Study Challenges the Supremacy of Stradivarius Violinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stradivarius-violins-dont-sound-better-newer-models-study-says-180963222/A French researcher set out to solve a long-standing fiddle riddle: do these infamous violins project sound better than new ones?Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Eurovision Song Contest Rocks Europe This Week. Here’s How It All Got Startedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eurovision-song-contest-rocks-europe-week-heres-how-it-all-got-started-180963128/It was the idea of the European Broadcasting Union, who wanted to put the relatively new technology of television through its pacesTue, 09 May 2017 18:03:01 +0000Found: Pages From One of the First Books Printed in England http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-pages-one-first-books-printed-england-180963216/A librarian at the University of Reading discovered the 15th-century text buried in a boxTue, 09 May 2017 17:53:48 +0000Minnesota Town Gets Veterans Memorial Covered With Satanic Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-town-gets-vets-memorial-covered-satanic-imagery-180963208/It’s America’s first satanic monument on public groundsTue, 09 May 2017 16:40:58 +0000Crayola to Debut Crayon Inspired by New Shade of Bluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crayola-debut-crayon-inspired-new-shade-blue-180963205/The YInMn pigment was accidentally discovered by a chemist in 2009Tue, 09 May 2017 14:04:23 +0000These Groceries Are Made of Felt http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-groceries-are-made-felt-180963158/And artist Lucy Sparrow is opening an entire bodega full of themMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:15 +0000This Unassuming NYC Home is the Legacy of America's First Foodiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unassuming-nyc-home-legacy-americas-first-foodie-180963115/James Beard’s culinary philosophy helped shape American cuisineFri, 05 May 2017 15:10:43 +0000Paris’ Infamous Love Locks Will Now Help Migrantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-infamous-love-locks-will-now-help-migrants-180963143/The pesky padlocks are now removed from the bridge—and up for auctionThu, 04 May 2017 19:14:24 +0000Norwegian TV Series on Migrating Reindeer Impeded After Animals Stop Migratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-tv-series-migrating-reindeer-impeded-after-animals-stop-migrating-180963144/The animals are not moving fast enough for Norway’s "slow TV" crazeThu, 04 May 2017 18:25:05 +0000Asian-American Superhero The Green Turtle Returns!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asian-american-superhero-green-turtle-returns-180963130/The character, created in the 1940s and revived in a 2014 graphic novel, stars in a new comic book to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Thu, 04 May 2017 16:18:49 +0000Who Is the Mysterious Subject of This Alice Neel Portrait?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-mysterious-subject-alice-neel-portrait-180963119/A journalist has cracked the caseThu, 04 May 2017 15:08:36 +0000Shipwreck Identified as Rare Canal Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-identified-rare-canal-boat-180963129/Durham boats once fueled trade in the Erie CanalThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit House Finds a Home in Berlinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosa-parks-house-finds-home-berlin-180963126/Once abandoned and decrepit, the house has been restored overseasThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000"Get Your Kicks" at This Route 66 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-kicks-route-66-museum-180963097/The Mill Restaurant, which once served hungry travelers, now hosts a shrine to the highway's roadside attractionsWed, 03 May 2017 18:10:43 +0000Project Is Making 3D Scans of Ancient Handprintshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/The Handpas Project is looking to unlock who made the prehistoric art and whyWed, 03 May 2017 17:02:57 +0000UK Appoints First Woman as Official Artist of General Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-appoints-first-woman-official-artist-general-election-180963104/Cornelia Parker will create a piece for the Parliamentary Art CollectionWed, 03 May 2017 15:39:47 +0000Tasmanian Art Festival to Host Controversial Hermann Nitsch Performancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tasmanian-art-festival-will-host-contentious-performance-180963083/The festival has decided to proceed with the avant-garde artist's work, despite public outrageTue, 02 May 2017 16:41:20 +0000Museum of Migration Opens in Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-migration-opens-london-180963095/The ambitious museum brings new perspective to a city shaped by immigrantsTue, 02 May 2017 15:04:06 +0000Music or Animal Abuse? A Brief History of the Cat Pianohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-or-animal-abuse-brief-history-cat-piano-180963056/In the early 1800s, the katzenklavier was hailed as a treatment for distracted peopleTue, 02 May 2017 13:26:34 +0000Model Looms Are Missing Link in China's Textile Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-looms-are-missing-link-chinas-textile-history-180962990/Four miniature pattern looms found in a burial in Chengdu show how the Han Dynasty produced cloth to trade on the Silk RoadMon, 01 May 2017 17:08:58 +0000New Exhibit Highlights the Art of the Courtroom Sketchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-highlights-art-courtroom-sketch-180963091/For decades, these drawings offered the public its only glimpse into high-profile court casesMon, 01 May 2017 16:12:51 +0000Latest National Report Card Shows Little Student Improvement in Music and Art http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/latest-national-report-card-shows-little-student-improvement-music-and-art-180963074/This is the third time that the National Center for Educational Statistics has assessed eight-graders in music and visual artsMon, 01 May 2017 14:24:58 +0000Check Out This Year's Entries to the RobotArt Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-entries-years-robotart-competition-180963071/Thirty-eight teams have submitted almost 200 artworks painted by robots, many guided by artsy artificial intelligence Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:16:08 +0000A Nude Sculpture of George Washington Is Coming to New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nude-sculpture-george-washington-coming-new-york-180963072/The work was made in preparation for a larger, clothed statue by the Italian artist Antonio Canova Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:47:29 +0000Times Square's Glitzy Look was One Man's Bright Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-square-look-one-man-180963032/Douglas Leigh's ability to imagine new kinds of advertising shaped the signs of the cityFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000The Essential I.M. Pei http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/essential-im-pei-180963063/The century-old architect changed the way the world sees itselfThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:42:42 +0000Sold: Diary of 28-Year-Old JFKhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-diary-28-year-old-jfk-180963061/Kennedy recorded his impressions of a formative trip through post-War EuropeThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:26 +0000“The Scream” Might Have Been Inspired By a Rare Type of Cloudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scream-might-have-been-inspired-rare-kind-cloud-180963052/Did mother-of-pearl clouds stoke a painter's angst? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:55 +0000This Building Is Covered in Emoji http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/building-covered-emoji-180963030/-Person raising both hands in celebration-Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:43 +0000Cult Filmmaker John Waters Is Hosting a Summer Camp for Adultshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-waters-will-host-summer-camp-adults-180963027/It’s as kooky as you might imagineWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:43:29 +0000Cleveland Museum of Art will Return Stolen Roman Sculpture to Italyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleveland-museum-art-will-return-stolen-roman-sculpture-italy-180962973/Experts have long voiced concerns about origins of the portraitWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000MIT’s ‘Treepedia’ Shows How Green Your City Growshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mits-treepedia-maps-how-green-your-city-grows-180963000/Using data from Google Street View, researchers created an interactive map that measures tree density on city streetsTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:53:58 +0000'The Outsiders' Was Groundbreaking, But It Didn't Create YA Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-outsiders-didnt-create-ya-fiction-180962967/Many have claimed that “young adult” fiction didn’t exist before S.E. Hinton wrote her cult classic–but it did, sort ofMon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:56 +0000Check Out These Rare Color Images of World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-rare-color-images-world-war-ii-180962997/The photos are part of a new book from the Imperial War Museums which includes many images published for the first timeFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:24:12 +0000A New Museum in Sweden Is All About Failurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-museum-sweden-all-about-failure-180962995/Visit the many examples of products that were short-sighted, short-lived or just sillyFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:16:21 +0000Germany Will Research Stasi Art Seizureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-will-research-stasi-art-seizures-180962916/The Nazis weren’t the only group that looted German treasuresFri, 21 Apr 2017 14:38:43 +0000Researchers Work to Take the Bias Out Of Facial Reconstructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-take-bias-out-facial-reconstruction-180962964/Instead of relying on European-centric data sets, researchers used a global database to help image a 13,600-year-old woman from ThailandThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:59:51 +0000Without Edgar Allan Poe, We Wouldn't Have Sherlock Holmeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/edgar-allan-poe-invented-detective-story-180962914/C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's main character, was the first genius detectiveThu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Technique Shows San Rock Art Is 5,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-shows-san-rock-art-5000-years-old-180962948/Using a highly refined form of carbon dating, researchers were able to date the pigments in art in Botswana, Lesotho and South AfricaWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:56:56 +0000A Minnesota Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is For Sale, Original Furniture And Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-home-designed-frank-lloyd-wright-sale-original-furniture-and-all-180962946/Everything from the floor color to the light fixtures is as the architect designed itTue, 18 Apr 2017 18:53:23 +0000The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Some Other Guyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/midnight-ride-paul-revere-and-some-other-guys-180962866/The midnight ride wasn’t so much a solo operation as it was a relayTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:18:27 +0000Ancient Architectural Science is Coming to a Renowned Indian Engineering Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-architectural-science-coming-renowned-indian-engineering-school-180962936/Principles of alignment with the sun and magnetic fields in vastu shastra stretch back 8,000 yearsTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:02:41 +0000 A Look Back at the 1925 Woman’s World Fairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-back-1925-womans-world-fair-180962883/After the success of the Chicago World's Fair, women made their own eventTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:58:29 +0000Thousands of Lego Daffodils Are Blooming in Britainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/thousands-lego-daffodils-are-blooming-britain-180962907/The brick-built botanicals celebrate the UK’s 2017 City of CultureFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:44:41 +0000Ireland May End Its Historic Good Friday Alcohol Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ireland-may-end-its-historic-good-friday-alcohol-ban-180962909/The 1927 prohibition restricted the sale of booze on Good Friday, Christmas Day and St. Patrick’s DayFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:21:19 +0000Last Surviving Animals of Mosul Zoo Transported to Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/last-surviving-animals-mosul-zoo-transported-safety-180962898/Lula the bear and Simba the lion have been evacuated to a wildlife shelter in JordanFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:01:09 +0000The Curious History of the White House Easter Egg Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-history-white-house-easter-egg-roll-180962842/Thousands of families enter the lottery each year to take part in this White House traditionFri, 14 Apr 2017 16:13:52 +0000Aromatic New Museum Celebrates the Art and History of Perfumehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aromatic-new-museum-celebrates-art-and-history-perfume-180962900/From the ancient Egyptians to Elizabeth Taylor, the Grand Musée du Parfum tells the story of fragranceFri, 14 Apr 2017 15:05:39 +0000Fashion Made From Cow Poo Wins Innovation Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fashion-made-cow-poo-wins-innovation-award-180962882/Mestic looks to manure to produce bioplastic, paper and fashion-forward textilesThu, 13 Apr 2017 17:45:04 +0000Slumber With Skeletons at This New York Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slumber-skeletons-new-york-museum-180962884/Whales, mummies and adults are invited to a special sleepoverThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:46:28 +0000Digital Tombstone Brings the Dead Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-tombstone-brings-dead-back-life-180962881/Death is eternal—but cemeteries are changing with the timesThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:30:00 +0000The Tournament Scrabble Dictionary Contains More Than A Hundred Slurshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tournament-scrabble-dictionary-contains-more-hundred-slurs-180962839/One woman first raised the issue of the Scrabble dictionary containing offensive words in the 1990sThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Movie Palaces Let Everyday Americans Be Royaltyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-palaces-let-everyday-americans-be-royalty-180962824/They were an important part of the studio system that flourished until the late 1940sWed, 12 Apr 2017 15:04:12 +0000One Million Internet Users Created This Piece of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-million-internet-users-created-piece-art-180962867/Contributions range from the juvenile to bizarre to strangely beautifulTue, 11 Apr 2017 20:44:48 +0000The Met Will Finally Integrate Some Native American Art Into Its American Winghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-will-finally-integrate-some-native-american-art-its-american-wing-180962860/Until now, indigenous art has lived in its own sectionTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:01:32 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Statue of a Syrian Refugee Remains One of Archaeology’s Most Important Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-syrian-refugee-also-one-archaeologys-most-important-finds-180962843/King Idrimi is getting digitized and his autobiography is as relevant as everTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Graffiti Grudge Goes to Federal Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graffiti-grudge-goes-federal-court-180962846/5Pointz was once an international graffiti icon. Now, aerosol artists are fighting the developer who tore it downTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000The Quest to Better Describe the Scent of Old Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-quest-better-describe-scent-old-books-180962819/Describing a unique smell just got easier thanks to a pair of olfactory detectivesFri, 07 Apr 2017 16:13:32 +0000Smithsonian and Library of Congress Purchase Rare 1860s Photo of Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-library-of-congress-rare-1860s-photo-harriet-tubman-180962818/Part of an album of 44 photos of prominent abolitionists, the unique photo was recently acquired at auctionFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:44:16 +0000Moths Are Nibbling Away at England’s Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-are-nibbling-away-englands-heritage-sites-180962816/Let “Operation Clothes Moths” commenceThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:28:41 +0000Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-30-dutch-wooden-shoe-makers-remain-180962804/The traditional trade is in troubleThu, 06 Apr 2017 16:19:42 +0000The Secretary of the Interior Once Banned Rock Bands From the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secretary-interior-once-banned-rock-bands-national-mall-180962735/James Watt, who was outed from office in the early 1980s, said the only songs he knew were 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Amazing Grace'Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Fans Hope to Preserve Jack Kerouac’s Florida Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fans-hope-preserve-jack-kerouacs-florida-home-180962809/The modest house in St. Petersburg is now for sale, and may be turned into a museum Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:07:22 +0000The National Spelling Bee Adjusts Its Rules To Prevent Tieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-spelling-bee-adjusts-its-rules-prevent-ties-180962801/Top spellers will be required to take a written test on the final evening of the competitionWed, 05 Apr 2017 18:01:21 +0000This $71.2 Million Diamond Just Set a New World Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/712-million-diamond-just-set-new-world-record-180962789/The flawless stone has a new owner—and a new nameWed, 05 Apr 2017 15:54:56 +0000A Second Doomsday Vault—This One to to Preserve Data—Is Opening in Svalbardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-doomsday-vault-preserve-data-opening-svalbard-180962749/Known as the Arctic World Archive, it will store copies of books, archives and documents on special filmWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000London's Parliament Square Will Get Its First Statue of a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-parliament-square-will-get-its-first-statue-woman-180962760/Suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett will join the ranks of 11 statesmen who have been honored with monuments thereTue, 04 Apr 2017 16:48:09 +0000Sriracha Sauce Is Finally Available in Vietnamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sriracha-sauce-finally-available-vietnam-180962756/What happens when a cult staple heads to another country?Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:26:11 +0000Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-wallpaper-got-its-gaudy-colors-poison-180962709/Victorians were obsessed with vividly-colored wallpaper, which is on-trend for this year–though arsenic poisoning is never in styleMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000There’s a New World’s Blackest Blackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-worlds-blackest-black-180962748/And it’s really blackFri, 31 Mar 2017 17:11:40 +0000What Kind of Art is the Most Popular?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-kind-art-most-popular-180962733/It's not always in museums—and historic name recognition is starting to matter lessThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:04:38 +0000Museum Devoted to Camille Claudel, Long Overshadowed by Rodin, Opens in Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-devoted-camille-claudel-overshadowed-rodin-opens-france-180962718/Her work has long been obscured by her dramatic personal lifeThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:20:02 +0000N.W.A., NPR Among This Year’s National Recording Registry Inductees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nw-npr-among-years-national-recording-registry-inductees-180962713/The latest class of 25 also includes Judy Garland and Vin ScullyWed, 29 Mar 2017 16:12:57 +0000Bob Dylan Will (Finally) Collect his Nobel Prize for Literaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bob-dylan-will-finally-collect-his-nobel-prize-literature-180962708/But the songwriter won't be delivering a Nobel Lecture at this timeWed, 29 Mar 2017 13:40:23 +0000