Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-monks-discovered-curry-recipe-200-year-old-cookbook-180957979/The Portuguese brought the dish to Europe when they began colonizing IndiaFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000A Museum Courtyard Will Be Taken Over by a Colorful Webhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-courtyard-will-be-taken-over-colorful-web-180958048/“Weaving the Courtyard” will bring a kaleidoscopic of color to MoMA PS1Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:30:00 +0000Snow White Wasn’t the First Disney Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snow-white-wasnt-first-disney-princess-180958043/Dwarfs, meet PersephoneThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:33:16 +0000This Company Transforms Indian Taxicabs Into Original Artworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-transforms-indian-taxicabs-original-artworks-180958030/Intricately designed fabrics help taxi drivers stand out from the crowdThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000Archaeologists Discovered a Roman Fresco Beneath the Streets of Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discovered-roman-fresco-beneath-streets-london-180958028/This ornate, hand-painted wall was once considered to be the height of fashion in LondiniumWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:45:57 +0000The Original Cat Video Returns to Times Squarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-cat-video-returns-to-times-square-180958021/All month long, Times Square will be under the gaze of a familiar, indifferent kittenWed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000Digital Projections Show the Vivid Colors That Once Decorated an Egyptian Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-projections-show-the-vivid-colors-that-once-decorated-an-egyptian-temple-180958008/The Metropolitan Museum of Art is adding a bright flourish to the Temple of DendurTue, 02 Feb 2016 19:35:41 +0000Take a Course on Taco Literacy at the University of Kentuckyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-course-taco-literacy-university-kentucky-180957995/Yes, the homework is deliciousMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:35:19 +0000This Library System Is Willing to Forgive Your Fine…Just This Oncehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-system-willing-forgive-your-fine-just-once-180958007/Library scofflaws take note: Amnesty programs are gaining steam throughout the U.S.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:08:47 +0000Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Lawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lavishly-illustrated-medieval-playing-cards-flouted-church-and-law-180957994/Secular and religious officials alike frowned on card playing in Europe's Middle AgesMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:48:14 +0000Step Inside a Dalí Painting at This Virtual Reality Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-inside-dali-painting-virtual-reality-exhibit-180957967/Surrealism meets real life in an exploration of a Dalí masterworkThu, 28 Jan 2016 20:03:18 +0000Here Are the World's Most Corrupt Countrieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-worlds-most-corrupt-countries-180957952/Corruption is everywhere, but some nations are more corrupt than others Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:02:03 +0000You Can Get an Antarctic Passporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-get-antarctic-passport-180957936/Pledge your loyalty to the southernmost continent—and to the ideals of peace, equality and sustainabilityWed, 27 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Cabin Could be the World’s Smallest Palacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cabin-could-be-worlds-smallest-palace-180957918/Be it ever so humble, Peter the Great once briefly called it homeTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000These Drawings of Historic Places Were Just Honored by the Library of Congresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-drawings-historic-places-were-just-honored-library-congress-180957929/Step back in time with architectural drawings of buildings steeped in historyTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:15:00 +0000Egyptian Museum Employees Face Fines for Botched Repair on King Tut's Maskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-museum-employees-face-fines-botched-repair-king-tuts-mask-180957928/An accident knocked the beard off the boy king's distinctive mask, prompting a hasty repairTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Visit New York’s Guggenheim Museum Without Leaving Your Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-new-yorks-guggenheim-museum-without-leaving-your-house-180957926/It's easier than ever to immerse yourself in the iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museumMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:45:00 +0000Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Songs and Poems from 'The Lord of the Rings'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-jrr-tolkien-read-songs-and-poems-em-lord-ringsem-180957916/A rare recording captures the famed author's voiceMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:32:22 +0000You Can Help Build the World’s First Go-Go Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-build-worlds-first-go-go-archive-180957903/Librarians are calling for the preservation of Washington, D.C.'s iconic musical genreFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:45:00 +0000These Little-Known Photographs Put an Eerie Face on Child Laborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-little-known-photographs-put-eerie-face-child-labor-180957896/Unpublished photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine make a haunting case against the conditions experienced by many working children in the early 20th centuryThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:30:00 +0000See the World Like a Paleolithic Cave Dweller With This Replica of the Lascaux Cave Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-the-world-like-a-paleolithic-cave-dweller-with-this-replica-lascaux-cave-paintings-180957897/Go back in time with the help of some talented French artistsThu, 21 Jan 2016 20:06:43 +0000Inside Iran’s Budding Video Game Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-irans-budding-video-game-industry-180957856/The Iranian video game industry, shaped around piracy and economic sanctions, is slowly growingThu, 21 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imaginedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/fairy-tales-could-be-older-ever-imagined-180957882/Jack may have been climbing that beanstalk for more than 5,000 yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000One of the Most Popular Pieces of Street Art in Brooklyn Is Coming Down http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-of-the-most-popular-pieces-of-street-art-in-brooklyn-is-coming-down-180957873/“Love Letter Brooklyn” will soon be gone foreverWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:03:36 +0000Seattle Is Seeking a Writer to Work on a Bridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattle-seeking-writer-work-bridge-180957869/Free studio space in a bridge tower is up for grabsWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:45:00 +0000Syrian Refugees Are Recreating Demolished Monuments in Miniaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syrian-refugees-are-recreating-demolished-monuments-miniature-180957862/These artists are recapturing the iconic landmarks destroyed by militantsTue, 19 Jan 2016 19:45:00 +0000How a Hidden Figure Emerged From One of Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hidden-figure-emerged-from-one-of-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180957867/Modern imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, Contains a Hidden Ring of Skullshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-painting-of-john-dee-astrologer-to-queen-elizabeth-i-contains-a-hidden-ring-of-skulls-180957860/The life and work of John Dee contained a strange mix of science and magicMon, 18 Jan 2016 21:03:12 +0000Here’s What Military Rations From Around the World Are Made Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-military-rations-around-world-are-made-180957854/From bibimbap to beansMon, 18 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000Only Five Works From the Gurlitt Art Nest Have Been Confirmed As Art Stolen By Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ony-five-works-from-the-gurlitt-art-nest-have-been-confirmed-as-art-stolen-by-nazis-180957847/A task force took two years and nearly $2 million to investigate more than 1,200 pieces found in a Munich apartmentMon, 18 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000Take a Turn at the Flippers This Weekend at the World’s Largest Pinball Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-turn-flippers-this-weekend-the-worlds-largest-pinball-museum-180957835/So you didn't win the lottery: why not try your hand at a game of pinball? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000This Postmodern Art Captures a Tiny Moment of Hope During Romania’s Communist Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/postmodern-art-captures-tiny-moment-hope-during-romanias-communist-years-180957821/Learn about Romania's “unfrozen years” at Bucharest’s Postmodernism MuseumFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:45:00 +0000Meet the Winner of Architecture's Most Prestigious Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-winner-architectures-most-prestigious-prize-180957818/Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena is the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureateFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Get a Big View of the World’s Largest Miniature Train Sethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-street-view-worlds-largest-miniature-train-set-180957815/All aboard the Cute Train to TinytownThu, 14 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000These UFO-Like Buildings Are a Space-Age Tourist's Dreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ufo-buildings-are-space-age-tourists-dream-180957809/The future is now—follow this tour of UFO architecture found all around the world Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Are the American Library Association's Picks for Best Children's Literaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Check-Out-the-American-Library-Associations-Picks-For-Best-Childrens-Literature-180957801/Meet the 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, among othersWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000The French Castle That May Have Inspired "Sleeping Beauty" Is Filled With Creepy Mannequinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-castle-may-have-inspired-sleeping-beauty-filled-creepy-mannequins-180957797/In honor of Charles Perrault's birthday, explore the Chateau d'UsseTue, 12 Jan 2016 18:40:06 +0000New York Village Votes to Keep Official Seal Depicting a White Settler Strangling a Native Americanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-village-votes-keep-official-seal-depicting-white-settler-strangling-a-native-american-180957792/It's a story that might as well have been ripped from a plotline on "Parks and Recreation"Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:31:36 +0000Watch 100 Drones Dance Their Way to a World Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-drones-dance-their-way-world-record-180957791/The swarm recently took to the skies to Beethoven's Fifth SymphonyTue, 12 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulelehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pennsylvania-libraries-will-let-you-check-out-ukulele-180957772/Read, strum, repeatTue, 12 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000How David Bowie Helped Shape Science Fiction as We Know Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-david-bowie-helped-shape-science-fiction-we-know-it-180957774/From “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus,” Bowie gave voice to the anxiety of science fictionMon, 11 Jan 2016 21:02:33 +0000How Museums Are Helping People With Memory Losshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-museums-are-helping-people-memory-loss-180957768/Serving the community means changing museum offerings for guests with Alzheimer's Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:58:48 +0000Mumbai Is Getting a Museum Designed For and About Its Slumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Mumbai-is-Getting-a-Museum-Designed-For-and-About-Its-Slums-180957757/But is a museum showcasing objects created by slum residents ethical or exploitative?Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000What's Inside this Artistic Capsule Headed to the Moon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-inside-this-artistic-capsule-headed-to-the-moon-180957749/See how these artists captured a portrait of humanity in just six ouncesFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Instead of Cheesy Pickup Lines, 19th-Century Americans Gave Out Calling Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/instead-cheesy-pickup-lines-19th-century-americans-gave-out-calling-cards-180957743/Consider it the Victorian-era version of OKCupidFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Grief May Not Make Artists Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grief-may-not-make-artists-better-180957744/New research shows that bummed-out artists aren't necessarily better ones Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Prestigious Comics Festival Comes Under Fire For Excluding, Then Denying Existence of, Women Creatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prestigious-comics-festival-comes-under-fire-for-excluding-then-denying-existence-of-women-creators-180957739/The Angoulême International Comics Festival drops its shortlist for its top award after more than half its nominees withdrew their names in protestThu, 07 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000The New York Public Library Just Made More Than 180,000 Items Available Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-just-made-more-than-180000-items-available-online-180957725/Instant gratification for curious mindsThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shakespeare’s First Folio Goes on Tour in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shakespeares-first-folio-goes-tour-us-180957736/Rare copies of the tome, containing 36 of the Bard’s plays, will visit every state for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Chinese Capitalists Built a Gigantic, Golden Statue of Chairman Maohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-capitalists-built-gigantic-golden-statue-chairman-mao-180957724/Like the Chairman's legacy, this 121-foot statue is hard to ignoreWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:05:12 +0000The Second Amendment Protects Knives as Long as They’re Not Made For Cookinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2nd-amendment-protects-knives-long-theyre-not-made-cooking-180957718/The Washington Supreme Court does consider things like police batons, billy clubs, dirks and switchblades as “arms”Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:15:00 +0000Create Your Own Delightful, Excessive Version of 18th-Century Women’s Hairstyleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/create-delightful-excessive-versions-18th-century-womens-hairstyles-online-180957720/A museum’s interactive tool gives the powdered styles of the French Court of the 1700s some fierce competitionWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000You Can Only See a Fraction of These Publicly Owned British Artworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-only-see-fraction-these-publicly-owned-british-artworks-180957707/Parliament official says thousands of government-owned artworks belong in a galleryTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:20:52 +0000A Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’s Hand Has Been Stolen From an Illinois Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpture-abraham-lincolns-hand-has-been-stolen-from-illinois-museum-180957706/The 150-year-old plaster art piece went missing sometime before December 11Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-new-national-ambassador-for-young-peoples-literature-180957702/The Library of Congress' decision to appoint graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to the post reflects a growing acceptance of comic booksMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Get Excited for This Year's Space-Themed Stampshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-excited-this-years-space-themed-stamps-180957700/The Postal Service honors NASA’s New Horizons Mission and Star Trek's premiereMon, 04 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000An Expert Has Figured Out the Real-Life Location of Vermeer’s “Little Street” Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expert-has-figured-out-real-life-location-vermeers-little-street-painting-180957696/The painter probably had a personal connection with the house that figures prominently in the painting.Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here’s Why New York Celebrates New Year’s Eve by Dropping a Ballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-we-celebrate-new-years-eve-dropping-ball-180957698/New Year’s Eve wasn’t always a riotous partyThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:51:11 +0000Caffeine Junkies, Rejoice! Coffee Just Got Cheaperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Caffeine-Junkies-Rejoice-Coffee-Just-Got-Cheaper-180957670/A global surplus of coffee is causing bean prices to bottom out Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:44:45 +0000Adult Coloring Books Were Popular (and Subversive) in the 1960shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adult-coloring-books-were-popular-and-subversive-1960s-180957666/Coloring books made fun of corporate culture, conspiracy theorists and Communist fearsTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:00:00 +0000India's Newest Internet Sensation: Cow Dung Pattieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Indias-Newest-Internet-Sensation-Cow-Dung-Patties-180957650/For recent migrants to the country's booming megacities, nothing says nostalgia like a pile of cow pooMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:15:00 +0000Through This New Crowdfunding Site, a Lucky Few Can Make a Living Just by ... Livinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Through-This-New-Crowdfunding-Site-A-Lucky-Few-Can-Make-a-Living-Just-By-Living-180957649/Participants make around $1,100 a month—just for being aliveMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:13:14 +0000Craft Brewers Are Desperate for Beer Canshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/craft-brewers-are-desperate-beer-cans-180957640/Artisanal beverages are so popular that makers face a can shortage Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:00:55 +0000What Exactly Was the Christmas Star?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-exactly-was-christmas-star-180957637/The Star of Bethlehem may not have actually been a starThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:20 +0000Listen to Bob Dylan Read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-bob-dylan-read-twas-night-christmas-180957632/A favorite voice interprets a classicWed, 23 Dec 2015 20:30:30 +0000Tied Up in Knots? Call a Yarn Detanglerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tied-knots-call-yarn-detangler-180957633/A niche group of knitters specializes in wrangling disobedient skeinsWed, 23 Dec 2015 18:00:14 +0000Virginians Can Now Legally Smile for Their Licenseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virginians-can-now-legally-smile-their-licenses-180957630/That trip to the DMV is about to get a little less awful Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:05 +0000Archivists Are Trying to Preserve Paris’ Post-Attack Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archivists-are-trying-preserve-paris-post-attack-memorials-180957621/Future generations will know how Parisians responded to attacks in their cityWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:25 +0000Nicholas Cage Returned a Stolen Dino Skullhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nicholas-cage-and-case-stolen-tyrannosaurus-skull-180957614/The actor paid $270,000 for the skull of one of T. rex's cousinsTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:30:46 +0000Catalonian Nativity Scenes Feature a Man Pooping in the Manger Scene’s Cornerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catalonian-nativity-scenes-feature-man-pooping-mangers-corner-180957610/Kids also celebrate Christmas by beating a log until it poops out treatsTue, 22 Dec 2015 16:30:28 +0000A New San Francisco Overpass Could Be Bedecked With Demonic-Looking Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-san-francisco-overpass-could-be-bedecked-demonic-looking-cats-180957599/"Catbridge": Unnerving or adorable? Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:30:29 +0000Montenegro Will Get a Women’s-Only Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/montenegro-will-get-womens-only-art-museum-180957592/The museum was proposed by feminist punk collective Pussy RiotFri, 18 Dec 2015 21:00:03 +0000Mother Teresa Will Become an Official Saint http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mother-teresa-will-become-official-saint-180957586/The champion of India's poorest has sprinted to sainthood since her 1997 deathFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:35:23 +0000In Japan, Couples Are Still Legally Required to Have the Same Surnamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-couples-are-still-legally-required-have-same-surname-180957580/The Supreme Court upheld a century-old law that was challenged by equal rights activitstsFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:00:27 +0000Bestselling Books Are Getting Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bestselling-books-are-getting-longer-180957577/But are they getting better? Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:30:24 +0000Skaters Turned a 100-Year-Old Church Into a Mural-Covered Skateparkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skaters-turned-100-year-old-church-mural-covered-skatepark-180957572/Talk about holy rollersThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:30:40 +0000The Capitol’s Christmas Tree Is (Partially) Made of Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/capitols-christmas-tree-partially-made-trash-180957568/Marine debris bedecks a 74-foot tree from Alaska Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:09 +0000Watch a NASA Scientist School the Empire on How to Build a Better Death Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-nasa-scientist-school-empire-how-build-better-death-star-180957570/Darth Vader could have saved a few dollars by building it around an asteroidThu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:07 +0000How to Prep Your Pooch to Win Best in Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-prep-your-pooch-win-best-show-180957558/Pro-Tip: hope the judge is in a good moodWed, 16 Dec 2015 15:15:49 +0000The Many Roads That Lead to Rome, Visualizedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-roads-lead-rome-visualized-180957542/Caveat: not all cities named Rome are in ItalyMon, 14 Dec 2015 20:00:41 +0000Take a Tour of Postwar Tokyo in the 1940shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-tour-postwar-tokyo-1940s-180957529/High-quality archival footage makes a fascinating backdrop in a new music videoFri, 11 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000Tomorrow, Saudi Women Will Vote for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomorrow-saudi-women-will-vote-first-time-180957524/More than 130,000 women have registered to voteFri, 11 Dec 2015 18:30:00 +0000Test Your Smarts With the British Spy Agency's Christmas Card Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/test-your-smarts-british-spy-agencys-christmas-card-puzzle-180957519/Can you solve this head-scratcher?Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:10:00 +0000Abandoned Beatles Ashram Is Opened to the Public for the First Time in a Long, Long, Long Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-beatles-abandoned-ashram-180957511/Get back to the site of the Fab Four's disastrous meditation retreatThu, 10 Dec 2015 20:05:14 +0000Why Does Moby-Dick (Sometimes) Have a Hyphen?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moby-dick-has-mysterious-hyphen-180957512/The hunt for the true story behind Melville's hyphen is as mysterious as the famous white whaleThu, 10 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Rock Was Banned in the Soviet Union, Teens Took to Bootlegged Recordings on X-Rayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soviet-hipsters-bootlegged-banned-music-bone-records-180957505/Teens snuck jazz and rock into the U.S.S.R. on records made of old x-raysThu, 10 Dec 2015 17:10:53 +0000There’s a ‘War and Peace’ Marathon Going On in Russiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-war-and-peace-marathon-going-russia-180957509/It will take 1,300 readers four days and 60 hours to read the book out loudThu, 10 Dec 2015 14:59:33 +0000