Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:25 +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 +0000Russia Has Its Own Classic Version of an Animated Winnie-the-Pooh short films produced from 1969 through 1972 follow the adventures of A.A. Milne's charactersMon, 01 Dec 2014 18:21:14 +0000Computers Write Novels Faster Than You Do chips don't suffer writer's blockMon, 01 Dec 2014 14:34:58 +0000Pardoned Turkeys Spend a Night in a Hotel First an evening in a $350 hotel room, today President Obama will spare the birds from the butcher's blockWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:26:44 +0000Heroin Use Is on the Rise Again, Thanks to Suburban White Users is heroin's new gateway drug, experts say Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:48:36 +0000Millennials Are Different, Just Not the Way You Think adults today are more optimistic despite facing more economic strain than the previous two generationsThu, 20 Nov 2014 18:14:19 +0000More Than 35 Million People Around the World Are Slaves are slaves in every one of the 167 countries investigated in a new report, including the United StatesMon, 17 Nov 2014 19:30:56 +0000We're Running Out of Chocolate're eating so much chocolate that plants can't keep upMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:43:29 +0000Eat More Seaweed (It's Good for You) for fresh seaweeds gives you option and the best taste according to this Brittany seaweed eaterMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:31:36 +0000Get Past the Vile Smell: Ginkgo Nuts Are Delicious have been feasting on these tasty little morsels since at least the 11th centuryFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:14:53 +0000This Artist Makes E. coli-Shaped Popsicles those who prefer plants to pathogens, there's popsicle cacti, too Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:11 +0000North Korea Subsidizes About 70 Schools in Japan institutions are a way for ethnic Koreans to connect to their culture but are also targets of criticismWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:57:25 +0000Living in Tough Environments Makes People More Prone to Belief in God living in harsh natural environments are more likely to believe in a tough, moralizing godWed, 12 Nov 2014 14:34:07 +0000Grad Students Carry 40 Percent of All Student Debt they make up just 14 percent of enrollment at U.S. universitiesTue, 11 Nov 2014 14:32:19 +0000A Lost John Steinbeck Short Story Was Rediscovered, Published short story deals with the racial politics of the mid-20th centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 17:32:53 +0000The World of Personal Computers in the 1980s Was A Wacky, Wonderful Place can experience early video games and operating systems yourself through retrocomputing and adsFri, 07 Nov 2014 19:00:26 +0000Atari Games That No One Wanted Now Selling for $500 a Pop one wanted Atari's E.T. in 1982, but they want it nowThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:03:32 +0000How the Word “OK” Was Invented 175 Years Ago is an editorial joke run wild Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:00:23 +0000Nearly 400 Journalists Have Been Murdered Over the Past Ten Years ten percent of their killers are ever reprimanded Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:07:42 +0000Scotland Is No Longer Home to the World’s Best Whiskys it comes to whisky, Japan, the US and even England now reign supreme Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:17:53 +0000How to Protect the Lincoln Memorial From Crazy Flooding capital city's decades-old system of levees to keep water back during storms and flooding is getting an upgradeMon, 03 Nov 2014 18:39:05 +0000The European Space Agency Has Made the Weirdest Short Film ESA's advertising Rosetta with a very unusual sci-fi shortThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:45 +0000Artists In Search of Inspiration Can Now Find Their Muse On a Cargo Ship ships now join Amtrak trains, dune shacks and remote islands in the Arctic circle as sights dedicated to artistic pursuitThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:29:26 +0000You’ll Soon Be Able to Talk to London And Manchester’s Statues scan a tag near the statues with your cell, and they'll call you with a quick first-person history lessonWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:50:37 +0000America's Finally Getting Its First Permanent Cat Cafe and a Siamese, pleaseTue, 28 Oct 2014 17:08:49 +0000When Becoming a Man Means Sticking Your Hand Into a Glove of Ants men must subject themselves to a ritual involving bullet ant-filled gloves not once but 20 times Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:56:33 +0000