Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS 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 Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-koreas-women-sea-have-free-dived-abalone-17th-century-180954103/Diving 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-archaeologists-just-find-miguel-de-cervantes400-years-after-fact-180954057/A 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 Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-solved-footage-long-lost-silent-sherlock-holmes-180954027/William 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 Scoutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-began-boy-scouts-180954012/How 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manners-silent-movies-180954009/Vintage slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000To Appreciate Surrealistic Art, Think About Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thinking-about-death-might-help-you-appreciate-surrealistic-art-180954006/Two 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 Epoxyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-beard-fell-and-was-glued-back-epoxy-180953992/Clumsy 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 Doorstophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-dagger-or-really-great-doorstop-180953923/One man’s doorstop is another man’s rare, ancient artifact Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Save the Voices of Tolkien, Joyce And Tennysonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-will-take-60-million-continue-preserving-voices-jrr-tolkien-james-joyce-and-other-valuable-british-sounds-180953890/The 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 Texashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-goats-are-concentrated-texas-180953885/In 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 Masterpieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-museum-england-hiding-forgery-among-its-masterpieces-180953881/A 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ufo-related-history-worlds-biggest-rock-180953862/George 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 Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/60-years-ago-first-african-american-soloist-sang-met-opera-180953840/Marian 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 Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-how-farm-machines-shake-down-almond-trees-drought-gets-them-all-180953794/California 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 Spectrumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-studio-nurtures-talent-people-autism-spectrum-180953787/New 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 Beanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-make-new-years-dish-hoppin-john-without-heirloom-beans-180953785/The 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-love-cheesy-art-180953751/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/argentina-has-superstition-7th-sons-will-turn-werewolves-180953746/If 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 Charminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientifically-accurate-twinkle-twinkle-little-star-updates-classic-rhyme-180953741/Stars 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 Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catalonia-christmas-log-delivers-presents-unusual-way-180953736/Called 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 Failhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cbs-executives-thought-charlie-brown-christmas-would-fail-180953728/There wasn't much CBS executives liked about the Christmas specialWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:30:40 +0000How Candy Canes Are Made by Handhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-candy-canes-are-made-hand-180953724/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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadas-outdoor-ice-skating-rinks-days-are-numbered-thanks-climate-change-180953719/Skating 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 Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-guys-recreate-famous-painting-using-only-office-supplies-and-phone-180953710/FoolsDoArt 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 Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-christmas-actually-saddest-christmas-song-180953675/The 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 Trapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/architects-analyze-kevin-mcallisters-home-alone-booby-traps-180953674/Overanalyze 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 Christmashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-set-family-nyc-christmas-180953667/Don’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’ Demandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vinyl-producers-cant-keep-hipsters-demands-180953663/Vinyl is cool again, but will it last?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:58:18 +0000America's Best Butter Is Handchurned in Vermonthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-best-butter-handchurned-vermont-180953656/The price for perfection is $49 per poundWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:23:00 +0000Making Dead People's Pulses Beat Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/making-dead-peoples-pulses-beat-again-180953624/A 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 Malehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/online-college-students-give-better-evaluations-if-they-think-their-professors-are-male-180953572/Even 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 Musicianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-nobel-winners-are-using-their-moment-fame-release-their-inner-avant-garde-musician-180953558/Nobel 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 Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-walked-picasso-miami-beach-art-festival-180953554/An $85,000 silver plate went missing late last weekMon, 08 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000Queen Victoria Dreamed Up the White Wedding Dress in 1840http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/queen-victoria-sparked-white-wedding-dress-trend-1840-180953550/For 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 Poemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-penny-papers-1800s-lost-walt-whitman-poem-180953542/A professor at the University of Nebraska stumbled upon an ode to Whitman’s contemporary William Cullen BryantFri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:30 +0000