Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:30:00 +0000A Nine-Year-Old Aspiring Journalist's Heartwarming Connection with NASA popular photography blog helped one kid interview NASA administrator Charles BoldenWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:30:00 +0000A Hemingway Book Has Hit the Paris Bestseller List After Recent Attacks<i>A Moveable Feast</i> declares that "there is never any end to Paris"Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:19 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman"The New Colossus" was actually born in EgyptTue, 24 Nov 2015 15:30:46 +0000The Many Ways to "Dance Your Ph.D" again, researchers get creative in a yearly dance competition to explain their Ph.D. thesis workTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:01:00 +0000Check Out These Gluten-Free Versions of Famous Paintings Gluten-Free Museum pokes fun at the popular diet trendMon, 23 Nov 2015 19:30:49 +0000In Belgium, Twitter Responds to Terror With Cats cuddliest anti-jihadist squad everMon, 23 Nov 2015 16:41:06 +0000A Real Nuclear Apocalypse Would Be More Beautiful Than the World of 'Fallout 4' would also be much, much more devastatingMon, 23 Nov 2015 15:01:23 +0000Here’s Why Men’s and Women’s Clothes Button on Opposite Sides outdated fashion statements and swordfights for the odd switchMon, 23 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Sesame Street’s Snuffleupagus Identity Crisis running joke got canned in response to concern that kids wouldn’t feel safe telling adults hard truthsFri, 20 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Eased Sanctions Could Mean a Comeback for Iranian Caviar this mean tough times for the endangered sturgeon?Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:05:33 +0000The Most Popular Class at Yale Is From Harvard a computer science course that teaches students how to think help Yale beat Harvard in tomorrow's game? Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:00:05 +0000A Gothic Chapel Is Transformed Into a Spectacular Sky at the ceiling has never been so inspiring Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:00:47 +0000A Brief History of Plaid highlanders to hipstersFri, 20 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Artist Makes Traditional Carpets That Look Like They Were hit by a Software Bug Ahmed’s Azerbaijani carpets twist and swirl like a bad Photoshop jobThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:30:57 +0000Gamers Raise Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars a Year by Playing the Worst Video Game Ever Made“Desert Bus” lets you undertake an eight-hour-long digital road trip in real timeWed, 18 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Inside the Collective That Turns VHS to Digital Video for Free team of media lovers wants to preserve your memories for history's sakeTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000X-Rays Unveil Hidden Paintings Beneath an Avant-Garde Classic brightly-colored cubist work below "Black Square" adds new dimensions to a masterpieceMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000Watch 'Swan Lake' Transform Into a Spectacular Light Show classic ballet has never looked so stunningFri, 13 Nov 2015 19:03:24 +0000How to Visit the British Museum Without Going to London new partnership with Google allows art aficionados to take virtual strolls through the museum’s treasuresFri, 13 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0000These French Vending Machines Sell Short Stories fiction that's as good as any snackFri, 13 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +0000Does This Brooklyn Sculpture Say 'Oy'? is it saying 'Yo'? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why Librarians Should Love Fallout 4 survive this video game's nuclear wasteland, players need to return their library booksThu, 12 Nov 2015 20:03:49 +0000An L.A. Museum Is Turning Salad Into Performance Art there's more to salad than that satisfying, leafy crunchThu, 12 Nov 2015 19:08:47 +0000A Lost Story by Edith Wharton Has Been Discovered in Yale's Library"The Field of Honor" is about a failed marriage during World War IWed, 11 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Is the Second-Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold At Auction Modigliani's Nu Couché drew a stunning $170.4 millionTue, 10 Nov 2015 18:45:35 +0000This Ear Was Made With Vincent Van Gogh's DNA secrets have been whispered into this creepy, living copy of the most famous ear in art history? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:04:07 +0000So Long Shamu Show the face of criticism, SeaWorld is retiring its controversial killer whale showTue, 10 Nov 2015 12:40:58 +0000New Hieronymus Bosch Drawing Found in Private Art Collection hellish landscape is "an exceptionally important addition" to Bosch's grim workMon, 09 Nov 2015 18:44:44 +0000This Keyboard Lets You Type in Emoji[heart-shaped eyes] + [clapping hands] + [money bag]Fri, 06 Nov 2015 19:20:00 +0000Seattle's Famous 'Gum Wall' Is Getting Scraped Clean estimated 1,000,000 pieces of chewing gum are stuck to the quirky attractionFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:20:00 +0000Soon, Guinness Will Be Vegan Irish brewery will no longer use fish bladders to make its beerThu, 05 Nov 2015 19:36:13 +0000This Incredible Street Art Is Also An Evolution Lesson Rome, a giant mural illustrates how life began and evolvedWed, 04 Nov 2015 20:05:51 +0000Hidden Poop Joke Found in 17th-Century Art Owned By Queen Elizabeth newly restored Dutch painting depicts a man relieving himself Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:22:03 +0000Someone Just Paid $826,000 for the Greatest Cat Painting of All Time"My Wife's Lovers" pays tribute to the wealthiest cats of the 1890sWed, 04 Nov 2015 17:39:06 +0000According to This 1919 Writing Guide, There Are Only 37 Possible Stories love and disaster to "a miracle of God," the 96-year-old manual outlines every known plotWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:19:26 +0000Amazon Just Opened An Actual Bookstore in Seattle just like its online marketplace, Amazon's brick-and-mortar shop aims to shake up the industryTue, 03 Nov 2015 18:47:47 +0000This Extremely Slow Rube Goldberg Device Lasts More Than Six Weeks whimsical invention uses molasses, a tortoise, and sprouting grass to move a golf ballMon, 02 Nov 2015 18:14:13 +0000The Modern Cost of Cattle Rustling the Old West crime is still a multimillion-dollar problemMon, 02 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +0000Candy Corn Hasn't Changed Since the 19th Century Halloween sweet was invented in the 1880sFri, 30 Oct 2015 20:13:54 +0000Why Do Witch Hunts Still Happen? the globe, witchcraft fears still lead to torture and murderFri, 30 Oct 2015 19:24:57 +0000Inside the Italian Art Hospital That Rescues Old Paintings catastrophic flood gave this Florence workshop a new missionFri, 30 Oct 2015 17:14:56 +0000The Mind-Blowing 'Rain Room' Comes to Los Angeles wildly popular installation art creates an indoor storm—but visitors don't get wetFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:45:56 +0000How 'Bewitched' Helped Salem Embrace Its Grim Past popular 1960s sitcom helped the New England town turn witches into big businessThu, 29 Oct 2015 19:05:00 +0000This Haunted House is Actually a Lab for Studying Fear scared for scienceThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:13:28 +0000The Hard Labor of Apple Picking skilled farm worker can pick six tons of apples a dayWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:30:00 +0000Paris Has a 'Love Lock' Problem it's not the only city that wants to get rid of themTue, 27 Oct 2015 20:19:52 +0000Ai Weiwei Wants Your Legos dissident artist needs millions of toy bricks for his next projectTue, 27 Oct 2015 15:57:53 +0000These Brilliant Literary Maps Will Help You Understand Your Favorite Book lavishly illustrated atlas for Huckleberry Finn and other classicsTue, 27 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000Albert Einstein Has a Social Media Team the famed physicist tweets from beyond the graveMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:21:42 +0000Would You Drink a Cocktail Invented By a Computer? IBM's Watson become the world's most creative bartenderMon, 26 Oct 2015 16:04:27 +0000This Norwegian Modern Art Museum Is Also a Bridge ingeniously twisted design blends art with infrastructureFri, 23 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +000027 Percent of U.S. Adults Didn't Read a Single Book Last Year new survey on reading habits isn't all doom and gloom, thoughFri, 23 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Sesame Street Just Welcomed Its First Autistic Muppet“Julia” is geared towards raising awareness and acceptanceThu, 22 Oct 2015 17:31:08 +0000Google Books Isn't Copyright Infringement landmark court ruling allows the tech giant digitize library booksTue, 20 Oct 2015 15:45:00 +0000This Giant Van Gogh Painting Is Made of Pumpkins, Watermelons and Squash crop artist Stan Herd made an acre-wide ode to "Olive Trees"Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:30:00 +0000For Sale: Edith Wharton’s $16,500 Baby Rattle Teething device. Ever.Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:23:17 +0000Why Does the Internet Hate Renoir? tongue-in-cheek protest movement wants to remove the artist's paintings from museumsFri, 16 Oct 2015 14:59:20 +0000The Origins of the King James Bible handwritten draft of the world's most famous bible has been discovered in EnglandFri, 16 Oct 2015 14:42:10 +0000The Technical Challenges of Photojournalism in a War Zone short documentary reveals what it's like to work in AfghanistanThu, 15 Oct 2015 11:30:00 +0000Invader Tags European Space Agency With Alien Art anonymous street artist strikes againWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:06:12 +0000America's in the Midst of a Lobster Boom the lobster catch up sixfold in the last 30 years, can we eat without worry?Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000Chicago's Newest Library Is on a Train during your morning commute? #BooksOnTheL can help.Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:00:01 +0000Orson Welles Wrote a 'Citizen Kane' Sequel greatest movie never made?Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:13:45 +0000These Brave Playwrights Want to Rewrite Shakespeare“They have been at a great feast of languages, and stol’n the scraps.”Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:32:37 +0000This Swiss Watchmaker is Teaching Apprentices For Free U.S. desperately needs new watchmakers. Will a new generation save the industry?Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Woman Bought a House For $100,000, Then Learned Frank Lloyd Wright Built It had no idea her Madison, Wisconsin home was part of the famous architect's affordable housing projectMon, 12 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000How the Tetris Theme Song Was Made small piece of hardware produced the iconic sounds of gamingFri, 09 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +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 +0000