Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 28 Jul 2017 20:50:07 +0000After Fans Rallied Around App, Windows Announces It Will Save Microsoft Painthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/windows-announced-it-will-save-microsoft-paint-180964180/The classic Windows program responsible for so many wobbly works is getting a new home in the Windows StoreMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:59 +0000Smithsonian Curator Weighs In on Photo That Allegedly Shows Amelia Earhart in Japanese Captivityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curator-photo-allegedly-shows-amelia-earhart-japanese-captivity-180963964/A History Channel special claims that a National Archives photo shows the pilot sitting on a dock in the Pacific, but experts are skeptical Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:51:04 +0000Famous Shriveled Toe Returned to Yukon Barhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famous-shriveled-toe-stolen-yukon-bar-180963791/The key ingredient in the Sourtoe Cocktail, the dried-out digit was mailed back on ThursdayThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Newseum Ditches Headlines for a Day Without News http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newseum-ditches-headlines-day-without-news-180963570/It’s a stark reminder of the journalists who've died doing their jobs Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:57:58 +0000Legal Fight Over Nazi-Looted Painting Ends After 26 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legal-fight-over-nazi-looted-painting-ends-after-26-years-180964244/Seized 80 years ago as a 'degenerate art,' the heirs of the Paul Klee masterpiece have finally reached a settlement with the city of MunichFri, 28 Jul 2017 20:50:07 +0000The Columnist Who Shaped Hollywood's Most Destructive Witch Hunthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-columnist-who-shaped-its-most-destructive-witch-hunt-180964208/Billy Wilkerson's complicated legacy has only been recently discussed by the magazine he founded Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Three Things to Know About the Buffalo Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-buffalo-soldiers-180964199/These segregated regiments offered black soldiers a chance to fight for their rightsFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Auschwitz Museum Announces First Traveling Exhibition of Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/auschwitz-museum-announces-first-international-exhibition-artifacts-180964209/More than 1,150 objects make up the exhibition, which will travel to 14 cities in Europe and North AmericaWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:18:32 +0000200 Objects Damaged After Lightning Sets Fire to French Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-objects-damaged-after-lightning-sets-fire-french-museum-180964211/Three paintings on loan from the Louvre are among the destroyed worksWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:59:19 +0000 The First Pet Position in the Trump White House Will Remain Open—for Meowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-pet-post-trump-white-house-open-meow-180964200/Animals have served as companions and ambassadors for presidents dating back to George WashingtonWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:08:07 +0000A Brief History of American Dead Letter Officeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-american-dead-letter-offices-180964133/The United States postal system was established on this day in 1775, and mail started going "dead" very soon afterWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +0000Vatican Shuts Off Its Historic Fountains in Midst of Scorching Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-shuts-its-historic-fountains-midst-scorching-drought-180964201/It is the first time that authorities can remember being forced to take such a stepWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:19:35 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-facts-about-carl-jung-180964112/He thought he was two people (sort of) and more things you didn't know about the pioneering psychologistWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Video Game Parodies What it Means to Be an Art World Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-game-no-formula-art-world-success-180964162/On Passpartout: The Starving Artist, you do everything from virtually impress collectors to dine on wine and baguettesWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Meaty Secrets Behind the Record-Setting, 1,774-Pound Burgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-gonna-need-bigger-bun-secrets-1774-pound-burger-180964197/The beefy behemoth was recently bestowed the title of world's largest commercially available burgerTue, 25 Jul 2017 19:08:11 +0000Facing an Uncertain Future, a Jane Austen Landmark Seeks the Public’s Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facing-uncertain-future-jane-austen-landmark-seeks-publics-help-180964179/Chawton House, which was once owned by Austen’s brother, has launched a crowdfunding campaign after losing the support of its main beneficiary Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:48:48 +0000Small Alaska Town Mourns Loss of Stubbs the Cat, Beloved Honorary Mayorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-alaskan-cat-mayor-dies-180964188/Stubbs reigned with a light paw and a loyal followingTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:54:59 +0000The Dizzy History of Carousels Begins With Knightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dizzy-history-carousels-begins-knights-180964100/Practice makes perfect–but nobody said it couldn't be funTue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Forgotten Warhol Silkscreen Found in Alice Cooper’s Storage Lockerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-warhol-silkscreen-found-alice-coopers-storage-locker-180964171/The shock rocker acquired and then forgot about the work amid a “swirl of drugs and drinking”Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:21 +0000Buckingham Palace Remembers Princess Diana With New Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckingham-palace-remembers-princess-diana-with-new-exhibit-180964150/Many of the objects on display were selected by Diana's sonsMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:27:39 +0000The British Library Will Release Two New Books Inspired by “Harry Potter”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-library-will-release-two-new-books-inspired-harry-potter-180964143/The editions are companions to an upcoming exhibition at the library, which will display rare artifacts related to J.K. Rowling’s magical universeMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:14:33 +0000Meet 10 Depression-Era Photographers Who Captured the Struggle of Rural Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-photographers-charged-documenting-depression-era-america-farm-security-administration-180964123/Two women and eight men were sent out with their cameras in 1930s America. What they brought back was an indelible record of a period of struggleMon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000George W. Bush’s Paintings of World Leaders to Go On Display at Conservative Conference http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-w-bushs-paintings-world-leaders-go-display-conservative-conference-180964111/The former president’s “Art of Leadership” series features portraits of Merkel, Blair, Putin and other influential politicians Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:27:01 +0000Feeling Bleu: Champion Cheddars Nabbed From English Ag Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeling-bleu-champion-cheddars-nabbed-english-ag-show-180964121/Wyke Farms is offering a reward for the return of its champion and reserve champion cheddars stolen from the Yeovil Show in SomersetThu, 20 Jul 2017 19:02:06 +0000Agatha Christie’s Fiery Letters Offer New Glimpse Into the Queen of Crimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/agatha-christies-fiery-letters-display-crime-writing-festival-180964097/The author was not a fan of pink or Pekingese dogs Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:32:39 +0000Why 'Paradise Lost' Is Translated So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-paradise-lost-translated-so-much-180964137/New book shows the enduring power of the epic poem has made it spread across dozens of languages and hundreds of yearsThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:24:12 +0000The First Self-Cleaning Home Was Essentially a 'Floor-to-Ceiling Dishwasher'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-self-cleaning-home-was-essentially-floor-ceiling-dishwasher-180964115/Frances Gabe, who died late last year, channeled her frustration with housework into a futuristic design to end the drudgery of cleaningThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:11 +0000Debunking the Mechanical Turk Helped Set Edgar Allan Poe on the Path to Mystery Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/debunking-mechanical-turk-helped-set-edgar-allan-poe-path-mystery-writing-180964059/Like many others, Poe was certain the machine couldn't be playing chess under its own powerThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000From Melting Clocks to Lollipops, Salvador Dalí Left His Mark on the Visual Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salvador-dalis-time-candy-business-180964050/The Surrealist artist's "pure, vertical, mystical love of cash" led him to advertisingThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000'Twilight Zone' Enters the Stage Dimensionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/twilight-zone-enters-stage-dimension-180964096/London theater will adapt the iconic television series to capture "American nightmares" past and presentWed, 19 Jul 2017 21:31:35 +0000Lost Manuscripts From Composer of “The Planets” Found in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-manuscripts-composer-planets-found-new-zealand-180964104/No one is sure how the handwritten scores by Gustav Holst ended up in the archives of the Bay of Plenty SymphoniaWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:41:41 +0000"Space Archaeologists" to Examine the International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-archeologists-examine-international-space-station-180964092/Using millions of photos and documents, researchers will reconstruct life on the ISS to see how visitors interact with their tools and each otherTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:37:18 +0000Five Things to Know About Bath, Jane Austen’s Home and Inspirationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-bath-jane-austens-home-and-inspiration-180964036/Two hundred years after her death, Bath hasn't forgotten about Jane AustenTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +0000Why Censors Are Targeting Winnie-the-Pooh in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-censors-are-targeting-winnie-the-pooh-china-180964075/Social media users have compared the honey-loving bear to Chinese President Xi JinpingMon, 17 Jul 2017 18:25:01 +0000How a Groundbreaking Interior Designer Helped Jackie O. Change the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-american-shabby-chic-helped-design-jackie-o-white-house-180964072/Sister Parish is credited with creating American country style, a recognizable and quirky mix of old and newMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:52:37 +0000Text an Emoji and the SFMOMA Will Respond with a Picture of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/text-emoji-and-sfmoma-will-respond-picture-art-180964071/A new text messaging service lets users explore the museum’s vast collectionMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:17:21 +0000Disneyland's Terrible First Day Didn't Stop the Crowds From Cominghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disneylands-terrible-first-day-didnt-stop-crowds-coming-180964013/Nothing was ready. But by the end of the first week, more than 100,000 people had visitedMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:45:00 +0000At 100, Andrew Wyeth Still Brushes People the Right (and Wrong) Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andrew-wyeth-brushes-180964045/The centennial of his birth offers galleries and critics the opportunity to reconsider one of America's most famous paintersMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Revolutionary Black Artists of the Civil Rights Era Get Exhibition in the UKhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-rights-era-art-gets-its-first-exhibition-uk-180964043/"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" features iconic works alongside pieces that have long been overlooked by the mainstreamFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:36:38 +0000Sixty Years After Its Discovery, a Hut in Scotland Has Been Linked to St. Columbahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/Radiocarbon dating has proved that the site could have been built and used during the lifetime of the revered saintFri, 14 Jul 2017 15:23:33 +0000WWII Enigma Machine Found at Flea Market Sells for $51,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-enigma-machine-found-flea-market-sells-51000-180964053/The legendary coding machine was first unearthed by a mathematician with a careful eye who purchased it for roughly $114Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:30:06 +0000London Tube Scraps “Ladies and Gentlemen” Announcementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-tube-scraps-ladies-and-gentlemen-announcements-180964052/Officials say they want all passengers to feel welcome on the UndergroundThu, 13 Jul 2017 18:13:35 +0000Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo Dies at Age 61http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-dies-180964051/The human rights activist spent his final years in Chinese custodyThu, 13 Jul 2017 17:31:16 +0000Kermit the Frog Gets a New Voice for the First Time in 27 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kermit-frog-gets-new-voice-first-time-27-years-180964041/Steve Whitmire, who voiced Kermit since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, has departed from the MuppetsThu, 13 Jul 2017 14:48:47 +0000Diverse Splendor of Birds on Display in Audubon Photo Competition http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diverse-splendor-birds-display-audubon-photo-competition-180964032/100 of the top submissions can now be viewed onlineWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:08:32 +0000World's Oldest Figurative Art is Now an Official World Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-figurative-art-now-world-treasure-180964035/The new Unesco world heritage site spans six caves located in the Swabian Alps in GermanyWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:08:16 +0000Asmara, the Capital of Eritrea, Named World Heritage Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asmara-capital-eritrea-named-world-heritage-site-180964014/Eritrean officials lobbied for the designation in a bid to reform their country’s isolationist imageWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:43:51 +0000Thank Sherlock Holmes for the Phrase 'Smoking Gun'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-century-smoking-guns-180964027/From its origins to modern day, the favorite cliché of detectives and journalists everywhere refuses to kick the bucketWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:11:53 +0000This Anti-Slavery Jewelry Shows the Social Concerns (and the Technology) of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anti-slavery-jewelry-shows-social-concerns-and-technology-its-time-180963975/The 'Wedgwood Slave Medallion' was the first modern piece of protest jewelryWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Vatican Vetoes Gluten-Free Communion Wafershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-vetoes-gluten-free-communion-wafers-180964009/It’s a sticky issue for Catholics with celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:25:36 +0000The Bowdlers Wanted to Clean Up Shakespeare, Not Become a Byword for Censorshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bowdlers-wanted-clean-shakespeare-not-become-byword-censorship-180963945/Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler started out with relatively noble intentionsTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Unknown Raphael Paintings Discovered in the Vaticanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-raphael-paintings-discovered-vatican-180963999/Restoration work in the Hall of Constantine uncovered two allegorical figures that Raphael appears to have painted before his untimely death in 1520Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:23:43 +0000Forgotten Children’s Book by Maurice Sendak Will Be Published in 2018http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-childrens-book-maurice-sendak-will-be-published-2018-180963994/The "Where the Wild Things Are" author collaborated on the manuscript with long-time friend Arthur YorinksMon, 10 Jul 2017 18:23:39 +0000Early Sketches From Famed English Painter Found Hidden in Royal Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-sketches-famed-english-painter-found-hidden-royal-library-180963991/Discovered mislabeled in a Windsor Castle book, the drawings are the work of a young Thomas GainsboroughMon, 10 Jul 2017 16:37:28 +0000The Tin Man Is a Reminder of L. Frank Baum’s Onetime Oil Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tin-man-reminder-l-frank-baums-oil-career-180963950/Baum had a number of careers before he hit it big with 'The Wizard of Oz'Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:51:43 +0000Sheila Michaels, the Feminist Who Made ‘Ms.’ Mainstream, Has Died at 78http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sheila-michaels-feminist-who-made-ms-mainstream-has-died-78-180963982/The activist championed “Ms.” as a title that would allow women to be seen independently of their marital status Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:42:25 +0000Surf Through Newly Digitized Images to See Rome’s Ever-Changing History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-images-document-romes-ever-changing-history-180963979/The Eternal City is always evolving. Now, a new web resource shows howFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:04:29 +0000Take a Look at the Patents Behind Sliced Breadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-patents-behind-sliced-bread-180963870/It took a surprising amount of technological know-how to make the bread that birthed the expressionFri, 07 Jul 2017 13:41:26 +0000Mexico City Dig Uncovers Traces of Aztec Resistance to Spain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-dig-uncovers-traces-aztec-resistance-spain-180963970/For residents of Tenochtitlan, rebellion didn’t just happen on the battlefieldThu, 06 Jul 2017 18:32:19 +0000Hobby Lobby Hands Over 5,500 Illegally Imported Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobby-lobby-hands-over-5500-illegally-imported-artifacts-180963969/In 2010, the arts-and-crafts retailer purchased thousands of cultural artifacts smuggled from IraqThu, 06 Jul 2017 17:22:44 +0000A Brief History of People Running Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-people-running-across-america-180963858/Fictional character Forrest Gump wasn’t the only one to do it, not by a long shotThu, 06 Jul 2017 14:29:09 +0000High-Status Indigenous Family Brought Back to Life With Digital Reconstruction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-family-brought-back-life-digital-reconstruction-180963921/Some 3,700 years ago, the relatives were given elaborate burials along the coast of British ColumbiaWed, 05 Jul 2017 20:03:48 +0000Utah Just Did Away With Liquor-Hiding “Curtains” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-just-did-away-liquor-hiding-curtains-180963949/As liquor laws loosen, the “Zion Curtain” may become a thing of the pastWed, 05 Jul 2017 19:28:56 +0000France's Simone Veil Will Become the Fifth Woman Buried in the Panthéonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simone-veil-will-become-fifth-woman-buried-pantheon-180963947/It is an exceptional honor reserved for esteemed French citizensWed, 05 Jul 2017 17:43:02 +0000New Website Tracks Paintings Provenance from Brush to Gallery Wall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-tracks-paintings-brush-gallery-wall-180963915/<i>Mapping Paintings</i> makes it easier to figure out an artwork’s chain of ownershipWed, 05 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscriptshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-library-seeks-help-transcribing-magical-manuscripts-180963911/Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible onlineMon, 03 Jul 2017 20:14:18 +0000AI Project Produces New Styles of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-system-produces-new-styles-art-180963912/Researchers let two neural networks critique each other to create the imagesMon, 03 Jul 2017 19:30:03 +0000Is Jupiter the "Star" in Lord Byron's Famous Poem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-says-he-has-identified-star-lord-byrons-famous-poem-180963909/According to astronomer Donald Olson, the brilliant star described in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage is actually a planetMon, 03 Jul 2017 17:15:55 +0000Sony Will Start Pressing Vinyl Records After a 28-Year Hiatushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sony-will-start-pressing-vinyl-records-after-28-year-hiatus-180963901/The company stopped producing vinyl records in 1989Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Cheers To This Spanish Town's Annual Wine Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheers-spanish-towns-annual-wine-battle-180963896/The boozy event has its roots in a 13th century land disputeFri, 30 Jun 2017 17:41:44 +0000Phone Booths Are Back in Times Square—And This Time, They’re Telling Immigrant Stories http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/phone-booths-are-back-times-squareand-time-theyre-telling-immigrant-stories-180963879/<i>Once Upon a Place</i> features the oral histories of 70 immigrantsFri, 30 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Former Paris Stock Exchange To Be Transformed into Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-paris-stock-exchange-be-transformed-art-museum-180963878/The renovation will be so remarkable, according to the lead architect, it will cure Brexit-induced malaise Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000Harry Potter Sparks Illegal Owl Trade in Indonesia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harry-potter-sparks-illegal-owl-trade-indonesia-180963881/Hedwig made quite the impression—but her popularity is hurting real-life birdsThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:33:18 +0000The First Printed Fried Chicken Recipe in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-printed-fried-chicken-recipe-america-180963854/A white Virginian woman named Mary Randolph was the first to publish it, but fried chicken's Southern history is deeper than 'The Virginia Housewife'Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:53:00 +0000Michael Bond, Creator of Paddington Bear, Dies at 91http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michael-bond-creator-paddington-bear-dies-91-180963860/The author's stories about a plucky, marmalade-loving bear sold more than 35 million copies worldwideWed, 28 Jun 2017 17:20:16 +0000Americans Caught ‘Victoria Fever’ For The British Queen’s 1838 Coronationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-caught-victoria-fever-british-queens-1838-coronation-180963802/Such delicacies as 'Victoria soap' could be bought in America as a souvenir of the occasionWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000NYC Unveils Design for New Monument to the LGBT Communityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-unveils-design-new-monument-lgbt-community-180963837/The monument will be built in the Hudson River Park, a historic LGBT siteTue, 27 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000A Broadway Production of ‘1984’ Is Making Audiences Faint and Vomithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/broadway-production-1984-making-audiences-faint-and-vomit-180963834/Blood spatter, electrocution and strobe lights are all part of the experienceMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:44:16 +0000Creating a Full Palette of Blueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creating-full-palette-blues-180963790/How the discovery of a new metal helped to change painting foreverMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Lock Dating to Revolutionary War Period Found at Michigan Forthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lock-dating-revolutionary-war-period-found-michigan-fort-180963822/The 250-year-old lock was unearthed in a fur trader's house at Michilimackinac FortMon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where the Myth of JFK's 'Jelly Donut' Mistake Came Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-everybody-think-jfk-said-im-jelly-donut-180963779/The misinterpretation didn't arise until years after his deathMon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Asia’s First Major LGBTQ Exhibition to Launch in Taipei http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asias-first-major-lgbtq-exhibition-launch-taipei-180963781/The groundbreaking <i>Spectrosynthesis</i> is united by a single theme: the spectrum of lightFri, 23 Jun 2017 19:17:55 +0000New Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-iconic-phutukawa-tree-may-have-roots-australia-180963818/Fossils belonging to the pōhutukawa’s ancient ancestors were found on the coast of Tasmania Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:06:05 +0000Explore Ancient British Isles Hill Forts with a New Online Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-british-isles-hill-forts-using-new-online-atlas-180963803/The atlas lists over 4,000 of the structures that dot the landscape, used as gathering spots for Bronze and Iron Age BritonsFri, 23 Jun 2017 17:26:06 +0000Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau Created New Orleans’ Midsummer Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voodoo-priestess-marie-laveau-created-new-orleans-midsummer-festival-180963750/Mardi Gras may be the city's biggest party, but St. John's Eve is its most important religious festivalFri, 23 Jun 2017 14:05:00 +0000The Stylish Flamingo Hotel Shaped the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stylish-flamingo-hotel-shaped-las-vegas-strip-180963753/The Flamingo, still operating today, is the oldest hotel on the StripFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +0000Choreographer Bob Fosse Is the Forgotten Author of Modern Musicalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/choreographer-bob-fosse-forgotten-author-modern-musicals-180963746/Fosse's signature style influenced everything from Michael Jackson to today's musicalsFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000New Badges Will Make Today's Girl Scouts Tomorrow's Cybersleuthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-badges-todays-girl-scouts-tomorrow-cybersleuths-180963804/Camping and cookie sales are just the tip of the iceberg for modern scoutsFri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000London Exhibit Showcases Powerful Artwork Created by Teenage Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-exhibit-showcases-artwork-teenage-refugees-180963785/“All I Left Behind. All I Will Discover” includes pieces by 80 teens who fled to the UKThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:27:19 +0000Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri Destroyed by ISIS Militantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosuls-great-mosque-al-nuri-destroyed-militants-180963806/The 12th-century mosque’s leaning minaret was one of Mosul’s most recognizable landmarksThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:25:16 +0000Camera Film Reveals Images of the Mount St. Helens Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-contained-images-mount-st-helens-eruption-180963789/A photographer developed the film found at a Goodwill, revealing images of the ash plume from the 1980 eruption that killed 57Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:34:30 +0000Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-peep-gallery-historic-selfies-180963726/People have been photographing themselves almost since the dawn of the technologyWed, 21 Jun 2017 13:40:41 +0000UK Charity Calls On Developers to Save At-Risk Buildings http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-charity-calls-developers-save-risk-buildings-180963592/The ‘Up My Street’ catalogue profiles 100 historic properties in desperate need of repairWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Andy Warhol’s First Self-Portrait Is Headed to Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andy-warhols-first-self-portrait-headed-auction-180963714/The artist transformed a photo booth image into a vibrant, turquoise printTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:33:13 +0000132-Year-Old Lobster Earns a Pardon from the Pothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/132-year-old-lobster-earns-pardon-pot-180963771/Louie, a 22-pound crustacean born during the Cleveland administration, returned to the sea after 20 years living at Peter's Clam BarTue, 20 Jun 2017 18:37:05 +0000Lizzie Borden Didn’t Kill Her Parents (Maybe)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lizzie-borden-didnt-kill-her-parents-maybe-180963721/Borden was acquitted of the crime on this day in 1893, but no one else was ever chargedTue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Nobody Is Sure Why they Call It a ‘Martini’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobody-sure-why-they-call-it-martini-180963715/Tastes just as good, thoughMon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Tasty Art Installation Lets Visitors Pick Their Own Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tasty-art-installation-lets-visitors-pick-their-own-fruit-180963731/At the Stoneview Nature Center in Los Angeles, fruit trees are arranged according to the colors of the rainbowMon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000On World Sauntering Day, Take a Walkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-sauntering-day-take-walk-180963712/It's good for youMon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Oregon Becomes First State to Issue Gender Non-Binary ID Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oregon-becomes-first-state-issue-gender-non-binary-id-cards-180963739/Those who do not identify as male or female will be able to select “X” for non-specified gender when applying for IDsFri, 16 Jun 2017 20:05:51 +0000Traditional Polynesian Vessel to Complete Round-the-World Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traditional-polynesian-vessel-complete-round-world-journey-180963734/The Hōkūleʻa’s crew did not use any modern navigational devices, instead relying on the stars, waves, and clouds to guide themFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:58:08 +0000Happy Bloomsday! Too Bad James Joyce Would Have Hated Thishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-bloomsday-too-bad-james-joyce-would-have-hated-180963695/Joyce infamously disliked the idea of being memorializedFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000San Francisco Is Creating Its Own Governors Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-francisco-creating-its-own-governors-island-180963724/Treasure Island will turn into a major cultural destination under new, multi-billion dollar planThu, 15 Jun 2017 18:21:59 +0000Australia to Return Remains of Japan's Indigenous Ainu Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-return-remains-indigenous-japanese-group-180963697/In the early 20th century, an anthropologist excavated the remains and sent them overseasThu, 15 Jun 2017 17:06:17 +0000Why the Library of Congress Thinks Your Favorite Meme Is Worth Preserving http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-of-congress-meme-preserve-180963705/Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives are documenting online cultureThu, 15 Jun 2017 15:10:09 +0000Climate Change, and Cod, Are Causing One Heck of a Lobster Boom in Maine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-causing-one-heck-lobster-boom-maine-180963664/The complex relationships between humans, lobster, and cod are creating boom times--for nowThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:34:35 +0000Germany Moves Forward with Controversial Monument to Reunificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-controversial-monument-reunification-180963573/The German Memorial to Freedom and Unity has a fraught history Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Library of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith As New Poet Laureate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-names-tracy-k-smith-new-poet-laureate-180963708/Smith previously won a Pulitzer Prize for her work, which is by turns philosophical, fantastical and deeply personal Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:39:14 +0000Art Installation Recreates the Smell of Cities Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-installation-recreates-smell-cities-around-world-180963696/The Pollution Pod project emphasizes the unequal air quality divide between rich and poor citiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:44:59 +0000Three Very Modern Uses For A Nineteenth-Century Text Generatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-very-modern-uses-nineteenth-century-text-generator-180963654/Andrey Markov was trying to understand poems with math when he created a whole new field of probability studiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:23:48 +0000First House Designed by Antoni Gaudí to Open as a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-house-designed-antoni-gaudi-open-museum-180963637/The vibrant Casa Vicens was an early hallmark of Gaudí’s unique styleWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:02:45 +0000A Bear and Her Cubs Took Over Vlad the Impaler’s Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bear-and-her-cubs-took-over-vlad-impalers-castle-180963701/Romania’s Poenari Castle was shut down to visitors after authorities had “close encounters” with the creaturesWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:36:51 +0000New Report Ranks Easiest and Hardest Places to Be a Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-ranks-easiest-and-hardest-places-be-kid-180963662/Save the Children compares 172 countries based on factors like child mortality rates and adolescent birth ratesTue, 13 Jun 2017 17:15:38 +0000En Garde! (Nonviolent) Dueling Will Soon Be Legal in Canadahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/en-garde-dueling-will-soon-be-legal-canada-180963653/The government is ridding the Criminal Code of obsolete laws—like ones that prohibit dueling and witchcraftMon, 12 Jun 2017 20:38:18 +0000Massive Wooden Fire Monument Is Older Than Stonehengehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-wooden-fire-monument-older-stonehenge-180963642/Carbon dating shows that the site dates back to 3300 B.C.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:01:30 +0000In 1913, One Gluttonous Pupper Changed the Course of Animation Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1913-one-gluttonous-pupper-changed-course-animation-history-180963593/Years before "Steamboat Willie," this animated dog hammed it up onscreenMon, 12 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000257-Year-Old Coloring Book Rediscovered in St. Louishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/257-year-old-coloring-book-rediscovered-st-louis-180963745/The Florist contains 60 drawings, and recommends watercolor pigments like “gall-stone brown”Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Chinese City Institutes One-Dog Policyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-city-institutes-one-dog-policy-180963641/Officials in Qingdao say they are trying to limit the amount of disturbance caused by an ever-growing pooch populationFri, 09 Jun 2017 19:56:44 +0000Google Digitizes 3,000 Years of Fashion Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-digitizes-3000-years-fashion-history-180963633/The massive "We Wear Culture Project" includes 30,000 online artifacts from over 180 institutionsFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:45:56 +0000First-Ever Roma Cultural Institution Opens in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-roma-cultural-institution-opens-europe-180963620/It’s a step toward cultural inclusion for Europe’s largest minority groupFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:19:19 +0000What Hattie McDaniel Said About Her Oscar-Winning Career Playing Racial Stereotypeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-hattie-mcdaniel-said-about-her-oscar-winning-career-playing-racial-stereotypes-180963575/Hattie McDaniel saw herself as a groundbreaker for black AmericansFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +0000This Museum Was the World’s Most-Visited in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-was-worlds-most-visited-2016-180963624/According to a new report ranking the most popular international museumsThu, 08 Jun 2017 18:56:50 +0000This Tool Makes it Easy to Compare Art From Different Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tool-makes-it-easy-compare-art-different-museums-180963584/IIIF frees images from the confines of individual websites Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:34:03 +0000Dr. Seuss Museum Opens in Massachusettshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dr-seuss-museum-opens-massachusetts-180963577/The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss features a life-sized Wump of Gump, a recreation of Sala-ma-Sond, and replicas of the author’s childhood hauntsThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Sliver of Saint’s Brain Stolen From Italian Basilica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relic-saints-brain-stolen-italian-basilica-180963601/Police are looking for the person or persons who swiped the sacred relic from the Don Bosco Basilica Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Anthony Burgess' Legendary Dictionary of Slang Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anthony-burgess-legendary-dictionary-slang-lives-180963591/The author and linguist gave up the book after realizing how enormous the task of keeping up with slang would beWed, 07 Jun 2017 17:21:34 +0000See 17th-Century England Through the Eyes of One of the First Modern Travel Writershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-1600s-england-through-eyes-one-first-travel-writers-180963536/Celia Fiennes traveled and wrote about her adventures—including a bit of life adviceWed, 07 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Professor Helps Bust Italian Art Theft Ringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/professor-helps-bust-italian-art-theft-ring-180963563/The professor noticed that a rare manuscript had been stamped with the seal of the Royal Library of Turin, leading him to believe that it had been stolenTue, 06 Jun 2017 16:34:20 +0000Dylan Finally Delivers on Nobel Prize Lecture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dylan-finally-delivers-nobel-prize-lecture-180963572/The reclusive singer-songwriter muses on literature and music in characteristic styleMon, 05 Jun 2017 17:38:32 +0000Restored Roman Catacombs Reveal Stunning Frescoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-roman-catacombs-reveal-stunning-frescoes-180963532/Centuries of grime have been removed from two chambers of the Domitilia catacombs, exposing images of fourth-century RomeMon, 05 Jun 2017 15:42:12 +0000There's Something Fishy About the Ketchup You Put On Your Burgershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ketchup-fishy-origins-180963511/The red stuff that Americans eat on their French Fries doesn't look much like the 'kôechiap' it's based onMon, 05 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Tolkien’s Newly Published Book Is Rooted in a Real Love Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tolkiens-newly-published-book-rooted-real-love-story-180963559/The tale of Beren and Lúthien was first conceived in 1917, after an encounter between Tolkien and his wife EdithFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:59:19 +0000Tourists Are Now Banned from Photographing This Swiss Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-village-bans-photographs-180963533/It's a blatant—if somewhat brilliant—press playFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:46:28 +0000Snoop Inside Thoreau's Journals at This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everyday-life-henry-david-thoreau-180963529/It's your chance to get up-close and personal with the philosopher-poet’s possessionsFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:26:52 +0000Why Does Every American Graduation Play ‘Pomp and Circumstance’?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-american-graduation-play-pomp-and-circumstance-180963504/The song was written for a British king’s coronation and its name is a Shakespeare reference. What gives?Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:45 +0000Why Was Maine the First State to Try Prohibition?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-first-state-try-prohibition-180963503/The groundbreaking "Maine law" laid the groundwork for other states to experiment with temperance lawsFri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Do They Call a Quarter Pounder With Cheese in Casablanca? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-they-call-quarter-pounder-cheese-casablanca-180963468/McDonalds has been international for 50 years now... and its restaurants have learned how to blend in to the local sceneThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:07:00 +0000Footage of Early 20th-Century Explorations Now Available Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/footage-early-20th-century-explorations-now-available-online-180963484/The UK’s Royal Geographical Society has digitized its archival footage of historic expeditions Wed, 31 May 2017 16:17:22 +0000No U.S. President Has Ever Died in May and Other Weird Trivia About Presidential Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-us-president-has-ever-died-may-and-other-weird-facts-about-presidential-lives-180963434/Presidential lives are scrutinized for meaning, even when none is readily apparentWed, 31 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Scholars Rediscover Forgotten Edith Wharton Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-rediscover-forgotten-edith-wharton-play-180963497/“The Shadow of a Doubt” had been overshadowed by over 100 years of historyWed, 31 May 2017 15:38:37 +0000Amid Controversy, Minneapolis Museum Removes Sculpture Based on Execution of 38 Dakota Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amid-controversy-minneapolis-museum-removes-sculpture-based-execution-38-dakota-men-180963501/Members of the Dakota community say that the sculpture trivializes a painful chapter of their history Wed, 31 May 2017 14:01:40 +0000Samuel Pepys Was England's First Bloggerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-first-blogger-180963432/The famed blogger—okay, diarist—told historians so much about 17th-century daily life in England, but he could have told us so much moreWed, 31 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000How the First Female Photographer Changed the Way the World Sees Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photo-book-first-female-photographer-go-display-180963479/The groundbreaking photo book by Anna Atkins, a 19th-century British botanist, is going on display in the NetherlandsTue, 30 May 2017 19:38:39 +0000Late Fees No Longer Exist at Salt Lake City Libraries http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/late-fees-no-longer-exist-salt-lake-city-libraries-180963480/If you kept a book longer than you should have, you're in luckTue, 30 May 2017 18:14:55 +0000The Powerful Story Behind Glacier Bay National Park's New Totem Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-gets-two-new-totem-poles-180963470/They're 20-foot-tall symbols of a slowly healing riftTue, 30 May 2017 16:44:57 +0000