Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:01 +0000The Budweiser Clydesdales’ First Gig Was the End of Prohibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/budweiser-clydesdaless-first-gig-was-end-prohibition-180962672/August Busch, born on this day in 1899, came up with the concept of the Budweiser Clydesdales to celebrate the repeal of anti-liquor lawsTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:01 +0000English-Speaking Cameroon Hasn’t Had Any Internet for 70 Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-speaking-cameroon-hasnt-had-any-internet-70-days-180962691/The shutdown targets the country's two Anglophone regionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:10:39 +0000World’s Largest Gold Coin Stolen From Berlin Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-gold-coin-stolen-berlin-museum-180962690/Thieves appear to have snuck through a window before making off with the almost 221-pound coinTue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:31 +0000Gender-Neutral Pronoun “They” Adopted by Associated Press http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gender-neutral-pronoun-they-adopted-associated-press-180962679/The journalist’s bible will finally help reporters talk about non-binary people Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:23:23 +0000George Orwell Wrote '1984' While Dying of Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-orwell-wrote-1984-while-dying-tuberculosis-180962608/Orwell, like thousands around the globe today, struggled with tuberculosis for many years before finally succumbing to the diseaseFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:11:12 +0000New Website Documents 100 Years of Japanese Animationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-documents-100-years-japanese-animation-180962662/From propaganda to experimental cartoons, these films showcase the early days of a national art formFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000India's Ganges and Yamuna Rivers Are Given the Rights of Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ganges-and-yamuna-rivers-given-rights-people-india-180962639/A few days after a New Zealand river gained the rights of personhood, an Indian court has declared that two heavily polluted rivers also have legal statusThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:13 +0000Vandals Deface Rock Art In Chad's Ennedi World Heritage Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-deface-rock-art-chads-ennedi-world-heritage-site-180962636/Names were written in French and Arabic on some of the area's rock art, which can date back as far as 8,000 yearsThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:00 +0000San People of South Africa Issue Code of Ethics for Researchershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-people-south-africa-issue-code-ethics-researchers-180962615/This much-studied population is the first indigenous people of Africa to develop such guidelinesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:29 +0000The Mime Who Saved Kids From the Holocausthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mime-who-saved-kids-holocaust-180962533/Marcel Marceau is history’s most famous mime, but before that, he was a member of the French ResistanceWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000The First Saxophone Was Made of Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-saxophone-made-of-wood-180962541/ The instrument was patented by–you guessed it–Adolphe Sax, on this day in 1846Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Norwegians Are Named 2017's Happiest Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegians-are-happiest-people-180962617/Scandanavian countries take the top spots in the annual World Happiness ReportTue, 21 Mar 2017 20:49:27 +0000New Fund Pledges to Protect Cultural Heritage from War and Terrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fund-pledges-protect-cultural-heritage-war-and-terror-180962616/Nations and philanthropists join together to safeguard one another’s priceless treasuresTue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:23 +0000This Art Deco Office Tower Was the Master Work of 'The Architect of Detroit'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-deco-office-tower-was-master-work-detroits-architect-180962524/Although Kahn designed numerous buildings and factories, this is the one that’s come to define his workTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Game Turns James Joyce’s Most Notorious Novel Into Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/game-turns-james-joyces-most-notorious-novel-virtual-reality-180962596/But will it make you want to finish <i>Ulysses</i>?Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:38:09 +0000Man Charged After Slashing Gainsborough Painting at the National Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-charged-after-slashing-gainsborough-painting-national-gallery-1-180962601/Fortunately, preliminary reports suggest that "The Morning Walk" can be repairedTue, 21 Mar 2017 13:12:35 +0000Why Puppets (and Puppeteers) Are Still Importanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puppets-puppeteers-importart-180962529/Puppets aren't just children's toys, as this look into the Smithsonian's collection showsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:20:00 +0000France’s Famous High School Exam Will Soon Feature Its First Woman Author http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-famous-high-school-exam-will-soon-feature-its-first-woman-author-180962595/Madame da La Fayette will infuse a much-needed POV into France’s literary curriculumTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Sesame Street to Introduce Julia, a Muppet with Autismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sesame-street-introduce-julia-muppet-autism-180962593/Some characters are confused by Julia’s behavior, but they come to embrace her differencesMon, 20 Mar 2017 18:29:17 +0000White Southerners Said “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Was Fake Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-southerners-said-uncle-toms-cabin-was-fake-news-180962518/So its author published a “key” to what’s true in the novelMon, 20 Mar 2017 13:22:30 +0000So Is 'Mona Lisa' Smiling? A New Study Says Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/is-the-mona-lisa-smiling-new-study-180962580/Compared to other similar images, the masterpiece's mouth registered as happy to almost 100 percent of the participantsFri, 17 Mar 2017 19:07:47 +0000L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Home Will Open As a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lm-montgomerys-ontario-home-will-open-museum-180962562/While living in the village of Norval, the beloved author enjoyed stunning literary success. But this chapter of her life was tinged with darknessFri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:53 +0000Did Catherine Parr Write a Propaganda Song for Henry VIII?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-katherine-parr-write-propaganda-song-henry-viii-180962552/'Gaude gloriosa Dei mater,' purportedly penned by the king’s sixth wife, will be performed in London for the first time in more than 470 yearsFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:24:12 +0000Utah Chooses New State Works of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-choosesofficial-works-art-180962540/Ancient rock art and Robert Smithson's “Spiral Jetty” are poised to become state symbolsThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:26:45 +0000A Missing Oxford Comma Just Changed the Course of a Court Case http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-oxford-comma-just-changed-course-court-case-180962551/Call it pedantic, but comma wars are a thingThu, 16 Mar 2017 17:29:52 +0000Netflix Will Finish Orson Welles’ Last Film http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/netflix-will-finish-orson-welles-last-film-180962535/Will <i>The Other Side of the Wind</i> live up to its iconic reputation? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:01:40 +0000Contest Winners Capture the Eerie Beauty of Medical Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contest-winners-capture-eerie-beauty-medical-imagery-180962553/From stained mice placenta to an implant in the eye, this year's Wellcome Image Award recipients highlight the beauty of scienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:45:42 +0000Five Things You Didn’t Realize Were Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-you-didnt-realize-were-funded-national-endowment-humanities-180962531/Since 1965, the agency has bestowed more than 63,000 humanities-related grantsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:45:19 +0000Getting Married on Pi Day is a Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-married-pi-day-thing-180962456/Unfortunately, there are indications that couples who get married on special dates might not have the same chance of succeedingTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:30:00 +0000Researchers Float (Unlikely) Theory That Jane Austen Died of Arsenic Poisoninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-float-unlikely-theory-jane-austen-died-arsenic-poisoning-180962506/A contested hypothesis says the author’s glasses may offer new insight into her deathMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:35:33 +0000Two New Exhibitions Celebrate a Long-Lost Painting http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-exhibitions-celebrate-long-lost-painting-180962464/The "Tower of the Blue Horses" is gone, but not forgottenMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:44 +0000Man Crosses the Atlantic On a Stand-Up Paddleboardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-crosses-atlantic-stand-up-paddleboard-180962495/South African surfer Chris Bertish spent 93 days paddling 4,050 miles between Morocco and AntiguaFri, 10 Mar 2017 22:20:13 +0000“Pink Noise” May Improve Sleep and Memory in Older Adultshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pink-noise-may-improve-sleep-and-memory-older-adults-180962466/A new study has found that sound stimulation at night can lull people into a deep sleepFri, 10 Mar 2017 19:09:29 +0000Don't Judge the Book-of-the-Month Club By Its Coverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-judge-book-month-club-its-cover-180962382/Although today you might associate its name with staid offerings, the club’s first book was by an openly queer authorFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000History Film Forum Hashes Out Truth and Myth in Hollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-film-forum-hashes-out-truth-and-myth-hollywood-180962454/The four-day Forum looks into time travel, black America, Poe and other depictions of history in the mediaThu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:42 +0000California’s Bunny Museum Hops to a New Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-bunny-museum-hops-new-home-180962453/The previous location could not contain the museum’s 33,000 “artifacts”Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:09:34 +0000Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, Mistakenly Attributed to Her Brother, Premieres Under Her Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sonata-fanny-mendelssohn-mistakenly-attributed-her-brother-premieres-under-her-name-180962429/The Royal College of London performed the Easter Sonata in honor of International Women's DayWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:23:15 +0000Is This the Happiest Place in America? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happiest-place-america-180962416/ For the second time in a row, Gallup-Healthways ranked this Florida city first for overall well-beingTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:55:46 +0000What Killed More Than Half a Dozen of the Bahamas' Swimming Pigs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-killed-half-dozen-bahamas-swimming-pigs-180962386/Drought and sand-tainted snacks might be the reason for the recent deathsTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:42:29 +0000The Letters of Abigail and John Adams Show Their Mutual Respecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letters-abigail-and-john-adams-show-their-mutual-respect-180962347/We still have 1,160 of their letters, written across the years of their marriageTue, 07 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Grey Gardens Estate Is on the Market for $20 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famed-grey-gardens-estate-market-20-million-180962392/All feline tenants have been evictedTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:39 +0000Censored Iranian Film Gets First Public Release, 27 Years After Its Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/censored-iranian-film-gets-first-public-release-27-years-after-its-debut-180962387/A mysterious plan to steal <i>The Nights of Zayandeh-rood</i> from government archives helped bring the film to a London theaterTue, 07 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000Five-Year Photo Project Captures the Sistine Chapel in High-Res Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-year-photo-project-captures-sistine-chapel-high-res-detail-180962357/Released in a new set of books, the 1:1 photos will be used by restorers to restore and assess damage to Michaelangelo's masterpiecesFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:24:48 +0000George W. Bush Displays Portraits of Military Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-w-bush-displays-portraits-military-veterans-180962363/The former president honors 66 members of the armed services in the show "Portraits of Courage," which just opened at the George W. Bush CenterFri, 03 Mar 2017 17:52:16 +0000Oldest-Known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Emperorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/A hand-painted mirror, decorated with a painting of the philosopher, was discovered in the tomb of short-lived ruler Liu HeThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:32:17 +0000Lou Reed’s Papers Have Found a Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lou-reeds-papers-have-found-home-180962355/The vicious Velvet Underground frontman will live on at the New York Public LibraryThu, 02 Mar 2017 18:09:03 +0000Researchers Decipher Recipe Believed to Treat Medieval Mystichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-decipher-recipe-treat-medieval-mystic-180962336/The find came to light thanks to a multi-spectral analysis on the manuscript of Margery Kempe's autobiographyThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:58:36 +0000Dr. Seuss Had an Imaginary Daughter Named Chrysanthemum-Pearlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chrysanthemum-pearl-was-child-dr-seuss-never-had-180962291/Theodor Seuss Geisel created the character with his first wife, Helen Palmer GeiselThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:33:09 +0000Heirs of Holocaust Victim Invoke New Law in Suit Over Two Schiele Drawingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heirs-holocaust-victim-invoke-new-law-suit-over-two-schiele-drawings-180962330/The family of Fritz Grunbaum claims the works were stolen by NazisThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Foundation is Looking to Level Up Video Game Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-game-level-up-video-game-culture-180962322/The non-profit aims to preserve game code and the magazines, marketing materials and culture surrounding video gamesWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:27:06 +0000Bad News, Pet Lovers: Teacup Pigs Are a Hoaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-news-petlovers-theres-no-such-thing-teacup-pig-180962275/It’s a descriptor, not the term for a breed of pig, and it’s hurting animalsWed, 01 Mar 2017 15:45:00 +0000Why Is This 25-Year-Old Pinball Machine Still the Most Popular?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-25-year-old-pinball-machine-most-popular-180962269/You can even play a video-game version of this table Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000As “Dord” Shows, Being in the Dictionary Doesn’t Always Mean Something’s a Wordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-dord-180962266/Even dictionaries can make mistakes, although Merriam-Webster maintains this is their only oneTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Little Golden Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-little-golden-books-180962311/What to know as the iconic series of children's books celebrates 75 yearsTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:38:47 +0000The Illustrator of Alice in Wonderland Also Drew Abraham Lincoln. A Lothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/illustrator-alice-wonderland-also-drew-abraham-lincoln-lot-180962259/John Tenniel was a well-known editorial cartoonist as well as the man who gave Lewis Carroll’s books their visual charmTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:30:12 +0000View Daily Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp Through the Lens of Ansel Adams http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-daily-life-japanese-american-internment-camp-through-lens-ansel-adams-180962307/In 1943, one of America’s best-known photographers documented one of the best-known internment campsTue, 28 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000New Exhibition Lets You Look at Art While Playing Pinballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-lets-you-look-art-while-playing-pinball-180962304/<i>Kings and Queens</i> tracks the game’s influence on a group of Chicago artistsMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:45:04 +0000When Freud Met Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-freud-met-jung-180962301/The meeting of the minds happened 110 years agoMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:10:53 +0000This Supreme Court Justice Was a KKK Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supreme-court-justice-was-kkk-member-180962254/Even after the story came out in 1937, Hugo Black went on to serve as a member of the Supreme Court into the 1970sMon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000Byron Was One of the Few Prominent Defenders of the Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byron-was-one-few-prominent-defenders-luddites-180962248/Years later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-american-artists-cartoons-helped-win-world-war-ii-180962279/Charles Alston knew how to turn art into motivationMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Oscars Are Held in a Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/oscars-are-held-mall-180962226/It takes two weeks to dress the venue (which is in a mall, remember) for the occasion each yearFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000That Time the U.S. Government Won an Oscarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/that-time-us-government-won-oscar-180962277/Today, the award is kept on permanent display in the National ArchivesThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:45 +0000A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovered-lost-work-fiction-walt-whitman-180962260/The serialized novella was first published anonymously in 1852Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:04 +0000Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tootsie-rolls-were-wwii-energy-bars-180962202/The candies were included in rations because they stayed fresh for a long timeThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:23 +0000Watch the Oldest-Known Surviving Film by an African-American Directorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-oldest-known-surviving-film-african-american-director-180962035/<i>Within Our Gates</i> was Oscar Micheaux’s response to a racist classicThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-margaritas-possible-predecessor-daisy-180962192/This cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000Girl Scouting Was Once Segregatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouting-was-once-segregated-180962208/Though the Girl Scouts of the USA initially declared itself a space for all girls, the reality was different for girls of colorTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:36 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-happen-when-language-dies-and-one-thing-you-can-do-help-180962188/This World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000The Inventors of Upcycling Published Their Manifesto In a Plastic Book. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventors-upcycling-published-their-idea-plastic-book-why-180962182/You might have heard the term in relation to crafting, but it means a lot moreTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +0000A Leaky Roof Has Forced the Johannesburg Art Gallery to Temporarily Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaky-roof-forced-johannesburg-art-gallery-temporarily-close-180962228/But there’s some good news to comes out of this soggy situationFri, 17 Feb 2017 17:59:04 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Once Patented http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statute-liberty-was-once-patented-180962158/Reading the original patent documents can help us learn more about this history of this American iconFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000How 13th-Century “Mermaid Bones” Came to Be Displayed in a Japanese Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-13th-century-mermaid-bones-came-be-displayed-japanese-temple-180962209/According to legend, the ningyo washed ashore on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1222Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:39:06 +0000American Girl Announces Boy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-girl-announces-boy-180962193/The toy titan’s newest doll is a boy named Logan Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0000Five Cool Finds From Google Arts & Culture's Presidents' Day Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-finds-google-presidents-day-collection-180962206/The platform is sharing more than 2,000 items steeped in political historyThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1980s-roberta-williams-brought-graphic-adventure-games-home-180962160/Mystery House was the first home computer game ever to include graphics as well as textThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Nick Offerman’s Character in “The Founder” Is Based on This Real Historical Figurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nick-offermans-character-founder-based-real-historical-figure-180962147/Richard “Dick” McDonald’s story in the film is true — to a degreeThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Aww-Inspiring Origins of Clifford the Big Red Doghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aww-origins-clifford-dog-180962099/Norman Bridwell, Clifford’s creator, was also a lot like his creationWed, 15 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-most-important-and-cutest-teddy-bear-moments-past-114-years-180962140/The American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-rappelled-london-warehouse-in-heist-180962176/The burglars made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 millionTue, 14 Feb 2017 20:46:21 +0000Winning Nature Photos Capture Triumph and Turmoil in the Animal Kingdomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-winning-nature-photos-world-press-photo-competition-180962162/From poaching to panda recovery, the winners of the World Press Photo competition chronicle human interactions with natureTue, 14 Feb 2017 19:03:46 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pompeiian-bakery-became-years-hot-date-destination-180962169/The romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000These Photos Show Just How Colossal the World's Tallest Sandcastle Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180962149/The new Guinness World Record holder is a 48.8-foot creation on Puri Beach that celebrates world peace. It's <i>shore</i> to impress Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art Triumphantly Re-Openshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-museum-islamic-art-re-opens-180962057/The museum has restored 160 artifacts damaged by a 2014 truck bomb and has expanded, putting three times as many artworks on displayTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:32:30 +0000How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-make-authentic-civil-war-valentine-180962090/Handmade Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War yearsTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Win a Stay at a Castle Fit for "Beauty and the Beast"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/win-stay-castle-beauty-beast-180962159/Though it's a Scottish castle, not French château, it's sure to be a fairytale tripTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photographs-show-paul-gaugin-in-tahiti-180962112/The newly discovered photos are from the summer of 1896Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:55:45 +0000When Some 1920s Garbage Was Mistaken for an Ancient Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-garbage-or-ancient-artifact-probably-1920s-garbage-180962081/The "Coso Artifact" was fuel for those who want to believe that the truth is out thereMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000Newly Discovered Photo May Depict a Younger Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-photo-may-depict-younger-harriet-tubman-180962103/The late 1860s carte-de-visite comes from fellow abolitionist Emily Howland's albumFri, 10 Feb 2017 20:15:08 +0000What Is the Congressional Review Act?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-congressional-review-act-180962031/The U.S. Congress is wiping away rules and regulations finalized in the last months of the Obama administration through a little-used 1996 lawFri, 10 Feb 2017 19:08:00 +0000Meet the Historically Accurate Mr. Darcyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-historically-accurate-mr-darcy-180962136/A team of experts on fashion and social culture offer their take on Jane Austen's brooding heroFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000Computers Are Great at Chess, But That Doesn't Mean the Game Is 'Solved'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-man-lose-computer-said-about-chess-21st-century-180962046/On this day in 1996, the computer Deep Blue made history when it beat Garry KasparovFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/The Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-digitizing-history-circus-180962100/In a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000Mark Twain Museum Battles Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-museum-battles-mold-180962070/A malfunctioning HVAC system led to mold contaminating 5,000 artifacts in a storage room, which will be restored over the next four monthsThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-might-have-found-another-dead-sea-scroll-cave-180962092/It could be cave number 12Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:10:19 +0000375,000 Images From the Met Are Now Yours for the Takinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/375000-images-from-the-met-now-yours-for-taking-180962080/It’s a milestone for one of the world's most significant art collectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:36:28 +0000Fans of Dorothy Parker Can Pay to Wear Her Mink Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fans-dorothy-parker-can-pay-wear-her-mink-coat-180962062/It’s all in the name of preservationWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:10 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quest-save-vincent-van-goghs-grave-180962028/His final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-house-prairie-was-built-native-american-land-180962020/Yesterday was Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. It's time to take a critical look at her workWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:27:54 +0000#ColorOurCollections Is Back, Turning Your Favorite Cultural Institutions Into Coloring Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-favorite-cultural-institution-just-turned-coloring-book-180962061/In its second year, it's more vibrant than everWed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-fanatical-monk-took-over-florence-and-burned-bunch-vanities-180962005/He told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000Researchers Discover a 17th-Century "Emoji"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-a-17th-century-emoji-180962055/The classic smiley face has been around for a long timeMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:40:13 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-babe-ruth-so-good-hitting-home-runs-180961998/People have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Spool of “Holocaust Songs” Found in Mislabelled Containerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spool-holocaust-songs-found-mislabelled-container-180962045/The “Henonville Songs” are being heard for the first time in 70 yearsFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:24 +0000LiDAR Scans Reveal Maya Civilization's Sophisticated Network of Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lidar-scans-maya-network-roads-180961995/Detailed aerial images reveal a remarkably ambitious transportation network consisting of 17 roadsFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:39:38 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-silver-swan-has-fascinated-fans-nearly-250-years-180962024/It preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Littlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rachel-carson-wrote-silent-spring-partly-because-author-stuart-little-180961962/The book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000WWII Songstress Croons Her Way to Age 100 With a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-songress-croons-her-way-age-100-with-new-album-180962022/Dame Vera Lynn "the Forces' Sweetheart" will make the history books with the releaseThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:53:34 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hell-raising-suffragists-name-will-soon-grace-oregon-hotel-180961963/Abigail Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lie-detectors-dont-work-advertised-and-they-never-did-180961956/Barred from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-doodle-sculpts-tribute-pioneering-artist-edmonia-lewis-180962010/Celebrate the first day of Black History Month by getting to know the 19th-century sculptorWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:50 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-winnie-pooh-was-written-sale-180961999/The 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-langston-hughess-dreams-inspired-mlks-180961929/Langston Hughes wrote about dreams at a time when racism meant that black people’s dreams were silencedWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-displays-weasel-brought-down-particle-physics-180961969/A stone marten that disrupted the Large Hadron Collider in November goes on display in Rotterdam in an exhibit about human-animal mishapsWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000World's Longest Running Streak Comes to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-longest-running-streak-comes-end-180961985/After running a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days, running legend Ron Hill finally took a day off due to heart problemsTue, 31 Jan 2017 19:21:57 +0000Co-Defendant in €100 Million Art Heist Claims He Threw Five Masterpieces in the Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co-defendant-100-million-art-heist-claims-he-threw-five-masterpieces-trash-180961988/But investigators are skepticalTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:35:23 +0000Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-scouts-will-allow-transgender-children-180961982/The decision is thanks to an 8 year old Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:18 +0000