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Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010
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Strange trips

If you want this summer’s eerie subject matter to hit a bit closer to home, or a bit closer to reality, check out Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State , by Michelle Souliere (The History Press; $17.99).
Seeking the Pine Tree State’s weirder side
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2010

Layers of buying local

When we drink a glass of organic milk, or eat organic pork sausage with our organic scrambled eggs, it’s easy to forget what goes into securing that “organic” label.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

The cheeky title conjures up belovedly tacky 1950s Japanese sci-fi films, but Jessica Oreck’s actual effort is a pallid, thinly poetic documentary essay about Japan’s obsession with insects.
Pallid documentary on Japan's insect obsession
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2010
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High and low culture from Japan

Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
Art of the Hole Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  June 04, 2010

Warning buzz

Right now there are millions of bees pollinating blueberries in Maine.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 14, 2010


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Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
Obama gave the project a green light, but now the real fight begins.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010
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Nature studies

“A bird feeder,” Hamilton writes in her artist statement, “creates an intensified microcosm of the trials and hardships of avian existence.”
New works by Catherine Hamilton and Susan Twaddell
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir

In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
Crook Book Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010
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Quivering timbers

What’s a tree without roots? Usually it’s the kitchen cabinet or a sheaf of inkjet paper, but for Maine artist Jacob Galle, the answer is a lot less complicated.
A suspended forest in Brunswick
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 30, 2010
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Headphones TNG

New Hampshire green-tech nerd Aaron Fournier has an undeniable pitch for his new company, Thinksound, and its line of cool-daddy wood-grain headphones.
Think Sound
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010


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Eco-friendly

Once upon a time, before the heyday of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, all beer was organic. And now organic is back for good.
The second coming of organic beer
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 23, 2010
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Sightings | City of Straw

City of Straw works less like a conventional album of songs and more like a portal torn into this esteemed NYC-based experimental trio’s ominous world of heavy industrial noise that stays open for just 40 minutes.
Jagjaguwar (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 16, 2010
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Going Green Guide

Paint some leaves on some shit
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 16, 2010
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A wind farm — and a governor’s legacy — hang in the balance

With Governor Carcieri’s second and final term coming to an end, it is time to think about the “L” word — legacy.
Not Easy Being Green
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 09, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010


It’s the rain and snow, stupid

For those morons who say after a blizzard, “How’s that for global warming!” may we point out that one of the harbingers of climate change is the severity of storms that we experience.
Plus, hard times for the Blackstone
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 02, 2010
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Island ventures

Living on an island can be like living in your parents’ basement.
USM show uncovers Peaks
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 26, 2010

Hog wild on the farm

Perhaps because it's more difficult to do at home, perhaps because for some it's a question of ethics or squeamishness, perhaps because eating less meat is one of the top things we all could do to help the environment, but we don't talk as often about
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010
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Beautiful garbage

"Trash" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through January 29) focuses on our love-hate relationship with garbage
‘Trash’ — and more — at AS220 and Project Space
By GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2010
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Cambridge finds it ain't easy being green

The hype leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen last month reached near tsunami proportions, but in the end, the gathering went out like a neap tide.
Greater Boston's Gas-House Gang
By TOM MEEK  |  January 15, 2010


An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
Wind Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 15, 2010
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Of Doctor Tremendanus and the giant furry jellyfish

It was New Year’s Eve and in the belly of the Roxy nightclub, away from the teeming Bright Night crowds, there were monsters on the loose: creatures with protruding noses, googly eyes, and spindly legs.
 Monsters, Inc.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  January 08, 2010
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The power of ignorant thinking

Global warming is a lie
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  January 01, 2010

Faltering steps forward

As in many other sectors, the green world in 2009 was marked as much by bluster as by tangible positive action.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 25, 2009
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Group hug

Things aren’t always what they’re called — we know that flying fish don’t fly and starfish aren’t even fish.
The crooked folk of Cuddle Magic
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 18, 2009


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Book Review: The Tin Drum

There are — and have always been — two Günter Grasses. There's the Grass who was born in Danzig and the Grass who was born in Gdansk.
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 18, 2009
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Let's Get Raw

Couldn't score a seat at the Climate Change Conference underway in Copenhagen, but still want to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you need to eat it raw.
Do It Clean Dept.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 18, 2009

Change? What change?

Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 18, 2009
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Séance

Rachel Berwick's art is concerned with conjuring ghosts — in particular the spirits of creatures or peoples near extinction or already died out.
Rachel Berwick conjures ghost birds in Zugunruhe
By GREG COOK  |  December 11, 2009