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GZA explores the universe

In the mid-1970s, Gary Grice and his cousin Robert — ages 11 and 8, respectively — traveled for hours by ferry, train, and bus from Staten Island to the Bronx.
Sounds of Science
By PHILIP EIL  |  December 07, 2012
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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
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What physics can teach us about Wall Street

Lisa Randall is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists.
Speakers
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 27, 2012

Physics lesson for Diamon

Newton’s laws of gravity and motion are universally understood laws, not subject to anyone’s opinion.
Letters to the Portland editor, May 21, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 21, 2010

Dad’s Place

Sometimes it's hard to assess the quality of a small diner-like place, in a small tourist-type town, but when you notice the cook-owner, Jean Pion, snipping fresh herbs for his omelets from pots he grows behind the eatery three seasons of the year, then
Father knows best
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2010
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Harvard's breathable chocolate

Not long ago, Harvard engineer David Edwards was dining in Bordeaux with famed French molecular gastronomist Thierry Marx and colloidal chemist Jérôme Bibette. Suddenly, tucking into a plate of gourmet fare, Edwards — who specializes in aerosols — had w
Biomedical engineer David Edwards is experimenting with ways for us to inhale our food.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010


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Lightning Bolt | Earthly Delights

I’m not sure why people are so worried about the Hadron Collider, especially since Lightning Bolt have been tearing black holes in the fabric of Providence on a regular basis for the past 15 years.
Load (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 16, 2009
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Heaven and Hell

Tom Hanks is back as Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon, but the filmmakers have ditched the long hair and allowed Hanks to look like an early-fiftysomething (which he is) instead of The Da Vinci Code 's 40ish hipster wanna-be.
Angels & Demons has it all
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: April 24, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 24, 2009

Play by play: April 17, 2009

Theater around town
 Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 17, 2009


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Review: Knowing

Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2009
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Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

It's appropriate that the new Puzzle Quest game should take place in space. Just like a black hole, it's impossible to resist; you wind up crushed into a subatomic particle.
Puzzle Quest drifts off course once more
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 10, 2009
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More new than old

During his decade-long tenure at Festival Ballet Providence, artistic director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric has not only created a polished ensemble of dancers but fostered an impressive clutch of choreographers.
Hope gets its close-up at Festival Ballet
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2009
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Super-curious

A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
A conversation with a Nobel-winning polymath: QED
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 11, 2009

Class of the Titans

Hypothesis: If a band perform a tribute to a parody musical act, does it create a meta-textual black hole from which no form of entertainment can escape?
MUSIC SEEN
By DAN CLARK  |  December 23, 2008


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The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008
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Nobel Son

On its surface, this quirky thriller from Randall Miller has indie-style appeal, with Alan Rickman in a delicious role as a gluttonous, philandering, narcissistic physics professor whose Nobel Prize win is deflated by the kidnapping of his rebellious ph
A precious, hyperkinetic mess
By PEG ALOI  |  December 03, 2008
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Jacob Kirkegaard | Labryinthitis

Labyrinthitis deals with the material science of sound — in particular the Tartini tone.
Touch (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  December 02, 2008

Wandering Eyes

I find myself lusting after some of the attractive young women with whom I work.
Ask Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  November 19, 2008
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The road not yet traveled

In 1916, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.  
A layman's guide to the science of time travel
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 16, 2008


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Space cowboy

Ronald Mallett wanted to build a time machine.
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008
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The good news

When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.  
David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008
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Mirrors up to Nature

Up close, the Forest of Arden, an elevated glade tucked into Boston Common, looks like verdant, dappled clouds tacked to two-by-fours.
As You Like It on Boston Common; QED in Central Square
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2008
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The illusionist

Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
Anish Kapoor at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  June 03, 2008
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Rage against the machines!

We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008


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Dark matter

This first film by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and American screenwriter Billy Shebar is an intelligent, well-acted TV-level movie.
An astonishingly unpredictable ending
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008
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Musical man

When holographic projection technology gets perfected, you can be sure that Mel Brooks’s The Producers will be one of the first holograms released.
Jason Simon ends his run in The Producers
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 08, 2008
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Beat the clock

“The Earth is a terrible timekeeper,” says Geoff Chester, the spokesman for this country’s official clock-master, the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC.
Does anybody really know what time it is?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 27, 2008
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Science and fiction

It wasn’t all hyperventilation.
Hollywood teleports to MIT
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 15, 2008