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Rain check

We have just the thing to cure your summer-vacation blues: Maine, from the inside.
When bad weather strikes, just go indoors!
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010
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Master stroke

Stranding travelers across the continent as it forged surreal panoramas in the sky, the ash spewed forth by Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull might rank among 21st-century Europe’s most impressive natural disasters, but it didn’t quite register with Dan
Caribou’s Swim rules the pool
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 30, 2010
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Review: In Search of Memory

Memory, like consciousness, eludes analysis. Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, the subject of this subtly layered documentary by Petra Seeger, took the approach of reductionism to figure it out.
Mind-altering. Seriously.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 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
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Deep blue

If you’re going to explore the cosmos, better do it at night.
Grace DeGennaro’s ‘Indigo’ at Aucocisco
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 02, 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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Review: The Sun

No sun is in sight in the beginning of Aleksandr Sokurov’s look at the last days of divinity for Emperor Hirohito.
The shades close for  Emperor Hirohito
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010
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Dynamic duo

Faculty exhibitions tend to be hodgepodges, no matter how prestigious the school. But "Sabbatical Exhibition" is a delightful exception.
Doug Bosch and Stephen Fisher in RIC’s ‘Sabbatical Exhibition’
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010
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Mathematics | Return Of The Wu & Friends

As chairman, muse, and beatmaker for the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA casts a shadow big enough to shade all but a few marquee members of his extended family.
Gold Dust Media (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
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Ken Miller just can’t win

What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010


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The Bicycle Feat

In the corner of the lab of Shire Human Genetic Therapies in Cambridge, you'll find a guy with DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST written across his lab coat, unassumingly purifying proteins.
Jungle Fever
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  February 19, 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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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
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Evidence of white trash found on red planet

The Yankee Yard comes to Mars
 Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  January 08, 2010


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50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 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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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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2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Our most popular blog posts from 2009
Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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Hot for teacher

MECA faculty re-imagine the natural world and play with nostalgia
MECA faculty re-imagine the natural world and play with nostalgia
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 04, 2009
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Airing it out

New York painter Eve Aschheim has said that she uses geometry in her abstractions "to 'think about' the intersection of nature and cityscape. My works might suggest the chaotic geometry of the city, the expectant stillness of air, the tenuous balance o
Works by Aschheim, Buck, Gottlieb, and Prine
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009

Youth to power

Bates College junior Robert Friedman will be missing a couple weeks of class in December.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2009
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We're killing the oceans

I meet world-renowned undersea photojournalist Brian Skerry at Legal Seafoods, across from the New England Aquarium, where he's the explorer in residence. He orders a chicken Caesar salad.
Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 20, 2009


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Elite Restaurant

Some meals can bring you back vividly to your childhood, perhaps because your sense of smell and long-term memory are centered in adjacent areas of the brain.
Eggs, coffee, and salty conversation
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 13, 2009

Conservation in Copenhagen

In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009
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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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Interview: Colin Beavan

"In my twenties, I was really concerned with global warming. In my thirties, I was really focused on being a writer."
It's not easy going green
By TOM MEEK  |  October 02, 2009