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Tabloid Science(1)

Big Fat Post, the Daily Signal, and all the other rags.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 01, 2013

Science Community Bulletin Board(1)

Free hypotheses in need of a good lab!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 08, 2013

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

Review: Frankenweenie

Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films feature corpses or the undead.
Shaggy dog story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

Science meets fantasy in Mollie Goldstrom’s prints

If you hang around the art world much, you often hear that there are currently no major movements.
When worlds collide
By GREG COOK  |  August 17, 2012
Film: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

This winning British movie, in which rumpled fisheries expert Fred (McGregor) and sleek exec Harriet (Emily Blunt) help realize the dream project of a sheik, brings to mind the classic Ealing comedies that starred Guinness.
Swimming upstream
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 09, 2012


An evangelical chemist on faith and science

Chemistry professor Troy van Voorhis is a bit of an anomaly, an evangelical Christian — by definition, though not necessarily by social or political affiliation, as he is quick to note — working at that high church of science, the Massachusetts Institut
By RHEMA THOMPSON  |  February 24, 2012

Waiting to exhale

A nervous little chill ran through me as I stared at the Chapstick-size tube sitting on my desk.
Breath the buzz
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 30, 2011
Review: A Dangerous Method

Review: A Dangerous Method(1)

Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011

Photos: Selections from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Used with permission from Science Ink by Carl Zimmer, Sterling Publishing © 2011.
Science Ink
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 16, 2011

Science fare

This week, Chang is coming to Harvard to take part in "Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter," a new lecture series devoted to the science of food that pairs renowned chefs with Harvard scientists.
The chemistry of haute cuisine
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 11, 2011


Voices carry

She can hear a baby crying. She searches the house, each cluttered room, the closets, under the bed. She checks the cupboards. She checks behind the shower curtains. There is no baby.
Marty hears things that aren't there. Doctors say she's schizophrenic. A new movement says she's just human.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 21, 2011

URI’s ''Are You Ready For the Future?'' colloquium in brief

The future is about more than the singularity, of course. It's about robots, lab-grown organs, and watching hopelessly as the Chinese pilfer our military secrets.
Robots and lab-grown bladders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011

Dark side of the future

When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011
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Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

The Year in Monkey News

Simian news items, compiled for your reading pleasure.
Primate dispatches from around the globe

G. Kimball, RIP

George Kimball, 1943-2011

George Kimball, Phoenix sports editor (back when there was such a thing) for nearly 10 years, Boston Herald columnist for 25 more, and truly one of the great boxing writers of our time, passed away last week at his home in New York City. He was 67.
In Memoriam
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  July 15, 2011

Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

So you thought you were special

Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 18, 2011

At RISD: Art, science, and what's wrong with ATMs

Among the most prominent solutions offered up for our present economic malaise and the broader decline of the republic: a robust investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011

Interview: Harold McGee

Before Alton Brown had even opened a culinary-school brochure, Harold McGee had written On Food and Cooking .
Dr. Food
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  December 03, 2010


Gold diggers: El Salvador vs. Pacific Rim Mining

If Chilean miners can maintain vast media attention for two months, then human-rights advocates may be in pole position to lure spotlights toward other underground issues below the border.
Mine. Not yours.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2010

Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
By AMY FINCH  |  October 22, 2010
Fly Me to the Moon Ball

Fly Me to the Moon Ball

Photo: COURTESTY OF NASAAs things on earth keep going to shit, moving to the moon looks like an increasingly attractive option. Lucky for us, the...
By Micah Hauser  |  October 18, 2010
In Some States, Incarcerated Kids Get Drugged to Alter Behavior, Despite Risks

In Some States, Incarcerated Kids Get Drugged to Alter Behavior, Despite Risks

A clip from FRONTLINE's "Medicating Kids"Though the use of antipsychotic drugs on children is believed to carry significant risks even when used properly to treat...
By Pro Publica  |  October 05, 2010

Review: Steampunk at the Players' Ring

Since they began gaining mass popularity in the '80s, the antique copper laser-guns, cog-studded corsets and alternate electronic empires of the steampunk genre have been buzzing the cultural circuitry ever more.
Metallic myths
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 01, 2010

Nerd Nite Tonite: Cyberduds, Superdoves, and Potentially Life-Changing Protips

It's the last Monday of September, which means another Nerd Nite is upon us. This monthly casual, coffee-house-style dorkjam provides us all a much-needed the...
By Micah Hauser  |  September 27, 2010

Dropping Science

Hot shit
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  September 18, 2010


We’ve mapped out your ?rst month in Boston.
Play the Phoenix's Boston Photo Scavenger Hunt
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 03, 2010

Not giving up on the climate-change bill

This summer, US politicians gave up. Faced with backroom roadblocks and scattered priorities, Democratic leaders announced in July that they were abandoning attempts to pass a comprehensive energy and climate-change bill.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 03, 2010