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Creative bursts from all corners

May 24, 2013

The idea behind a recent Radcliffe workshop sounded more like the setup to a perfect punch line, admitted one of its organizers “It almost began like a joke. Bring a pastry chef and a... Continue reading

Challenging ‘eureka’ with rigor

May 23, 2013

CDATA[/* > /*–>*/ Richard Holmes, whose critically acclaimed “The Age of Wonder” explored the intersection of science and the arts in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, discussed the... Continue reading

Attention, undivided

May 20, 2013

Each day, an average of nine people are killed in the United States and more than 1,000 injured by drivers doing something other than driving. The totals — 3,300 U.S. deaths and 387,000... Continue reading

Urgent prep work

May 17, 2013

They didn’t always speak the same language, but climate scientists and disaster relief workers wrapped up a meeting Tuesday in agreement about the importance of leveraging climate insights into... Continue reading

The trouble with Kepler

May 16, 2013

NASA announced a problem on Wednesday that threatens to cripple one of its highest-profile missions, the Kepler Space Telescope, an instrument dedicated to finding Earth-like planets orbiting other... Continue reading

Catching flux

May 15, 2013

Australian photographer Stephen Dupont has spent years documenting dissonance. Dupont began working in Papua New Guinea in 2004, spending time with the gangs of Port Moresby, the nation’s... Continue reading

‘Gangnam Style’ by the Yard

May 10, 2013

Every now and then a song sweeps the world, catapulting its singer into the stratosphere of super-fame. “Gangnam Style” is that kind of phenomenon, performed by South Korea’s Park Jae-sang, better... Continue reading

Boldly going to Houghton

May 10, 2013

The camera pans across the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, where Capt. James T. Kirk and his crew are under attack by an alien vessel firing deadly bolts of photon energy-plasma. As the ship’s... Continue reading

Pages out of time

May 9, 2013

Students, here’s today’s assignment: Write a paper that weaves together a slab of trilobite fossils, a Polaroid camera, a Bedouin coffee urn, and an 18th-century pocket watch the size of a duck... Continue reading

‘Forever free,’ with caveats

May 7, 2013

Scholars from three continents gathered at Harvard recently to parse the Emancipation Proclamation, the earthshaking 1863 executive order from the Lincoln White House that proclaimed all slaves in... Continue reading