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Dan Rockmore, a professor ot mathematics and computational science at Dartmouth College, is promoting a test of computer creativity. He and colleagues are seeking computer-generated poems, stories and music, to see if software can imitate human creators. (Eli Burakian photograph)

Dartmouth Contest Asks Whether a Software Program Can Write

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hanover — What breeds creativity? For Dan Rockmore, a Dartmouth College professor who is taking a stab at this question, a little physical pain doesn’t …

How a Rebel Frat Boy Turned Into Dr. Seuss

Thursday, July 30, 2015

For all the stories Dr. Seuss has told you, have you ever heard his own? How a boy from Springfield, Mass., became the man whose …

A Quiet Mastery

Friday, July 31, 2015

They are all still happily picking, after all these years. Picking, snacking, and kuplunking their way up the rocky, spruce-dotted slopes of Blueberry Hill. Little …

Vt. Might Owe $2.7 Million More for Health Exchange

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration’s push to meet a key Vermont Health Connect milestone deadline eight weeks ago could leave the state on the hook for another $2.7 million it didn’t expect to pay. The Joint Fiscal Office wrote in a July 24 memo that Vermont won’t be …

From Instagirl to YouTuber, Kloss Controls Her Message

Friday, July 31, 2015

Beauty vloggers, PewDiePie: Make room. Supermodel Karlie Kloss is now a YouTuber, and if her 2.9 million Instagram followers are any indication, Klossy — as her channel is called — could launch a new video star. Kloss, the blonde 6-foot-1 runway model and former Victoria’s Secret Angel, seems …

How U.S.-Style Megachurches Are Taking Over the World

Friday, July 31, 2015

Inside the gigantic Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, international flags decorate the walls. They are supposed to show that the house of worship accommodates more than an ordinary church — it is the world’s largest …

How Realistic Is ‘Proof?’ Ask a Real Near-Death Researcher

Friday, July 31, 2015

How realistic is your favorite paranormal TV drama? Fans didn’t seem to waste much time wondering how realistic the smoke monster of Lost was — or quibbling that parallel universes never really collide quite the way they did …

Entertainment Highlights: Royalton Singer-Songwriter Embarks on a Career in Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In the hours before she steps to the microphone at Bentley’s Restaurant tonight to perform a mix of her own acoustic and alternative-pop songs and covers of popular music of the last six decades, you might catch Alison Turner helping …

Art Notes: Main Street Museum Looks at the Cuban Missile Crisis

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Main Street Museum of Art in beautiful downtown White River Junction is taking a look back at the two weeks in October 1962, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union played the world’s scariest game of chicken …

Separation Of Museum s, C ommerce Is Crumbling

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In January, the website IfOnly.com, a San Francisco lifestyle company that organizes and sells so-called curated experiences, began to offer exclusive, one-on-one private tours of a socially connected photography collector’s Georgian mansion in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. About a third of the collection’s roughly 300 photographs had been …

Pop Go the Kennedy Center Honors, to the Detriment of Art

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The recipients of the first Kennedy Center Honors in 1978 were beyond stellar. They were legends, household names and artists with enormous influence and still unfolding historical impact. Marian Anderson’s 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial was a powerful and dignified early step on the …

Hot Spot

Thursday, July 30, 2015

“The longest waits are always in the sun for some reason,” said David Ellison, left, who was waiting with Bobby Emery for a load of asphalt to arrive while paving Route 14 in Royalton with a crew from …

Haute Cuisine Beans: New Coffee Achievers Roast Locally in Small Batches

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sam Sabky and Kate Fisher were seated one morning last week at a cafe table in My Brigadeiro, the brightly lighted chocolate shop tucked under the Starbucks in Hanover, waiting for the proper moment to give two French …