Life & Times

In this April 14, 2015 photo provided by the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Charles Y. Liu, left, a neurosurgeon at the University of Southern California, laughs with patient Erik Sorto in Pasadena, Calif. Liu led a team of doctors that implanted tiny chips into Sorto's brain in 2013 to allow him to control a robotic arm using his thoughts. It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. (Lance Hayashida/Caltech via AP)

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves …

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT …

Pope Francis Eyes Climate

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will …

Honoring Those Who Served: Upper Valley Veterans Share What Memorial Day Means to Them

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Valley News photographer Sarah Shaw interviewed veterans from the Upper Valley, asking each what Memorial Day means to them and who they think of on this holiday. In addition to portraits, most of which appear on page E1, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Friends of Veterans Could Use a Hand

Sunday, May 24, 2015

By Aimee Caruso Valley News Staff Writer White River Junction — A nonprofit that helps Vermont veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness could use a hand. “Our issue right now is volunteers for the office,” …

For Town Forests, a Quiet Century of Regrowth

Saturday, May 23, 2015

At 1,822 feet , Wright’s Mountain is the highest point in Bradford, with commanding views east to Mount Moosilauke in New Hampshire and west to the Waits River watershed. On an early spring morning the air is riot …

Trails Day Event in Woodstock Features Hikes, Tastings, Music

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Woodstock — A free event in Woodstock next month will mark National Trails Day with hikes and local food tastings. The 7th annual Trek to Taste on the Trails of Woodstock is set for June 6 from 10 …

N.H. Facing Shortage of Foster Families

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire is facing a critical shortage of foster homes, say child protective agencies, who are encouraging Granite Staters to consider opening their homes to a child from their community. This year, more than 1,000 children will enter the New Hampshire foster care system, yet only …

Book Details Heroic WWII Doolittle Raid

Sunday, May 24, 2015

After Pearl Harbor and before D-Day and the Bomb, there was the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to rally the American public for what he knew would be a long war, had ordered a …

Dartmouth Grad Is Go-To Milliner For Celebrities

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pittsburgh — You could say Eugenia Kim’s career in millinery was sparked by a series of fortunate misfortunes. The Monroeville, Pa., native who graduated from high school in 1992 realized she didn’t want to go into medicine like …

Not ‘Alternative’ Anymore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the first of three concerts last month, they didn’t warm up the crowd with one of their old …