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Nason Slattery, 13, of Claremont, N.H., tightens the zip ties on his underwater robot during 4-H Robotics in Claremont, N.H., on March 23, 2015. Slattery will enter his underwater robot in the 2015 UNH Seacoast SeaPerch Regional Competition, which takes place on April 11. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Rise of the Robotics Clubs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Claremont — Haiden Pascarelli had a dilemma. Kneeling on the carpeted floor in a room off of the indoor pool at the community center, the …

Musings on The Future Grow Gloomy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences …

Windsor High School Wins Inaugural 3D Modeling Contest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Since October, about 20 Vermont schools have been competing in a first-of-its-kind project that combines high tech 3D printing and old fashioned local history. Last …

House Designed by Honda Puts U.S. Power Grid to the Test

Friday, March 27, 2015

Davis, Calif. — There are no flying cars in Susan O’Hara and Stuart Bennett’s garage, nor robot servants waiting to fetch their slippers and a martini when they arrive home. But the experimental house where O’Hara, Bennett and …

Who’s This Dog’s Daddy? DNA Tests Help Adoption

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it’s similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? …

Was This Man Part of Lincoln’s Assassination?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Outside a Georgetown restaurant a group of crime writers is calling it a night when somebody brings up an old case one of them has been mining for years. “Guilty!” declares James Swanson, author of Manhunt …

David’s House Receives $500 Community Spirit Grant

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebanon — David’s House in Lebanon has been awarded $500 from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 mini-grant program. The money will be used to provide home-away-from-home support for families with children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Since opened in 1986, the nonprofit has …

Parent Discussion in Lebanon Will Focus on Adolescents

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebanon — A discussion for parents of adolescents is set for March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Kilton Public Library. Cindy Pierce, college speaker and comic storyteller, presents “Choosing Your Life, Living Your Choices: Navigating the Influences of Peers, Media and Technology with Your Adolescent.” Topics include sex, …

Fido Helps Doctors Find Cancer

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Little Rock — Man’s best friend may have just graduated to oncologist’s best colleague. A group of Arkansas medical researchers have revealed a new study finding that scent-trained dogs can be used to detect thyroid cancer — with …

On Fashion: Millennial Guys Keen on Style Are Reshaping the Fashion Trade

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — The American male has long been judged a fashion dud. The uniform of the Silicon Valley guy, after all, is a hoodie and T-shirt. Khakis and golf shirts show up on days other than casual Fridays. But millennial guys in their 20s and 30s are …

Library Meeting Features Fiddler

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The Friends of the Springfield Town Library’s annual meeting on April 1 will feature historic musical humor. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at about 7 p.m. The free events will take place at the library on Main Street. …

Skating ‘Spectacular’ Helps Support CHaD

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hanover — A skating show at Dartmouth College last month raised $5,600 for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Matching funds will bring the total contribution to $11,200. The Skating Club at Dartmouth’s annual Skating Spectacular featured solos and group …

Column: The Effects of a Soda Tax Are Hard to Predict

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health-care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we’re all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we’re already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is …