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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 …

Rooting Out Some Nasty, Pushy Plants

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you have a wet area or a stream on your property, you might be seeing some very pretty tall pinky-purple flowers blooming now, or soon. Those are purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive plant that you should …

Foodnotes:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems has become a founding member of a Cuba and U.S. sustainable agriculture network. The goal of the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network is to connect U.S. and Cuban advocates of agroecology, which combines the principles of ecology with agriculture, so they …

Essay: Pabst Returns to Milkwaukee, Where It Belongs

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nearly 20 years after it closed its Milwaukee brewery, Pabst is returning to its birthplace. It’s doing so in a way that completes Pabst Blue Ribbon’s transformation from a beer for old guys with red necks and white socks to the cheap brew of choice in grotty urban …

Kaitlyn Spoiled ‘Bachelorette’ Finale Results Weeks Ago

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On the season finale of The Bachelorette Monday night, 29-year-old dancer Kaitlyn Bristowe accepted a marriage proposal from 28-year-old personal trainer Shawn Booth, naming him the winner of the season. Minutes earlier, she dumped the runner-up, 34-year-old software sales executive Nick Viall, who angrily left in a limo …

Liberty activists in high court cases say their newly created religions afford them tax exemptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

Concord — A church pastor, late to the Sunday service, crashes through the door of a Concord bar, and the congregation inside turns to look. A second pastor, Stu Light, stands on the piste with a foam sword …

Kidding Around

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

After taking a spin around the neighborhood in her new goat outfit, Genesa Barton, 18, scoots into her driveway in Claremont on Monday. Barton said wearing animal costumes is her way of expressing herself through costume play, or …

Summer Journey: A Long Climb to the Summit of Mount Washington

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast, at 6,288 feet. It holds the record for the highest sustained winds in our hemisphere, at 231 miles an hour, and is known for the quickly changing weather patterns …

Battling an ‘Orphan’ Illness

Sunday, July 26, 2015

To: Francis Collins Director, National Institutes of Health Dear Dr. Collins, You might recall the last time we spoke. It was January 2013, and I was working as a science reporter at The Washington Post. Your people arranged …

A Fairly Good Time, Year After Year

Sunday, July 26, 2015

North Haverhill — Hours before the gates opened to the public Wednesday afternoon, the North Haverhill fairgrounds were abuzz with people putting the finishing touches on the exhibits. Some 300 volunteers keep the fair running, and 94-year-old Gerald …

SOAK Up Knowledge

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer SOAK (Student Opportunity for Achievement and Knowledge) camp director Tom Emery gets hit from two directions during a water fight to celebrate the close of the session with students, staff and family at Woodstock Union High School …