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The Whiffenpoofs, practice in Barnet, Vt., recently, for their tour opening show at Dartmouth on Friday, Aug. 22. Courtesy of The Whiffenpoofs

Whiffenpoofs on World Tour

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

After giving up ice hockey for music about eight years ago, Hanover’s Jake van Leer figured he was saying goodbye to the idea of ever …

Shelburne Museum’s Exhibit Frames the Narrative of a Nation Coming of Age

Thursday, August 21, 2014

T hanks to its founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., seven miles south of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, …

Lobster, suffering an identity crisis?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lobster, you’re on a roll. Recent news reports have chronicled your rise – or fall? – citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, …

Beautiful, Bizarre Burying Beetles Act as Nature’s Undertakers

Monday, August 18, 2014

I don’t often shake down my cat for a dead mouse, but I did think it was fair, considering that he is always shaking me down for his cat food. I wasn’t going to eat his mouse. I …

Cognitive Computer Chip Apes Architecture Of the Brain

Monday, August 18, 2014

Computer science is getting stunningly close to granting the wish of the Scarecrow, not to mention the needs of the modern soldier. The Pentagon has long sought what the Wizard of Oz could not manufacture: a brain, or at least an electronic cognition machine that operates as closely …

NBC’s Brian Williams Taking on New Competition

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York — Wearing shades as he walked back to work following a pizza lunch recently, Brian Williams ducked into Rockefeller Center and passed a tour guide who noted the celebrity sighting to his group: “Ladies and gentlemen, …

Maggie Gyllenhaal Says She Had to Grow Up for ‘The Honorable Woman’

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York — In The Honorable Woman, an eight-part miniseries airing on SundanceTV, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Baroness Nessa Stein, a British Israeli heiress whose life is inextricably bound up in one of humanity’s most enduring conflicts. As a child, Nessa witnessed the brutal assassination of her father, …

Solar Power

Monday, August 18, 2014

Few places in the country are as warm and bright as Mary Wilkerson’s property on the beach near St. Petersburg, Fla., a city once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny …

Moss Is More Than Peggy Olson, As ‘The One I Love’ Shows

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Y ork — Elisabeth Moss, best known as Peggy Olson, Mad Men’s buttoned-up but ambitious secretary-turned-copywriter, smiles with her whole face while talking about her latest project, The One I Love . The film, written and directed by newcomers Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell, respectively, centers on …

Veterans Memorial in the Works in Norwich

Monday, August 18, 2014

Norwich — The local American Legion post wants to commemorate post-Vietnam War veterans from Norwich with a new monument on Beaver Meadow Road. There’s only one problem: The group can’t find them. When Jim Harlow, commander of the Lyman F. Pell American Legion post in Norwich, was drafted …

Peek into Brain Shows How Youngsters Learn Math Skills

Monday, August 18, 2014

Washington — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: drilling your kids on simple addition …

So Much More Than a Garden

Sunday, August 17, 2014

White River Junction — Considering the cost of water, fertilizer and his own labor, it would probably be cheaper to buy vegetables than grow them himself, but to Nalin Patel, the garden on the grounds of the Pine …

The Self-Conscious Cardinal

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I’ve been a writer since I was about 7 years old, when I started writing poems, and though I have sometimes found myself blocked it was not a frequent occurrence. For one thing, the life I lived before …