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The Statues of Liberty exhibit at the Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vt., features images of the work displayed in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C., including sculptures of Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln in the background. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Monuments to the States

Friday, July 25, 2014

Strafford — Justin Morrill is best known for drafting the legislation that created the nation’s system of land-grant colleges and for being a co-founder of …

Let’s Not Cast Blame on Messy Homes

Friday, July 25, 2014

I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter’s friends, approached me and said, “I just saw in …

Online, ‘All You Need to Know’ Can Mean Quite the Opposite

Friday, July 25, 2014

On June 9, the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight.com published its lead story previewing the World Cup. Its first two sentences read: “All you really need to …

Folger Library Plans Tour for First Folios

Monday, July 21, 2014

Washington — In the canon of Western literature, William Shakespeare’s First Folio is “the jewel of our house.” Published by the playwright’s colleagues in 1623, just a few years after his death, this extraordinary book contains 36 plays …

How Snakes Slither Out Of Their Skins

Monday, July 21, 2014

If you have a wood pile, you may have come across a shed snake skin, a translucent, onion skin-like wrapper imprinted with the snake’s scale pattern. Or perhaps you’ve seen one along a foundation or stone wall. Why …

Opportunities to See Shakespeare This Summer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

∎ The Chelsea Funnery performs The Tempest on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., outdoors behind Tunbridge Central School on Route 110 in Tunbridge. The rain location is the Chelsea Town Hall. ∎ The Youth Shakespeare Project performs As You Like It on July 31 …

Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more …

Science and Ceremony

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Windsor, England — The white, long-necked swan gliding along the River Thames looks serene, but his life is full of danger. If the sharp-toothed mink don’t get him or his brood, then floods, fish hooks or hooligans with …

Mascoma River Watershed

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sort of like air, watersheds are both ubiquitous and easy to overlook. Yet, they shape nearly every aspect of life within their boundaries — recreation and tourism, flora and fauna, development and industry. The waterbodies within them are …

With Some Phones, It’s Nearly Impossible to Remove All Data

Monday, July 21, 2014

If you’re selling an old Android smartphone on an online auction site, you could be giving away rather more than you intend to, according to a recent investigation by anti-malware company Avast. Going through phones that had supposedly been “factory reset,” the company’s researchers were able to view …

‘Apes’ Renews a Question About Reboots: Why So Serious?

Monday, July 21, 2014

When it opened earlier this month, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the weekend’s pan-species box-office champ, gobbling up $73 million like so many perfectly ripe bananas. The sequel to 2011’s surprisingly effective Rise of the …

OLD BARNS

Saturday, July 19, 2014

T he barn is vernacular architecture. It is a reflection of the people and history of the region. Few of us can determine the age of a barn or its specific purpose at a glance, but we admire …

An American Commons: Photographic Study Celebrates Public Libraries

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, by Robert Dawson, Princeton Architectural Press, 192 pages, $35 Long before I could define philanthropist, I held Andrew Carnegie in the highest esteem. When I asked, at 10, why “Carnegie” was carved …