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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 …

For Health, Get Up and Leap About

Saturday, May 23, 2015

“Mackie, was that you leaping about the office?” the boss asked, with a note of disapproval in his voice. “Why do you ask?” I replied, neither confirming nor denying anything until I knew where this was headed. “There was a report of leaping. And someone said it looked …

Movie Review: Even the Cast Isn’t Scared by Retread ‘Poltergeist’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Well, the little girl gets it. Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of Poltergeist, and gives us wild-eyed terror we can hang onto and a …

COVER Receives $200 Donation Sugar River Rotary

Sunday, May 24, 2015

White River Junction — COVER Home Repair, a nonprofit that makes urgently needed repairs for low-income homeowners, has received a donation of $200 from Sugar River Rotary Club in Claremont. Staff and volunteers from COVER have completed two home repair projects in Charlestown and Claremont this spring, including …

Variety of Attractions in Paris Are Best Enjoyed on Foot

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Paris — The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 5 miles from north to south, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot. So walk round the winding cobbled streets of panoramic Montmartre or stroll through …

Aloha Foundation Names New Director

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fairlee — Christopher Overtree has been named executive director of The Aloha Foundation. The foundation operates residential summer camps, Aloha, Aloha Hive and Lanakila; Horizons Day Camp; Ohana Family Camp; and Hulbert Outdoor Center. Overtree is a camper …

Movie Review: Even George Clooney Can’t Lift Ponderous ‘Tomorrowland’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In the alternate dimension of Tomorrowland, people swoop through the sky with jetpacks and parents push babies in hovering strollers. Swimming pools are uncontained blocks of water suspended in the air — a whole group of them, one …

Sequels and Remakes of Old Films Predominate in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Separated Sisters Finally Get Closure on VH1 Reality Show

Saturday, May 23, 2015

High school students Robin Jeter and Jordan Dickerson made headlines across the country in spring 2013 when they found themselves in a situation that resembled a movie. Their respective Washington, D.C., high school track teams were competing against each other; people started pointing out that they looked alike; …

B.B. King’s Kids and A Potential Legal Mess

Saturday, May 23, 2015

B.B. King insisted: Every Day I Have the Blues. But for a guy who had the blues every day, King, who died last week at 89, was remarkably laid back. The stress, it seemed, just never got to him. “If a woman I’ve been with says the child …

Books Outside the Big Box

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was that the technologies that ate up some of his largest competitors would swallow …