Life & Times

"Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus," a snow sculpture made by a team representing Vermont, took the top prize at the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., last weekend. (Courtesy photograph)

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s …

Movie Review: Genre Mashup of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Doesn’t Mesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest incarnation of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a most accomplished young woman. She’s studious, spunky, quick-witted and multilingual. And you should see the …

New Technology Brings Earliest Recorded Sounds Back to Life

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Until 2008, it was an article of faith that Thomas Edison was the first person to record sound, when, in 1877, he recited Mary Had …

The Outside Story: Have You Seen a Mountain Lion?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Tail lights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the …

Conspiracies Too Unwieldy To Stay Secret, Study Finds

Monday, February 1, 2016

If NASA really faked the moon landing in 1969, about 411,000 people would have worked together to keep that information from the public, and the whole thing would have been exposed about four years later, according to an Oxford researcher who has found a mathematical way to examine …

‘Wild’ Is Only Skin Deep

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grantham — Like so many places in the Twin States, Leavitt Hill Conservation Area looks wild, but it hasn’t always been that way. “If I was a kid, just walking in the woods, I would have no idea …

Felicity Huffman Goes Dark for Her Role in ‘American Crime’

Monday, February 1, 2016

For almost two decades, Felicity Huffman has been one of the busiest and most popular actresses on ABC’s prime-time slate. From her starring turn as a producer in Sports Night to her Emmy-winning stint as a harried mother …

Just Like Home

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nathan Grice, a Dartmouth College student from Georgia, was out for a run on Saturday in Norwich. When asked about the warm winter, Grice said, “I’m taking to it like a duck to water.” Valley News —Jennifer Hauck …

High-Tech Fishing

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hod Palmer, of Fairlee, checks an app on his phone while ice fishing on Lake Morey on Sunday in Fairlee. He has a small sonar device that floats in the hole he has drilled in the ice that …

100 Years of Winter Carnival

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Newport — As in many communities, Newport residents are often on opposite sides of any number of issues, from town and school budgets to zoning regulations. But when it comes to the annual winter carnival, everyone pulls in …

Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner Helped Catalyze a Rock Era

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Before San Francisco was the land of shark-eyed tech CEOs and Google buses, it was the land of hippies, flower power and tie-dyes — a California paradise where bold talk of revolution mingled with the dank smell of …

Batman Takes on New Role

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Scott Snyder has long said that the day would come when he would write the big return — when Bruce Wayne would go back to being Batman. But even such long-view awareness could not allay the author’s trepidation. …

A Desert Paradise Not Just for Retirees

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Phoenix — With hundreds of golf courses and 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy to cast metropolitan Phoenix as a retiree’s paradise that leaves everyone else out in the cold. But within the desert beats the …