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Catching up with Dr. A by Elizabeth Licata

4 minutes agoHobbies / Gardening : Garden Rant

It’s been a while! Horticulturalist, professor, breeder, and—as we know him best—author of Herbaceous Perennial Plants and many other standard texts on garden plants, Allan Armitage, has been absent from our blog pages for a couple years. I was happy to hear that he was the featured speaker at a Buffalo industry event Friday and […]

The “How Does a Jewelry-Maker Work?” Edition

Listen to this episode of Working with guest Rachel Pfeffer:

Berry-eating birds flocking to the Wildflower Center

2 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

While admiring possumhaw hollies (Ilex decidua) at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last Friday, I couldn’t help noticing lots of birds doing the same. A solitary cedar waxwing commuted for snacks from a bald cypress, where my son was able to get a few photos of it. Show More Summary

How Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Won the 1964 New Hampshire Primary Without Lifting a Finger 

When Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., learned that he had won the New Hampshire primary without campaigning or being on the ballot, he was nearly 9,000 miles from Concord, New Hampshire, flying over southeast Asia. He heard the news on Army radio.

The Anthropocene: Great Marketing, Wrong Product

It was in 2011 that the Economist, a publication usually known for arcane speculation on geopolitics and economics, welcomed its readers to the Anthropocene and warned that humans had “changed the way the world works.” The drumbeat behind the concept has continued, recently receiving new momentum with the release in the Jan. Show More Summary

Bernie’s Way

The students of Concord High School had just finished a week of exams but remained in school for an afternoon assembly. The New Hampshire school’s guest speaker was 74-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders. Rather than groaning about having to stick around for another couple of hours, though, the students were elated.

Why You Hated the Super Bowl

Early in the second half of Super Bowl 50, former reality TV celebrity and recent Republican presidential contest loser Donald Trump made an observation on Twitter about Sunday’s game:

The Downton Abbey Podcast 

In this edition of their members-only TV Club podcast, Outward editor June Thomas and Slate contributing writer Seth Stevenson discuss the sixth episode of Season 6 of Downton Abbey.

The Return of Jeb Bush

BEDFORD, New Hampshire—George W. Bush never really suffered for his sins. But his kid brother sure has. The demise of Jeb Bush has been a source of immeasurable pleasure for, well, nearly everyone. His campaign is a nine-figure boondoggle that suckered cronies from Greenwich and Dallas into investing in a can’t-miss-opportunity. Show More Summary

The Best Super Bowl Ads

Last year, the Super Bowl ad mood was decidedly somber. It’s not every day a consumer-facing brand makes a spokesperson out of a tragically deceased young boy. This year marked a clear return to lighthearted tropes of yore: animals, topical jokes, and a passel of celebrities. Show More Summary

The Secret Behind the World’s Best Skipping Stone

Scientists at Utah State University, who apparently take their play time very seriously, acquired a popular Water Bouncing Ball toy and did a bit of research. Using high-speed cameras, they compared spheres of different material bouncing across tanks of water. Show More Summary

Meet Nora

If the impossibly cute polar bear cub in the video above looks familiar, she should. We watched her tossing and turning in newborn dreams in December. Back then, she didn’t even have a name.

Marco Rubio Was a Disaster

Some politicians, unlucky ones, make mistakes that define their entire careers. For Dan Quayle in the 1988 presidential election, it was a brief comparison with John F. Kennedy. For Howard Dean in the 2004 Democratic primary, it wasShow More Summary

How Researchers Got a Robot to Change Colors Like a Chameleon

Researchers in China unveiled a 3-D printed robotic chameleon that uses tiny displays to change its color and blend into its surroundings. The displays are made of glass perforated with a nanoscopic grid of gold-filled holes. Light sensors recognize the background color and automatically apply the appropriate electric field to match the display color to its surroundings.

Bluebonnets already a-blue-m at the Wildflower Center

Well, this is a surprise! Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) ordinarily bloom in April, but a bonny patch was abloom yesterday in the family garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Don’t go running over for your photo op with the kids. Show More Summary

Homeless in Super Bowl City

In the video above, filmmaker Michael Reiner asked some homeless people about their lives on the streets of San Francisco and how they feel about getting bussed out of sight—and, of course, out of mind—for the Super Bowl.

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