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Leavens her list with something spiritual

Lisa Genova’s latest novel is “Every Note Played’’ about a pianist with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Harvard researchers suggest interstellar object might have been from alien civilization

Remember that strange interstellar object that passed close to earth in the fall of 2017? It could be a piece of space junk from from an alien civilization.

You’d better enjoy the wilderness now. It’s almost gone, study says

Scientists are warning that if human beings continue to mine the world’s wildernesses for resources, the planet’s few remaining wild places could disappear in decades.

Archeology dig in Harvard Yard offers glimpse into student life over the centuries

Every Thursday, Harvard students spend hours sifting through soil, often finding old pieces of glass and roof tiles, artifacts that can tell social scientists about life there hundreds of years earlier.

It could be a warm winter, but that doesn’t mean it won’t snow

A warmer-than-normal winter could be in store for New England. But the jury is out on whether it will be wetter than normal.

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Harvard researchers say they may have solved mystery of Beijing’s air pollution woes

Harvard scientists say the Chinese government might need to look at a new suspect in the deadly air pollution that clouds Beijing.

Problems from smoking can be passed down through generations, new research suggests

New research suggests that fathers who smoke may be causing cognitive deficits in their children and even their grandchildren because of changes in their sperm.

Global warming could leave us crying in our costlier beer

Add beer to chocolate, coffee, and wine as some of life’s little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say.


Greater Boston author readings October 14-20

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Boy, are my wings tired: Study says bees took a break during total eclipse

Bees stopped flying during the total solar eclipse of August 2017, according to a new study released Wednesday, which researchers said offered a new window into how bees think.

After UN report, experts look at how to build a climate-resilient Boston

The discussion, part of the HUBweek ideas festival, was held a day after the release of a stark United Nations report on global warming.

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people, a panel of scientists said.

Harvard study says wind power can also cause some warming

Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found.

Aspirin seen as possibly preventing liver, ovarian cancer

The reputation of aspirin got another boost Thursday, with the publication of studies that suggest that it may reduce the risk of liver and ovarian cancer.

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Highlights of Boston Book Festival; a memoir of a difficult youth in form of a glossary

The writers featured in the keynote events include Michael Pollan, Tayari Jones, Anand Giridharadas, Steven Pinker , Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, and Kate DiCamillo.

Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

A round frozen world just 186 miles across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name.

2018 Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to 2 cancer immunotherapy researchers

James P. Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan were honored for their work on unleashing the body’s immune system to attack cancer.


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 23-29

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They’re angry, they’re from Canada, and they’re threatening the coastal ecosystem

Canadians are known as friendly folks, but a new variety of green crab from Nova Scotia doesn’t play nice.

First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket.

SpaceX says Japanese billionaire will be passenger on first moon voyage

Yusaku Maezawa said it’s been his lifelong dream to go into space.

A different kind of climate summit comes to San Francisco

A smattering of celebrities such as musician Dave Matthews and actor Alec Baldwin will add a touch of red carpet feel to the summit, which starts Wednesday.

Study: 28.5 percent of the time doctors don’t write down why they’re prescribing opioids

Researchers who examined hundreds of millions of records of doctor visits in which people were prescribed opioids have found a major gap: 28.5 percent of the time, there is no reason listed for the prescriptions.

Study finds 1 in 5 college students reported thoughts of suicide

The study found that racial, sexual, and gender minorities are especially vulnerable, but that stress, mental health diagnoses, and suicidal thoughts were common among all students.

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That feeling when you’re landing on the moon and your computer stops working

Apollo 11’s moon landing may seem to some to have been a daring feat pulled off without a hitch, with military precision, but behind the scenes, there were some scary moments.

Small air leak in Russian capsule patched at space station

Astronauts scrambled Thursday to patch a tiny hole in a Russian capsule that was allowing air to leak from the International Space Station.

Traces of marijuana found in breast milk, raising concerns for new mothers

With marijuana now legal in Massachusetts, many people may not think twice about lighting up, but a new study may raise concerns for breast-feeding women.

Drone spots isolated tribe in Amazon

The new video footage shows the first images of members of an isolated Amazon tribe that had no known contact with the outside world, the Brazilian government said this week.

Now that’s some aged cheese: Researchers say world’s oldest known solid cheese found in an Egyptian tomb

Alas, there were no crackers. The world’s oldest known cheese was found in an Egyptian tomb that dates back to the 13th century BC.

Pass the grated cheese: MIT researchers uncover major spaghetti findings

MIT researchers have discovered a way to break uncooked spaghetti noodles in two. Stop smirking — they say the breakthrough could have implications far beyond the kitchen.

NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun

The Parker Solar Probe has embarked on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era.

NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun

The Parker Solar Probe has embarked on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era.

Technical problem delays flight to sun

The launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad.

Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe.

NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun’s glittering crown

NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun’s glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither.


Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 12-18

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Boston pastry chef’s tasty novel of small town life and a young superhero Vineyard scientist

“The Late Bloomers’ Club” tells the story of a local diner owner and her sister with filmmaking aspirations.

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Bringing a sense of place and history to the Gulf

Jack E. Davis won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

MIT researchers think they may have found region of the brain connected to pessimism

Researchers at MIT say they believe they’ve found a region of the brain that can generate a pessimistic mood.

Something digs intricate tunnels in garnets. Is it alive?

Deep red garnets are found all over the world, from Thailand and Sri Lanka to the Adirondacks. They’re even the state gem of New York.

NASA probe launching on solar voyage

Roughly the size of a small car, Parker will get nearly seven times closer to the sun than previous spacecraft.

New study: People tend to aspire to date someone ‘out of their league’

The study determined people’s “desirability” by using the PageRank algorithm, which was created by the founders of Google to rank Web pages.

1st of Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons released from space

The Concord, N.H., teacher died in the 1986 Challenger explosion.

Needham astronaut heading back to space on first commercial flights

Sunita Williams, the veteran astronaut with roots in Needham, is going back into space.

Book Review

Evolving story of evolution

“The Tangled Tree’’ tells a story of discovery that has changed our view of life.

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More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds are under your feet, new study proposes

Seismic wave data helped researchers discover a treasure trove of diamonds hidden in earth’s interior, a study found.

Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer

Today’s heat records may be tomorrow’s normals. ‘‘The old records belong to a world that no longer exists,’’ said Martin Hoerling, a research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Shooting up

Beth Macy explores the long history of the nation’s (and the world’s) opioid problem and what can be done about it


Working more science fiction into his diet

Carl Zimmer’s most recent book is “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.”


Greater Boston author readings July 29-Aug. 4

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