Best of film 2016: Originality + indies rise again

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This year proved to be another good year for film, especially of the independent and documentary kinds. The number of films that I saw this year was way down, but I still found a good number of fresh films that thrilled, disturbed, delighted, and most of all, transported me in some way. Isn’t that what every film should do?

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The newness of a new year

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Salute new year!

As 2017 rapidly approaches, I wonder what lies ahead. New year, of course. New administration. New challenges. New problems. New solutions. Keep reading >

What the day after the presidential election feels like

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Leaf peepers, corn mazes and pumpkin patches… oh my

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Spending an autumn weekend in New England is one of life’s true pleasures. The crisper air unmutes the summer sky to reveal its deeper blue tones. And, if Mother Nature has cooperated, the stunning and vibrant fall leaves change the landscape into a jewel-encrusted blanket.

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Star Trek @50: Living long and prospering

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Today, 8 september, one of TV and film’s most successful franchises celebrates its 50th birthday. Created by the late Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek debuted in 1966.

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Happy 100th National Park Service

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With only eight national parks visited under my belt, I’ve got a long way to go in exploring all of them.

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Fantastic historical resources, and where to find them

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If you’re a fan of historical photos, graphics and maps like I am, here are two resources to get lost in.

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Out of the blue

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Pantone, are you listening? There’s a new blue on the block.

The pigment was discovered in 2009 by chemist Mas Subramanian and his team at Oregon State University. The team was experimenting with electronic applications when a student discovered the blue powder in a lab furnace. Serendipitous indeed!

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The Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon

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A lovely beginning of summer on this 20 june (Summer Solstice 2016) was welcomed by the rare convergence of a full, Strawberry Moon. Not since 1967, and not again until 2062, will this combination repeat itself, according to EarthSky.

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2016 Mount Everest climbing season: Same story, different year

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Has anything really changed on Mount Everest since the 1996 tragedy? We’re at the 20th anniversary mark of that horrific climbing season – eight climbers died and others were stranded in a vicious storm at high altitudes for hours. Reportedly, procedures on the mountain have gotten worse.

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