| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
No one dreams of being a book reviewer when he grows up. You might dream of writing poems or novels or essays or even, if you are perennially picked last for teams in gym class, literary criticism (“We don't want Robbins, you can have an extra...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
| Jan 6, 2014
What turns people into terrorists? That question might sound simplistic, but it's at the heart of the struggle to prevent terrorist attacks.
Take a look at some of the people who have tried to do us harm in the last few years.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:23 PM
"Lone Survivor," Peter Berg's new movie about a Navy SEAL mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan, gives away its ending in the title. But spoilers are beside the point for the gritty drama based on Marcus Luttrell's 2007 memoir,...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Former South Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was transferred to a high-security federal penitentiary in Arizona as the Boston Globe revealed an emotional exchange of prison love letters between Bulger and the woman with whom he lived in hiding for...
| Jan 13, 2014
Sam Berns, a spunky teenager who was proud to call himself a "band geek" and was at the heart of a 2013 documentary about a genetic condition that accelerates aging, has died. He was 17.
Berns, a Massachusetts high school junior and Eagle Scout who...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:58 PM
A brother and sister died yesterday after apparently suffocating in a wooden chest in their home, The Boston Globe is reporting. The chest was made by Lane Furniture.
The company's website says: "Between 1912 and 1987, Lane and Virginia Maid...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 4:06 PM
When it comes to reviews of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," superlatives are in short supply. Most movie critics agree that the reboot of the Tom Clancy action franchise, starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, is competent — or...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:07 PM
A federal appeals court has ruled that a convicted murderer in Massachusetts can get a gender-reassignment surgery while in prison.
In 1990, Michelle Kosilek -- who was born physically male, and who at that point still identified as Robert -- murdered...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 10:22 AM
The Boston Red Sox sure are a classy organization.
Either that or they sure know how to rub a championship in the face of the team they just beat in the World Series.
Red Sox ownership took out a full-page ad in Tuesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:09 PM
When Clifford Nass moved to a Stanford University freshman residence hall as a "dorm dad" in 2007, he wasn't quite prepared for college life in the 21st century. Even as a professor who for decades had studied the interaction of humans and computers, he...