Science

Ivy League Brains Without all the Bread

You can experience the Ivy League without money, connections or a killer admissions essay. All that’s (generally) expected of you is a sense of curiosity and access to the Internet. Coursera, the web sensation lauded by The New York Times, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, provides its users with free access to more than 300 courses created by universities…

Author Todd McLeish Releases Book on Narwhals

Rhode Island author Todd McLeish joined a team of scientists north of the Arctic Circle, to study an obscure species of whale known as the narwhal.

It's easy to imagine, as we meander through our everyday lives, that our world is the space we traverse from home to work, to school, to shopping, to here and there, and we don't stop to think, what if one day I just headed North, and kept on going? Not North up 95, but North as the crow flies, as…

Rhode Islanders Launch First Biofuel Flight in Cessna 182

Ross McCurdy has set up an experiment to fly this airplane with a blend of 50/50 biofuel – that is, the fuel is 50 percent the standard Jet-A fuel that the airplane normally uses, and 50 percent SkyNRG biofuel.

On a freezing Saturday morning at the end of February, the last thing I expect to see is a crowd on the ramp of North Central Airport, in Smithfield. Most Rhode Islanders are surprised to learn that we have six little airports scattered around the state, besides our well-known T.F. Green, and if you visit North Central, even on a…

Q&A: Dr. Leonard Talks about Wes Welker's Hair Transplant

We called Dr. Leonard to find out what it was like to work with Welker, and why his candidness may inspire others to treat their own failing follicles.

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is the new face of male pattern baldness. After undergoing a hair restoration process with Dr. Robert Leonard of Cranston, he’ll appear in future print, radio and TV advertisements for his practice, Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. While most guys prefer to keep their treatments a secret (Tom Brady, cough, cough), we found it…

The Scoop on the Transit of Venus

The experts at Frosty Drew give us the word on why we should check out the Transit of Venus tonight.

There’s been a lot of buzz about today’s Transit of Venus, but what’s it really all about? Francine Jackson, director of the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, breaks down this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon for us: What: The Transit involves the planet Venus appearing to cross the face of the Sun. The cycle of Venus transits is one of the most unusual…