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Why Buffalo's Dirty Snow Pile Still Hasn't Melted Yet

Over the winter, the Eastern US was blanketed in blizzard after blizzard. As a stark reminder of Mother Nature’s bitchiness, two snow-plowed piles of that record snowfall in two different cities lingered well into summer. One of them is still frozen—a mud-caked sno-cone slowly oozing in the sun. » 7/30/15 3:40pm 7/30/15 3:40pm

The Terrifying True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer

In 1872, 12-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was briefly sent to reform school after brutally attacking several children. After his release, “the Boy Fiend” progressed to murder. A new book takes a look at this unusual case, one of the first to bring the insanity defense — and all its complications — into the public eye. » 4/17/15 11:10am 4/17/15 11:10am

Boston's New Edgar Allan Poe Statue Is Going to Be Epic

This is a clay model of the final design for the life-size statue of Edgar Allan Poe that will be unveiled on October 5, 2014 at 2pm, at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South in Boston, which is also named "Edgar Allan Poe Square." It's got Poe with his coat flapping in the wind, a suitcase, and… » 4/13/14 12:30pm 4/13/14 12:30pm

If sea levels are rising, let the floods come

Paul Kirshen, co-author of an exhaustive new report on what sea-level rise could mean for Boston, talks to The Atlantic about the city's watery future. The study was released yesterday by The Boston Harbor Association, in conjunction with a series of storm readiness initiatives from the office of Boston mayor Thomas… » 2/06/13 2:31pm 2/06/13 2:31pm

How does one battle a blizzard? Borrow flamethrowers from MIT

On January 22, 1948, Boston mayor Mayor James Curley wrote this letter to MIT President Karl Compton asking for "a competent group of engineers [to] make an immediate study as to ways and means of removing the huge accumulation [...] be it by the use of flame throwers or chemicals or otherwise." Quite the modest… » 2/02/11 3:30pm 2/02/11 3:30pm

Virtual Chair in Second Life Reflects Real World Drama

The virtual world is as real as a chair in Boston. From the same design consortium that brought us the psychedelic cathedral Evoke comes a new project called Remote, which links a chair in Second Life with a chair sitting in a gallery near Boston's Emerson College. Here are some of the cool (but admittedly pointless)… » 2/18/08 4:00pm 2/18/08 4:00pm