Advertisement Editor’s Picks Wanted: AI That Can Spy Meet the CIA’s Insectothopter The Nearly Effortless Flight of the Albatross For thousands of years, homing pigeons have been carrying messages. They proved especially useful during wartime. Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, and the Duke of Wellington (at the Battle of Waterloo) are all said to have relied on bird-borne communications. During World War I, the U.S. Army Signal Corps and Navy maintained pigeon lofts. The French government awarded one U.S. bird, named Cher Ami, the Croix de Guerre for her valiant service during the Battle of Verdun. During World War II, the British maintained more than 250,000 homing pigeons, 32 of which were awarded the Dickin Medal, an honor bestowed on animals for wartime service. Leave it to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to turn pigeons into spies. In the 1970s, the CIA’s Office of Research and Development created a small, lightweight camera that could be … [Read more...] about Consider the Pigeon, a Surprisingly Capable Technology
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Aria Bendix, provided by Published 6:15 am PDT, Monday, March 25, 2019 Shutterstock The chemical acrylamide is found in fried, baked, and roasted foods like coffee and french fries. Because acrylamide was discovered in food somewhat recently, we don't have any concrete answers about whether it causes cancer, but scientists are uncovering evidence of a potential link. California coffee shops are now required to post warnings about acrylamide in their brews. Existing research suggests that acrylamide is only dangerous in extremely high doses that are unlikely to be encountered by humans. Scientists are constantly making new discoveries about the relationship between food and cancer. The International Journal of Cancer recently published a study saying that the frequent consumption of very hot tea could increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Other studies have warned about consuming red meat, which has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal … [Read more...] about A chemical found in burned, charred, and toasted foods has been linked to cancer. Here’s how worried you should be.
Are the histories of technology and art one and the same? In truth, they overlap more than you might think. Take three of the most famous works of art ever to imprint themselves on the popular imagination: The Scream by Edvard Munch, American Gothic by Grant Wood, and The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. At first glance these revered masterpieces may seem at furthest possible remove from the concerns of scientific discovery. Look closer and each is in fact hardwired with a previously overlooked detail that, once spotted, transforms these iconic images into profound meditations on the technological advances of the generations that conceived them. In my new book A New Way of Seeing: The History of Art in 57 Works, I investigate how The Scream, The Kiss, and American Gothic—arguably the most famous works of art ever to issue from the countries in which they were created—pulse with intense anxieties about electricity, hematology, and astronomy. The broader aim of my new study is to … [Read more...] about How Science and Tech Left an Imprint on 3 Iconic Paintings
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Larry Edelman Globe Staff November 27, 2018 Michael P. Daly spent the past 16 years building Berkshire Bank into the state’s largest independent bank. The pivotal move came last year, when Daly bought Commerce Bank and announced he was moving Berkshire’s headquarters to Boston from its longtime home in Pittsfield.So it was something of a mystery when parent company Berkshire Hills Bancorp issued a statement early Tuesday morning saying Daly had immediately stepped down as CEO, president, and a director. Succeeding Daly is Richard M. Marotta, who had been senior executive vice president of the parent company and president of Berkshire Bank since 2015.Berkshire Hills, a publicly traded company, didn’t give a reason for the sudden management change. In its statement, the bank said nice things about Daly and noted that he would be “available to … [Read more...] about Berkshire Bank CEO quits with no explanation and a $7.5 million payout
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | For University of Minnesota, Chinese Tycoon’s Arrest Shines Light, Again, on Sexual Assault Supported by ByTiffany Hsu, Raymond Zhong and Carolyn Zhang Nov. 13, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS — When the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu was arrested two months ago in Minneapolis on suspicion of rape, he wasn’t in town for business. Mr. Liu, a 45-year-old internet tycoon, was a student at the University of Minnesota, taking in lectures by day and enjoying dinner parties by night. As prosecutors weigh whether to charge Mr. Liu, the case represents a setback for a university that has made progress on how it handles sexual misconduct. In recent years, the university has dealt with a series of sexual assault and harassment episodes involving students and faculty members, which have prompted a state … [Read more...] about For University of Minnesota, Chinese Tycoon’s Arrest Shines Light, Again, on Sexual Assault