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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:05

It’s alive! – ‘Making the Monster’

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” was published in 1818. In the two centuries since, it has taken its place as one of the most iconic works of science fiction and gothic horror in the history of Western literature. It has become a cultural touchstone, a familiar landmark for anyone navigating the realm of popular culture. When you say “Frankenstein,” everyone knows to what you’re referring.

But while the novel is a work of pure invention, it came about in a world where many of the ideas it put forth were viewed as plausible. The environment in which Shelley lived at that time was an ideal breeding ground to give birth to such a tale.

“Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (Bloomsbury Sigma, $27) is author and scientist Kathryn Harkup’s effort to give a sense of perspective on the world into which Shelley’s iconic tale was brought, to shine a light on the scientific conventions and societal mores that served as the foundation upon which the classic story was built.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:36

‘Astrophysics for People in a Hurry’

Neil deGrasse Tyson book an informative, entertaining scientific primer

Published in Tekk

Book explores the U.S. government’s history of psychic research

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:07

A celebration of all things science

The Maine Science Festival set to mark its third year

Published in Cover Story

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve Carell and other sitcom stars.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:38

Soccer by the numbers Soccermatics'

Book brings together mathematical modeling and sport

One of the things that first drew me into sports fandom was the prevalence of numbers. Professional sports count a lot of things; as a kid with a proclivity for math and a lot of time on his hands, it's no surprise that I would embrace that side of things.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 13:21

Brain scans reveal hidden consciousness

NEW YORK A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness.

Published in Tekk

ORONO A wireless leak detection system created by University of Maine researchers is scheduled to board a SpaceX rocket bound for the International Space Station this summer.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:42

Weekly Time Waster (04-13-2016)

'Bond Breaker 2.0'

Published in Time Waster Weekly

ORONO Despite Maine's most recent snowstorm, spring is on its way. Common signs of the season, such as an increase in morning birdsong or a crocus pushing through the soil are just a few indicators of a much larger cycle of seasonal changes that affect the plants, animals and humans of Maine.

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