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illustration of brain training

Brain training is a popular pastime. People are doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, playing trivia games, and completing memory exercises to keep their minds sharp and engaged. While there may be benefits to cognitive training, some of the fabulous claims made by a leader in the field aren’t backed up by science.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, circa 1870

Early in 2016, there were two women running for President of the United States— Secretary Hillary Clinton, for the Democrats, and Carly Fiorina, who subsequently withdrew from the race, for the Republicans. A poll conducted for YouGov in 2015 shows that 67% of Americans believe the United States is ready to elect a female president. 

The Gerber Baby

Although many today may not know her name, her creation is household knowledge. Dorothy Hope Smith, who gave us the timeless image of the Gerber Baby, was one of the most talented illustrators of the twentieth century.

Born in Maryland in 1895, Smith was the middle of three girls. In her early teens, she moved with her parents to Chicago, Ill., where she spent her formative years.

male and female disposable razors

President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act over 50 years ago, yet the gender pay gap persists. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American women earn just $.79 for every dollar men earn. Under the law, women must be paid the same wage for the same work.

cars connected through technology

Imagine if your car could anticipate a crash and not only warn you about it, but also change speed or direction to avoid danger. Imagine if your car could communicate with the infrastructure—so it would know when the next traffic signal is about to change and adjust its speed to maximize energy use.

The TF-X flying car will fit in a single-car garag

The flying car has long been a staple of science fiction and fantasy stories. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to The Jetsons to Back to the Future, flying cars represent the most fantastical vision of the future.  

As we ease into another election year, we hear the same old song about candidates slinging mud at their opponents. Rather than positing workable solutions to social and economic problems, White House hopefuls spend their time and money cramming newspapers, magazines, and the airwaves with nasty attack ads. 

Norman Rockwell illustration

Magazine illustration is a lost art in the twenty-first century.

Linden Ponds

Linden Ponds is home to many talented artists, from painters and sculptors to jewelry makers and poets. The Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., even has a dedicated gallery space where residents and outside artists display their work. The resident-run Linden Ponds Artist Council organizes shows in the gallery that rotate about once a month.