Will Western Mass Ever Get High-Speed Rail?
Oct23

Will Western Mass Ever Get High-Speed Rail?

Jim Emerson, 53, wakes up at 5 a.m. three or four days out of the work week to make the commute from his home in Wilbraham to Boston. He’s typically out the door around 5:45 a.m. and is on the road driving east on the Massachusetts Turnpike for 50 minutes in his 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid to catch an hour-and-a-half-long train ride from Worcester. “I’ve traveled for work nationally and internationally. I’ve seen rail systems and transit...

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Bizarro Briefs: Uh, How Did That Get In There?
Oct23

Bizarro Briefs: Uh, How Did That Get In There?

Uh, How Did That Get In There? In retrospect, it was a horrible idea, but so many of these entries start that way. A British man fishing on a pier in southern England took a six-inch sole he had just caught and jokingly placed it in front of his open mouth. The fish, seizing the moment, leapt down the man’s throat, blocking his windpipe and sending him into cardiac arrest. Luckily for the 28-year-old man, paramedics were on the scene...

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Staff Picks: A HeART for Puerto Rico
Oct16

Staff Picks: A HeART for Puerto Rico

HeART for Puerto Rico Benefit Fundraiser // FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY It’s a weekend of music, live shows, and art at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke all in support of a relief fund for Puerto Rico and the Holyoke community, which is preparing to receive more than 3,500 family members and friends in the coming weeks, who are relocating to the Pioneer Valley after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bands such as The...

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Bizarro Briefs: Do They Make Hard Hats That Small?
Oct16

Bizarro Briefs: Do They Make Hard Hats That Small?

Do They Make Hard Hats That Small? Ever have one of those days where you just wanted someone else to do your work for you? Well, there are bacteria out there being trained for just that! Researchers at Duke University taught a bunch of bacteria — using gene manipulation — to assemble a three-dimensional, working pressure sensor. The researchers provided the bacteria with gold nanoparticles (these are swanky bacteria), and they did the...

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AmeRican Migration: Fleeing Devastation, Many Puerto Ricans Expected In Western Mass
Oct09

AmeRican Migration: Fleeing Devastation, Many Puerto Ricans Expected In Western Mass

These weren’t the circumstances in which Holyoke resident Israel Rivera had imagined he would be meeting his nieces — ages 13 and 17 — for the first time. Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, recently agreed to house his sister’s children after his sister Amarilis De Léom and her family endured devastation from Hurricane Maria on the island. They arrived on a flight to Teterboro, N.J., on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The trip down and back...

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