There is nothing quite like the sound of 37,000-plus Red Sox fans, crammed into every nook and cranny of baseball's oldest ballpark on Yawkey Way in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. The swelling chorus of approval for each David Ortiz home run, each John Lester strike out, each Drew-to-Pedroia-to Napoli double-play can be heard for miles.
But as the Red Sox filtered onto the field at Fenway Park earlier this week for an afternoon workout in preparation for the 2013 World Series, it was quiet at the ballpark. A tour guide led a small group along the mezzanine as batting practice got underway. You could even hear the buzz of the fluorescent stadium lights echoing through the empty stands. That is, until TJ Connelly went to work.
For the first time in history, we've left the solar system.
NASA has announced that new data confirms their Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched way back in 1977, exited the solar system more than a year ago, entering interstellar space.
If you're wondering what exactly interstellar space is, Merav Opher, assistant professor of astronomy at Boston University and a Voyager team scientist explained that it's an area filled with material from past dead stars and wind.
Sure, Shark Week is a neat idea. Yes, "Jaws" is an incredible movie. And, okay, "Sharknado" is a thing. But with New England shark sightings on the rise, parents vetoing swimming in area waters, and Chatham's use of sharks as the centerpiece for a marketing campaign, it's beginning to feel like the sharks are hogging the spotlight.
If you were looking up at the skies on Tuesday night, you might have noticed a big, bright full moon. What you might not have realized is just how rare that full moon was. It wasn't blue in color, but it was a true Blue Moon.
Full moons occur, on average, every 29.5 days. If you're standing on Earth, this means the sun is directly opposite the moon.
It's a steamy summer night in Dorchester and the air conditioner at the Carver Den is on the fritz, so a few industrial strength fans will have to suffice. It's Thursday, and that means heat or no heat The Original Steppers of Boston have some dancing to do.
Since 2006, this group has brought Chicago-Style Stepping to dance floors all over Greater Boston. Each Thursday, they hold a lesson and open dance at the Carver Den on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester.
That’s the hunch of a team of scientists at Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Christopher Carr is a research scientist at MIT for that team, which is known as the Search for Extraterrestrial Genomes (SETG). He said the big idea driving the research is that if life on Mars exists, it could be related to us.
To follow up on a report from earlier this week about public restrooms in Boston in which five of six automated city toilets were out of order, I caught up with Peter O'Sullivan, who runs the Boston's Coordinated Street Furniture Program. The program is responsible for many of the information kiosks and bus shelters you see around the city, as well as the city's eight automated public toilets.
Edgar stands outside a city toilet in Charlestown near the U.S.S. Constitution. It was out of service, but the open door allowed us to peak in and see a very dirty toilet and what looked to be an attempt to repair the floor or plumbing inside.
Each year, more than 12 million visitors come to Boston to take in the city's rich culture and history. We've got old . But there's one amenity that we keep hearing downtown Boston is distinctly lacking: Good, clean well-marked public restrooms.
Well that got us wondering, could it really be that hard to find a place to attend to one of life's most mundane functions in such a high-minded metropolis as ours? The only way to find out was to set out and see for ourselves.
Investigators exhumed the body of Albert DeSalvo on Friday, to test his DNA against evidence from the 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan. Sullivan, 19, was found raped and murdered at her home on Charles St. in Boston.
Jessica Meir is an accomplished woman. A graduate of Brown University, she has an advanced degree from the International Space University, and earned her doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Meir is an assistant professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where her specialty is studying animals in extreme – low oxygen environments. But, only for the next month or so. That's because she just learned that her life's dream is about to come true.
Boston Bruins fans react at the Boston Sports Grille near TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, after the Bruins scored in the first period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Even if its not a triple overtime thriller like Game 1 - or even a single overtime thriller like Game 2 - there promises to be a lot of activity at the TD Garden Monday night when the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks lace up the skates for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
I’m not talking Milan Lucic wrist shots or kick saves by Tuukka Rask.
I’m talking about cash changing hands at the concession stand, smartphones being scanned at the gate, plastic being swiped in the souvenir shop. I’m talking about economic activity.
WGBH Curiosity Desk's Edgar B. Herwick III and Boston Globe music critic Sarah Rodman joined forces to bring their favorite music picks to Boston Public Radio. It's a list that spans everything from folksy acoustic and classic rock up through country and electro.
New Music Picks from Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe pop music and TV critic:
The first act in one of the most anticipated criminal trials in Bay State history gets underway Tuesday as jury selection begins in the James “Whitey” Bulger case.
But, how will the court determine the jury of 12 peers who will sit on the Whitey Bulger trial from the millions of Massachusetts residents who qualify for jury duty? And, in a high profile such as this one, how does the court find jurors that present little conflict or bias with the trial?
The inimitable Boston Globe pop music and TV critic Sarah Rodman joined myself, Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio. We offered up some new music recommendations and to discussed everything from the average age of performers at the upcoming Boston Strong benefit concert to the Gatsby Soundtrack to a prominent odor on Willie Nelson's tour bus.
Jim Braude and Emily Rooney hosted another edition of "Ask the Governor" with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Could more have been done to prevent the Marathon bombings? A hearing was held in Congress today to address it.
The family of Martin Richard — the seven-year-old killed in the Boston Marathon bombing — released a statement on the medical condition of other Richard family members also hurt in the blast. Jim and Emily talked about the statement, and took calls.
Like a lot of you, in the weeks since two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I’ve watched a lot of coverage on TV, read everything from first hand accounts to op-eds, and talked with countless people about their experiences.
Today, Boston Public Radio turned to the Boston Globe's Sarah Rodman and the guy behind our Curiosity Desk, Edgar B Herwick III, for some tips on new music worth digging into, from artists well-known and obscure. Here are a few of their favorites:
New Music Picks from Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe Pop Music and TV Critic:
That's one of the most well worn phrases in sports. An adage that, as far as anyone can tell, is nearly as old as the game of baseball itself. Come out of the gate hot, like the Red Sox have this year, and you are guaranteed to hear it from all corners.
"You’re talking about 162 games; you’ve got six of them under your belt," said Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy earlier this week. "And they’ve won four out of six which is great, but it’s a very small sample. Doesn’t tell you a lot."
Another holiday, another "Five Favorites" post from the gang here at The Curiosity Desk. Here are a few of our favorite tunes that focus the spotlight on of the great archetypes of art, literature and music: The fool.
"What A Fool Believes," by the Doobie Brothers Only a fool would try to deny the light touch and infectious groove of the Doobies on this track.
It's a time-honored tradition. One of those things that simply "is," like candles on a birthday cake or the playground game "tag." Who hasn't either pulled a prank, or had a prank pulled at their expense on April Fools' Day?
Here at the Curiosity Desk, we try never to miss an opportunity to do a "Five Favorites" post. And with the vernal equinox occurring this morning at 7:02 Eastern Daylight Time, it seems natural to feature a few of our favorite songs about spring. There are a ton of good ones out there so keep in mind these are only five of our many, many favorites.
At 7:02 Wednesday, the vernal equinox occurred, marking the official start of spring — as you can tell by the snow on the ground. To paraphrase the great American writer Henry van Dyke, in New England, there is a big difference between the first day of spring and the first spring day.