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Kristin Toussaint

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Researchers create robotic muscles that can lift 1,000 times their own weight

Robots are about to get a whole lot stronger. Researchers at MIT and Harvard have developed new “artificial muscles” that can turn soft robots into super lifters. The robotic muscles can lift up to 1,000 times their own weight, which experts say will lead to endless possibilities for...

Monday, November 27, 2017, 3:19 PM

Three ways to give back in Boston this #GivingTuesday

An important part of the holiday season is the idea of giving back, and it’s easier than ever to make that effort to do good on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28. Giving Tuesday has become a global movement since 2012, and this marks the sixth year of the trend to set aside the Tuesday after...

Monday, November 27, 2017, 11:55 AM

Tufts postpones event with Scaramucci after he threatens to sue student newspaper

Tufts University has postponed a scheduled event featuring Anthony Scaramucci on Monday, after the short-lived White House communications director threatened to sue the student newspaper, The Tufts Daily. Scaramucci, who served as President Donald Trump’s White House spokesperson for 10 days...

Monday, November 27, 2017, 10:26 AM

'Winter Blooms' art installation brings brightness to Brookline

Winter can be cold, dark and desolate, with bare trees and flower gardens stamped out by the weather, but local artist Hilary Zelson is bringing life and light to Brookline this holiday season with her installation “Winter Blooms.” Between now and the end of January, those who walk...

Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

Small Business Saturday brings big benefits for communities

Scouring for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals has practically become a holiday tradition, but if you want a different kind of shopping experience that gives back to your own community, there’s another option: Small Business Saturday. American Express launched Small Business...

Friday, November 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Baker highlights road safety initiatives ahead of holiday travel

As Massachusetts residents prepare for all their travels this holiday season, Gov. Charlie Baker is highlighting legislative proposals that aim to keep the commonwealth’s roadways safe. In 2016, there were 389 deaths on Massachusetts roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:22 AM

7-hour long 'Cold Hudson' doc offers alternative to sports, parades onThanksgiving Day

The holidays are hectic. There’s the flurry that is preparing the Thanksgiving meal, the football games and parades to catch on TV and the pressure of Black Friday, to start. Filmmaker Billy Wirasnik thinks everybody could benefit from slowing down. This Thanksgiving, he’s hoping to...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

Native Americans voice past and current struggles on National Day of Mourning

The story of Thanksgiving is often presented as a heartwarming, welcoming tale in which Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to share crops, bonding over the feast. But that story leaves out the struggles and horrors Natives faced at the hands of those colonists, their descendants argue....

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 1:27 PM

Christmas Tree from Nova Scotia arrives on Boston Common Tuesday

On Tuesday, a 53-foot tall white spruce will be welcomed at Boston Common, where it will soon be strung with thousands of festive lights. This is not just any Christmas Tree, though; it’s 100 years of gratitude from Nova Scotia. Each year, the Canadian province gifts Boston a Christmas tree...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:25 PM

Boston startup lets you personalize your holiday cards with voice recordings

Want to make your holiday cards extra-unique this year, but don’t have a crafty bone in your body? Don't worry, a Boston startup is here to help. LiziCards, a Boston-based greeting card company, launched Monday with the aim to change how people pick out and send off cards for all...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 12:50 PM

Rideshares give back, and help you pay it forward, this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to sit around a table full of food with your family, stuffing yourself with so much stuffing that you might need bigger pants — but it’s also about giving back and helping out those who may not be as fortunate. This year, rideshare services are getting in on the...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot do a backflip

When you picture what the future will look like, you surely see a world full of robots. But did you ever imagine those robots doing backflips? There’s no need to even imagine it now, because it’s already a reality. Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts company that says it is “...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 10:51 AM

Boston cat cafe plans to open this weekend

UPDATE, Nov. 17 : Purr Cat Cafe, Boston's first such feline establishment, plans to finally open it's doors this weekend after a few controversies delayed the business's beginnings.  Diane Kelly, the owner of Purr, confirmed that she met with the city's Inspectional Services...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 1:27 PM

Bronx teen pleads not guilty to fatal high school stabbing

A Bronx teenager accused of stabbing two classmates while in high school, one fatally, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges. Abel Cedeno, 18, was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court on Wednesday on charges related to the Sept. 27 incident in which he allegedly stabbed 15-year-old...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10:21 AM

Here's the best time to leave Boston for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and next week will be no different. In fact, it may be more hectic than usual, with a record 28.5 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines, between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, according to Airlines for America — a 3...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 3:39 PM

These are the worst landlords in New York City

Living in New York City isn’t always glamorous, and for some tenants at the mercy of bad landlords, living conditions can be downright dangerous and disgusting. Public Advocate Letitia James released her 2017 Worst Landlords Watchlist, an annual database of the worst landlords in New York...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:17 PM

NYC spent 'all-time high' on jails in 2017, despite drop in inmates

The budget for New York City’s Department of Correction has hit an “all-time high” in the 2017 fiscal year, despite one of the lowest inmate populations on record in more than 30 years, according to a new report. An analysis released by city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:06 PM

MIT engineers create sensor that shows when a plant needs water

Some people have a green thumb, and others forget to water their houseplants and garden plots until all the leaves are wilting and it’s too late to save them. But what if your plant could tell you when it needs water? That may be the future, thanks to engineers at the Massachusetts Institute...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Revere Husband pleads not guilty to killing Lynn school teacher

The Revere man accused of strangling and stabbing his beloved second-grade teacher wife was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday. Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 3:43 PM

Google Maps releases data to help you avoid Thanksgiving traffic

Thanksgiving is almost here, but before you can sit down at the dinner table and enjoy tons of turkey and wine, you have to head home during one of the year’s busiest travel times. Last year, AAA predicted that nearly 49 million Americans would travel at least 50 miles in order to make it to...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 1:05 PM