Sometimes a mere observation can germinate the idea for a successful invention. George de Mestral,the man who created Velcro,was inspired by the way burrs stuck to clothing.
It won't be a surprise to hear that this has hardly been a normal winter, especially in parts of New England.
This year's National Book Critics Circle finalists include Hampshire College professor and poet Aracelis Girmay.
The sweeping federal education reform act called No Child Left Behind was signed into law in January of 2002. The cornerstone of the legislation—more standards-based academic testing and strict accountability measures. But now, ten years later, efforts to renew the law are bogged down. Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Education- David Driscoll was at the helm when NCLB was passed and is considered the architect of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Test-or MCAS-which predated the federal standards.
Many Jews have a quasi-tradition on Christmas. They go out to the movies and eat Chinese food. But they're no longer the only ones enjoying a movie on the holiday.