People shop at the Prudential Center in Boston Wednesday. This Black Friday, a popular shopping holiday, fewer people participated than in previous years. PHOTO BY MAE DAVIS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Retail stores find ways to keep Black Friday, holiday season mobbed

For many Americans, Thanksgiving weekend is family time as much as it is shopping time. Heralded […]

by · December 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
Mei Mei is one of many Boston restaurants with food trucks and conventional restaurant locations. PHOTO BY CARLY ROSE WILLING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Food truck trend lets Boston restaurateurs test-drive new ideas

Whether looking for a full meal or just a snack, businesspeople, college students and tourists alike […]

by · December 4, 2014 · 1 comment · Features, InBusiness
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti arrived at the International Space Station last week. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA.GOV

BU professors weigh in on ISS, future space travel

From classic V-2 rockets to winged shuttles, human transport from Earth to beyond is light years […]

by · December 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, Science Tuesday
The Happiness Lab founder Vishal Patel loves you and wants you to be happy

The Happiness Lab founder Vishal Patel loves you and wants you to be happy

Walking into a coffee shop — spilling textbooks over a table, typing away furiously and having […]

by · December 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
REVIEW: Comfortable “Nutcracker” feels like recurring dream

REVIEW: Comfortable “Nutcracker” feels like recurring dream

In Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s renowned ballet, “The Nutcracker,” the shifty-yet-kind Herr Drosselmeyer gives the blue-eyed, pure […]

by · December 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Commonwealth Avenue is projected onto a wall by a camera obscura as part of The Camera Obscura Project, which celebrates the use of the tool in fields such and painting, drawing and neuroscience. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Camera Obscura Project shines light on photography’s past

When Toni Pepe Dan found a box full of camera lenses over the summer, she knew […]

by · December 3, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine found that repeated contact, education and individualized feedback from doctors and nurses might increase vaccination rates for human papillomavirus. GRAPHIC BY DANIEL GUAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BUSM study highlights strategies to promote HPV vaccinations

About 79 million Americans are currently infected with human papillomavirus, a commonly overlooked sexually transmitted infection, […]

by · December 2, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, Science Tuesday
FOX's new show "Gotham," which had its mid-season finale Nov. 24, has focused on a new angle in the well known Batman franchise. PHOTO COURTESY OF FOXTV

REVIEW: Midseason finale of ‘Gotham’ offers new dimensions to Batman universe

At the beginning of the Fall 2014 television season, FOX’s “Gotham” premiered with a premise that […]

by · December 1, 2014 · 1 comment · Features, Muse, The Muse
Christopher Knights, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon and Chris Miller (left to right) voice Private, Skipper, Rico and Kowalski, respectively, in "Penguins of Madagascar." PHOTO COURTESY OF DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

REVIEW: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ fun for kids, mixed bag for older crowd

Since the quartet of ass-kicking, wisecracking penguins appeared and captivated audiences in “Madagascar” and its subsequent […]

by · December 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Features, Muse, The Muse
Boston University School of Public Health Professor Michael Siegel said Massachusetts should keep revenue from cigarette taxes focused on anti-smoking programs. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL SIEGEL

Beyond the nicotine: Q&A with tobacco control expert Michael Siegel

It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and to shed light on the possible perils of smoking, The […]

by · November 25, 2014 · 1 comment · Features, Science Tuesday