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Your genes: Off or on?

New MIT study brings researchers a step closer to effectively applying gene-controlling systems Being able to manipulate genes could revolutionize countless fields, which is why researchers around the world have worked diligently to perfect gene-controlling systems. Forget playing The Sims — this type of control has a greater effect than simply determining whether your character […]

Sunday recap: Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar rock last day of Boston Calling

Sunday concert-goers were greeted by electronic beats, rap, dubstep for Day Two of Boston Calling. Royal Teeth, a six-person band from New Orleans, kicked its performance off with “Hold Me” and continued with songs from its debut album Glow. The highlight of the whole set, however, was its cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats.” Although they […]

Saturday Red Stage: The Gaslight Anthem and Bat for Lashes

“Hello, beautiful people!” Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan called into Boston Calling’s Saturday audience. Boston Calling’s Red Stage sported a collection of punk/grunge and ethereal alternative rockers, including Bat for Lashes, with a bevy of surprises along the way. The Red Stage lineup blasted off with Boston’s very own Viva Viva, a punky and high-energy collection of […]

Boston Calling: Vampire Weekend dominates Blue Stage lineup

Accompanied by local concessions and sponsor vendors along the perimeter of Boston’s City Hall, the first day of Boston Calling offered promise that this biannual event could one day reach the prominence of a Bonnaroo or South by Southwest festival. Popular indie rock bands, such as Vampire Weekend, Local Natives and Okkervil River marked Saturday’s […]

Carpe Diem with ‘The Spectacular Now’

Movies are exalted for their ability to provide escapism to their viewers. Excursions into fantasy heal the past and romanticize the future, allowing audiences to escape the persistent imperfections of the here and the now. As such, when a film crashes through the rose glass that tints most Hollywood lenses, the impact of reality feels, […]