It's thrilling to see the Nobel, intended for a "most important discovery," given to a modest, selfless, humanitarian polymath, and perhaps not so much for a stroke of genius as for a lifetime of determination.
After a dozen years as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes and many years as a journalist and professor, I retired last August into a life of creative dabbling on the Upper West Side. Then, the renowned American Museum of Natural History began to misbehave.
My first thought as I sat in in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History when dancer Megumi Eda appeared under the scale model of a female blue whale was simply: we are so small.
At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"
Minecraft has its own physical laws and rules; it's self-perpetuating and functions through the activity and innovation of interested parties -- it is only natural that this may translate as a tool to learn the basics of the global food system.
Jenny, a former elementary school science teacher who loves to tease out how things work, and Colette, a pragmatist who had a career in the financial information industry, are not radicals. They are not trying to ban guns. They are simply out to make every community safe for kids.
A new exhibition of photos at NYU's Grey Art Gallery captures the poet of Greenwich Village who lived his life... just around the corner. Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg features over 80 black-and-white photos.
What will we be eating in the future? The history of food has been one long, changeable feast. If we continue to change what we eat and how we grow it, we may be able to feed the hungry mouths of the future.
Great dioramas are really a form of theater, telling you a visual story that can be amplified, but never replaced, by text or voice. They force your imagination to work, so that missing dimensions like movement and the elapse of time are provided instead by the mind's eye.
Museums are increasingly introducing new mobile apps, which typically focus on the museums' entire collection and enable visitors to browse and obtain information on the works. Apps have the potential to be not merely descriptive but to transform the overall museum experience.