The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

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Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

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The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

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This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

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Google's Glass Project: Can You Make The Grade?

Feb 20, 2013
Originally published on March 20, 2014 4:35 pm

Google's Glass has been in the works for some time, but now the company is inviting people to submit ideas for how the wearable technology could be used.

Google on Wednesday announced it will select up 8,000 applicants to become "Glass Explorers" by answering the question: "What would you do if you had Glass?" Applicants who are selected for the program will be able to order the device for $1,500.

Using the #ifihadglass hashtag, applicants are asked to tweet or post on Google + in 50 words or less why they should be chosen. Optionally, they can submit five photos or a short 15-second video. The deadline is Feb. 28.

"We're looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass," the company said on its website.

The promo video shows the eyewear performing different tasks like sending messages and making video-chat calls prompted by saying the magic words, "OK, Glass."

The latest invitation follows a similar one to developers last summer. And last fall, designer Diane von Furstenberg demoed the technology during her spring 2013 fashion show for New York Fashion Week. She filmed behind-the-scenes footage from her viewpoint, including her walk down the runway after the show.

A Different Perspective

Although this type of augmented, advanced technology seems to make things easier and readily accessible, for some, it can't replace the little things in life. As NPR's Linda Holmes wrote last year:

"I don't want my glasses to remind me, 'See Jess tonight 6:30.' I want to suddenly remember that I'm meeting Jess at 6:30 and have it make me smile — 'Oh, hey, this is the night I'm hanging out with Jess!'"

MIT's Sherry Turkle has researched how technology can have a toll on humans. She told NPR's Fresh Air she believes people do not make important emotional connections when they shove human interaction to the side — basically living in their social media and tech bubbles.

The question arises: How much will future Glass consumers depend on the device?

Will you use it to Google what's on the plate in front while dining with your family? Will you record a video and read texts while walking down the street? Will you video-chat while taking the bus home?

The temptation will be right in front of you, at a blink of an eye.

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