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Waking Up in India With No Idea Who You Are Or How You Got There

Posted on · In October of 2002, 28-year-old David MacLean found himself at a train station in India with no idea of who he was or why he was there. After a series of medical tests, MacLean would learn that his episode of amnesia was caused by an antimalarial drug, called Lariam. These are just a few discoveries […]

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Perfecting Your Craft…of Being a Disgruntled Elf

Posted on · For the sixth straight year, Actor Todd Waite reprises his role as Crumpet, the irreverent elf at Santaland inside Macy’s in New York. The one-many show, The Santaland Diaries, is based on the essay of the same name by humorist David Sedaris — a  piece originally heard on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992. You’d think […]

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New Magazine Illustrates Gulf Coast Culture Through Food

Posted on · There are plenty of publications out there covering food in Houston – from restaurant openings to food trucks to recipes. But a new quarterly publication called Sugar and Rice hopes to take writing about food in Greater Houston and turn it on its head – to not just write about food, but to illustrate life […]

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Houston Team Programming Robot for Disaster Response

Posted on · We learn about HERCULES, a robot being programmed in Houston by David Kortenkamp and his team at TRACLabs. The robot is being designed to assist in disaster response situations where it’s unsafe for humans to go. HERCULES was built by Boston Dynamics Inc. but TRACLabs is programming its brain to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).