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Dave Bowman, in 2001: A Space Odyssey, interacts with the HAL 9000 computer.

Is the Singularity coming?

Stephen Hawking made headlines at the end of 2014 when, in a BBC interview, he said that we should be very wary of developing “full artificial intelligence” as it “could spell the end…

Thomas Cole The Architect’s Dream, 1840, oil on canvas, 53 x 84 1/16 in., framed: 58 3/4 x 90 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. Toledo Museum of Art, OH, Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1949.162

The architect’s dream: Replica of Thomas Cole’s studio in Catskill

History has been kind to Thomas Cole, securing his legacy as the artist who launched the Hudson River School of painting. His luminous canvases depicting the unspoiled 19th-century American wilderness inspired many artists…

The 60-acre Thorn Preserve in Woodstock will host an E.O. Wilson-inspired BioBlitz  this Friday and Saturday, pairing scientists with volunteer citizen scientists as they attempt to identify and document the site's diverse array of flora and fauna. Call (845) 679-9629 or email gkasher@gmail.com to volunteer. (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

The game of life: E.O. Wilson-inspired BioBlitz in Woodstock

“There is no better high than discovery.” – E.O. Wilson Citizen science comes to Woodstock this weekend with the second annual BioBlitz at the Thorn Preserve on John Joy Road. The two-day biodiversity…

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Trash Fest in Marbletown

What does it mean to be a “solid waste management activist”? Ask Margot Becker, who describes herself as a writer, collage artist and former dancer who envisions a world where there’s no such…

The 10 Horse Art Center at 65 Black Creek Road in Highland – a restored horse barn renovated into a complex of artist studio spaces by pop-up book artist and illustrator Robert Sabuda – will be the starting point for all tourgoers on Saturday, June 4. 

Treasure in Sherwood’s Forest

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) will host the sixth iteration of its annual “Houses on the Land” tour on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s tour focuses on “Sherwood’s…

(Photo by Torbakhopper)

A new gender/sexuality lexicon

It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley – and in particular, Ulster County – is a community that is largely inclusive of LGBTQ persons. The Valley is home to multiple pride festivals and…

Gayle Grunwald poses for a photo in the Widow Jane Mine. She is wearing a lab coat from A.J. Snyder II’s cement laboratory. (Lauren Thomas | Almanac Weekly)

Learn about Rosendale cement at Riverport Wooden Boat School

Have you ever wondered about those caves in Rosendale – the ones that give off chilled air when you drive by, as if from an invisible air conditioner? Century House Historical Society trustee…

Its first workshop, “Skywriting: Poems & Planes” (Saturday, May 28), pays homage to the Poetry Barn’s former incarnation as the Harry Everett Smith Memorial Library. Smith, a prominent member of the Beats and close friends with Allen Ginsberg, was an avant-garde artist, filmmaker, musicologist and collector who donated the largest known paper airplane collection in the world to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

Poetry Barn hosts “Skywriting: Poems & Planes”

The Poetry Barn, a new literary center in the Hudson River Valley situated by the spillway of the Ashokan Reservoir, announces its inaugural series, “Last Saturdays at the Barn,” which will feature events…

(Photo by Melissa Tyler)

Emerson Resort & Spa unveils renovation

When Ralph Waldo Emerson described the relationship between the human soul and the surrounding world by declaring, “Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul,” he might not have imagined…

(Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Olana marks 50th anniversary of preservation with guided landscape tours

More than five decades before Jack Williamson coined the term “terraforming” during the Golden Age of science fiction, preeminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Church was doing it as a natural extension of…

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