Articles by Reena Karasin

MIT Spin-Offs: Sewage Stats

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]


Events Calendar: March & April

March 21 |  Community Growing Divides in Cambridge: A Tale of 2.0 Cities 6 to 7:30 p.m., Free Cambridge Public Library—449 Broadway, Cambridge The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents this examination of the city’s growing income inequality as part of its “Conversations On the Edge” series. Cambridge Community Foundation President and CEO Geeta Pradhan […]


Winners Selected in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has selected five winning art pieces in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which intends to put art in unoccupied storefronts. The contest, run by the Community Development Department (CDD) and Cambridge Arts, is part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan. The CDD will make digital files of each artwork available for property owners […]



Semi-finalists Chosen in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has announced 13 semi-finalists in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which aims to put art in unoccupied storefronts. The contest, run by the Community Development Department (CDD) and Cambridge Arts, is part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan. The CDD will make digital files of the winning art pieces available for property owners to […]


Meet the Scout Team: Nicolle Renick, Art Director

Nicolle’s the one who makes the magazines you hold in your hands. Our editor-in-chief sends her articles, our photographers send her photos, our publisher sends her ads, and she puts it all together with her keen eye for design. Nicolle’s from Iowa, and always loved taking art classes. She says the “creative freedom” is a […]


City Launches Loyalty Program to Support Inman Businesses

The Inman Square Loyalty Program launched on Friday, offering patrons extra incentives to shop at Inman businesses as construction causes disruptions in the heart of the square. Here’s how it works: Pick up a loyalty card at any of the participating businesses. You get a stamp for each purchase you make, and if you get at […]


‘Mapping Out Utopia’: How Our Legacy of Counterculture Lives On

It’s not surprising to hear that Cambridge has a rich history of counterculture—it is, after all, one of the most progressive cities in the country. But when you dive into it, the extent of Cambridge’s role in the movements of the ’60s and ’70s can be astonishing. That’s what librarian and artist Tim Devin found […]


STEAM Makerspace, Recording Studios to Open at Main Library This Fall

The public library’s upcoming makerspace and STEAM learning area, dubbed “The Hive,” is set to open this fall, according to library staff. The Hive will include laser printers and various other digital fabrication tools, an extended reality lab focused on virtual and augmented reality, and two multimedia recording studios. “It is, first and foremost, a […]



Off-the-beaten-path Valentine’s Day Ideas

Go On a Different Kind of Blind Date Take home a surprise book this Valentine’s Day. Harvard Book Store’s staff will play matchmaker between used books and customers, wrapping up their recommendations with only hints about the contents (for example: “‘Lord of the Flies’ on a boat”). We promise it won’t be awkward. Harvard Book […]