October 4, 2014 |
To prepare their newest project, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out , German anatomists Gunther von Hagens and Angelina Whalley needed a forklift. Von Hagens is famous for the 1977 invention of plastination, a preservation technique that allows the anatomy of once-living beings to be displayed indefinitely. He and Whalley needed heavy machinery to maneuver the body of a full-grown giraffe into various substances that would dehydrate and then plasticize its tissues and organs. The process took more than two years.
September 25, 2014
M ARK CORPUS and Mark Capriotti, both 31, of Fishtown, are co-owners of ReAnimator Coffee. Last month, it opened a new production facility, a cafe, offices and a training lab in a refurbished factory in Kensington. ReAnimator also has a cafe in Fishtown. I spoke with Corpus, who's also the roaster. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for ReAnimator? A: I was a home-brewer and went to places like Stumptown [Coffee Roasters] in New York and the level of quality was different from what was going on here.
September 1, 2014 |
My wife and I went to Kruger National Park in June even though it was winter in South Africa. We chose that time to travel because it was the cool, dry season, with no bugs and no tall grass, which means the game viewing is better. Some people on safari do not see all of the so-called Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino), but we saw all of them in a single day. We saw so many animals, including lions mating every 10 minutes, that we become blasé about the sight. Unfortunately, the day begins at 5:30 a.m.; after a snack of muffins, fruit, and coffee, you go on the game drive in your open Land Rover with your ranger (who has a rifle)
August 16, 2014 |
Authorities accused the owner of a South Jersey pet dealer of selling sick animals to families, including a "yorkie poo" that was bought as a Christmas gift and became so sick that the new owners euthanized it. On Thursday, state consumer officials announced that they have filed a civil lawsuit against the owner of Prada Puppies, Jessica Durkin of Salem, to recoup losses on behalf of consumers. A woman who answered the telephone listed for Prada Puppies referred questions to Pennsville lawyer Paul Scull, who said he could not comment on pending litigation.
July 25, 2014
I WAS a teenage soda jerk. Nowadays, I'm just . . . a vegan columnist. Obviously, I don't drink the cow-derived milkshakes I used to guzzle at the end of a shift. But I still love the creamy goodness of a tall chocolate shake, minus the original's sad backstory. Fortunately, as I've predicted in earlier columns, vegan ice creams are proliferating in Philly. I know, ice-cream cones are fun, but those of us who want to mainline ice-cream deliciousness know that the milkshake is the format that delivers.
July 22, 2014 |
The hope is that the secretive northern pine snake, a large white constrictor with black and brown blotches, will mug for the cameras being mounted near the wildlife crossings beneath the Atlantic City Expressway. The crossings were created inside four culverts below the well-traveled Jersey Shore route about a year ago to protect the threatened snake and other creatures, at the direction of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The nonvenomous reptile, which can grow to up to seven feet in length, is one of several rare animals that exist in diminishing numbers in the Pinelands, a national preserve sliced in half by the six-lane highway.
July 15, 2014 |
Kiya is a sweet, humor-filled 11-year-old who loves animals, and whose favorite class in school is Pet Care (with gymnastics a close second). She delights in helping train dogs, and giving them treats when they obey. For the long term, Kiya dreams of a career as a veterinarian. In the more immediate future, though, she would like to learn more about the field by visiting an animal shelter. A fifth grader, Kiya does well in school, and her grades are continually improving. She looks forward to taking part in the school play each year.
June 28, 2014 |
Eleven-year-old Ryan Dougherty, who has Down syndrome, looks forward all year to summer camp at a Chester County farm. There he has learned to overcome his fear of animals and improve his social skills. But people at the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, where children with special needs help care for the animals, say it could close Aug. 31 if Pocopson Township does not give it more time to raise money to meet zoning requirements. "I don't know how I would break that to him," said Ryan's mother, Danielle.
June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
May 24, 2014 |
For those who are Shore-bound, Atlantic City Aquarium offers live diver and animal-feeding shows through Memorial Day. From Saturday to Monday, the Live Diver Feeding Show begins at 11 a.m. Guests can observe and interact with the scuba diver while he or she hand-feeds sharks and stingrays in a 25,000-gallon tank. At noon and 3, join in on the fun and help staff feed the stingrays. At 2, the Exotic Animal Show begins, presenting the unusual inhabitants of the aquarium including the 6-foot-long Amazon tree boa constrictor, the inland bearded dragon lizard, tarantulas, and more.