December 21, 2013 |
Philadelphia homicide detectives arrested a 42-year-old Germantown man Friday in the slaying of a retired Villanova University professor who was stabbed to death in her apartment, near his home. Jose Diaz was charged with murder and related offenses in the killing of Carol Ambruster, 69, who was stabbed multiple times in the neck and chest. Ambruster's roommate discovered her body the night of Dec. 9 in the kitchen of her second-story apartment in the 5500 block of Wayne Avenue, the knife still in her neck.
December 18, 2013 |
CAROL AMBRUSTER didn't hesitate to speak her mind when she saw injustice. Like the time the Philadelphia Orchestra raised its single-ticket concert price to make it the most expensive in the nation. Carol hit the ceiling. "Oh, my heavens, it's really a slap in the face," she told an Inquirer interviewer in 2002. "It's the arrogance of the rich toward those of us who love music. " Carol M. Ambruster, a retired assistant astronomy and astrophysics professor at Villanova University, was stabbed to death Dec. 9 in her Germantown apartment at Wayne Avenue and School House Lane.
December 14, 2013 |
GERMANTOWN In life, Carol Ambruster was a collector of books, jewelry, stamps, antique bottles, and American Indian art. The rooms of the retired Villanova University professor's Germantown apartment were filled almost to the point of clutter, friends said. In death, the eclectic collections that filled her apartment are proving a challenge for police searching for clues as to who stabbed the former astronomy professor to death in her kitchen Monday night. Ambruster's roommate told police that he returned home just after 9 p.m. and found her on the kitchen floor, stabbed multiple times, the knife still in her neck.
December 13, 2013 |
IN A REMOTE CANYON in the scrubland of New Mexico, Carol W. Ambruster used to look up at the night sky brimming with all the stars that inspired her life's passion. The last things the retired assistant astronomy and astrophysics professor at Villanova University may have seen Monday in her Germantown apartment, however, were the eyes of a savage who brutally stabbed her. Ambruster, 69, was found dead about 9 p.m. inside the blood-spattered kitchen of her second-floor apartment, at Wayne Avenue and School House Lane, a knife still in her neck and additional wounds on her chest.
December 13, 2013 |
GERMANTOWN The Germantown apartment building where a retired Villanova University professor was found stabbed to death Monday night was not easily accessible to outsiders, one of the building's owners said Wednesday, suggesting that the woman might have known her killer. Carol W. Ambruster, 69, a retired professor of astronomy, was found by her roommate in the kitchen of her apartment in the 5500 block of Wayne Avenue with a knife in her neck about 9 p.m., police said. She also had been stabbed in the chest.
June 2, 2012 |
David Rittenhouse spent months fine-tuning his handmade instruments and setting up a small observatory on the grounds of his farm, 20 miles outside the bustling young city of Philadelphia. On a clear June day in 1769, he was ready to participate in a landmark moment in science's efforts to measure the heavens. The rare event was called the transit of Venus, and it can be seen once again Tuesday evening - likely the last such chance for anyone now alive. For several hours, the path of Venus will take it directly across our view of the sun - looking something like a small blueberry against a fiery volleyball, for those with a telescope and proper eye protection (number 14 welder's goggles will work)
May 4, 2012 |
New Age mystics predict that December's turnover of the sacred Mayan calendar will bring death by flood, solar flares, or a catastrophic reversal of the Earth's magnetic field. Some even forecast that Earth will plunge into a gigantic black hole. But don't bet the farm on it, say archaeologists. This creative doom-saying stems from a calculation that archaeologist made in the 1980s, showing that the ancient Mayan timekeeping system was going to end, or cycle back to zero, for the first time since 3114 B.C. The date for this turnover - December 21, 2012 - is now known to the apocalyptically minded as Y12. It raises the question: Could God's odometer be running out?
April 2, 2009 |
The Italian museum's director pulled out a stack of letters and, one by one, laid them atop his desk at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence. It was late 2007 and appeals were pouring in from museums in China, Korea, Germany, New York, Chicago, and a host of cities around the globe, though the International Year of Astronomy was still more than a year away. "Tutti vogliono il mio telescopio," Paolo Galluzzi said. "Everyone wants my telescope," the only remaining functional telescope made by Galileo Galilei, whom Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics - indeed, of modern science altogether.
October 13, 2008 |
By day Steven E. Mazlin tends to his patients, those with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain tumors, and other neurological ailments. When darkness comes, another world beckons, luring Mazlin down a curving staircase into the basement of his palatial Upper Makefield home and out to his one-acre backyard, where he begins the night's work. A board-certified neurologist in Langhorne, Mazlin is a self-described astrophotographer, one of maybe 100 in the country, 200 or so in the world.
August 22, 2008 |
The Chesmont Astronomical Society will present StarFest 2008 beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at Warwick County Park in Pottstown. This educational event will feature guest speakers, children's activities, and astronomy presentations. Telescopes will be set up for solar observing from 4 to 6 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., Kids Corner educational activities will begin, including a constellation scavenger hunt and crafts. Presentations are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., including "How to Get Your Picture in the NY Times," "What You'll See Tonight" by Martin Howe, and "Dark Sky Preservation" by Rob Cordivari, leading up to "Stellar Death," a presentation by guest speaker Fronefield Crawford III. The event will conclude at 9:30 p.m. with drawings for scientific prizes.