June 11, 2014 |
THE BRAIN. It's how we perceive and create our world. It's our motivator and best protector - and sometimes our undoing. All this and more are explored in the super-spiffy interactive exhibit opening Saturday at the Franklin Institute - a $10 million installation celebrating "Your Brain. " It's the big come-on of the Institute's new, 53,000-square-foot addition: the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. An entertaining hands-on, eyes-on, full-body experience demonstrating how our noggins' work, "Your Brain" - and the three-story museum addition that houses it - culminates seven years of planning and a whole lot of fundraising by the museum, explained incoming president/CEO Larry Dubinski.
June 9, 2014 |
Walk in looking the wrong way and you might miss the real star of the Franklin Institute's major new exhibition, preserved and suspended, unfurled for pondering both prosaic and poetic: a real human brain and its ruffled tail of a spinal column. Of all the major organs, this may be the most inscrutable. Form follows function in the case of the heart and stomach, but tracing this familiar intertwined clutch of tubes and two knotted bulges at the back, underneath, reveals nothing about what it actually does.
May 4, 2014 |
'Hi, folks! Do you know what a freshwater amoeba is?" That's how Jeremy Lewis greeted attendees at the Brain Health Fair who ambled up to his booth last week at the Convention Center. Then he told them about the brain-eating parasite that killed his son. During the dog days of summer 2010, Kyle, 7, was playing in a Texas lake. At some point, a single-celled swimming monster "went up his nose and basically ate his brain," Lewis said from Booth 15. It happened fast. "Thursday morning, he had a headache.
April 30, 2014 |
WHILE HIS SAINT Joseph's University teammates prepared under a beautiful blue sky for last Friday's baseball game against La Salle, sophomore Joey Gorman was stuck indoors, practicing simple tasks that his twice-operated-on brain once cycled through automatically. With dark tufts of hair spilling from his black Chicago White Sox hat - which also obscured the 6- to 8-inch scar that runs from the back of his neck to the middle of his head - Gorman walked heel-to-toe while tossing a ball above his head from hand-to-hand.
April 18, 2014 |
AFTER TEAMING with Judi Dench for the Oscar-nominated "Philomena," Steve Coogan is back with his favorite co-star, himself. That's not to say the comedian is a narcissist, but to acknowledge that he's often at his best alongside the supersized egos of the characters he plays, none more memorable than "Alan Partridge," the hilariously vain broadcaster character who succeeded despite (or because of) his relentless solipsism (the basis for a long-running BBC show). The movie version out this week is Alan's funny swan song, also a darkly comic elegy for the broadcast media age that produced such . . . fowl men. "I'm not supposed to talk to the press," someone says.
April 6, 2014 |
As a general rule, gas-electric hybrid cars and trucks are not fun; their very nature precludes it. Hybrids are made to maximize conservation at the expense of stimulation. The thrill of driving one is seeing the m.p.g. indicator creep higher, rather than the speedometer. Certainly that's true of the Toyota Prius, which loudly proclaims its mission without any endearing aesthetic quality. But a fuel-sipper doesn't have to look ugly to be efficient; you could opt for the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
March 29, 2014 |
The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl whose parents refused to accept a finding of brain death, was honored for courage and perseverance Thursday night at the Union League by the family of Terri Schiavo. The McMath family went to court in December to oppose the removal of a ventilator and feeding tube even after three physicians determined that there was no brain function and a coroner issued a death certificate. A month later, the body of the girl - organs still working - was taken to an undisclosed medical facility, where the heart still beats.
February 21, 2014
A PAIR OF upcoming local beer-drinking events has me thinking out of both sides of my brain. My left side - controlled and analytical - is focused on Saturday's Bierfest at the German Society of Pennsylvania. I'll sit on a panel of beer experts to discuss classic, old-world lager styles. My right side - freewheeling and emotional - is preparing for Beer School at the Loft at Iron Abbey, in Horsham, next week. I'll lead an advanced class on unconventional beer ingredients that produce inventive, newfangled flavors.
February 19, 2014 |
Rutgers University will try to entice New Jersey's best and brightest to stay in-state with a new undergraduate merit scholarship that president Robert L. Barchi announced Monday. The Henry Rutgers Merit Scholarship will be awarded to 100 undergraduates a year for each of the next four years in an attempt to reduce the flow of more than 30,000 students who leave the Garden State annually for college elsewhere. The scholarships will be available to freshmen entering in the fall of 2014.