June 12, 2014 |
Hello there On a summer afternoon in 2009 at an Ocean City Shore house, Bob's friend made an announcement about that evening's Atlantic City festivities: Several Eagles cheerleaders would be joining them. "It was like, 'Oh my God! Wow! This is great!' " remembered Bob, who grew up in Voorhees. He and the other dudes put down their beverages to prepare. "There were guys doing push-ups everywhere. " As soon as Jenna walked in, Bob whispered to his friend. "You really need to hook me up here.
June 11, 2014 |
THE FRANKLIN Institute has expanded its commitment to science education and made space for world-class traveling exhibits in the process, thanks to the new three-story Karabots Pavilion, opening Saturday. The addition will kick off with a "brain party" to celebrate its main attraction, "Your Brain," a permanent exhibit on the pavilion's second floor. But while all the sensation runs through the brain, it's only part of the opening day itinerary. The first 500 visitors can experience the Institute's new furnishings and a rare gallery of 80 scientific artifacts for free, while the rest must pay normal admission prices.
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.