August 18, 2014 |
Under the rapt stares of about 100 children and a statue of Benjamin Franklin, a staff member at the Franklin Institute poured liquid nitrogen into a bucket of water. A cloud mushroomed out over the sides and raced toward the youngsters. "Wow!" a chorus of surprised and delighted children squealed, reaching out to touch the indoor cloud. A few hundred more children scurried through the institute's famous heart and new brain exhibits Saturday, when the museum opened to more than 1,400 people free of charge.
August 11, 2014 |
What If , a buoyant, bumpy ride of a romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan , asks the question: What if the right person comes into your life at the wrong time? Everything clicks, but one of the potential partners is already in a relationship, solid and satisfying. Is it possible for the two people to put aside physical attraction, and simply (or not so simply) be friends? In the film - directed by Michael Dowse from an Elan Mastai script that had been on the fabled Hollywood Black List survey of top unproduced screenplays - Kazan is a Toronto animator who lives with her lawyer boyfriend ( Rafe Spall )
July 24, 2014 |
Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He had lived at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester, Ind., since 2009. In 1996, he moved to Indiana to be near family. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he lived in Pittsburgh until he was 9, when he moved to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale, Pa. It was while working in the dairy that Mr. Rogers' lifelong interest in science was kindled.
July 22, 2014 |
Dominic M. Roberti, 81, of Bryn Mawr, a chemistry professor and longtime cancer survivor who helped others face lives as cancer patients, died Tuesday, July 15, of a heart attack at his home. Dr. Roberti worked for nearly 30 years at St. Joseph's University before retiring in 1995. He taught and held a variety of administrative positions, including acting dean in 1968 and 1969. He helped author the report that led to the admission of the first women to St. Joseph's in 1970. Dr. Roberti returned to teaching in 1971, and developed environmental and food-chemistry classes designed for nonscience majors.
June 25, 2014 |
Quick! Calculate the half-life of a radioactive isotope, given a series of Geiger counter readings. Name a hydrocarbon based on its number of carbon atoms and a description of the chemical bonds. Spit out the number of neutrons in an isotope of tungsten. Tricky for most adults whose high school chemistry class was long ago. But what about Audrey Gallier, who has yet to take it? Easy as evaporating water, apparently. At the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, the 12-year-old from Brookfield, Ill., correctly answered brain-buster after brain-buster to win the national You Be The Chemist Challenge, a chemistry-quiz contest for grades five through eight.
May 30, 2014 |
THE Free Library of Philadelphia, always a source of food for thought, will start cooking for real Monday with the opening of the Culinary Literacy Center at the Parkway Central Library. The demonstration kitchen - with three ovens, a walk-in refrigerator, 16 burners and seating for 36 guests - will offer activities to educate people of all ages, not just in nutrition but in general literacy, mathematics and even chemistry. "People learn in different ways," explained Sandy Horrocks, the library's vice president of external affairs.
May 23, 2014 |
THE UNION cannot seem to find its groove at home this season. It has won only once at PPL Park, and the Sons of Ben voiced their displeasure during the previous two home games. Fortunately for the Union, it will not even play on the East Coast for about 2 weeks. They play the Galaxy at Los Angeles on Sunday and Chivas USA at suburban Carson the following Saturday. The team will stay in LA in between games, because it makes sense logistically. "We take this as an opportunity," manager John Hackworth said.
May 16, 2014
JOSEPH Spearot sure went to a helluva lot of trouble just to drink beer on Arcadia University's dry campus. Undergrads might be expected to dodge vigilant RAs at the school's historic Grey Towers Castle residence hall by simply stuffing a suitcase with cans of Natty Light. Spearot? He built an entire brewhouse in his organic chemistry classroom, then spent months to obtain permission to "test" his experimental ale on human subjects. It was all part of the chemistry/biology major's unique senior project that also took him to a winery in Australia, the quality-assurance laboratory at Yards Brewery and - next month - a prestigious national brewing conference in Chicago.
May 8, 2014 |
Hello there Rubina posted a profile on a dating website for South Asians, but did nothing with it for weeks. "I didn't check my messages, I didn't look at other people's profiles," she said. The same friends who persuaded her to give online romance a try gently pushed a little more: Message at least one person before writing off the experience, they said. And there was Shariq, who wrote about travel, art, and other things he loves. "It wasn't a resume," Rubina said.
May 3, 2014 |
A child drops a silvery chunk of pure sodium into a flask of water. Almost immediately, the liquid starts to bubble. Sparks, flames, and clouds of gas fill the air. No need to react with alarm, however. It all takes place on the screen of an iPad. Lamenting the rarity of chemistry sets with serious, eyebrow-singeing chemicals these days, officials at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia commissioned a virtual equivalent. And it is smoking. ChemCrafter has been downloaded more than 224,000 times from Apple's iTunes store since it went live April 6, most of them overseas, said Neil Gussman, spokesman for the foundation, based on Chestnut Street.