March 25, 2007 |
Gardeners are famous for recycling. They convert kitchen scraps to compost, stake tomatoes with old pantyhose, and hang unwanted CDs on sticks to spook birds in the berry patch. But there's one thing every gardener buys that routinely gets tossed in the trash and buried in a landfill: the plastic flower pots used to grow seedlings. They're everywhere, especially at this time of year. They don't decompose, and they're not usually made of the plastic recycled in these parts.
November 13, 2015
Now that Guinness says it will no longer use isinglass, a common gelatin-like beer filtering agent made from dried fish bladders, vegans can finally enjoy a guilt-free pint of the famous Irish stout, right? Guess again, carrot top. Look more closely and you'll find plenty of animals hiding in your glass of suds. Pigs, horses and even bugs are sacrificed in the beer-making process. To be clear, there are no actual carcasses in beer. In fact, there were never any fish bladders, either.
November 2, 1990 |
For years, doctors have said it was impossible to predict, with rare exceptions, who was doomed. But yesterday, Thomas Jefferson University researchers said they have discovered a gene that causes the disease and will soon have a saliva test to identify those at risk. Doctors had thought that the blowout, called a ruptured aneurysm, was related to atherosclerosis, which is a form of hardening of the arteries. But the new research suggests that the primary cause is a genetic defect that weakens the walls of the aorta.
April 27, 1987 |
Connaught Laboratories Inc., a manufacturer of vaccines and biological products in Swiftwater, Monroe County, Pa., has formed a joint venture with Liposome Co. of Princeton. The two firms intend to use liposome technology to develop a more effective influenza vaccine. Liposomes are manmade microscopic spheres composed of naturally occurring substances known as lipids. The liposomes can be loaded with a cargo of drugs or therapeutic products that otherwise would be dispersed and destroyed in the body.
August 20, 1991 |
DOWNWARDLY MOBILE Will young adults in the United States be less affluent than their parents? Yes, says Lawrence Mishel, co-author of The State of Working America. Mishel, research director of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, says the economic position of the typical young family deteriorated during the 1980s as a result of a fall in real wages, the shift in employment toward low-wage industries, the effects of large trade deficits, and the erosion of union membership.
January 16, 2015 |
Over the last few months, I've been souping it up in Pho-ladelphia. Home to the third largest Vietnamese population on the East Coast, this city has long been a destination for many great renditions of the deeply warming and aromatic noodle soup. Few meals in the world deliver more satisfaction for $10 or less. And since the winter chill settled in, slurping through a steamy pool of exotic broth, rice noodles, Thai basil, and sundry cuts of meat has been the equivalent of hitting the "defrost" button.
May 30, 2014 |
IT'S THE KIND of tale that would make anyone's skin crawl. Gary Dudek, 54 of Wallingford, Delaware County, allegedly stole $357,000 worth of human skin from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital from November 2011 to July of last year. Hospital employees were conducting record checks in the bioscience department in January when they saw Dudek take skin grafts to his car, according to court records. And although the employees weren't sure how long this allegedly had been going on, they found past surveillance footage of two similar instances.
June 25, 1986 |
Q. What is the process for making non-alcoholic beer? I drink non-alcoholic beverages and would like the question answered because sometimes the cure is worse than the problem. The beers I drink are Moussy and Elan, which are Swiss, and Wurzburger and Clausthaler, which are German. Richard Renkum Wolcott, Conn. A. Harold Broderick, technical director of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, explains that the so-called "non-alcoholic" beers are brewed with the same materials as regular beers, that is, barley malt, cereal grains and hops.
July 16, 1999 |
People who suffer the shooting back and leg pain known as sciatica may have inherited a gene that makes them vulnerable to this common disease, which affects about half a million people every year. Leena Ala-Kokko and colleagues at MCP Hahnemann University found a genetic defect that weakens the material in the disks between the back's vertebrae. The researchers, who announced their findings in today's issue of Science, found the genetic mutation in only 5 percent of a group of 157 sciatica patients.
December 13, 2013 |
Nicholas A. Kefalides, 86, of Merion, a physician, a groundbreaking scientist, and an educator, died Friday, Dec. 6, at his home from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Kefalides was emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and remained active until his final days as a member of the medical school's admissions committee. In 1970, he began what would become a 43-year career at Penn and a high-profile role as a pioneer in the study of the extracellular matrix - components of the body that fill the space between structured cells.