September 14, 2014 |
It's getting harder to find the line between science and science fiction. One of the hot research techniques these days, "optogenetics," uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins to specific cells. Then researchers use light to control the cells. The field got its start in the brain, where scientists have demonstrated the technique by making contented mice fly into a rage - a remarkable, if slightly creepy, achievement. Brian Chow, a University of Pennsylvania bioengineer, has bigger ambitions than that.
August 25, 2014 |
Sam Hinkie's dramatic overhaul of the Sixers' roster moved forward Saturday as the oft-discussed trade of Thaddeus Young was finalized. As reported and confirmed Friday, the Sixers sent their longest-tenured player to the Minnesota Timberwolves for two players on expiring contracts and a first-round draft pick next season. "Thank you Sixers & Philly fans for 7 wonderful years. My family & I will always hold you close to our hearts," Young wrote on Twitter. "Minnesota . . . I'm ready to work and bring my hardworking attitude Philly gave to me. " Young, the Sixers' first-round pick in 2007, was coming off his best season.
July 24, 2014 |
Man will never stop testing his limits - nor finding love in unexpected places, like 56-degree water. Two aquatic updates: After swimming the English Channel in August, chronicled in The Inquirer, Anthony McCarley, 54, of Berwyn finished two monster swims this summer to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming. On June 28, he circled Manhattan, 28.5 miles in a conservative nine hours and 40 minutes. Three weeks later, on Saturday morning, he stroked 20.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland.
July 18, 2014 |
Temple University has completed its review of an ethics complaint on a study conducted by two professors that described economic savings from private prisons - without disclosing that they had received funding from the prison industry. The university, however, will not disclose the findings or say whether any action was taken against the authors. "It's a personnel matter," Brandon Lausch, a Temple spokesman, said Wednesday. "I can't go into details. " He said the examination was concluded July 2. "They are fairly close-mouthed about their investigation," said Alex Friedmann, managing editor of the Prison Legal News and associate director of the Human Rights Defense Center, who filed the ethics complaint with Temple in June 2013.
June 19, 2014 |
The 76ers apologized to reporters and gave them bottled water and donuts Tuesday, but not access to prospective draft pick Andrew Wiggins. For the second straight day, the 6-foot-8 swingman showed up at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked out for the team with the No. 3 pick in the June 26 draft, and left without talking to the media gathered outside the practice facility. Just like Monday, the only glimpse of the former Kansas standout came when he exited the back of the building.
May 30, 2014 |
THIS TIME last year, Zach Ertz was back at Stanford grinding through the final four courses needed for his degree in management science and engineering. It wasn't until after June 16, the day he graduated, when the touted tight end could join the Eagles full-time and truly begin preparing for his rookie season. No such restrictions exist this spring for Ertz, a candidate for a breakout second NFL season in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense. "It was such a mystery last year at this time in that I really didn't know what was going to be going on," Ertz said yesterday, the second day of organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex.
May 2, 2014 |
PERHAPS the fertile imagination of Stan Lee could conjure a villain with the power to bend time into a recurring loop. The fellow could use his Groundhog Day abilities to rob armored cars, or whatever, and while this was going on the rest of us could be forced to experience the same thing, over and over. Much as we now experience the "Spider-Man" movies, reboots of reboots of a character done to near-perfection, and very recently, by Sam Raimi. Case in point: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," a long, low-energy movie, that begins with Spider-Man policing New York successfully, but failing in his relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone)
April 18, 2014 |
IT HAS been a short but tough stretch for manager John Hackworth and the Union that soon will be complete. Tomorrow at 4 o'clock, Philadelphia (1-2-4) will wrap up its stretch of three games in 8 days when it hosts the Houston Dynamo (2-3-0) at PPL Park. The Union is coming off a 2-1 road loss against New York, the Red Bulls' first win of the season. Hackworth saw his team fade in the second half and attributes the fatigue to the team's difficult schedule early in the year. "It's awful tough," Hackworth said following his team's second loss of the season.
April 16, 2014 |
The home schedule came to a merciful close for the 76ers on Monday night, and it ended, fittingly enough, against another team that has struggled through a season dedicated to the future rather than the present. Both teams have one game remaining, but the rest of the league has already stopped paying attention. The Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, the final opponents for the Sixers and Celtics, respectively, didn't bother to send scouts to Monday's game. The entire scouts' table was empty at the Wells Fargo Center, mute testimony that whatever needs to be learned about these teams has already been learned or is no longer necessary.
April 12, 2014 |
Hours before the smallest crowd to attend a game at Citizens Bank Park in more than six years watched the Phillies bumble toward another loss - this one by 6-2 to Milwaukee on Thursday - Ryan Howard wanted to correct misguided notions. There is no reason to panic, he said. It is too early. The proof, he said, was beyond the numbers. "We've had a couple of mistakes that have cost us games," Howard said before batting practice. "But in all actuality, we've actually played very well this year.