December 29, 2003 |
The ancients began it, reaching up and out with the warm arms of myth, naming their stars: Aldebaran, Bellatrix, Arcturus, Rastaban, Rigel. Characters in constellations, related, familiar. On a winter night in the mountains, by a still lake, the sky vaults weightless, vast and black. A man stands on the shore, looks up, and feels himself a thing insignificant, flinging small words that absorb into the dark and vanish there. And now we have built a better telescope, lifting the cosmic veil like a curtain from a window in a strange house on a dark night.
March 7, 2014 |
* COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29, FX, NatGeo and other Fox-affiliated channels. * RESURRECTION. 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. A RECENT National Science Foundation survey of 2,200 Americans found that about one in four got this question wrong: "Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?" So if you're wondering why it was important for Fox - yes, Fox - to turn over a chunk of weekly prime time to science education in the form of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a better question might be: Can 13 weeks possibly be enough?
December 22, 1996
Like any vital field of human endeavor, science can be plagued by polemics and controversy, egos, envies and ethical quandaries. How lucky we were, then, to have Carl Sagan around for 62 years to remind us that science is also rife with joy, wit, wonder and possibility. What Mr. Sagan, who died Friday in Seattle, managed to pack into his six decades was itself a marvel worthy of scientific study. Before a rare disease shut down his revving brain, he wrote more than 20 books, won the Pulitzer Prize, composed the article on "Life" in the Encyclopaedia Brittanica, designed the plaques that flew into interstellar space with the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes, worked on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project, did significant research in planetary astronomy, taught, married three times and fathered five children.
March 21, 2014 |
PART of what makes "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the Fox remake of the PBS classic, cool is the mind-blowing science. The other part? The insane visuals, which are thanks to Ambler's Kara Vallow , a Germantown Friends grad who developed and produced the animation on "Cosmos. " "I'm a very proud Philadelphian and no one understands why," Vallow said. Vallow has been the producing partner of Seth MacFarlane for more than a decade, working on "Family Guy," "American Dad!"
January 15, 2012
"The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky. " - Carl Sagan Chris Gibbons is a Philadelphia writer The recent news of NASA's incredible discovery streamed across the Internet on Dec. 20: "The First Earth-Sized Planets Found Beyond Our Solar System.
May 27, 2010
7 p.m. National Geographic If you suffer from any kind of generalized anxiety disorder, you're probably going to want to take a pass on "Cosmic Collisions," a hair-raising hour that re-creates some of the most intense known smashups in the cosmos, including those that created Earth and the moon.
September 20, 2011 |
A garden of gold flutters on the horizon like a mirage. One wave of flowers follows another, a sporadic but exuberant parade of blossoms that readily inspires a smile. Welcome to Cherry Hill's Route 70, where eight miles of wildflowers are abloom between lanes of concrete and 60,000 daily vehicles. "Residents love it; environmentalists love it; I love it," says Mayor Bernie Platt, who championed the pilot plantings, along with State Sen. James Beach (D., Camden). The effort cost between $8,000 and $10,000, all of it from donations, including from township police officers and firefighters.
October 11, 1988 |
Fran Mallee, a sophomore at La Salle University, was the individual medalist Thursday in the East Coast Athletic Conference Southern Qualifier at the Sheraton-Lancaster golf course in Lancaster. Mallee fired a 74 on the par-72 course to lead a field of 95 players. Mallee, a junior from Holy Ghost Prep, will play in the ECAC Championship Tournament at Hershey Country Club Saturday through Monday. "Fran has worked very hard on his game at Torresdale and has responded well to the lessons of Bud Lewis, the pro at Manufacturers Country Club," said La Salle golf coach Father Robert Breen.
May 30, 2009 |
The cosmos has grown slowly, and so too has Kyle Gann's musical probing of the aura of the planets. Six parts of his The Planets were played by Relache Thursday at the Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium, a sort of satellite to the museum's current "Galileo" exhibition. Gann launched the piece in 1994, completing "Sun," Moon," and "Venus," and Relache has been performing it, planet by planet, ever since. The "Uranus," "Mercury," and "Pluto" sections were new in this concert. The complete piece will have 10 sections, and the eight members of Relache expect to record that full cosmos this summer.
January 10, 2000
Faith has a way of resolving theological dilemmas Robert B. Mellert points out an apparent "core difficulty" with the monotheistic view. It is, namely, that one cannot hold to all three of the following: (1) God is omnipotent, (2) God loves us and (3) Evil exists (Commentary, Jan. 2). He suggests that "if such evils do exist and God is truly caring . . . He cannot control the events in the universe. " This "trilemma," as Mellert calls it, has been convincingly refuted by countless Christian theologians through the centuries.