November 15, 1996 |
"How do all the clouds and moon and stars fit up there?" Dayshawn wants to know. "Why does it get dark at night? Why does it rain?" And best of all - "Since our skin has holes in it for lotion to go into it, why doesn't blood come out?" Dayshawn, 7, has an average IQ and an above-average curiosity. He takes medication for an attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, and is in special classes. There is neglect and abuse in his background. He has lived in many different places, and has a deep feeling of sadness and rejection.
January 7, 1994 |
Michael, 12, wants to be a scientist when he gets older. And he's walking on the path to knowledge already. "Is this called a town or a city?" he asks as he travels in the car. He has many more questions on his mind, too. "How many people live here? What do you think that is? I wonder how it works. " Because he has lived in so many places since entering foster care, Michael has a lot of catching up to do. He is doing well in special classes in school. He is on a fourth-grade level and has an average IQ. There are abuse and neglect in his background.
June 9, 2002
E- Lectric- Ity is eerie And fearsome; this Is widely known. But when he could not wait to understand, 250 years ago this month, this town, Ben Franklin took his kite and keys and life in hand To an open field beneath a cloud apoplectic with storm And flew his imagination in the brave, mad hope Of catching spark (fire-fisher in air!), warm glint of God in the dangerous op- En. Glowed. Yay, Ben. He Was sure of this: Spirit is e- It Y K E Y e l e c t r i f i e d u s a l u s a
September 28, 2012 |
PASADENA, Calif. - The landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity was once covered with fast-moving and possibly waist-high water that could have possibly supported life, NASA scientists announced Thursday. While planetary scientists have often speculated that the now-desiccated surface of Mars was once wet, Curiosity cameras provided the first proof that flowing water was present on a least one part of Mars for "thousands or millions of years. " The early finding led Mars Science Laboratory mission top scientist John Grotzinger to conclude that Curiosity had already found a potentially "habitable" site - a central goal of the mission - well before heading to its primary destination.
October 16, 2004 |
Tongue Smell Color is a dance-theater piece that plunges you into the eroticism that many people approach with fear and curiosity when, even today, they think of interracial coupling. At Thursday's Philadelphia premiere, it was evident that the piece's creators, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, who is African American, and her German-born husband, Hellmut Gottschild, who is not, were right to choose such an explicit title. Through an 80-minute series of dances and dialogues that the two perform, they explore curiosity of the "other" in terms of gender, nationality and race.
February 11, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - In a Mars first, the Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and prepared to dump an aspirin-size pinch of powder into its onboard laboratories for closer inspection. The feat marked yet another milestone for the car-size rover, which landed last summer to much fanfare on an ambitious hunt to determine whether environmental conditions were favorable for microbes. Using the drill at the end of its 7-foot-long robotic arm, Curiosity on Friday chipped away at a flat, veined rock bearing numerous signs of past water flow.
August 23, 2012 |
PASADENA, Calif. - Curiosity took its first test drive around the gravel-strewn Martian terrain Wednesday, preparation for the ultimate road trip to find out if life could have existed on the Red Planet. The six-wheel NASA rover did not stray far from the spot where it landed more than two weeks ago. It rolled forward about 15 feet, rotated to a right angle, and reversed a short distance, leaving track marks on the ancient soil. Mission managers were ecstatic that the maiden voyage of the $2.5 billion mission was glitch-free.
November 23, 2011 |
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - As big as a car and as well-equipped as a laboratory, NASA's newest Mars rover blows away its predecessors in size and skill. Nicknamed Curiosity and scheduled for launch Saturday, the rover has a 7-foot arm tipped with a jackhammer and a laser to break through the Martian red rock. What really makes it stand out: It can analyze rocks and soil with unprecedented accuracy. "This is a Mars scientist's dream machine," said NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Ashwin Vasavada, the deputy project scientist.
July 18, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times PASADENA, Calif. - Three weeks from Sunday night, an amiable, whip-smart engineer named Ray Baker will be staring into his computer screen at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hopeful and helpless - or, as he puts it, "sweating blood. " The night will have been 10 years and $2.5 billion in the making, incorporating the work of 5,000 people in 37 states. And then, 154 million miles from home, the fate of the most ambitious machine humans have sent to another planet will rest on a seven-minute landing sequence so far-fetched it looks like something Wile E. Coyote devised to catch the Road Runner.
January 14, 1993 |
Chestnuts roast on an open fire. Ghost stories are best told around a campfire. And what's a birthday cake without lighted candles? Throughout our life, fire has a special significance. It can be fascinating, charming, symbolic - and dangerous. But what is most frightening is when children see only its allure. "Fire is a universal curiosity for human beings," said Ann Itzkowitz, family therapist and psycholgist at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. "It's normal for children to be curious.