March 4, 2012
Despite three goals and two assists from rookie Kevin Crowley and a goal and four assists from forward Dan Dawson, the Wings dropped what was for three quarters a tight game, 11-8, to the Rochester Knighthawks at Wells Fargo Center Saturday night. The Wings fell behind by 4-2 in the first quarter before rallying to enter the final period tied at 7. Rochester was led by Mike Accursi with a hat trick and four assists. Rochester improved to 2-0 against the Wings and now owns the season-ending tiebreaker.
February 28, 2012 |
Significant collaborations here: Network for New Music, with its connections to area composers and its long-standing interest in sung words, joined forces with Felyx M (the Mendelssohn Club's 24-member chamber choir) and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, which has an intelligent subscription base and skill at presenting inexpensive concerts in congenial places. What came out of it was the 80-minute intermissionless program "Philadelphia Voices: O My Earth" Sunday night at the Independence Seaport Museum - an all-vocal program of music by Cynthia Folio, Jennifer Higdon, Thomas Whitman, Jan Krzywicki, James Primosch, and Donald St. Pierre.
February 27, 2012
By Jim Verhulst I was only 3 years old when John Glenn orbited the Earth in Friendship 7, so I don't remember that day 50 years ago. But I remember the decade - of a nation marching as one behind an assassinated president's pledge to land an American on the moon before 1970; of grade-school assemblies where the principal would wheel out the black-and-white TV so we could watch the latest Gemini launch; of my G.I. Joe astronaut set, which included...
February 16, 2012
Pennypack Farm and Education Center in Horsham sponsors its third annual film series aimed at engaging neighbors in discussion about environmental issues. Each movie delves into a different aspect of sustainability with a focus on how small changes can make a big difference to the world. All screenings are at the nonprofit Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler 19002. Tickets are $10 each. 215-345-7855 or amblertheatre.org/pennypack Doors open at 6 p.m. for a community expo, highlighting local organizations.
January 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The world last year wasn't quite as warm as it had been for most of the past decade, government scientists said yesterday, but it continues a general trend of rising temperatures. The average global temperature was 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit, making 2011 the 11th-hottest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That's 0.9 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average, officials said. In fact, it was warmer than every year last century except 1998.
January 18, 2012 |
GENEVA, Switzerland - It's high noon for the humble leap second. After 10 years of talks, governments are headed for a showdown vote this week on an issue that pits technological precision against nature's whims. The United States, France, and others are pushing for countries at a U.N. telecom meeting to abolish the leap second, which for 40 years has kept computers in sync with the Earth day. Leap seconds are necessary to prevent atomic clocks from speeding ahead of solar time.
January 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - They came from Mars, not in peace, but in pieces. Scientists have confirmed that 15 pounds of rock collected recently in Morocco fell to Earth from Mars during a meteorite shower in July. It was only the fifth time that scientists chemically confirmed Martian meteorites that people had witnessed falling. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks were not discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December. The find is an important opportunity for scientists trying to learn about Mars' potential for life.
January 15, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - An ill-fated Russian spacecraft built to explore the Martian moon Phobos is expected to crash back to Earth this weekend, Russian officials said. Pinpointing the exact time and place where the 14.6-ton Phobos-Ground will land is impossible; a number of conditions, including weather and the craft's position as it reenters the atmosphere, will influence its final plunge. But on Friday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website its best estimate was that the craft would reenter Earth's atmosphere shortly after 3 p.m. Philadelphia time on Sunday off the southern coast of South America.
January 13, 2012 |
MOSCOW - A Russian spacecraft designed to burnish the nation's faded space glory in a mission to one of Mars' moons has turned into one of the heaviest, most toxic pieces of space junk ever. It will come crashing down to Earth in just a few days. The Russian space agency Roscosmos' latest forecast has the unmanned Phobos-Ground probe falling out of Earth's orbit Sunday or Monday, with the median time placing it over the Indian Ocean just north of Madagascar. The agency said the precise time and place of its uncontrolled plunge could be determined only later, and unless someone actually spots fiery streaks in the sky, it might not ever be known where any surviving pieces end up. Space experts agree it is unlikely to pose big risks.
December 16, 2011 |
How loved, worshipped, and adulated are the Foo Fighters ? The alterna.rock outfit, founded by Nirvana veteran Dave Grohl , inspires such ecstasy in their fans, such fits of transcendent stomping that their concert Tuesday in Auckland, New Zealand, inspired actual, measurable geological tremors in Gaia , our Mother Earth's crust, says the Hollywood Reporter. We're talkin' shakin' and rollin' ('n' of course rockin') of the sort caused by volcanic events. A strong low frequency of tremors was detected more than a mile away from the show, which was packed with 50,000 fans.