May 29, 2015 |
The 25-inch RCA console color TV looks picture-perfect for watching Walter Cronkite. Stereo speakers big enough to serve as furniture back in the '80s are all plugged in and all about the bass. And a hulking Sony U-Matic video recorder seems ready to reel. "It's a really obscure format," explains Cherry Hill East senior Jake Tennenbaum, who has stacked nearly 60 mostly vintage pieces of consumer electronics equipment into a sculptural artwork with an eco-message. He named the array of entertainment artifacts - many of them fully operational - 13 Percent . That's the portion of all the gizmos and gadgets America throws away that ends up getting recycled.
May 17, 2015 |
I hope I am not being too personal, but do you recycle? If not, are you experiencing "green guilt"? You knew someone would come up with a syndrome for people who want to recycle but forget to or don't have the time, correct? In this case, it's experienced by people who think they might not be doing enough for the environment, said Carl Smith, president and CEO of Call2Recycle, a nonprofit that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for consumers, municipalities, and businesses.
March 27, 2015 |
City Council is slated to vote Thursday on a plan to bring two digital billboards to Center City. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, allows for "urban experiential displays" near the Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. Squilla has said there is widespread support for the bill, citing 300 letters sent to his office and more than 100 people expected to speak in favor of the digital billboards. A review by The Inquirer of the typed letters shows they are identical and that the signatures are in the same cursive font.
February 7, 2015 |
PATCO will install new electronic signs in all 13 stations to provide updated train schedules and other information, the agency said Thursday. The signs, though, won't provide real-time information on train arrivals until an overhaul of PATCO's 120-car fleet is completed, probably in 2017, general manager John Rink said. The upgrade of the trains will provide the equipment necessary for the trains to communicate with the signs, he said. Installation of the new signs was approved Thursday by a Delaware River Port Authority committee for $1.68 million for six stations: Ashland, Westmont, Collingswood, City Hall, 9th/10th, and 11th/12th.
May 1, 2014 |
George H. Heilmeier, 77, a Philadelphia native who created the first liquid-crystal displays for calculators, watches, and computers while working for RCA Laboratories, died Monday, April 21, of a stroke at a hospital in Plano, Texas. Mr. Heilmeier graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned advanced degrees including a doctorate in solid state materials and electronics from Princeton University. In the 1960s, he joined RCA Laboratories in New Jersey, where he worked with electro-optic effects in liquid crystals to create the liquid-crystal display.
April 29, 2014 |
David Freeman Crispin, 71, of Pilesgrove, who served in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and was part of President John F. Kennedy's funeral procession, died at home Tuesday, April 22, of brain cancer. Born May 4, 1942, Mr. Crispin grew up on a farm in South Jersey and attended Woodstown High School. At a canteen dance, he met Bonnie Brown, to whom he was married nearly 50 years, until her death in 2012. After graduating from high school in 1960, he joined the Air Force, motivated by a longstanding interest in serving his country, his daughter, Sherry Munyan, said.
April 18, 2014 |
Moving from paper to electronic medical records is a mammoth undertaking for small doctors' offices, but one that is crucial to methods of managing care that are focused on keeping people out of the hospital rather than just treating illnesses. Meetinghouse Family Physicians, a three-physician practice in Marlton, started down the winding road toward fully electronic medical records about four years ago. "We're getting there. The doctors have all bought into it," said Phyllis Downy, Meetinghouse's office manager, said This year, Meetinghouse, which employs 17 people including the doctors, is gearing up to obtain a second level of certification from the federal government that it is making "meaningful use" of electronic medical records (EMR)
February 23, 2014 |
The HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit formed to facilitate the electronic sharing of medical records among hospitals, doctors and insurers, has established its first link, between the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System. The development, announced last week by HealthShare officials, was a big step in the highly fragmented Philadelphia-area health-care market, because the exchange could eventually close expensive information gaps that lead to redundant testing and other waste.
January 13, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Miniature toy drones that can fly and crawl across the ceiling but steer clear of stratospheric prices. Wearable fitness sensors that can track your steps, stairs, calorie use, even your heart rate and sleep patterns. Three-dimensional printers for under $1,000 that can bring your creation to life. Every January during the Consumer Electronics Show, Sin City briefly turns into a technologist's imaginarium - a place to show off innovations, make connections, and catch a glimpse of everybody else's dreams.
November 8, 2013 |
US Airways Group Inc. announced today that its customers can now use their portable electronic devices, such as e-books, tablets and smart phones, during taxi, takeoff and landing on domestic "mainline" flights. The move by Philadelphia's dominant airline, which transports nearly 70 percent of air travelers at Philadelphia International Airport, coincides with new policies instituted by Delta, JetBlue, American, and United airlines. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that passengers on U.S. airlines can leave their personal electronic devices on during all phases of flight.