July 4, 2012 |
Two men charged in the Jan. 14 beating death of Temple University graduate Kevin Kless during an early morning fight in Old City were granted reduced bail Monday by a Philadelphia judge. When they will be released, however, is an open question. Demand for electronic ankle bracelets that ensure that people on house arrest stay inside the house has sometimes outstripped supply, resulting in waits of weeks to months. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner approved the reduction of the bail for Steven Ferguson, 21, from $500,000 to the $150,000 agreed upon by Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley and defense attorney Stephen P. Patrizio.
May 15, 2012 |
With all his talk about sugar cane, corn, casaba, and fungi, Jeff White sounded like someone with a food obsession. But the ingredients he enumerated during an interview last week had to do with manufacturing, not a meal. His is an unconventional view of the world, where vegetables and other crops are the base materials for such durable goods as cellphone covers, DVD trays, and shipping containers. But the success of Ecospan L.L.C., the bioplastics company he now leads that aims to replace petroleum-based plastics with those made from natural resources, depends on White's perspective becoming widely held by consumers.
May 8, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend "Paul" for four years. We have a child together, and we each have a child of our own. We have lived together for three years. When I was pregnant with our son, Paul contacted an ex on a social network. One day he left his computer open, and I saw that their conversations were less than innocent. I said something immediately. We have stayed together, but I'm having a hard time trusting Paul. I now check our phone records. Yesterday I found a text of his to a former boss' daughter.
May 1, 2012 |
DETROIT — Five-year-old Annabelle Murphy of Sterling Heights, Mich., who was born without a left hand and forearm, doesn't consider her electronic arm anything out of the ordinary. Sensors tucked inside her arm charge three fingers on her hand that let her pick up jelly beans and uncap magic markers. She's learning to tie her shoelaces, no easy task for many kids her age. She can bat a ball and helps other kids open their fruit snacks if they have trouble tearing open the bag. A program at Children's Hospital of Michigan provides the prosthetic arms and hands and therapy to children who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn't fully pay for the devices.
March 22, 2012 |
Janet Woodcock, who leads the federal government's efforts in evaluating pharmaceuticals, said Wednesday in Center City that she hopes increased use of electronic health records will help doctors prescribe the right drugs, patients understand and follow their treatment plans, and regulators learn more quickly of problems with medicines after they enter the market. Woodcock said that regulators and pharmaceutical companies, which can spend 10 years and $1 billion to move a drug through the approval process, could better predict effectiveness of new drugs if there was a system for collecting data from real-world use of existing medicines.
March 21, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission released a report last week on the feasibility of an all-electronic tolling system. I'd like to elaborate on what this change would and would not mean. A preliminary analysis projected that turnpike tolls for drivers who don't use E-ZPass may have to be set as much as 50 percent higher than the prevailing cash rates if the conversion to an all-electronic system proceeds. It must be emphasized, however, that this is only an early estimate, and that it will take at least five years to convert to all-electronic tolling.
February 26, 2012
Talk about taking your show on the road! The Electronic Drum Machine Shirt lets you get your rock-star fantasies off your chest - by playing your chest. The shirt comes with a little removable battery-operated amp box that amplifies a range of nine different built-in drum styles (called kits) when you tap on one of the eight "drum pads" and controls delineated on the wired-up rubber grid Velcroed to the front of the shirt. Each "kit" has a choice of seven different sounds that can be mixed and matched with sounds in other styles - such as rock, jazz, techno-punk - and combined into loops.
February 16, 2012 |
PENSACOLA, FLA. - A Florida man trying to kick the smoking habit was puffing on an electronic cigarette when a faulty battery caused it to explode in his mouth, taking out some of his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue and severely burning his face, fire officials said yesterday. "The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire.
February 3, 2012 |
Regina Lee Blaszczyk, a professor of consumer culture and design history, says her neighborhood coffee shop is a perfect example of how the laptop experience has become the accessory of the age, and she's not kidding. At Chapterhouse on Ninth near Bainbridge, there is a shelf of books available for customers, but on nearly every table, most occupied by a person and a latte, is a laptop. Most feature a shiny apple on the cover. "May I share your outlet?" is about all that passes for conversation between tables.
January 31, 2012
The Philadelphia electronics recycling operation owned by eForce Compliance has received e-Stewards certification, a standard developed by the Basel Action Network to encourage best practices in the industry. It is the first business in Philadelphia to reach the standard, according to BAN. While other standards exist, including one promoted by the electronics industry, the e-Stewards standard is considered to be more rigorous. It requires "downstream" responsibility for electronics components and prohibits the export of hazardous electronics waste to developing countries.