January 24, 2015 |
Learn about winter's effects on Schuylkill aquatic life at the Fairmount Water Works during this week's Science Saturdays program, "Fish: Playing it Cool in Winter. " From 2 to 4 p.m., you'll learn about the lifestyles of aquatic cold-blooded species and how they survive in the Schuylkill during the cold months. Also find out the physical differences between cold and hot water, and how they affect water creatures. Plus, you can make a fish to take home. Science Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m. at Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
October 23, 2014 |
The Eagles reunited on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex after a week away from work. During the bye week, they scattered from one end of the country to the other. They went back home to visit family and friends. They went hunting and fishing. They returned to their high schools or colleges to see how things were going. They sat their aching bodies down and put their feet up. They did a lot, and they did nothing. The coaches mostly scattered, too, but Chip Kelly stayed around to evaluate what has happened so far this season and to get a jump on planning for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
October 12, 2014 |
A University of Pennsylvania professor who studies psychopaths has found hope for improving human behavior in a surprising place: fish oil. A new study led by Adrian Raine, a psychologist in Penn's criminology department, found giving children a fruit drink mixed with omega-3 fatty acids - a key ingredient in fish oil - improved their behavior. Strangely, the behavior of parents also improved, even though they weren't taking the supplements. More on that later. Raine's ultimate goal is ambitious: to reduce crime.
October 7, 2014 |
FRANK CRAWLEY was popular in his Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood for a couple of reasons. Mostly, he was a friendly, helpful guy who would sit outside his home on Angora Terrace near 58th Street and greet passing neighbors who would often stop and chat. They knew that Frank was not only a pleasure to be with, but that he would be there for them if they ever needed any kind of help. He was a very neighborly neighbor. And then there were the fish. Frank and some of his buddies seemed to have a natural talent for bringing in the fish, whether from the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.
July 17, 2014 |
A government researcher who has studied intersex fish in the Potomac River now has found them in three Pennsylvania river basins, including the Delaware. The fish - males that develop immature eggs and other signs of feminization - are considered symptomatic of estrogenic chemicals in the water. Their discovery in the state indicates that effects of hormones and hormone-like compounds are more widespread than thought. The mutant fish could bespeak a deeper crisis, said Vicki Blazer, a U.S. Geological Survey fish biologist who conducted the Pennsylvania study.
July 11, 2014 |
Paul Greenberg's commitment to local seafood runs deep - so deep that the Manhattan-based writer once slurped down an oyster he'd plucked from the muck of New York Harbor, eliciting a gasp from a city official standing nearby. But the author of the newly released American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood (Penguin) is aware there's a tidal wave of forces working against him. Today, 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, even as a third of the domestic catch is shipped overseas.
May 23, 2014 |
The first one to burst through the door for after-school cooking class at Lawton Elementary - as usual - is Christian McKinney, this week sporting a fresh mohawkish buzz-cut. He wastes no time: he glances at the recipe, sizes up the ingredients on the stainless steel prep table, and starts right in, peeling, then chopping the garlic. If I didn't insist that he save some jobs for the others, he might get through most of the work before they even arrive. "Nick is so excited for the fish curry today," he said.
April 10, 2014 |
* SUSAN BOYLE: HER SECRET STRUGGLE. 10 tonight, Ovation. * YOUR INNER FISH. 10 tonight, WHYY12. LABELS CAN BE limiting, but they can also be freeing. It's worked that way, at least, for Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer whose appearance on "Britain's Got Talent" - five years ago this week - made her an international sensation via YouTube. Her attempt to overcome crippling stage fright to add live performances to a successful recording career is the subject of "Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle," a documentary making its U.S. premiere on Ovation tonight.
March 31, 2014 |
There was no official signal to open trout-fishing season Saturday morning in Southeastern Pennsylvania - no starting gunshot or horn. But thousands of anglers across the region knew that 8 a.m. meant they could once again break out their tackle boxes and wet a line. So for dozens of fishers standing nearly shoulder-to-shoulder along the West Branch of Brandywine Creek near Coatesville - many had arrived before dawn to claim a spot on the banks - one fisher's first cast was as good a signal as any: lines soon after dunked into the creek, and the brook was open for business.
March 29, 2014 |
Make a great catch Saturday at Linvilla Orchards' Family Fun Fishing Derby. Orchard Lake will be supplied with 1,000 trout, and no fishing license is required to participate. Experienced or novice anglers can test their skills. Trophies will be awarded to kids and adults who make the first catch in their age group. Those who succeed can take home the first fish they catch; additional catches can be purchased for $4.99 per pound. Guests also can catch and release as long as the fish are unharmed.