March 25, 2015
The long : Last week, the Please Touch Museum blocked out 1,100 square feet between River Adventures and the carousel by filling three soft, holey foam walls with hundreds of oversize blue foam bricks and noodles and plastic balls. The short : Get it? Blocked out? The demo : Three and up. (No fun for crawlers or new walkers.) The philosophy : "Unstructured play" continues to trend. The idea, says a museum rep: "Allow [children] to use their imaginations and creativity and to also develop fine and gross motor skills.
September 14, 2014 |
Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. Another technician said we needed an energy consultant to check the spray-foam job since leaks in the foam were likely allowing hot, humid air into the attic. The consultant suggested removing all the batt insulation in the ceiling and redoing the spray foam to totally encapsulate the attic.
June 1, 2014 |
Two Cape May Point homeowners are exploring the economics of building at the Shore using energy-efficient design. But they also have geared the house for graceful aging when they retire. The first thing Ed Barnhart and fiancee Anne Downey, both 55, did was plan for a first-floor bedroom and bathroom with wider doors and no thresholds. Situated near the southernmost tip of New Jersey, the house totals 2,132 square feet and was completed in May 2012 at a cost of $566,000. With it, Barnhart, an architect by training, faced a challenge: He wanted to create something state-of-the-art that would stand the test of time and that also availed itself of Energy Star technology and a modern construction and design interpretation.
August 9, 2013
BLACKBERRY AND LEMON VERBENA JAM 2 pounds blackberries 1 pound sugar (a scant 3 cups) 4 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons lemon verbena leaves Pulse the blackberries in a food processor or mash with your hands. You can leave a few berries semimashed to give the jam texture. Add the sugar and lemon juice, and stir with a spatula to marry the ingredients. Pour into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Place the verbena leaves in a cheesecloth bag and tie the bag to the side of the pot, with the bag submerged in the fruit.
July 22, 2013
Coroner: Teen in Asiana crash killed by vehicle SAN MATEO, Calif. - As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames. No one knows exactly how the 16-year-old Chinese student got to that spot, but officials say one thing is clear now: She somehow survived the crash. And in the chaotic moments that followed - flames devouring the fuselage, those aboard escaping by emergency slides, flight attendants frantically cutting away seat belts to free passengers - a fire truck ran over Yuan, killing her. The new details - released yesterday by the coroner's office - compounded the tragedy for her family and confirmed the growing suspicions that emergency workers have had since soon after the July 6 crash: One of the three who died did so by rescuers' actions.
February 23, 2012
W E DON'T pay much attention to bubbles in our beer, unless they're foaming over the coffee table. When it comes to beer pleasure, though, bubbles are right up there with color, aroma, flavor, body and buzz. So, with the help of West Chester University chemistry professor Roger Barth, Ph.D., author of The Chemistry of Beer (Owl's Nest Publishing); Marty Nachel, whose second edition of Beer for Dummies (Wiley) was just released; and the draft beer gurus at Anheuser-Busch, here are 16 things to know about foam.
January 23, 2012 |
Question: What causes my urine to have a lot of foam? Is it serious? Answer: Have you ever had lemon meringue pie? Those tall peaks of frothy white that make up meringue are made from two simple ingredients: sugar and egg whites. When whipped, egg whites will at first foam, and then stiffen into white peaks with continued beating. That's a result of the unique properties of the albumin protein of egg whites. It's normal to have a trace of protein in standing urine, which foams like meringue as the urine mixes with the water in the toilet.
July 29, 2011 |
The word innovation gets tossed around a lot as the thing that will propel the United States forward. I'd dare say most people would interpret that to mean developing alternative energy sources or inventing lifesaving medical treatments. But John Cowles sees innovation as crucial to his company, which turns polyurethane foam into all sorts of products. Six weeks into his tenure as chief executive officer of Upper Providence-based FXI , Cowles explained how the company was exploring the use of foam in construction products, health care, and other areas beyond its major markets - bedding and autos.
July 11, 2010
Most dog mats designed for travel are thin roll-up pads that provide meager cushioning for your precious animal companion. Bowsers' Fold-n-Go bed provides three cushy inches of foam padding. Composed of three connected panels that fold neatly against each other for storage in the car trunk, the bed comes in three stylish colors - cayenne, caramel or espresso. The Fold-n-Go measures 24-by-12-by-9-inches when closed, but opens to a luxurious 36-inch - ideal for Fido to stretch out in the back seat or on the cold, hard floor.
July 13, 2009 |
Trillions of dollars in lost stock-market wealth, hundreds of thousands of home foreclosures and a soaring jobless rate: For most Americans, the Great Recession hasn't been pleasant. But it may be the best thing that happened to Foamex Innovations Inc. - one of the Philadelphia region's most dysfunctional large corporations. The product of a debt-fueled roll-up of medium- and small-sized foam manufacturers for cars and furniture in the 1980s and 1990s, Foamex was buried in almost $1 billion in debt before filing for bankruptcy protection this decade, not once, but twice.