August 18, 2014 |
Under the rapt stares of about 100 children and a statue of Benjamin Franklin, a staff member at the Franklin Institute poured liquid nitrogen into a bucket of water. A cloud mushroomed out over the sides and raced toward the youngsters. "Wow!" a chorus of surprised and delighted children squealed, reaching out to touch the indoor cloud. A few hundred more children scurried through the institute's famous heart and new brain exhibits Saturday, when the museum opened to more than 1,400 people free of charge.
February 15, 2012 |
AFTER YEARS of working in the public and private sectors of forensic science, Arthur Young, a forensic-biology specialist, realized that neither system was working. "We were sitting around saying no matter how you cut this pie, it's always bad," he said. "We thought maybe the solution was a different cut of the pie. " So, in 2010, Young and his partners founded Guardian Forensics, a small lab near Philadelphia that operates as a nonprofit agency. "We realized forensic science, which exists at the boundary of science and the law, that politics was being added into the equation, as if things weren't hard enough already," Young said.
February 15, 2012 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department's Forensic Sciences Bureau has grappled with its own backlog for years, but with renewed efforts and a new leader, the bureau was able to reduce it by a third within the past year. Michael Garvey Jr., who has worked for the FBI and CIA, is the first civilian head of the bureau and the only one to also be given the title of deputy managing director. Before him, high-level police officials were in charge. "It's a trend throughout forensic science to bring in folks that not only deal with running the administration portion of a forensic science entity, but can also understand and deal with all of the technical issues," he said.
December 16, 2011 |
Like many children her age, Kym Willis, 14, is a big fan of television shows that revolve around crime-solving. Willis particularly likes Bones , about a forensic anthropologist, and Rizzoli and Isles , which follows a detective and a medical examiner on the job. In fact, Willis said, she might like to work as a medical examiner one day. "I want to do the autopsies," she said. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey hopes more students like Willis will translate their interest in crime shows into careers in forensic science when they enter college.
August 4, 2011 |
SunGard Data Systems is a Fortune 500 company with 20,000 employees and $5 billion in annual revenue. But for a group from Teen Tech Camp visiting its Broad Street data center Tuesday, the number that really stuck may have been one that tour guide Wayne Martin revealed after asking the 10 campers to guess the facility's monthly electric bill. "Maybe $5,000?" one ventured. "How about $10,000?" another asked. Eyes widened at Martin's answer: $500,000, largely to keep the site's thousands of servers and network and storage devices running round the clock for clients that rely on SunGard for "mission-critical" aspects of corporate data management, including the disaster-recovery services the company pioneered three decades ago, when it was spun off by Sun Oil Co. "I'm impressed by how much power they use," said Zamir Brown, 15, a ninth grader at Philadelphia's World Communications Charter School who is plainly well-suited to the camp's T-shirt logo: "Techie in training.
January 30, 2011 |
With more than a dozen television shows featuring forensic science, lab work involving the deceased has become a fantasy career choice for many people. Haskell Askin's job certainly would have appealed to CSI and Forensic Files fans. Among his many high-profile cases, Dr. Askin identified 7-year-old Megan Kanka's bite mark on the man who had raped and killed her in 1994 in Hamilton Township, N.J., leading to Jesse Timmendequas' conviction and contributing to the passing of the state's Megan's Law. He also helped identify victims of massive tragedies: the 1985 MOVE bombing, the 1984 fire at Six Flags Great Adventure, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina.
July 27, 2008 |
It's a gorgeous day outside Tucker House, an old residence converted into faculty offices on the bucolic, rolling campus of DeSales University in Lehigh County. But up a narrow and exceedingly creepy flight of wooden stairs, on the far side of the sun-dappled attic, Savannah's corpse is waiting to be discovered. The poor thing's been brutally murdered. Again. This time, she's sitting on a couch, face-down on the coffee table, an earring tossed aside, a bloodstain down the front of her blouse.
February 25, 2007 |
Imagine attending a high school class where you didn't have to worry about getting caught chewing gum, or raise your hand to go to the bathroom, or even bother to change out of your PJs. Welcome to Camden County Virtual Academy, a pilot program started last month by the Camden County Technology Committee that offers online courses to sixth through 12th graders. "I think it's going really well," said Patty Null, the director of the Camden County Technology Committee, who is in charge of the project.
January 14, 2006 |
Karen Howard took a crucial bit of evidence with her and left another piece behind after killing a South Jersey man in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 76 in 1998. A lens fragment found at the scene fit like a jigsaw puzzle piece into the cracked headlight of the Ford Explorer driven by Howard, wife of a former Philadelphia Eagles executive. And tissue from the body of Robert R. Hoagland 2d, 29, of Atco, remained on the undercarriage after the Explorer had been washed, said the state police sergeant who investigated the accident.
May 20, 2005 |
Prosecutors call it the CSI effect. More and more, they say, jurors' views of evidence are shaped by fictional programs in which crimes are solved with DNA and high-tech gizmos. Jurors not only want prosecutors to deliver hard evidence, they expect it. But, as any prosecutor will tell you, many cases are built solely on circumstantial evidence, including witness accounts. One such case is playing out in Gloucester County, where the prosecutor chose to tackle the CSI effect head on from the start.