May 24, 2016
THE DAILY NEWS Pet of the Week is Galileo, a pit-bull terrier mix, about 1-to-2 years old, at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Galileo's just a big, goofy, and playful puppy. He can live with other dogs and children, but we don't know about cats. He would benefit from basic obedience training. To adopt Galileo, contact PAWS at email@example.com or 215-545-9600, ext. 69 or 70 prior to visiting the shelter. Please provide his tag number A31423033 when inquiring. A $150 fee includes sterilization, vaccines, and micro-chipping.
April 23, 2016
By Larry Dubinski Until the Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009, planets beyond our solar system seemed to be few and far between. But since then, Kepler has disproved that belief in spectacular fashion, confirming over a thousand new worlds orbiting other stars in our galaxy - some of which may even be Earth-like planets harboring life. Much like Apollo 8's famous "Earth rise" photograph, showing a lonely, blue Earth rising above the stark lunar landscape, the Kepler instrument has profoundly changed our perspective of humanity's place in the universe.
November 11, 2015 |
THE QUESTION was barely out of a reporter's mouth before Dave Hakstol started his answer. The first-year Flyers coach probably could have predicted he'd be asked about his goaltending situation Monday, given the recent play of Michal Neuvirth, who was signed this offseason to back up Steve Mason. Neuvirth capped off a great week with his NHL-leading third shutout of the season in a win over Winnipeg Saturday. With a .945 save percentage - aided by 45 stops in Edmonton last Tuesday - he entered Monday tied atop the league with Jake Allen and some guy named Henrik Lundqvist.
May 12, 2015 |
Galileo the artist, or Galileo the scientist? Burlington County College students have been enlisted to test the findings of one of the world's great scientists. Greg Perugini, a physics lecturer, had been skeptical of the Italian astronomer's paintings of the moon in his 1610 Sidereus Nuncius - "Starry Messenger" - famous for the use of a telescope for scientific observation. Perugini didn't accuse the father of modern astronomy of lying, exactly. But he wasn't sure Galileo's detailed paintings were exactly true.
January 17, 2014 |
Fans of Mel Brooks and John Waters will love We Will Rock You , now in a touring production at the Academy of Music. Fans of Queen's music, not so much. As someone who likes both Brooks' comedies and Queen's music, I can tell you the two styles don't mix well, at least not in Ben Elton's book. The storyline draws on Star Wars , 1984 , A Clockwork Orange , and The Matrix . "Sometime in the future," tormented teenager Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) lives in a totalitarian state called the iPlanet, where everyone plugs into Globalsoft - a virtual world of video games, advertisements, and pop music.
January 27, 2012 |
Michael Morrill, a prominent Pittsburgh abstract painter, is introduced at Seraphin Gallery in his first Philadelphia solo. A teacher of studio art at the University of Pittsburgh, the Yale-trained Morrill became an artist when the reductive aesthetic of the 1970s, not the more austere minimalism of the 1960s, was emerging and combining itself with painterly enrichment - something that characterizes his distinctive handling of this method. I'd say Morrill keeps half a foot in the reductive camp, while his paintings emphasize their expressive option with brilliance.
September 11, 2009 |
For five months, the telescope built by the master himself served as the centerpiece of the Franklin Institute's summer exhibition "Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy. " In that span - which Derrick Pitts, the institute's chief astronomer, described as "a semi-religious experience" - the museum's attendance swelled beyond expectations. Though museum-goers were not allowed to handle the priceless artifact, it did not take much imagination to put themselves in the 17th-century scientist's shoes.
June 1, 2009 |
The Ron Howard movie Angels and Demons, based on the book by Dan Brown, has drawn Catholic Church supporters and critics out for another science-vs.-religion slugfest in the media. Brown's work refers to the Vatican's harsh treatment of Galileo for his insistence that the Earth revolves around the sun. Church supporters say that Vatican officials never tortured Galileo to make him renounce his claim, and that they rejected it because he lacked sufficient evidence. Critics counter that the Vatican was concerned only with making Galileo an example to those who would dare challenge its authority.
April 2, 2009 |
The Italian museum's director pulled out a stack of letters and, one by one, laid them atop his desk at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence. It was late 2007 and appeals were pouring in from museums in China, Korea, Germany, New York, Chicago, and a host of cities around the globe, though the International Year of Astronomy was still more than a year away. "Tutti vogliono il mio telescopio," Paolo Galluzzi said. "Everyone wants my telescope," the only remaining functional telescope made by Galileo Galilei, whom Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics - indeed, of modern science altogether.
April 2, 2009 |
When NASA launched a new space telescope called Kepler this year, mankind took another step in a quest that started 400 years ago with two eyeglass lenses and a piece of lead pipe. It was in 1609 that mathematics professor Galileo Galilei pointed his homemade telescope skyward and saw what looked like mountains on the moon and other wonders no one had imagined. His instrument - marginally more powerful than a cheap pair of modern binoculars - enabled him to shatter cosmological dogma as he carefully catalogued the phases of Venus, the moons of Jupiter, and the stars of the Milky Way. Starting Saturday, visitors to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia can see one of two surviving original telescopes that allowed Galileo to open the heavens to science - and ultimately led to his house arrest for heresy.