September 18, 2013 |
When a Philadelphia woman was sentenced to be hanged after poisoning her husband and two children in 1888, an early pioneer in the field of mental health came to her defense. Psychiatrist Alice Bennett argued that the murderer's "weak brain" had been further impaired by "periodical congestions at the menstrual periods. " Intrigued? Soak up all you can in 10 minutes, because then it's onto another topic. The use of X-rays to uncover forgeries of Old Masters paintings. A deadly disease that was intertwined with commerce and war. A botanist who built a majestic greenhouse in post-Revolutionary War Philadelphia without benefit of running water or electricity.
July 22, 2013
We buried my mother on a January day - into the slope of a hill, under the naked arms of trees, beneath broken earth and petals. Everything depended on where you stood. There was sun, and there was shadow. There was warmth, and there was chill. I had felt my mother's spirit lift on the night she passed away. I felt it hover, still. Later my father and I would design a red-granite headstone - birds taking flight, lambs seeking rest, a tree in full flower. Later my father would build her a garden - daffodils, phlox, begonia - and on the scorched days (and with permission)
May 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas that causes global warming have hit a milestone, reaching an amount never before encountered by humans, federal scientists said Friday. Carbon dioxide was measured at 400 parts per million at the oldest monitoring station, which is in Hawaii and sets the global benchmark. The last time the worldwide carbon level was probably that high was about two million years ago, said Pieter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
April 19, 2013 |
Paul Lightfoot, marathon runner and local food zealot, is determined to change the way highly perishable, expensive-to-ship produce is grown and distributed to supermarkets in the Northeast and other parts of the nation. Starting in Yardley. As CEO of BrightFarms Inc., a big-picture company with a hyper-local focus, Lightfoot wants to "create beautiful local produce, near grocery retailers, that's thousands of miles fresher, and do it with the same food safety and year-round commercial volume as a large, centralized supplier might have been doing from a huge facility in California.
July 11, 2012 |
In making a documentary to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's "Bad," director Spike Lee says combing through footage was like opening a "treasure chest of findings. " "We have footage in this documentary that no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff," he said in an interview with the Associated Press. "We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson. ... He wrote 60 demos for the ‘Bad' record. Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience.
April 12, 2012 |
Mary Mitchell Bentley, 87, owner of the former Greenhouse restaurant in Radnor from 1975 to 1993, died Thursday, March 29, of complications from cancer at her home in Radnor. Her son James said in a phone interview that running the restaurant was even more of a life-changing event than it might have been for some others. "In terms of a job as we know it, she hadn't worked" at any job since World War II, when she was a general's driver in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve.
March 23, 2012 |
Howard Brosius is trying to be heard above the buzz of a dozen small children recently liberated from day care. "Who wants some black-seeded Simpson?" he shouts, holding up the ruffled, light green leaves of this 150-year-old lettuce variety. In a room full of veteran vegetable gardeners, this would provoke a stampede. Here, in a small classroom at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, the kids have no idea what black-seeded means or who Simpson was. But they know whatever "Mr. Howard" is offering, they want.
January 12, 2012 |
Seven Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants are among the 100 highest industrial emitters of greenhouse gases in the United States, according to data released Wednesday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Ranking 12th on the national list is FirstEnergy Generation Corp.'s Bruce Mansfield plant in Beaver County, the state's biggest. The other plants are Brunner Island, Conemaugh, Hatfield's Ferry, Homer City, Keystone, and Montour. No New Jersey plants made that top 100 list.
December 12, 2011 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The hard-won deal at a U.N. global climate conference in South Africa keeps talks alive but doesn't address the core problem: The world's biggest carbon polluters aren't willing to cut emissions of greenhouse gases enough to stave off dangerous levels of global warming. With many scientists saying time is running out, a bigger part of the solution may have to come from the rise of climate-friendly technologies being developed outside the U.N. process. Scientists say that if levels of greenhouse gases continue to rise, eventually the world's climate will reach a tipping point, with melting of some ice sheets and a catastrophic rise of several feet in sea levels.
October 4, 2011 |
State-of-the-art greenhouse equipment seized during a Chester drug bust will soon be used to grow vegetables and legal herbs in Philadelphia, In May, Chester police found a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation inside a former drug store. They confiscated 80 hydroponically-grown plants, small industrial generators, grow lights, large plastic tubs, 55 gallon drums, hosed Miracle Grow containers and other items, said the Delaware County district attorney office Tuesday.