May 18, 2006 |
A Spring House start-up that is developing nonantibiotic therapies for gastrointestinal diseases has received a $500,000 investment from BioAdvance, the Philadelphia region's life-sciences "greenhouse. " Midway Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical firm focusing on drugs for GI diseases, including Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and irritable-bowel syndrome. Midway's experimental compound, the polymer MDY-1001, inhibits bacteria in the GI tract and potentially could create nonantibiotic, nonimmunosuppressive therapies to treat a variety of GI disorders.
October 21, 1991 |
The truth is, the Greenhouse was going nowhere fast as a Philadelphia band. A record contract was out of the question. These guys couldn't even get steady work playing club dates around town. Even the city water department knew that the Greenhouse wasn't happenin'. "WATER SHUT OFF!" There was no mistaking the handwritten note scrawled across the calendar in the dining room of the band's rowhouse-studio in the Logan section. The Greenhouse needed a break. Something big. Something soon.
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.
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.
April 12, 1992 |
The fixation began innocently enough. "I went to a garden mart to get Easter flowers," said Nancy Volpe of Tabernacle. The salesperson gave her a plant and said, "Why don't you take this and try to grow it? It's not growing here. " It was a simple gesture, but when she took the plant home and pampered it and it flourished, the Volpe household changed forever. So did the Volpe house. Where once it was just a home, now it includes a greenhouse addition and two extensions under glass, all to grow what has come to obsess the Volpes: Orchids.
September 18, 1986 |
Dane Fleming of Malvern wanted to know what the dirty glass room with the whitewashed windows was for at Great Valley High School. Last year, as far as anyone could tell, it was a place for teachers to put their classroom plants during vacation breaks. To Fleming, now 17, that didn't seem like good management of the space. So he asked science teacher Robert McCarter if, after 18 years of relative neglect, there was not some better use for the 15-by-30-foot greenhouse. Indeed there was. Fleming, a junior this year, has prompted school officials to let him turn the greenhouse into a "natural habitat" - a virtual zoo that he and McCarter hope will sustain a collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and plants for the educational enrichment of the district's students.
February 17, 1994 |
This brutal winter found every breach in the windows and frames of the old greenhouse and overpowered the heaters, wiping out the brimming indoor garden. The budding greenhouse horticulturists - Overbrook High School students - had nurtured the cabbage and herbs and mustard greens and sunflowers since September. But January felled the flora. "It was a stressful time," said Sidney Bryant, a sophomore at the school, at 59th Street and Lancaster Avenue. Cora Turpin, biologist and head of Overbrook's science department, noted their disappointment.
March 9, 1988 |
In this, his 67th year, Barrington greenhouse operator John Hocking has found both deep sorrow and his greatest joy. His sorrow comes from the impending sale of the home in which he was born, and the demise of the successful greenhouse business at which he has worked for a half-century. Over the decades, as a bachelor living alone, Hocking cherished what he calls his "spiritual relationship" with hundreds of customers who visited his greenhouse to admire nature's blossoms.
April 16, 1989 |
To show the beauty that can flourish in the most severe conditions, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square has created the Silver Garden. Silver, gray and white foliage, native to Mediterranean and desert climates, is displayed in a setting of boulders and slate. The renovated greenhouse is equipped with heating and air-circulation systems duplicating the plants' habitats. The Silver Garden is open during regular conservatory hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
September 11, 2011
Museumgoers this fall will be able to piece together crime-scene evidence via mass spectrometry, ponder bloodsucking creatures of the imagination, and consider the imperfect mosaic of nationhood as a parade of diverse and unusual exhibitions and programs marches through the region's specialized museums. Offerings include the start of a yearlong project seeking to "imagine Africa," a show of works exploring the African American imagination, an outdoor exhibition focusing on worldwide malnutrition, and a portable greenhouse of the future, complete with room for future fossils - a kind of museum-to-be.