February 13, 2012 |
As anyone with a laptop or cellphone knows, battery life has made great strides over the years, but has plenty of room for improvement. That's one of the goals behind some new research at Drexel University, where engineers have developed a new class of materials that take the form of whisper-thin "nanosheets. " The team recently reported that these layers - so thin that it would take thousands of them to match the thickness of a human hair - could be used to store a charge in a lithium-ion battery.
February 5, 2012 |
Pop quiz! Identify these political heavy hitters: Edward Conrad, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, Bob Perry, Julian Robertson, Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson. Give up? They're very rich people who have inaugurated a brand new era of politics in America, the Daddy Warbucks era. Their lavish donations have been directly responsible for the unprecedented glut of toxic TV attack ads that have debased the Republican presidential race, most recently in Florida. The first six donors (all of whom are investment bankers and hedge fund executives, with the exception of home builder Perry)
February 1, 2012 |
The characterization of a codefendant - as a lovesick pup or a mad-dog killer - loomed large during opening statements in the Chester County homicide trial of Morgan M. Mengel on Tuesday. The 36-year-old mother of three is accused of conspiring with her codefendant, Stephen M. Shappell, 22, to poison and fatally beat her husband, Kevin Mengel, 33, at the landscaping business the Mengels ran in West Goshen Township. When the toxin - an Internet recipe for liquid nicotine that was mixed with lemon Snapple - did not work fast enough, Shappell bludgeoned Kevin Mengel to death, striking him so hard that he broke a shovel, police said.
January 6, 2012 |
'Learning to See," Nancy Hellebrand's photo exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum, sets forth changing assumptions about American landscape photography - not for her just another traditional view of the natural world. To accomplish her impressive aim - learning a new way of seeing and presenting landscape simply, in a series of large-scale color photos - is perhaps beyond anyone's ability. Yet taken as a kind of shorthand, the display by this Philadelphia-born photographer, who has been exhibiting internationally since 1973 and working in color digital photography since the 1990s, is both instructive and pleasurable.
January 4, 2012 |
Edward V. Lis, 96, of Gulph Mills, an artist who learned to paint as a prisoner of war in World War II, died on Thursday, Dec. 29, at home. Mr. Lis painted portraits of many prominent people, including Cardinal John Krol and several presidents of the Union League of Philadelphia. The Navy commissioned a painting of the aircraft carrier Saratoga from him. As a landscape artist, he worked in oils and watercolors, painting scenes in Maine and Colorado, as well as in Cape May, the Poconos, and Conshohocken, where one critic admired how he captured the "sun glow" on the facades of rowhouses.
December 25, 2011 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - There's an easier way to see Europe than being crammed into tour buses or crowded hostels. A river cruise is one of the most relaxing and picturesque ways to view the wonders of the Continent up close. While many cruise operators prowl the waterways, one of the most comprehensive is Viking River Cruises, which boasts 19 ships (six more next year) and explores most of the navigable rivers in Europe, plus parts of Asia and Africa. Of these, the eight-day Danube cruise embarks in the historic city of Budapest and weaves its way slowly down the green margins of the Danube, through flamboyant Vienna; fairy-tale towns such as Germany's Regensburg; the lush vineyards of Austria; and, finally, Hitler's favorite city, Nuremberg.
December 17, 2011 |
There were times during the 2010-11 girls' basketball postseason when you felt as if you were looking into a crystal ball. There was the South Jersey Group 4 title game, when identical-twin freshmen Kelly and Kylie Giedemann willed Washington Township to an out-of-nowhere sectional title after a below-.500 regular season. There was the look of awe on Khahliq Lewis-El's face after Rancocas Valley's 6-foot-2 freshman center, Lauren Moses, burned his Trenton Catholic team for 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks in the Tournament of Champions.
December 14, 2011 |
Projected 2012 powers Timber Creek and Camden Catholic will be in the same division in a realigned West Jersey Football League, The Inquirer has learned. The Chargers, who went 12-0 last season and won the South Jersey Group 3 title, and the Irish, who went 10-1 and reached the Non-Public 2 state final, will be members of the Constitution Division along with Moorestown, Cherry Hill West, Paul VI, and Seneca. The realignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons eliminates the Independence and Capitol Divisions and creates 10, six-team divisions and one, five-team division.
November 21, 2011 |
Rihanna goes on Ellen DeGeneres ' show Monday. Poor Ri! "I'm not necessarily happy being single," she tells the world. "It's not really that cool. " So she's not with baseball deity Matt Kemp , or Irish boxer Dudley O'Shaughnessy , or Drake . Or, boo-hoo, us. It ain't fair. . . . Jay-Z , to become a parent with Beyoncé in February, says he's "a little paranoid" about it. His dad walked out when Jay-Z was just a kid, and that, he says, makes him want to do better.