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.
January 17, 2012 |
I received such a response to my column last week on Wilt Chamberlain, I have decided to include a few comments from readers. I should also note that the 76ers will host a tribute on March 2 on the 50th anniversary of Wilt's 100-point game. Readers smacked me down hard, as they should have, in response to my question about who was the more esteemed Overbrook High graduate - Wilt or Will Smith. "Michael - Will Smith in the same story as Wilt??? Seriously," from Fred Lavner.
January 5, 2012 |
Temple and Florida International are being evaluated for invitations should there be an all-sports merger by Conference USA and the Mountain West, the Memphis Commercial Appeal has reported. "That's the first I heard of that," Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said Wednesday night when asked about the report, which was posted on the newspaper's website hours earlier. There has been speculation for months that Temple had a chance to become a Big East member for football.
January 4, 2012 |
KABUL - As the pace of the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan picks up in 2012, military planners are trying to figure out how to ship huge quantities of alliance vehicles, weapons and other equipment out of the mountainous, landlocked country. The operation requires the removal of $30 billion worth of state-of-the-art military gear by the end of 2014, when U.S. and other coalition troops are to end their combat role, a senior U.S. official said yesterday. Most of the American equipment will be shipped to military depots in the United States for refurbishment and then redistributed to bases around the country.
December 29, 2011 |
Inside the leaded glass windows, behind the polished walnut bar, above the original fireplace in Atlantic City's Knife & Fork is a plaque listing the establishment's founding members. When it opened in 1912, this was a private men's club, and one name on the plaque, The Commodore, would make any Boardwalk Empire fan squeal with delight. The Commodore was Louis Kuehnle, the early-20th-century powerhouse who pulled the strings of Atlantic City's shady political machine for years.
November 1, 2011 |
WEST VIRGINIA University has filed a lawsuit seeking immediate withdrawal from the Big East Conference so it can join the Big 12. The lawsuit filed yesterday in Monongalia County Circuit Court alleges the Big East breached its contract with West Virginia by failing to maintain a balance between football-playing members and non-football schools. The lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate the league's bylaws, including a provision that requires schools to give notice of 27 months before withdrawing.
October 30, 2011 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Down by three and faced with a fourth and goal from the 1 on a miserable, wet, snowy day, first-year West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't hesitate. The No. 25 Mountaineers were going for the lead and putting the ball, and possibly their Big East title hopes - in what might be their last year in the conference - in the hands of quarterback Geno Smith. Smith didn't run the play as called, but the junior improvised well enough and made a headfirst dive into the end zone on a scamper around right end as West Virginia rallied for a 41-31 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.
October 26, 2011 |
Anyone see a lion in Upper Darby? On Tuesday, police received two anonymous calls reporting a mountain lion or bobcat may have been sighted entering the woods near Township Line Road and State Road, police said. Animal Control was dispatched to the area, but no supersize feline was found, Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said. There were reports of an earlier dogfight involving a "large, burly-looking dog" that ran off, Chitwood said. "That is what we believe it was. " That, however, did not stop the media circus.
October 19, 2011 |
With winter on the way, ski resorts across the region are preparing for their busy season. But at Sno Mountain, the electricity has been turned off for weeks. The resort's online ski-pass-ordering feature worked Tuesday, but repeated calls to Sno Mountain's toll-free ordering number and administrative office rang over and over with no answer, no voice mail and no answering machine. An iron gate blocked vehicles from entering the resort's sprawling parking lot. No staff vehicles were visible.
September 30, 2011
By Rich Westcott With a 13-inning victory in the last game of the regular season, Charlie Manuel ascended to the top of a very special page in the Phillies' record book this week, becoming the winningest manager in the team's 129-year history. It's a considerable accomplishment: His 646th Philadelphia win moved him past not only Gene Mauch, one of the most highly regarded skippers the team ever had and the 12th winningest in baseball history, but also 49 other former Phils managers, including three members of the Hall of Fame.