January 19, 2016
Kjell Sandved, 93, a Norwegian publisher who found a second career as a nature photographer for the Smithsonian Institution, capturing closely observed images of butterflies, plants, and other forms of life, died Dec. 20 at his home in Washington. He had dementia, said Barbara Badian, a friend and business associate. Mr. Sandved was a man of singular vision who never did things by half-measure. After compiling and publishing two single-volume encyclopedias on music and art - each more than 1,000 pages long - he set about compiling another encyclopedia devoted to the natural world.
January 3, 2016 |
Feodor Pitcairn had been to Iceland seven times with his trusty Hasselblad cameras, capturing a wild landscape of glaciers, steaming geothermal gases, and vivid green mosses. But what he really wanted was an active volcano. Pitcairn, of Bryn Athyn, had just about given up when he got the call in late August 2014. Within days he was leaning out the side of a helicopter, orange lava spurting below. Images from that trip and the others are featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington through April 2017.
January 27, 2014 |
I stopped for a moment on a curve of the switchback trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah. My fellow hikers had vanished from sight around the next bend, and I stood alone in complete silence. It was an eerie silence I had never experienced before: not a whisper of breeze, not a rustle of tree leaf, no human voice, no trickle of water. For that brief moment, I felt alone in the world. Suddenly, a single sound broke the spell: It was the call of the canyon wren that I had been waiting to hear for the first time.
June 28, 2013 |
Indulge your sweet tooth with endless ice cream flavors on Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Landing while supporting a good cause at the 15th annual Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. From noon to 6 p.m., under one huge pavilion, taste samples from your favorite ice cream companies including Breyers, Turkey Hill, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry, Philadelphia Water Ice Company, and more. Proceeds will go to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to help fight pediatric leukemia. The event is presented by the Joshua Kahan Fund.
May 25, 2013 |
"My Best Day Ever" was the theme of this year's national Doodle 4 Google contest, and when Sewell seventh grader Maria Iannone heard back in April that her artwork had been selected as her state's winner, that was a very good day indeed. This week was even better. On Tuesday, at a fete for the state finalists at Google's Manhattan offices, Maria learned she was one of five national winners. "I was kind of overwhelmed, but I wasn't really freaking out or anything," Maria said Wednesday, remembering her name being called as the winner in the sixth-and-seventh-grade age group.
May 3, 2013 |
Forget the crayons, paintbrushes, and colored pencils. The path to becoming an accomplished artist - or at least to a $30,000 college scholarship - is now etched on a tablet. That's what 12-year-old Maria Iannone, a seventh grader at Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Washington Township, used for her entry in Google's nationwide K-12 "Doodle 4 Google" contest. This year's theme: "My Best Day Ever. " Her doodle shows the silhouette of a person using a telescope to gaze at a yellow half-moon.
April 5, 2013 |
Celebrate the science of small on Saturday at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's NanoDay. Through hands-on activities, visitors will learn about molecules through the field of science called nano, meaning one-billionth. Guests can conduct cool experiments, including creating invisibility by bending light. Explore the world of nano for fashion purposes by making a bracelet with UV color-changing beads. Learn about words mathematically created by the digits 0 and 1 by writing your name in binary code with a pencil or magnet.
October 12, 2012 |
Explore the rain forests of South America at Delaware Museum of Natural History's "Rain Forest Adventure" exhibition through Jan. 6. The exhibition will allow visitors to learn though activities such as becoming a research assistant, wearing a lab coat, and using microscopes and slides to examine bugs from the rain forest, including a blue iridescent butterfly and other creatures. Via video display, families will meet children who live in the rain forest as they discuss the challenges they face.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A paleontologist who undertook a major excavation of ice age fossils of mammoths and mastodons in Colorado was named the next director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on Thursday. Kirk Johnson, currently chief curator and vice president of research at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will take command of one of the nation's most-visited museums in late October. As the Smithsonian's largest museum on the National Mall, the natural history museum has about 300 resident scientists and holds more than 126 million specimens and artifacts, making it the largest natural history collection in the world.
March 18, 2012
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the nation's oldest natural history museum, and this month marks its 200th anniversary. On March 21, 1812, John Speakman, Jacob Gilliams, and others met to form an "academy" for the study of natural history, and "for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning. " Its original headquarters was 121 N. Second St. About three years later, the academy moved to larger quarters on Arch Street, between Front Street and Second.