June 21, 1987
Sometimes it's hard to get a good idea off the ground. Take for instance, space burials. The ingenious entrepreneurs who want to launch the cremated remains of loved ones - "cremains" as they're called - are encountering all sorts of problems. Astronomers are protesting. They argue that the orbiting mausoleums would reflect light from the sun and impair scientists' views of the stars. The sky already has become a graveyard of space junk, they say, and heaven knows the situation would only worsen if Celestis Group Inc. of Melbourne, Fla., wins approval to send off as many as 10,330 people per launch into outer space.
January 12, 2001 |
The United States is "an attractive candidate for a 'Space Pearl Harbor' because U.S. military and intelligence agencies are not prepared to fight in space," a commission that until last month was directed by Defense Secretary-designate Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a report released yesterday. Other countries are capable of attacking U.S. satellites for communications, early-warning systems and spying, and the United States should develop the ability to shield its satellites from attack and develop new weapons to fight in outer space, the report argued.
June 28, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Robert Pattinson; Adam Lambert performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Kirstie Alley. Persons Unknown (8 p.m., NBC10) - After the night manager tells the group that someone will be "checking out," a taxi arrives with instructions to take Janet and the guest of her choice. 90210 (8 p.m., CW57) - Silver and Kelly deal with shocking news about their mother. Two and a Half Men (9 p.m., CBS3) - Charlie returns from Las Vegas with a new wife who definitely isn't Chelsea.
July 26, 2001
That rock in your backyard. Did it just appear Monday? Is it charred around the edges? Can you see your cat's feet protruding from beneath it? Don't waste time calling the landscaper or your vet. Could be you just hit the space jackpot big-time. See, nature in her fairness doesn't just lash us with rain and hail and globs of lava. Every now and then - actually, hundreds of times each day - she flings down to us rocky little doodads from outer space - called meteorites if they land, meteors if you just see them in the sky. And the one that apparently landed somewhere in Pennsylvania or New York Monday evening was a doozy.
November 11, 1998 |
Are they alive or are they dead? The world anxiously awaits news of the fate of the Northeast High School worms. We all know that John Glenn made it back safely from space. But what of those worms, hurtled into outer space as if they were just some kind of high school science experiment? Sometime today, if all goes well, Northeast science teacher Richard Black will find out the stark truth. He'll open the tiny container holding the 300-500 microscopic worms, and the world will know whether to celebrate or mourn.
February 2, 1994 |
A Norristown man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder and related charges in the beating death in August of his live-in girlfriend's 2- year-old son. The plea by London Wells was part of a deal with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, which agreed to ask that Wells' prison sentence be limited to six to 12 years. Had he been convicted of the charges at trial, he would have faced a maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years. Joshua Johnson died from severe blows to his head and trunk.
June 21, 1999 |
After about 20 minutes of high-energy medley-like treatment of her early-career hits, Brandy finally got a chance to say hi to her E-Centre audience Friday night. You could hardly understand what she was saying, she was so giddy and giggly. It was amazing just how goofy this multimedia pop star is. And that's what is most endearing about 20-year-old Brandy. She's not particularly sexy. She's not nasty, profane or hard. She's Everygirl, at least the filthy rich, NBA-player-dating version.
July 12, 1992 |
Candy Allen Puketza gave her brother a card a few years ago when he got accepted into NASA's astronaut program. A funny little pilot character was poking at the sky with his plane, trying to get above it. The inscription read: "The sky's the limit. " "Not for you, Andrew," Puketza wrote on the inside. On July 30, Andrew Allen, who grew up in Richboro and attended Archbishop Wood High School, is scheduled to be Bucks County's first astronaut as he pilots the space shuttle Atlantis on a seven-day mission.
May 27, 1987 |
In a laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, scientists are pushing back the frontiers of human ability to live in hostile environments - from the murky depths of the ocean floor to the dark voids of outer space. Working amid a jumble of thick pipes and electronic dials, they can simulate intense heat and bitter cold, depths of 2,000 feet beneath the ocean's surface to heights of 150,000 feet above sea level, and bizarre climates where exotic gases replace the air we usually breathe.
December 26, 2008 |
Great works of literature have often begun life as stories told to kids. Alice in Wonderland comes to mind, and Peter Pan. It's hard to imagine the tales of Bedtime Stories - fantasies set in ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Old West and outer space - becoming classics, although they serve the goofball purposes of Adam Sandler well enough in this antic family vehicle. Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Bedtime Stories stars the man behind Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer as Skeeter Bronson, a sad-sack hotel-maintenance dude.