January 19, 2015 |
The darkened room at Drexel University contains a 120-inch projection screen, a bunch of high-end 3-D glasses, and a custom-built computer with enough memory to make your laptop seem like a toaster oven. State-of-the-art equipment, in other words, for racing through a fantasy world to gun down virtual foes. Andrew R. Cohen and Eric Wait use it for something they find much more interesting: traveling through the brain of a mouse. The Drexel engineers and their colleagues have applied video-game technology to let biologists analyze and watch movies of the formation of brain cells - though the phrase "watch movies" hardly does it justice.
December 23, 2014 |
LANDOVER, Md. - DeSean Jackson cruising downfield, unimpeded, relishing his vengeance ... that will be the visual epitaph of this lost Eagles season. Other images frame this central picture. Jeremy Maclin, still fully dressed in front of his locker 45 minutes after the season's worst loss ... Marcus Smith, the first-round pick, pulling on his shoes next to the shower entrance, anonymous at the end of a fruitless first season in which his fellow defenders constantly struggled ... LeSean McCoy, fuming that he had endured another backfield beating because the Birds can't go deep ... Bradley Fletcher, in street clothes, finally benched and fleeing the scene faster than he ever pursued a receiver ... Cary Williams, Fletcher's co-starter since last season uniformed, mute but likely free next month to go sconce shopping ... Jeffrey Lurie, hiding in plain sight at the back of the tiny visitor's locker room ... Chip Kelly, quietly thunderstruck on a podium, defeated by his own arrogance as he admitted that DeSean Jackson, who he cut, cannot be stopped.
December 3, 2014 |
The $1.57 billion in annual cost cuts that drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline announced in October will take a more definite shape, possibly as soon as Wednesday, with Philadelphia-area employees among those at risk of losing their jobs. Like other major pharmaceutical companies, GSK is still trying to adapt a decades-old business model to new realities in the complex health-care marketplace without forsaking the profits that investors of all sizes still expect. "The aim of this program is to improve performance by taking unnecessary complexity out of our operations and establish a smaller, more focused, organization, operating at lower costs, that supports our future portfolio," GSK spokeswoman Mary Anne Rhyne said in a statement.
November 29, 2014 |
Brett Brown hopes that history will be kind to the 76ers. On the surface, the Sixers have been linked to the franchise's dismal 1972-73 squad after a 99-91 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the Sixers' 15th consecutive loss to open the season, tying the organization's all-time worst start set by the 1972-73 team. That team went 9-73 to set the NBA's futility mark. The current team, which is sacrificing wins for a top draft pick, might be hard-pressed to win seven games by season's end. This team is built to lose games.
November 7, 2014 |
LAST SEASON, Michigan State came within a 17-13 September loss at Notre Dame of maybe playing Florida State for the national title. It was a game in which the Spartans were called for four pass-interference penalties - including two on the winning drive - and a defensive holding that also led to Irish points. "I've been coaching 30-plus years . . . never [saw that]," MSU's Mark Dantonio noted at the time. "I guess that's where we should stop. " So the next time anyone wants to bring up the late call that went against ND at FSU . . . Just saying.
November 4, 2014 |
I T TOOK a few years of running a financial ministry at my church before I realized that the program needed to be revamped. Initially, I would have participants start with creating a budget. But by the time we got midway through the 10-month schedule, far too many people hadn't done theirs. So I spent one session probing why folks couldn't finish - or even start - their budgets. For the most part, it all came down to fear. One 50-year-old woman clarified it for me. "I'm ashamed," she said, shaking and choking back tears.
November 2, 2014 |
Sexually inappropriate pictures circulated by students at Neshaminy High School prompted a police investigation Friday, authorities said. School officials and law enforcement were still determining whether any students were depicted in the pictures and how widely the pictures were shared. "It's a large number of students," district spokesman Chris Stanley said Friday night. "It's not just one or two. " He estimated that as many as 20 students among the school's 2,540 could have received the pictures, but said it was possible the investigation could reveal the number was more or less.
October 18, 2014 |
The photograph that 6-year-old Logan Reed snapped near the place he once lived as a homeless child conveys not a thousand words, as the saying goes, but one plain desire. "My hope is to have friends," says a quote printed beneath his photo, on a greeting card bearing an image of two young girls holding hands at a playground. His words convey a bittersweet longing against a sanguine snapshot taken by a boy with a fetching, toothless smile. "Maybe because we moved around so much," said his mother, Berniesha Crosby, 22, taken aback by what had been on her son's mind, laid bare on the card.
October 16, 2014 |
"It's amazing how many people texted and e-mailed me and said how awesome that you're bowl eligible. We're not bowl eligible. We have an opportunity to go to a bowl game. We need to make sure that we can take care of our business. " - James Franklin, Sept. 9 Everyone in Nittany Nation was ecstatic in early September when the NCAA lifted the sanctions that had prohibited Penn State from going to a bowl game the previous two seasons. Fans texted each other with their preference of bowl venues - San Diego, Orlando, Tampa or some other warm-weather locale.
September 11, 2014 |
As much as Penn State coach James Franklin tried Tuesday to shift his focus - and that of his media audience - to the game coming up against Rutgers, he seemed to relish the chance to talk about how much having the opportunity to play in a bowl game meant to him and his players. At his weekly teleconference, Franklin said he and his team were "very appreciative" that they had a chance to participate in a bowl at the end of this season, which was made possible by the NCAA's decision Monday to lift the postseason ban against Penn State and restore the full amount of 85 scholarships for next season.