July 24, 2015 |
In 1796, when Thomas Jefferson was vice president of the United States, he received a shipment of "certain bones" found in a cave in Virginia. The bones and three claws, from an unknown creature, proved tremendously exciting to Jefferson, who at the time was also president of the American Philosophical Society, the nation's premier scientific association, founded in 1743 in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin. Examining the enormous claws, Jefferson became convinced they were concrete evidence that his young nation harbored lions more fierce than anything known to the Old World.
July 24, 2015 |
David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, offers tips on how to (and how not to) cook with insects. He'll be on hand to answer questions at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Bug Fest , Aug. 8 and 9, 11 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. His insect cooking show starts at 1 p.m. 1. Buy, don't scavenge. The backyard and basement are not the best places to source insect-ingredients. "The big problem is pesticides. If the bugs have been eating pesticides, you can become a bioaccumulator and wind up storing all that pesticide in your body.
July 13, 2015 |
Paul McCartney keeps a piano bedside to try out musical ideas that come to him in the middle of the night. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ( The West Wing , Sports Night ) overcomes writer's block by taking six or more showers a day. And John Kounios, a pioneer in the study of insight, rides the quiet Regional Rail car on his commute to and from his West Chester home so he can carve out a creative, idea-inducing space for himself. The Drexel University professor of psychology further isolates himself by donning noise-canceling Bose headphones (to block the rumble of the train)
July 1, 2015 |
THERE ARE few things in life that pique the interest of 76ers coach Brett Brown as much as basketball. One of those, however, is his obsession with sports science. Yesterday, the team announced that it has hired Dr. David T. Martin as director of performance research and development. He joins the Sixers from his senior sports science position at the renowned Australian Institute of Sports. Brown has a long history of coaching in Australia, including serving as the head coach of the Australian Olympic team.
June 22, 2015 |
Most NBA draft classes have them: the cautionary tale, the European bust, the college all-American who couldn't cut it, the late first-rounders who outperformed their draft order. The 2011 draft has all that in multiples. Now that it can be judged a little more fairly, if not completely, the 2011 draft is a reminder that mock drafts sometimes need to be mocked and day-after report cards need to be graded later. Looking back at 2011, you can see how a team of the players selected between 11 and 20 might beat a team of those drafted one through 10. That's without one of the best players in that class who was selected 30th, the final pick of the first round.
June 16, 2015 |
Diagonally across from the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden, a small strip of storefronts and restaurants attracts a steady stream of people in and out to get fried chicken, look at new cellphones, buy clothing. The scene is set to be replaced with a different sort of bustle as state authorities last week granted preliminary approval to $50 million for a new health sciences building. Stretching from Broadway west to Fifth Street and from Martin Luther King Boulevard south to Stevens Street, the Joint Health Sciences Center and related buildings are meant to bring together Rowan University, Rutgers-Camden, and other medical and educational institutions in the city for teaching and research.
June 13, 2015 |
The University City Science Center's monolithic office buildings will be joined to a new zone featuring pedestrian-friendly shopping streets, apartment towers, and a sprawling public plaza as part of the West Philadelphia business incubation and research complex's plan to more than double in size. Wexford Science and Technology, which is developing the new site, said Thursday that its goal in the $1 billion project is to break up the long, unbroken blocks of offices and institutional structures where the expansion will occur while mixing in other uses.
June 4, 2015 |
The University City Science Center plans to more than double its size over 10 years as it seeks to lure higher-profile biomedical and technology firms to the West Philadelphia business incubation and research complex. The Science Center and its development partner on the expansion, Wexford Science & Technology, will pool their landholdings in the area to build more than four million square feet of offices, laboratories, homes, retail shops, and parking structures, the Science Center said Tuesday.
May 13, 2015
The long: Vomit, mucus, poop and blood are the four foul-ish pillars of this long-traveling, book-based, carnival-cartoony, summer-only exhibition. Slime, however, is the leitmotif. Opens Saturday; here through Aug. 30. The short: Flies barf before eating and then eat their barf. The demo: Toilet-humor aficionados of all ages. (Colorful animated characters appeal to ages 3 to 7; toots and burps give elementary schoolers the giggles.) The book: Sylvia Branzei and Jack Keely's best-selling series gets animated via lovably slimy hagfish, fill-up mosquitoes, and red, yellow, blue and clear blood.