May 31, 2013
Glow: Living Lights Your backyard fireflies ain't got nothin' on the glow-in-the-dark worms, hairy desert scorpions and otherworldly-looking, middle-ocean creatures that scientists call "bioluminescent. " Here through September, this exhibit is, perhaps predictably, mostly dark. Better to enjoy the light-emitting rare specimens, both living and formerly living, such as a striking stauroteuthis syrtensis , a glowing sucker octopus. Interactive stations let visitors light up dinoflagellates, a/k/a single-cell organisms, dress up like sea creatures, and get up close and personal with a massive angelfish.
May 15, 2013 |
Henrika "Riki" Kuklick, 70, of South Philadelphia, a retired professor who taught at the University of Pennsylvania for 32 years, died Sunday, May 12, of unknown causes at her home. A friend found her body; an autopsy was being conducted late Monday, according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office. Dr. Kuklick retired in 2012 as a professor in Penn's department of history and sociology of science, where she specialized in the history of sociology and anthropology, department chair Robert Aronowitz said.
May 3, 2013 |
The University of the Sciences defeated Philadelphia University, 4-3, after falling to Georgian Court, 5-0, Thursday in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball tournament at Georgian Court in Lakewood, N.J. In the Philadelphia U. game, Haley Kavelak's walk-off single capped the Devils' comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Courtney Spina (Garnet Valley) became the Devils' all-time leader for strikeouts with 334. Jackie Keifer (Archbishop Prendergast) hit her first collegiate home run in the second inning, a two-run shot.
April 27, 2013 |
Children's nonfiction author Vicki Cobb brings her one-woman science show to the Free Library on the Parkway Sunday as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Children will discover science through Cobb's interactive show, including illusions and challenges based on her books. Cobb, author of 85 books including the best-selling series Bet You Can! and Bet You Can't! , has appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and Live With Regis and Kathie Lee . The program is part of the Parkway Central Library's Margaret S. Halloran Family Literacy Programming Series.
April 26, 2013
WHY DO bars serve nuts? I'd always assumed it was to make you thirsty so you'd drink more beer. But that's only half right, as the taste and smell experts from University City's Monell Chemical Senses Center proved to me on a recent afternoon of sudsy experimentation. The center's researchers were gearing up for the Philadelphia Science Festival, the citywide nerd expo that runs through Sunday. Beer drinkers in particular will want to dip into Monell's fun presentation tomorrow at Yards Brewery, where they'll explain the chemistry behind beer-and-food pairings.
April 25, 2013 |
Jerrold Meinwald is one of the founding fathers of a field called chemical ecology, often speaking in large lecture halls about how insects and other animals repel predators with toxins. On Tuesday at the Franklin Institute, he had to defend his life's work in a less-formal setting - face-to-face with inquisitive high-schoolers. How are the toxins made? students asked. How concentrated are they? Which creatures emit the most toxic poisons? "You have to ask, 'Poisonous to whom?
April 22, 2013 |
Families pushing a brigade of strollers, teens clutching skateboards, and other science lovers of all ages descended on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday for a daylong celebration of hands-on learning, experiments, and fun. The Science Carnival on the Parkway, which drew thousands, was the centerpiece of the third annual Philadelphia Science Festival, a 10-day event that aims to spark interest in science and technology across the region....
April 19, 2013 |
They've got chocolate. The latest news on hallucinogenic drugs. Espionage, jazz, and weathered gravestones. Plus video games for autistic kids. Where else but the third annual Philadelphia Science Festival? The 11-day extravaganza starts Thursday, with 110 events aimed at all ages, many in locations not normally associated with science. At restaurants, branch libraries, and even cemeteries, people can examine dinosaur fossils, gaze at the stars, build rockets, and learn about the science of beer, cheese, or honey.
April 12, 2013 |
GIZMO GUY took a Sound Walk around Rittenhouse Square the other day with an iPhone, listening to a just-launched, crowd-sourced app called "The Empty Air" that puts the park in a new creative light. Spawned by the music group The Mural and The Mint, fronted by soundscapist Michael Kiley, "The Empty Air" is a kinetic aural installation that uses iPhone GPS to trigger sounds at certain locations within the park. The effect can be pretty cute, but occasionally, the reaction is "What the heck were they thinking?"
April 11, 2013 |
James J. Markham, 84, of Glenside, a chemistry professor and former associate dean of sciences at Villanova University, died Thursday, April 4, of a heart ailment at home. Dr. Markham's long association with Villanova began when he enrolled there in 1946 to study chemistry. He graduated in 1950, and returned to the campus as a lecturer on Sept. 1, 1952. He was named an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1957; he rose to become associate professor four years later.