March 20, 2016
Paul Halpern is a University of the Sciences physics professor and the author of "Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics" At its best, Twitter can offer the kind of creative connections and sharing of ideas that would have been nearly impossible decades ago. It can link individuals with parallel or complementary interests, and offer them the chance to enrich each...
March 17, 2016 |
With all eyes on him, Kwahzere Ransom momentarily shielded his. The Math, Civics and Sciences sophomore stood at the foul line with about 30 seconds left in Tuesday night's PIAA Class A state semifinal at Philadelphia University and pulled the top of his jersey over his face. Before hitting a dramatic game-winning three-pointer to beat Constitution, 79-78, in overtime, Ransom had missed three consecutive free throws that could have helped the Mighty Elephants secure the victory.
March 17, 2016 |
Ben Franklin Parkway and I-676 bridge construction has forced the Philadelphia Science Festival to move its signature Science Carnival to the Delaware waterfront. And nobody knows whether the festival's longtime lead sponsor, Dow Chemical, will still be so generous if its merger with DuPont goes through. Still, all parties were beaming in the noonday sun Tuesday at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing - scene of this year's festival-capping Science Carnival - affirming that this celebration of all things STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
March 17, 2016 |
University researchers and biotech firms worldwide are racing to study a powerful new gene-editing technique that holds the promise to treat hereditary diseases. Along with them is Michael Zhang, a senior at Conestoga High School. The 18-year-old from Berwyn just won a $75,000 prize for his work in the field. He was one of nine high school students recognized Tuesday night in Washington in the national Intel Science Talent Search. Asked if he had plans for his prize money, Zhang said it would go toward his tuition at Harvard University.
March 14, 2016 |
Mikey Krause had waited practically his whole life for this. The 3-year-old can recite every line spoken by Toy Story character Woody and he reenacts the movie with his toys. Now, wearing a yellow Woody T-shirt and a brown fabric holster on one hip, he stood awestruck, face-to-face with a Buzz Lightyear, several times taller than him at a Franklin Institute exhibit. But he couldn't stand still for long. "Come on!" he yelled, running between Buzz and the characters Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc. His aunt, Jen Krause, 22, tried to keep up, pushing his stroller and carrying his cowboy hat and plush Woody doll.
February 16, 2016 |
A new racial gap has emerged on college campuses: Too few African American students are enrolling in majors that lead to high-paying jobs. Instead of pursuing science, business, and engineering, the students are studying education and social work, according to a recent analysis of data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. College administrators and students in interviews recognized the divide and its implications for socio-economic mobility and pay equity. "While they're in the right church, they're kind of in the wrong pews," said Anthony P. Carnevale, the director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and lead author on the report, "African Americans: College Majors and Earnings," which was released last week.
February 10, 2016
Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close The long: In a dimly lit gallery next to the Academy of Natural Sciences' butterfly room, 20 hairy, crawly, colorful eight-legged species of the world's largest spiders quietly lurk behind thick panes of glass, spinning webs, digging holes and eating crickets. The short: Sounds creepy but it looks lovely. The demo: Grade school on up. Big kids: Will love seeking and finding crawlers hiding behind logs and buried beneath dirt.
February 1, 2016
THE CURATOR of the Department of Entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences doesn't want you to be bugged out by the Academy's newest exhibit - Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close - which opens this weekend. Sure, tarantulas are the biggest and hairiest of all spiders. And sure, only a pane of glass will separate visitors from 20 different species of the creature - including the largest-known variety, the goliath bird-eating tarantula - but Jon Gelhaus said visitors have nothing to fear and may even get over their fears by confronting them at the exhibit.
January 18, 2016
Maker Susan Casey Gleason, 27, of Fishtown - the one-woman operation that is Desarc by Susan Casey, a maker of jewelry and lighting celebrating bold, graphic forms. Her start Gleason studied in the jewelry program at Temple's Tyler School of Art but was assigned to make a light for a class project. She discovered the affinity between the two forms: "Lighting and jewelry seem really disparate, but to me there are pendants in jewelry and also in lighting. There are brooches that pin onto your shirt, much like a sconce pins onto a wall.
January 8, 2016
By Ramesh Raghupathi, Eugene Hong, and Thomas Trojian We continue to hear their names: former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, Eagles safety Andre Waters, Hall of Fame quarterback and sports commentator Frank Gifford. Since their deaths, they have become high-profile examples of people diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative condition for which there is no cure and that can be diagnosed only by autopsy, after a person dies.