September 14, 2014 |
It's getting harder to find the line between science and science fiction. One of the hot research techniques these days, "optogenetics," uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins to specific cells. Then researchers use light to control the cells. The field got its start in the brain, where scientists have demonstrated the technique by making contented mice fly into a rage - a remarkable, if slightly creepy, achievement. Brian Chow, a University of Pennsylvania bioengineer, has bigger ambitions than that.
August 28, 2014 |
Camden schools will have more laptops this year and better wireless Internet access, school officials said Tuesday at the last board meeting before the start of school. Camden district public schools start on Tuesday. Three charter-like Renaissance schools, the first in the state, will be open as of Wednesday. Kipp Cooper Norcross Academy welcomed 100 kindergartners last week. Mastery and Uncommon Schools both start Wednesday. Mastery will open with 300 students at Pyne Poynt Elementary School, which also will house district students, and a second school in Cramer Hill for 100 students in kindergarten through second grade.
August 26, 2014
W AN AND Wei-Heng Shih, both 60, of Bryn Mawr, are co-founders of Lenima Field Diagnostics. Both are professors at Drexel and are developing piezoelectric-sensor technology that can detect a germ that causes diarrhea and is primarily responsible for 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, says the CDC. I spoke with Wan Shih. Q: How did you come up with the idea for this technology? A: We have a long history on working with piezoelectric materials that started in the 1990s.
August 11, 2014 |
Stephen Klasko is the new president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and the Jefferson Health System. A fan of Star Trek , he wants to push Jefferson forward into the next century - steering away from health care's traditional model of big-edifice hospitals and real estate and instead toward localized medical offices. Jefferson's new offices in Fairmount will aim to do just that. The health-care giant will lease 12,000 square feet at developer Neal Rodin's new project, Rodin Square, putting Jefferson doctors in the same building as apartment dwellers.
July 21, 2014 |
Unisys Corp. got some good news from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania this week: a $681 million contract to consolidate and manage seven data centers for the state in a remotely accessible cloud. For the Blue Bell technology company with a long history of innovation, it was a welcome shot in the arm. Since the arrival in fall 2008 of J. Edward Coleman as chairman and CEO, Unisys has stabilized the business, repaid debt, slashed costs, and returned to a growth trajectory. After a strong fourth quarter in December, investors were expecting a great start to 2014.
July 19, 2014 |
Karen Murray had left Rowan University without a degree and gone back once before. When she left a second time, the lack of a bachelor's degree, just a few classes away, nagged at her. "I had four courses left, and I thought, 'There's no way I could let this go,' " Murray said Thursday. "It was always, 'What am I going to do?' . . . It always played on my mind. " Several years later, she got a letter from Rowan announcing a pilot program for those who had left the university with credits but no degree.
July 14, 2014 |
Rubber bands snapping really hard - painfully hard - against the skin. That's what laser treatment feels like to Marianne Morrison, who is getting three of her tattoos removed, including a large iris on the right side of her neck. It hurts more than getting a tattoo done in the first place, said Morrison, 40, of Germantown. If only she'd listened to her husband, local tattoo artist Eric Eaton, who grudgingly did the ink she's trying to erase. But the bartender wants to take the edge off her appearance and look more professional before starting nursing school.
July 4, 2014 |
For those scoring at home, the Cleveland Indians pulled off the rarest triple play in baseball history late Tuesday night, 7-2-4, assisted by two instant-replay reviews. In the bottom of the fourth inning of the Indians' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers, Los Angeles had runners on first and third when Adrian Gonzalez slashed a liner to left field. The Indians' Michael Brantley raced in to make the catch, took two strides, and fired home to nail Dee Gordon tagging up from third. As catcher Yan Gomes showed plate umpire Adrian Johnson the ball, the Dodgers' always-aggressive Yasiel Puig took off for second.
March 20, 2014 |
GLASSBORO Rowan University announced Tuesday that it had entered an agreement with Lockheed Martin to have the company collaborate with the university's students and faculty on research and development of radar technology. The move builds on a project begun last fall and, Rowan administrators said, is a new model for universities working with industry. The school has made high-profile pledges to expand, especially its research enterprise, with the engineering school seen as a core part of that mission.
March 14, 2014 |
Before his 2005 move to Charlottesville, Va., where he died Monday, Feb. 3, at age 90, University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas P. Hughes was a familiar presence in Chestnut Hill, bicycling to and from the early service at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, or buying crackers and cheese for the intimate gatherings of neighbors and Penn colleagues he hosted at his house on Millman Street. It wasn't just any house. Dr. Hughes' home was that icon of modern architecture known as "Mother's House," designed by Robert Venturi for his mother, Vanna.