March 23, 2017
The Mütter Museum fully embraces its reputation as a disturbing — and sometimes disgusting — collection of unique medical oddities. “Don't eat shortly before visiting” is a common warning given to those touring the museum for the first time.
February 14, 2017
The Science of Everything
More than 250 years ago, a Swedish botanist who grew up memorizing long-winded, complex plant names came up with a better way to classify living things. Considered the “Father of Taxonomy,” Carl Linnaeus invented binomial nomenclature — the two-word naming system we still use today that pegs humans as Homo sapiens, which is Latin for “wise man.”
November 15, 2016
For better or worse, America has a long-standing reputation as being a nation of workaholics. So much so, that even when given paid vacation time, U.S. workers often choose to forfeit their days off. But what kinds of vacation travel can maximize the benefits to our health?
October 27, 2016
The Science of Everything
"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" will be the first major feature screened at the extremely high frame rate of 120 frames per second — a great deal faster than film's traditional 24 frames per second. Director Ang Lee calls the format of his film “The Whole Shebang,” referring to the unprecedented combination of 3D, 120 frames per second, and crystal-clear 4K image resolution.
August 23, 2016
Technology has come a long way since the days of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, the video game console that first introduced a virtual reality experience to households in the mid-'90s. Users complained about Virtual Boy's monochromatic graphics, a feeling of discomfort while playing, and the steep price. Games felt more two-dimensional than immersive, and the system's sales badly flopped.
July 27, 2016
Over the last several decades, coffee — much like dark chocolate, red wine, and certain types of fat — has seen its reputation swing from one extreme to the other. Once thought to stunt growth in children and cause heart problems, the caffeinated beverage has been given the official green light in the latest version of U.S. dietary guidelines, which state that three to five cups per day can be part of a healthful diet.
June 14, 2016
The newest art addition to the Franklin Institute at first appears as a giant image of the brain etched onto a shimmering gold panel — simple yet beautiful, with the organ's squiggly silhouette instantly recognizable from afar.
May 27, 2016
With the first of the biggest barbecuing holidays of the summer – Memorial Day – upon us, Philadelphians across the city will soon be taking part in their own modern incarnation of an age-old human tradition.
May 16, 2016
Imagine being whisked away from Dinosaur Hall at Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences to the middle of the barren Patagonian Desert in southern Argentina, where an enormous long-necked, long-tailed dinosaur is assembled piece-by-piece before your eyes. The immense beast lumbers around you in a circle, first as a collection of bare bones that form its skeleton and then followed by layers of muscle and skin.
April 5, 2016
What diseases do bulldogs and humans have in common? Can cardiologists help veterinarians treat gorillas with heart disease? Will a bone cancer vaccine that works in dogs help children too?