Inside Dow’s beautiful new building of brick and glass is space — glorious modern space, where scientists can expand on the prolific innovations that have been served so well by the company’s 50-year old Spring House research facility.
Although the last of the 800 employees at Spring House won’t be working at this global hub of possibilities until the end of next year, Dow formally assumed residence on Wednesday with a house warming gala of sorts at its sprawling Northeast Technology Center on Arcola Road.
“Collegeville’s going to be a great place because it’s a first-class site,” said Howard Ungerleider, an executive vice president, who hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Dow CEO Andrew Liveris, more than 700 Dow employees and various officials, including Gov. Tom Corbett, Montgomery County State Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Red Hill), Mike Vereb (R-Collegeville) and Kate Harper (R-Blue Bell) and Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards.
Two planets orbiting a distant star represent the first Earth-sized planets to be discovered at a distance from the host sun that allows them to be warm enough to sustain liquid water, an essential element to support life.
The NASA-led project, involving a Beaver Falls native and 2003 graduate of Penn State Erie, discovered five planets orbiting the star Kepler-62 that lies 1,000 light-years from Earth. One of those planets is 1.6 times the size of Earth and another is 1.4 times Earth’s size.
Planets as large as three times the size of Earth are terrestrial, or made of rock. Larger planets typically comprise gases or a combination of gases and rock, which would not support life, said Justin R. Crepp, now an assistant professor of physics the University of Notre Dame.
While Earth-like planets within the habitable zone represent the holy grail of astronomy, technology in development will be necessary to determine whether the two planets contain oxygen, carbon dioxide, methane or water — all elements necessary for life.
For 50 years, the University City Science Center has been where scientists and start-ups have toiled to build the next generation of Philadelphia-area companies.
But to hear science center president and CEO Stephen S. Tang, what would really help nurture that entrepreneurial soup would be if a big life-sciences company were to put its headquarters or research operations in West Philadelphia.
Given that several of the biggest drug companies locally have already made long-term commitments elsewhere, there is nothing on the horizon presently. But a merger between two real estate firms that focus on life-sciences properties may aid Tang’s quest.
Late last month, BioMed Realty Trust Inc. said it would acquire Wexford Science & Technology L.L.C. in a $640 million transaction.
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Help plant a garden in the park. We will be putting a small vegetable garden beside the Police Sub Station building. Plants, mulch and soil donated by Colonial Gardens, Phoenixville and the raised vegetable garden courtesy of Genesis Housing Corp. We will also discuss the mural that is planned for the park. Light refreshments will be served.
Several local scientists will demonstrate interactive and fascinating science experiments geared to amaze elementary and middle school age children. Event sponsored by Genesis Housing Corp. and Arkema Inc. Food will be served to event participants.
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“In September, The Pennsylvania Government Technology Commission was formed specifically to help the Governor-elect and General Assembly tackle the greatest challenges facing Pennsylvania government.”……
This article is worth the read and hopefully this new commission will help Pennsylvania move forward and fulfill its potential!
Here is the list of Pennsylvania schools who made the cut!
2025 Church Road
Wyncote, PA 19095-1124
Conemaugh Township Area Intermediate School
1516 Tire Hill Road
Johnstown, PA 15905-7822
Cornell Elementary School
1099 Maple Street
Coraopolis, PA 15108-2910
Delaware Valley Middle School
258 Routes 6 & 209
Milford, PA 18337-9454
Devon Elementary School
400 South Fairfield Road
Devon, PA 19333-1712
Franklin Learning Center High School
616 North 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3487
Harding Elementary School
820 Lincoln Avenue
Erie, PA 16505-5030
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and
1699 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3913
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer School
1321 Upper State Road
North Wales, PA 19454-1007
North Dickinson Elementary School
623 West Penn Street
Carlisle, PA 17013-2239
South Fayette Elementary School
3620 Old Oakdale Road
McDonald, PA 15057-3598
First and Seneca Streets
Essington, PA 19029-1116
Unami Middle School
160 South Moyer Road
Chalfont, PA 18914-3129
Wylandville Elementary School
1254 Route 519
Eighty Four, PA 15330-2824