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2011-07-26 11:29:00

Team Has Met Shuttle Crew Last Friday Including Philadelphia Native & Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Franklin Institute has sent an engineering teacher from its partnership public high school, the Science Leadership Academy, as well as a Franklin Institute staff scientist to be part of a Philadelphia team of educators that are currently at NASA Johnson Space Center's Ellington Field in Houston. Fourteen teams will be...

2011-07-25 10:45:00

PHILADELPHIA, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Franklin Institute announced today that visitors from every state in the nation and more than 20 other countries have attended Mummies of the World - The Exhibition. This announcement comes a mere month after the exhibition opened at The Franklin Institute on June 18. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100924/TFILOGO) "This milestone is a testament to the tremendous draw of this groundbreaking exhibition and The Franklin...

2011-07-18 12:54:00

PHILADELPHIA, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Franklin Institute (TFI), Pennsylvania's most-visited museum, announces today that it has received a $250,000 contribution from US Airways Community Foundation for its Inspire Science! fundraising effort. The US Airways Community Foundation supports multi-year capital campaigns for nonprofit organizations located in and providing services to communities in their hub areas of operations. The gift will vitally support TFI's ongoing...

2011-07-14 15:17:00

10 Sites Chosen For National Expansion PHILADELPHIA, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Franklin Institute and The Free Library of Philadelphia announced today that its successful LEAP into Science museum/library partnership will expand to 10 new sites in urban centers nationwide. The national effort kicks off with a LEAP into Science Expansion Conference July 18-20 in Philadelphia. Museums, libraries, school districts, universities, and a variety of other educational...

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'