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Things to Do: Shooting star watch: How to stargaze the Perseid meteor shower - August 12 and 13,...

This weekend will offer some of the best stargazing of the year, as our planet makes its annual pass through the orbit of the massive Comet Swift-Tuttle, creating the phenomenon...


Philadelphia museums

Sometimes at Art Break we feel the need to get out of town but not wander too far. We want to keep the conveniences of great food, interesting art, and cool people - you know,...


Grab some Reese's Pieces: Franklin Institute to screen documentary on Atari's buried history

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Thursday night at the Franklin Institute, video game fans will have a chance to dig into one of the most embarrassing incidents in the history of...

6abc Philadelphia

The "Cool Astronomer" on the Travel Mug Podcast

Prepare to blow your mind, or at least bend it really far! Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, tells us why he's always looking up, updates us on what...


Things to Do: Classic whodunit game Clue comes to life with bona fide forensics - July 24, 2018

Was it Mrs. White in the conservatory with the lead pipe (and the tell-tale fingerprints)? Or Professor Plum in the ballroom with the revolver (and the scientifically accurate...

6abc Philadelphia

Eclipse 2017: Relive the American Eclipse 1 year later

One year ago, America looked up to witness the solar eclipse, including our Action News team and viewers. Action News meteorologist Adam Joseph traveled to the town of Saint...

Billy Penn

This father and son got stranded in Philly overnight. Instead of complaining, they danced.

Favorite of all the spots was the Franklin Institute. “They had a video game exhibition while we were there, which was an awesome bonus,” Flynn said. “But we’re also both into...

CBS Philly

Why You Should Look Up At The Sky In August

Follow CBSPHILLY Facebook Twitter PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - August will be a great month to look up at the heavens as stargazers will be able to see planets light up the sky,...


The Franklin Institute: A Gathering Place for Thinkers and Tinkerers Alike

One of the oldest and one of the premier centers of science education and development in the United States, the Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 and designed to inspire a...


The Franklin Institute made a Ben Franklin computer game, and you've got to try it

The Franklin Institute just launched a new retro-style computer game where you can collect lightning rods, climb Independence Hall and collect electricity with a kite - all as...


DNA, Adapted : The Pulse : Science : WHYY

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily...


Ben Franklin's 8-Bit World

The Franklin Institute currently has a summer exhibition, "Game Masters," about video game design, past and present. Beginning with the arcade era of the early 1980s with...

How Philly's art and cultural institutions are using booze to attract wider and younger audiences

While a stormy summer night would seem to make for the perfect setting to explore the macabre Mütter Museum, most wouldn't consider it ideal for hanging around outside in the...

Philadelphia Science Festival

SNJ Today

Youngsters Give Check Ups to Stuffed Animals as Part of Free Education Clinic

Children in Gloucester County got the chance to become doctors for the day, practicing medicine on some of their favorite stuffed friends. On Sunday, April 22nd, Jefferson...

CBS Local

Philadelphia Science Festival Wraps Up With Young Scientists

Young Scientists put their knowledge to the test Jan Carabeo reports.

Philadelphia Inquirer

DO THIS: Science is Golden at this Festival

Checking out this year's Science Festival


WHYY: Lots of thought for food at '18 Philly Science Festival

People usually stop by Reading Terminal Market for the juicy roast pork sandwiches, the freshly made scrapple, and the gooey apple dumplings. But for the next week, the...

The Intelligencer

Video: Philadelphia Science Festival begins with a bang

Starting Friday, the Philadelphia Science Festival will offer hands on experiments with more than 80 events around the region. Video by Andy Vineberg