June 7, 2013
Robo Raven is making aviation history - again. The robotic bird's maiden flights in December were a first in the history of flying machines, but lasted only seconds inside the Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland, College Park. Now the mylar and carbon fiber contraption is back, soaring higher, longer and more accurately - the first machine ever built that flies on wings that can move independently of each other, as real birds' do. "Nobody has flown anything with independent wing control," before, said S.K. Gupta, a professor of mechanical engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at College Park.
April 29, 2013
Running Holt victorious in Half Marathon in Columbia Bridget Holt , 34, of Gambrills won the second annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon in Columbia in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 22 seconds. Tyler Brannen , 41, of New Hampshire took the 5K in 19:43. More than 2,000 runners competed in the event, which raised more than $25,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. Nike Women Half Marathon: Samia Akbar , a Washington-area native and resident and 2003 All-American at American, won the Washington race in 1:19:32.
April 25, 2013
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of fascism here at home. " The "normalcy" of the 1920s that Roosevelt referred to was a time of peace and prosperity. The decade began with Republican President Warren Harding commuting the sentences of political prisoners jailed by the Wilson administration, including the socialist leader Eugene Debs.
April 21, 2013
Forward John Grant Jr. finished with three goals and two assists as the visiting Colorado Mammoth defeated the Minnesota Swarm, 16-14, on Saturday night before a season-high announced 12,243 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Mammoth (7-9), which led 8-7 at the half, clinched a National Lacrosse League playoff berth earlier in the evening when the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Bandits in Buffalo. As the No. 4 seed, Colorado will visit the top-seeded Calgary Roughnecks in a semifinal next Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
April 8, 2013
National Lacrosse League Westervelt helps Wings beat Swarm to end skid Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) tied for the game high with four goals and four assists as the host Philadelphia Wings rallied past the Minnesota Swarm, 15-13, before an announced 6,861 at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon. Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) added two goals and three assists for the Wings (6-8), who ended a five-game losing streak. Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph)
April 7, 2013
There's a meme going around the Internet that compares “Game of Thrones” with “The Walking Dead.” The zombie show, the meme says, makes you hate its characters before killing them. “Thrones,” however, makes you like them. And that is, I think, objectively true. Even this show's vilest characters (the Lannisters, for instance) all have redeeming qualities. After spending enough time with them, you being to surprise yourself by gravitating toward characters you once reviled.