Franklin Institute

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You Might Need A Telescope To See Comet ISON

Skywatchers are waking up early to try to catch a glimpse of a recently discovered comet as it passes through this part of the solar system.


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Opening at the Franklin Institute, an Italian Tragedy Frozen In Time

Many of the remarkable artifacts on display will make their North American debut.


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Contractors Installing ‘Shimmer Wall’ At The Franklin Institute

“The components of this wall literally are 12,500 aluminum panels,” Franklin Institute senior VP Troy Collins explained. “They are hung on over 800 rods and it covers over 3,000 square feet.”


KYW's Ryan Armstrong (center) poses with his film team after their short "Awaken" took the prize for "Best Overall Film" at the NJ 10 Day Film Challenge. (credit: Ryan Armstrong)

First Glance Philadelphia Film Festival Underway At Franklin Institute

An independent film festival is underway in Philadelphia this weekend and one of the entries is a short film made by a group of Gloucester County high school students.


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Philadelphia Set To Kick Off First International Expo

Philadelphia’s first international exposition kicks off Monday and includes more than 100 events over 47 days.


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Franklin Institute Red-Tailed Hawk Released Into Wild After Recovering From Injuries

A young Red-tailed Hawk from the nest at the Franklin Institute has been released less than a month after he was injured in an apparent collision with a car.


Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. (credit:  John Ostapkovich/KYW)

Franklin Institute Heading Toward Expansion

Even if you’ve been to the Franklin Institute lately, you might have been unaware of the construction on its south side: the three-story Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion.


(The 20-foot-tall statue of Benjamin Franklin is covered in plastic in preparation for demolition and construction work nearby.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Franklin’s Likeness Goes Under Wraps As Franklin Institute Expands

Workers have pulled a huge sheet of plastic over the 20-foot-tall, white marble statue of Ben Franklin, in preparation of removal of a portion of the south wall of the Franklin Institute’s central great hall.


The remaining Franklin Institute hawk fledgling, recovering at the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. (credit:  Molly Daly)

Franklin Institute Red-Tailed Hawk On The Mend

Nearly two weeks ago, the lone surviving fledgling from the Franklin Institute Red-tailed Hawk nest was found injured on the Ben Franklin Parkway and taken to the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic in Upper Roxborough. The young raptor appears to be on the mend.


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Sun Getting Ready To Flip Its Magnetic Field; Earthlings Affected?

Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, says this a regular, recurring event.


Dead Sharp-shinned Hawk found under plate glass window. (Credit: Acopian Center for Ornithology)

Franklin Institute Hawks Killed After Crashing Into Glass

“The 80-90 percent mortality rate for red-tailed hawks in their first year is absolutely proving.”



Franklin Institute Spy Exhibit

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One of Franklin Institute’s Fledgling Hawks Meets Untimely Urban End

“Sadly, the female twin flew into a window at Moore College of Art,” a blogger tells KYW Newsradio.


(The Kimmel Center, at Broad and Spruce Streets in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Pay For Philadelphia Non-Profit CEO’s Among Highest In Country

A new study gives Philadelphia non-profits good grades for fundraising efficiency and accumulating assets but a terrible score for spending on administrative costs and CEO salaries.


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Franklin Institute’s Newest Red-Tailed Hawks Fly The Coop

The Red-tailed Hawk nest at the Franklin Institute is empty. The littlest and last to hatch was the first to take flight on Thursday; the last of this year’s brood of three fledged Sunday.