Of Human Interest; News lite

Several anonymous donors have pitched in enough money to keep Boston's Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology open, the Boston Globe reports.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Commentary: No dancing in Iraq yet

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (UPI) -- This article is part of a continuing series on public opinion about the war.
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Gizmorama: Life in the Tech Age

Before you start visualizing a set of broad pectorals and sleek swimmer's body wrapped in a skimpy swimsuit, we'll correct you -- we're talking about the speedometer today.
WES STEWART, United Press International

Stories of modern science ... from UPI

Using plastics in the new electronics field called spintronics may result in computers that boot up instantly, provide data faster and use less power, NASA's new remote-controlled weather plane stays with thunderstorms to monitor lightning continuously, a
ELLEN BECK, United Press International


DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Film of the week: Behind Enemy Lines

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- "Behind Enemy Lines" is a military action movie tenuously inspired by Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia in June 1995.
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Senate sends anti-terror bill to president

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The Senate approved Thursday -- by a 98 to 1 vote -- a final package of anti-terror reforms designed to help law enforcement monitor, observe and detain suspect
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Ben Franklin
Singer Bruce Springsteen smiles as he works his guitar while performing in downtown Philadelphia October 4, 2008. Some 50,000 gathered on Ben Franklin Blvd. for the Obama campaign sponsored "Get Out The Vote" rally and concert. (UPI Photo/John Anderson)

Portrait by Joseph Siffred Duplessis.

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706  – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity, and as a political writer and activist he supported the idea of an American nation. As a diplomat during the American Revolution he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence of the United States possible.

Franklin is credited as being foundational to the roots of American values and character, a marriage of the practical and democratic Puritan values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of Henry Steele Commager, "In Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat." To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin, "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."

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