| May 15, 2014
| 2:25 PM
The divers called her Naia, for “water nymph,” because they discovered her teenage remains in a dark, underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
She had been hidden there for more than 12,000 years — along with the bones of...
| May 7, 2014
| 5:05 AM
As winter turned to spring at the Wau-Lin-Cree Apartments, the dog piles revealed themselves, lumps of unscooped doo just waiting to greet the sole of a sneaker.
Enough tenants complained to spur property manager Karen Peevy to action.
A dog's DNA...
| May 30, 2014
| 9:51 PM
More than a decade has passed since scientists completed the Human Genome Project, a worldwide effort to decode our DNA. That DNA sequence contains instructions for making all of the proteins that our bodies need to function.
Now researchers have...
| May 8, 2014
| 6:41 PM
After waiting for justice for nearly five years , Jahmeshia Conner’s mother came to court Thursday to see with her own eyes the man accused of violently ending the fifth-grader’s life.
Rene Valentin-Matos had been extradited from a small...
| May 10, 2014
The Times points out many of the flaws in legislation (SB 1381) proposed in the California Senate that would require the labeling of food produced with certain "genetic engineering" techniques ("Base food labeling on fact, not fear," Editorial, May 5)....
| May 12, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Cateresa Matthews' murder haunts her mother to this day. It's been more than two decades, and the killer hasn't been brought to justice.
Fourteen-year-old Cateresa was raped and murdered in 1991. Last week, authorities announced they were re-opening the...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:20 PM
If the producers of television's hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory” ever need to add a teenage star to their cast of brilliant, eccentric minds, then Jasmin Joseph of Woodland Hills El Camino Real would fit right in.
She's an aspiring...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains.
The victims are box...
| May 23, 2014
| 2:56 PM
Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Grace Niewijk has developed a new medical use for the slime of the Pacific hagfish, and is pitting her research against 14 other American students and one Canadian in an international science competition.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 6:07 PM
Nearly 20 years have passed since prominent Waukegan businessman Fred Reckling was beaten to death in his appliance store.
But for family, friends and former employees assembled at the Lake County courthouse Tuesday for the start of the trial of...
| May 8, 2014
| 4:05 PM
PEOPLE are living longer, which is good. But old age often brings a decline in mental faculties and many researchers are looking for ways to slow or halt such decline. One group doing so is led by Dena Dubal of the University of California, San Francisco,...