| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Doubt — and a reportedly royal severed head — haunts a murky corner of forensic science these days, as researchers squabble over an unearthed packet of mummified remains thought to have belonged to King Henry IV of France.
The mystery has...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The forensic anthropologist lifted a thighbone from the skeleton arrayed on her metal lab table and studied the fine cracks traversing its surface, gray and weathered as driftwood.
Associate professor Lori Baker, 44, set the bone down and cradled the...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:22 PM
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.
Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels.
Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's...
| Jul 17, 2013
Northwestern University researchers contributed to a recent paper that contrasts the physical differences of normal and cancerous cells, research that could lead to more accurate diagnoses and evaluation of treatment.
"We found that cancer cells are...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:20 PM
A 27-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after police said DNA evidence linked him to the body of a woman who was found strangled more than two years ago in Logan Square.
Jose G. Martinez of the 2700 block of West Melrose Street was...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 12:35 PM
The last sliver of doubt has been erased: Albert DeSalvo, the confessed Boston Strangler, was definitively implicated for the first time Friday in the string of 1960s murders that transfixed and terrorized the city.
A week after DeSalvo’s body was...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Thursday's Google Doodle honors Rosalind Franklin, the pioneering scientist famous for taking some of the first and best images of DNA in the early 1950s, and for being screwed over by the sexism of her time.
Just 37 years old when she died of...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 3:51 PM
A convicted rapist and robber accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a 19-year-old woman in 1992, leaving her severely beaten body in an orange grove, has been extradited to Orange County from Mexico, prosecutors said.
Leonardo Pimentel Sanchez,...
| Jul 28, 2013
During an interrogation that stretched for more than 24 hours, James Edwards confessed to three murders, Waukegan detectives said, enough to make him a serial killer.
He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in two of the slayings — the...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:50 PM
As the sky-blue Winnebago makes its way though midday traffic in downtown Baltimore, pedestrians can't help but stare.
Onlookers giggle and pull out their camera phones. The RV, painted with the phrase "Who's Your Daddy?" offers a service most wouldn'...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:02 PM
We all smell things a little differently, and new research shows why: By examining the DNA of hundreds of individuals and testing their sense of smell, scientists found the genetic basis for why we smell certain scents.
Although smell is a huge part...