| Feb 6, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.
They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnose HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes.
| Feb 28, 2015
| 1:06 PM
As a schoolgirl in the 1930s, Eugenie Clark spent countless hours pressed up to the tanks at a New York City aquarium, absorbed by the alligators, sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish just beyond the glass.
There was one creature, however, that...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 3:21 PM
The life of Fort Lauderdale composer Marvin David Levy reads like Greek tragedy, a tale of drama, deceit, obsession and even a prison sentence for conspiracy.
Levy, 82, died Feb. 9 at a nursing home in Wilton Manors of complications from a fall suffered...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 6:23 PM
Physicist Val Fitch was not a lawbreaker, but he is famous for broken laws.
In a classic 1960s series of experiments, Fitch and his Princeton University colleague James Cronin proved that one of the key laws of physics hitherto thought immutable —...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 2:41 PM
While Chicago has been engaged in a heated debate over the use of public parks for President Barack Obama's library, his selection of a host university may have more to do with which institution can offer the most financial support than which offers the...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 5:27 PM
Susan Sher was at her son Graham Moore's side in Los Angeles over the weekend, beaming as he won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
Next month, Sher will be after a prize of her own. As senior adviser to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer,...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:35 PM
During two public forums next week, the Chicago Park District will propose the transfer of several acres of South Side parkland to City Hall control to make way for the Obama presidential library, should the president and first lady choose the...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 3:34 PM
On Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Obama strode onstage to accept his election as the nation's first African-American president. His first words: "Hello, Chicago!"
That historic moment, beamed worldwide from a victory rally in Grant Park, signaled to the world...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 11:33 AM
Lottie Pozniak was an ambassador of Polish culture in Hartford from the 1940's into the 1990's. She founded a Polish cultural organization, taught Polish traditions in the public schools, performed in Polish dances and plays and was a leader in her church...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 3:45 PM
In medicine, the Big C — as in cancer — is poised to overtake heart disease as America's No. 1 killer. A new documentary series, however, tells of a more encouraging C-word: Cure.
Barak Goodman, director of a PBS series based on the Pulitzer...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 10:44 PM
When Eric Garcetti won the 2013 mayoral election, he did so without the financial backing of Psomas, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm with offices throughout the Southwest. As a company that held contracts worth more than $100,000 with the city,...