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  • U.S. reverses proposal to list wolverine as threatened species

    U.S. reverses proposal to list wolverine as threatened species
    A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official has ordered federal biologists to withdraw their conclusion that the last 300 wolverines in the continental United States deserve threatened species status. The biologists had recommended the protection on...
  • Smooth surfaces help make cities into sizzling urban heat islands

    Smooth surfaces help make cities into sizzling urban heat islands
    Nineteen years ago this month, Chicago experienced one of the worst heat waves in its history. Nearly 500 people, mostly poor and elderly residents of the city’s dense urban core,¬† perished in sweltering temperatures and oppressive humidity. The...
  • When brain says buy, you may not know why

    Billions of neurons fire in the brains of stock market traders as they decide whether to buy or sell shares in a matter of seconds. Some of these brain waves produce rational calculations about how best to make a profit, but others may not, suggests new...
  • About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA, study says

    About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA, study says
    You may think you’re better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you’re probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person’s ability to tackle one subject influence...
  • Local Voices: May 8 edition

    Local Voices: May 8 edition
    Letters to the editor for the May 8 TribLocal print edition from Bourbonnais, Tinley Park and Bolingbrook. Common Core Here we go again on another front. The federal government, tasked with very few responsibilities by the U.S. Constitution, is trying...
  • Keeping Baltimore afloat

    Keeping Baltimore afloat
    When my daughter was a freshman in high school, she shared a particularly uplifting experience from history class one day. In the middle of a lesson, a senior barged into the classroom with tears in his eyes and handed the teacher a letter. A smile spread...
  • Singing the blues [Editorial]

    Singing the blues  [Editorial]
    The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab is an omnivore. If a favorite food like worms, plants or baby clams is unavailable, it switches to something else. Maryland's human denizens may want to seriously consider doing that same thing. That's because the latest...
  • Base food labeling on fact, not fear

     Base food labeling on fact, not fear
    The scientific evidence on genetically engineered food, which has been around for two decades, indicates that it is as safe for human consumption as any other food. A California bill that would require the labeling of bioengineered food — whose...
  • SunRail, minimum wage, and NASA: Letters

    SunRail and disabilities  The 1973 Rehabilitation Act banned discrimination on the basis of disability. It defined people with disabilities as a legitimate minority group deserving basic civil-rights protection. The Americans with Disabilities Act,...
  • New robot learns from plain speech, not computer code [Video]

    New robot learns from plain speech, not computer code [Video]
    In a small kitchen, an amateur cook roots around in the cupboard for a package of ramen. He fills a pot with water, tosses in the noodles, and sets them on the stove to cook. But this chef won’t enjoy the fruits of his labor. That’s because...
  • Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory

    Dinosaur hunter is making prehistory
    Scott Richardson is up at dawn, standing atop a rocky ridgeline near his base camp, a solitary figure in the slanting light. He surveys a primordial wilderness of dry creek beds and stands of juniper and pinyon pine. "This is dinosaur country," he says,...