| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Major U.S. industries have lined up heavy hitting lobbyists over influential Ald. Ed Burke's proposal to require scores of Chicago gas stations to offer fuel with higher levels of ethanol.
The battle has been brewing for months, pitting big...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 8:50 AM
BERKELEY, Calif. Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S 265 miles but at one-fifth the $70,000 price of the luxury sedan.
Or a battery able to provide many times more energy than today's technology at significantly lower prices,...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:27 PM
At 90 years old, Joe Cook is no adrenaline junkie.
But, lately, he has found that he enjoys the sensation of skydiving.
"I was surprised that there were such things," said Cook, who has taken up indoor skydiving at the Naperville iFly facility. "I...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 1:58 PM
CHAMPAIGN — The national battery research hub at Argonne National Laboratory kicked off a roadshow last week to share what it has learned so far in its quest to build a better battery.
The idea, said Jeff Chamberlain, deputy director of...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 1:44 PM
When people ask Chris Bellios what he drives, he says it's a Toyota — a black one.
"The stigma that goes with owning a Prius is palpable," said Bellios, 43, a Vernon Hills resident who loves his Prius so much he's owned two. Other drivers don't...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Ted B. Belytschko, a mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University for more than three decades, gained international fame for his work in the interdisciplinary field of computational mechanics.
Mr. Belytschko developed groundbreaking...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Stardust, a 770-pound NASA spacecraft about the size of an office desk, zoomed around space in the early 2000s collecting space dust — a remarkable achievement in itself that involved the use of a dried gel known as aerogel.
The gel, which feels...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Peter John Vogelberger Jr., a retired nuclear engineer and past president of Teledyne Energy Systems who headed the development of devices used in 1970s space exploration, died of undetermined causes Sept. 7 at his Lutherville home. He was 82.
| Aug 17, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so...
| Jul 31, 2014
Already in the first six months of 2014, Sunday broadcast news shows have spent more time covering climate change than they did over the past four years combined. This expanded coverage comes on the heels of reports by the National Climate Assessment that...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Gas prices in Chicago are among the nation’s highest. In the July 12 editorial “Why is the EPA stalling on ethanol?” the Chicago Tribune adopted the oil industry’s talking points in criticizing Illinois’ own homegrown...