| 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.
| Sep 10, 2014
| 4:02 PM
Robert Cantrell grew up in Kansas and northern Texas, his family on welfare, his father paralyzed from the waist down after a long illness and his mother working to try to make ends meet.
The tough times instilled in the future architect a belief that...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 5:17 PM
A few days ago, Calico, a Google-backed biotech company, announced that it would build a California-based research and development facility to invent new drugs to combat diseases afflicting the elderly.
Half of the initial $500 million investment...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Families and roommates share plenty — food, bathrooms, dishes. A study published Thursday adds a less visible but ubiquitous item to the list: bacteria.
Households carry a common community of bacteria, populating surfaces such as doorknobs,...
| 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...