| 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 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 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...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 4:08 PM
An alderman is calling for a hearing on a city deal to allow researchers to install data-collection sensors on Chicago light poles, saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration first should have gotten City Council approval before going ahead with the...