| 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...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Scientists say they have developed a means of accurately dating Earth's oldest and densest polar ice by analyzing the composition of krypton gas trapped within ancient air bubbles.
In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers used the...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 4:44 AM
As fans filtered into the Riviera on Thursday for a sold-out Kraftwerk concert, they were handed cardboard 3-D glasses. Followers of the group – so revered for its ahead-of-its-time music and image – might’ve expected something a...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:53 PM
Akroma Kourouma Sahan can peer through the windows of her spa at East 53rd Street and South Harper Avenue and see the changing face of Hyde Park.
The Harper Court complex, a gleaming retail and office project that includes the University of Chicago as a...
| 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...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 6:56 AM
This summer, data scientists and architects in Chicago are working on a new form of civic infrastructure: highly visible, aesthetically pleasing, one-foot-square boxes mounted on light poles that track environmental conditions around them. If this is...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 10:02 AM
The curled metal fixtures set to go up on a handful of Michigan Avenue light poles later this summer may look like delicate pieces of sculpture, but researchers say they'll provide a big step forward in the way Chicago understands itself by observing...
| Jun 21, 2014
Argonne National Laboratory received a $2 million federal grant to help develop hybrid fuel cells as part of a move to diversify away from traditional electricity-generating power plants and better incorporate renewable sources of energy, such as wind and...
| Feb 3, 2014
On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected...