| Feb 13, 2015
| 11:51 AM
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont have been awarded a $2.9 million federal grant to determine how transit systems in Chicago and other major cities can best cope with emergencies like massive snowstorms or flooding, officials...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 8:59 AM
It seemed like an easy question: Has climate change made it harder to find snow for making snowmen?
As I grew up in Connecticut, every time it snowed, it seemed, quality snowman-making snow — deep and thick, the kind that sticks to itself like...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 3:05 AM
The Arava desert, a salty wasteland dotted with tufts of scrub, gets only about an inch of rain each year. And yet cows lazily low at dairy farms that collectively produce nearly 8 million gallons of milk annually. Orange bell peppers flourish in a long...
| 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...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 2:25 PM
The following incidents were listed among area police reports. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court can make that determination.
Babu Kamalesh, 61, of 6988 Fieldstone Drive, Burr...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Cutting-edge technologies surmount enormous distances and other barriers, yet immediate location remains important. Developments in Lake County and just to the north in Wisconsin demonstrate the point.
AKHAN Semiconductor has reached an important...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 12:15 PM
Lauren Ribordy has several theories as to why women are not better represented in the field of computer science. But the 18-year-old senior at Glenbrook South High School is fully committed to changing that.
In mid-November, Ribordy, a Glenview...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:14 AM
We've all heard the idea: In winter, your car needs a little time to warm up before you can drive it. And that's why across the United States, people who live in cold and snowy places and especially those whose cars have remote starters often fire up...
| 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...
| 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...