| Aug 13, 2013
| 10:58 AM
Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal, revealed his alpha design for the buzzworthy Hyperloop on Monday, a proposed high-speed alternative that would carry passenger pods on airflow from Los Angeles to San Francisco...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 1:34 PM
I have the privilege of serving on several boards, committees and advisory councils locally and around the state.
In most cases, I find these opportunities not only a responsibility but a blessing.
It should be no secret to regular readers that I...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 9:20 AM
With the help of a little alcohol, scientists have discovered supposedly impossible chemical reactions in the cold reaches of space. Organic molecules like methanol are being created and destroyed in clouds of interstellar gas, thanks to a spooky...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Using an underground neutrino detector in Japan, physicists may have found the key to answering a fundamental question: Why does our universe, as we know it, exist at all?
Scientists have caught tiny, ghostlike particles called neutrinos in the act of...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 4:05 PM
John Bernstein never had trouble keeping track of what sport his daughter was competing in or the team on which she was playing. Ida Bernstein can't make the same claim for what she jokingly calls her "athletically confused career."
Ever since she...
| Jun 25, 2013
Professor Powell promotes a distorted view of science
To the editor:
Our Hagerstown professor (Allan Powell) promotes a distorted view of science. Science is not a body of opinions used to put down people of religious faith. Science is the...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 9:42 AM
PARIS (AP) — New results from looking at the split-second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought and provide ancient evidence supporting core concepts about the cosmos — how it began, what...
| Mar 25, 2013
As early as kindergarten, all students in Illinois could be engaged in science and engineering practices, from analyzing data to defining problems and designing solutions.
By high school they'd be deep into engineering design and investigating solutions...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 2:42 PM
I do not know how old I was when I learned to play chess. I could not have been older than 8, because I still have a chess board on whose side my father inscribed, with a soldering iron, “Saša Hemon 1972.” I loved the board more than...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 6:55 AM
It's not quite Mother's Day in America yet, but you can send your parents cool footage of a physicist talking about rubber bands. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for Monday, March 11, 2013.
Richard Feynman's discussion of hacking elasticity...
| May 13, 2013
Any attempt to make bicycling in Chicago easier and safer by using the law is welcome. That includes Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposals last week to amend the city's bike ordinance to give cyclists more freedom to maneuver but also increase penalties on...