| Dec 22, 2013
MÁLAGA, Spain — When I was 8 years old, I wanted to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. Sixty years later — gender, age and vocation notwithstanding — I finally got the chance.
As I packed to meet the Star Flyer on...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 8:47 AM
A high school science teacher from Mundelein and a retired teacher from Long Grove were chosen by NASA to become airborne astronomy ambassadors for a program in California this spring.
In a few months, Marcella Linahan, a science teacher at Carmel...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:32 PM
Scientists at an ambitious dark matter experiment in operation at an underground gold mine in South Dakota have discovered exactly what they thought they would: nothing. And the results have got them really excited.
After running the detector for...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Together, they contain a tiny fraction of the mass of a single electron. But the 28 neutrinos from deep space detected by an icy observatory beneath the South Pole promise a revolution in the study of the universe, scientists said Thursday.
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Just as the sun causes a spiderweb’s near-invisible strands to glisten, a brightly shining quasar has lit up what scientists say is a massive filament of the universe’s cosmic web -- making it the first time a fragment of the web has been...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:13 AM
Now that spring is here, maybe it's time to grab your surfboard and head to some far-off coastline -- perhaps as far as the outer solar system. Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found hints of waves sloshing on Titan, Saturn’s...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:05 AM
A bright black hole in the Pinwheel galaxy has been shining us on, astronomers say – this intergalactic trickster puts out light like a big black hole but it’s really quite tiny. M 101 ULX-1, described in the journal Nature, may force...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 3:26 PM
If you’re a giant space telescope squinting into the far reaches of the cosmos, gravity is your best friend. Using the magnifying powers of massive galaxy clusters, three of NASA’s Great Observatories – the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Congressional negotiators released a $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year that’s more generous to NASA’s scientific endeavors than the White House’s proposal, but it may be too soon to celebrate, officials said...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:25 PM
Before Pluto’s fall from planetary grace, there was Ceres. Depending on your definition, it’s either the largest asteroid or the smallest dwarf planet -- but for a few glorious decades in the 1800s, the rocky sphere was a full planet in the...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:59 AM
A solar storm may cast colored lights – known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights – in the sky over parts of the northern Plains, the Great Lakes region and Northeast on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say.
“It’s a very...