| May 5, 2014
| 1:23 PM
Lake County officials are warning residents to beware of ticks this spring as the number of confirmed Lyme disease cases almost tripled in 2013 to 46, up from 17 in 2012.
The deer tick, also called black-legged tick, can carry Lyme disease as well as...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Researchers at MIT are giving plants super powers by placing tiny carbon nanotubes deep within their cells.
Some of the altered plants increased their photosynthetic activity by 30% compared with regular old plants. Others were able to detect tiny...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 7:02 PM
A couple weeks ago, dead fish started floating up through ice-fishing holes in some of Cook County's smaller lakes and ponds. As ice has melted in recent days , more fish — in some cases, thousands of them — have been appearing.
| May 16, 2014
| 8:36 PM
Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park need more than a laptop, a room of standard servers or even a supercomputer dubbed Deepthought to tackle research exploring Saturn's rings, the earliest galaxies, fire dynamics and drug-resistant...
| May 7, 2014
| 12:27 PM
For possibly billions of years, the DNA blueprints for life on Earth have been written with just four genetic "letters" -- A, T, G and C. On Wednesday, scientists announced that that they added two more.
In a paper published in the journal Nature, bio-...
| May 17, 2014
| 2:00 PM
On a recent sweltering weekday morning, environmental scientist Rosi Dagit waded into the murky water at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. Leaning hard against the current and trying not to slip on the rocks, she began pulling a seine net across a...
| May 18, 2014
| 3:32 PM
Charlotte J. "Jean" Vieta, a former laboratory assistant who later earned a law degree, died May 5 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at her Monkton home. She was 66.
The daughter of William Purdum, an...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:22 PM
A landowner along the Delaware River near the scenic overlook just above Easton made an unusual discovery over the weekend. According to Greg Murphy, a fisheries biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, a 6-foot-3 carcass of an Atlantic...
| May 8, 2014
It is unfortunate that the issue of climate change has become politicized ("Think the climate change fight is tough? What about the 17th century fight over math?," May 3). As I see it, much of the problem is that most people have had little to no...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 9:20 PM
Scientists have replicated one of the most significant accomplishments in stem cell research by creating human embryos that were clones of two men.
The lab-engineered embryos were harvested within days and used to create lines of infinitely...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 4:54 PM
A number of scientists have been grumbling for weeks about a pair of breakthrough stem cell studies that seemed too good to be true. Now one of the senior researchers who worked on the papers agrees that they may be right.
The studies, which were...