| Sep 12, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Lake County's first documented case of West Nile Virus is a 48-year-old Gurnee man, as Health Department officials credit a cool, wet summer with depressing the population of virus-carrying culex mosquitoes, which thrive in hot, dry conditions.
| Sep 1, 2014
| 11:04 AM
There weren't any keepers yet, but the fish were definitely biting for Willie Edwards one day last week as he trolled along the edge of the Susquehanna Flats. The 72-year-old fisherman from North East said he'd caught "a lot of little rock," or striped...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 2:45 AM
For the past 50 years, men have consistently had an easier time quitting smoking than women.
More men go cold turkey. More men stop on nicotine blockers such as gum and patches. More men succeed on medications.
Sherry McKee, an associate professor of...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Driving along Indiantown Road in western Palm Beach County last January, Nicole Verticchio saw an astonishing sight: A large black bear ambling east along the side of the road.
"I'm from Pennsylvania and I didn't even know we had bears in Florida," she...
| Aug 31, 2014
Last year, Virginia witnessed the worst mass dolphin die-off in its history as more than 300 bottlenose dolphins began stranding — about five times the annual average.
Marine biologists were flummoxed. They suspected a deadly morbillivirus, and...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:35 PM
Friday evening, people gathered to remember Martha.
She was a star in her day. Scarlet eyes and peach-colored breast. Head held high.
Toward the end of her life, people lined up to see her a glimpse for the ages.
But a hundred years ago Monday,...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Keep protecting manatees
Despite growing, severe threats to manatees' long-term survival, they could be federally downlisted from their current endangered status because of pressure from special-interest groups.
In recent years, cold stress and...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 11:17 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eventually, people with diabetes won't need to prick their fingers multiple times a day to check their blood sugar levels, if researchers have their way.
Sylvia Daunert and her lab team at the University of Miami in...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Wake up and smell the genome.
Researchers have pieced together the genetic atlas of the parent of the most commonly cultivated species of coffee plant and uncovered a rather independent streak in its evolution.
FOR THE RECORD
| Sep 5, 2014
Lock In by John Scalzi, Tor, 336 pages, $24.99
John Scalzi is best known for his "Old Man's War" series of military space operas and his Hugo-winning parody of science fiction clichés "Redshirts," so the gritty near-future police procedural "Lock In"...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 8:39 PM
More than just the setting for a fanciful cartoon movie, Madagascar, of course, is a real island boasting some of the most fascinating biological history on Earsth.
A new Field Museum exhibition, opening Saturday, tries to tell some of that story --...