| Sep 29, 2014
| 3:05 PM
State fish biologists were looking for Asian carp.
What they found, last week in the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood, was something much better: a spotted gar, an ancient fish that has never before been seen in Chicago waterways, according to...
| May 22, 2010
| 12:58 PM
- Cheryl Lager has run 75 races of 26 miles or longer
- She is training for a 200-mile run in Florida
- She has finished six races of at least 100 miles
All Cheryl Lager wanted to do was shed a few pounds.
Competitive running? Please. She didn't have...
| Aug 11, 2010
| 5:24 PM
The Gulf Coast has a marketing campaign out to convince people its seafood is safe.
So this headline from The Associated Press this week didn't help: "Oiled crabs stoke fears spill is tainting food web.''
Is it true? Or is it oil hype?
| Feb 11, 2010
| 3:28 AM
Even though he studies biology and lives on campus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Nick Flanders often visits his mother's home in Newport News where he maintains bird feeders filled with sunflower, mixed and thistle seeds and suet.
| Apr 1, 2011
| 8:44 AM
The 1985 celebrity-studded charity ditty written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie had a simple title and refrain: "We Are the World." The line, it now turns out, is more than just a song lyric. It's a scientific truth.
As Tim Flannery demonstrates in...
| Jan 26, 2011
| 6:16 PM
Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree
Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett
King of the Wild Frontier
Grab your musket, because the time might be near when we have to go kill us some bears in Central Florida's wild frontier....
| Jun 22, 2011
Strap yourself in, dear reader.
Tidbits of additional information about recent column topics have been trickling this way, and it's time to catch up on them.
First, a recent column criticized Lake County for spending about $8,000 to pave a parking lot...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 5:00 PM
It’s been more than 15 years, but I can still see our beautiful yellow English Labrador retriever Jake running through the field behind our hospital, on a mission he knew all too well. Our daughter barely able to walk, had put Jake in a “...
| Aug 13, 2011
This is a Klein bottle, a kind of Mobius strip rendered in glass. The man holding it has a brain not unlike these confounding items, possessed of unusual twists and multidimensional turns that can be challenging for lesser mortals to get their own heads...
| Aug 27, 2011
An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Most romantic heroines don't work with yeast cultures. Most heroes do not win their loves by teasing them with the possibility of a really hot data-mining algorithm. But geeks deserve romantic happiness just as much as the rest of us — all right,...