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  • Martian 'Jelly Doughnut' A Geologist's Delight

    I was delighted by the recent discovery of a mysterious rock on Mars that looks like a jelly doughnut and caused a brief scientific sensation. To see that much excitement brought to bear on any rock made the geo-educator in me feel pleased. Alas,...
  • Primitive fish found for first time in Chicago waterway

    Primitive fish found for first time in Chicago waterway
    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...
  • Protection Of State Lakes Gets Little Attention

    Connecticut has more than 3,000 officially named lakes, ponds and reservoirs. A few are the fountainheads from which cities draw potable water. Many are becoming real estate refuges for those retreating from hurricane-hit saltwater shores. Many more are...
  • New Field Museum exhibit brings ancient Madagascar to life

    New Field Museum exhibit brings ancient Madagascar to life
    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 --...
  • Scrub-jay survey at preserve east of Eustis too little, too late

    Scrub-jay survey at preserve east of Eustis too little, too late
    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...
  • How Discovery Channel's Shark Week didn't (quite) bite the Shedd

    How Discovery Channel's Shark Week didn't (quite) bite the Shedd
    Discovery Channel's Shark Week will never be mistaken for the video version of a scientific journal. Tales of monster sharks and killer sharks and legendary, probably non-existent sharks predominate — what genuine shark scientists call "Shark...
  • Oil-tainted seafood: Do reports hold water?

    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? Let's research...
  • Don't care about music? You are not alone

    Don't care about music? You are not alone
    They are an elusive breed. Seemingly closer to myth than reality, a whisper heard in passing, a thought quickly discarded. When I told Anne Walters Robertson, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Chicago, about them, she replied,...
  • Jasmin Joseph has an eye on the ball and an MIT future

    Jasmin Joseph has an eye on the ball and an MIT future
    If the producers of television's hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory” ever need to add a teenage star to their cast of brilliant, eccentric minds, then Jasmin Joseph of Woodland Hills El Camino Real would fit right in. She's an aspiring...
  • Racism, the misuse of genetics and a huge scientific protest

    "A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History" is the new book by science writer Nicholas Wade that asserts a genetic basis for certain human behaviors and distinguishes them by race. It's been widely panned in book reviews, especially by...
  • Dive deep for historic riches at home or on vacation travels

    Each week, "Florida Flashback" celebrates our area's past and its preservation. When we travel, we take that love of history along, of course. So here's a vacation postcard from a recent visit to the other west coast — to Monterey Bay in California,...