| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:16 AM
Five years in the making, the latest exhibit from The Field Museum just opened—a thoroughly engaging examination of the seeming superpowers possessed by earth’s myriad creatures, past and present. From the bite force of the T. rex (and today&...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 12:17 PM
A few hundred million years ago, fish fins morphed into the arms and legs of terrestrial animals, according to evolutionary theory. So, you’d think science would know just about everything about them by now.
It turns out that some fins are more...
| Mar 14, 2014
"The Machine Inside: Biomechanics"
Through Jan. 4, 2015, at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-665-7400, fieldmuseum.org)
The gist: Discover the biological secrets of everything from cheetahs to ants to Venus flytraps.
Go if you ever...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:18 AM
David Layman describes his approach, as Field Museum's lead exhibit designer, to situating Sue, the world's most famous and expensive T. rex skeleton, in the museum for her 2000 debut:
"Sue was to become an institutional icon.
"It needed to generate a...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:22 AM
The signs spread across the floor of a high-end Chicago printer's office on this winter Friday afternoon probably should seem disjointed or abstract.
"< LEFT Worker Rigging a Steel Beam," says one. "V BELOW North Tower Foundation Slab." "World Trade...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:56 PM
It's when you're sitting in an office chair in the center of an interactive museum exhibit, swiveling around at a dizzying pace because you are flapping an arm-length wing, that it really hits you:
Biomechanics, the subject of a lavishly detailed new...
| Mar 14, 2014
Joel Greenberg sat at his Westmont kitchen table, a bearish figure with curly gray hair mirrored by a short gray beard, in front of a stuffed passenger pigeon.
The bird looks like an oversized mourning dove, with stitches visible where the head had to...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 5:18 AM
The Field Museum’s brachiosaurus donned his Blackhawks sweater just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday -- but he gave no outward sign of support for the Bulls, who will begin their post-season Sunday.
It left some wondering whether love...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Fun things to do in Highland Park and Deerfield from April 11 to April 16.
Rocker at Vibe
Musician Louie Zagoras knows a thing or two about rock and roll. The singer/guitarist toured the country in the '90s, opening for acts like Sheryl Crow and The...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:11 PM
Moving downward from the shoulder, the arms of Neil Shubin, fish paleontologist, are built like this: one bone, two bones, lots of bones, digits.
The same is true for a bird's wing, a leopard's forward leg and the front fins of Tiktaalik, the ancient...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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Jane Dailey is a professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the Law School. She has published extensively on the history and law of race in the United States since the Civil War.