| Jul 3, 2015
| 4:11 PM
With each passing day, mankind gets a better look at Pluto. And each day, Pluto is showing mankind it has a lot to learn.
First, Pluto revealed itself in a mix of beige and orange, while Charon, its largest moon, appeared gray when the New Horizons...
| Jun 25, 2015
| 1:56 PM
An upcoming, billion-dollar international physics experiment might cause increased noise and traffic in the areas bordering Batavia-based Fermilab, but most residents don't seem too concerned.
The majority of about 80 residents who attended a U.S....
| Jun 20, 2015
| 12:35 PM
For years the United States has enjoyed almost exclusive use of armed drones, using them to strike enemies remotely and with impunity.
But with adversaries — including ISIS — catching up on the technology, the Pentagon is now playing defense,...
| Jun 19, 2015
| 3:36 PM
The unprecedented launch of a billion-dollar international physics experiment could be exactly what Batavia-based Fermilab needs to ensure the vitality of its future.
The facility lost its formidable status in 2011 to a behemoth 17-mile underground...
| Jun 15, 2015
| 2:16 PM
In his latest TV turn, John Benjamin Hickey plays the professor enlisted to help build the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, N.M.
The 51-year-old actor stars as lead scientist Frank Winter on "Manhattan," the 1940s-set drama on WGN America that centers...
| Jun 11, 2015
| 5:02 PM
Beneath a not-so-distant world's icy, brown shell, scientists believe there is a massive ocean that could be teeming with life much like that found in the blackness of Earth's most extreme depths.
But it's not one of the possibly Earth-like planets...
| Jun 14, 2015
If British Nobel laureate Tim Hunt had "trouble with girls" before, it's nothing to the trouble he's having now.
Two days after the 72-year-old biochemist told a roomful of scientists and science journalists how "disruptive" women scientists are in a...
| Jun 11, 2015
| 12:18 PM
The American Physical Society has recognized the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia as a historic site for its nearly five decades of contributions to high-energy physics.
In a ceremony at the laboratory this...
| May 28, 2015
| 3:34 PM
Joan A. Steitz was a young biochemist in 1968, working with Francis Crick, the Nobel laureate credited with co-discovering the DNA double helix. And she needed a breakthrough.
The early steps of her career had progressed ideally — including a Ph....
| May 26, 2015
| 3:28 PM
A retired experimental physicist has put up his 1988 Nobel Prize for auction, and the minimum bid is $325,000.
"The prize has been sitting on a shelf somewhere for the last 20 years," 92-year-old Leon Lederman said in a phone conversation from his...
| May 8, 2015
| 6:33 PM
American Cynthia "Thia" Keppel and Italian Patrizia Rossi are research physicists who've been probing the nucleus of the atom for years.
But there's one nagging mystery that even these brainy women can't crack: Why the U.S., Great Britain and other...