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  • Infrared image reveals hidden man in Picasso painting Jun 17, 2014 12:24 PM
    Scientists and art experts finally know what’s beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he?

  • Explore mysteries of the universe with the experts at Fermilab Jun 6, 2014 2:36 PM
    The Fermilab Summer Lecture Series continues with "The Quantum Universe" by University of California-Berkeley physicist Hitoshi Murayama at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. The universe was once much smaller than the size of an atom. Small things mattered in the small universe, where quantum physics dominated the scene. To understand the way the universe is today, scientists have to solve remaining major puzzles.

  • NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth Jun 1, 2014 7:56 PM
    The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hitched a ride to Earth's planetary neighbor using the same parachute design. But NASA needs a bigger and stronger parachute if it wants to send astronauts there.

  • Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils May 31, 2014 2:46 PM
    “It’s going to be like eating spaghetti with a spoon. It can be done, but it’s going to be messy and slow,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

  • White House proposes updated Great Lakes plan May 30, 2014 4:25 PM
    The Obama administration on Friday proposed an updated five-year blueprint for Great Lakes environmental protection that would put greater emphasis on climate change and using science to choose cleanup projects.

  • Study: Species disappearing far faster than before May 29, 2014 6:09 PM
    Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. The study looks at past and present rates of extinction and finds a lower rate in the past than scientists had thought. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said study lead author noted biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University.

  • Physics panel to feds: Let Fermilab beam neutrinos May 22, 2014 2:41 PM
    The U.S. should build a billion-dollar project to beam ghostlike subatomic particles 800 miles underground from Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia to South Dakota, a committee of experts told the federal government Thursday. That would help scientists learn about these puzzling particles, called neutrinos, which zip right through us.

  • ’Aliens of sea’ provide new insight into evolution May 21, 2014 6:35 PM
    Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies may reshape how scientists view early evolution — as their genes suggest nature created more than one way to make a nervous system. These beautiful but little-known translucent animals often are called “aliens of the sea,” for good reason. Somehow, they rapidly regenerate lost body parts. Some even can regrow a very rudimentary brain.

  • States move to expand access to experimental drugs May 17, 2014 4:33 PM
    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Saturday signed Colorado’s “Right To Try” bill, which was passed unanimously in the state Legislature.Similar bills await governors’ signatures in Louisiana and Missouri, and Arizona voters will decide in November whether to set up a similar program in that state.

  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot shrinking before our eyes May 15, 2014 5:29 PM
    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot seems to be on a cosmic diet, shrinking rapidly before our eyes. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope calculate that the spot, a giant long-lasting storm, is narrowing by about 580 miles a year, much faster than before.

  • Quinn attends climate meeting in Iowa May 14, 2014 3:57 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has attended another meeting of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In a statement, Quinn says Illinois has faced a record number of natural disasters and he wants to make sure the state is prepared.

  • Cracks in concrete slab delay opening of new Oakton science building May 10, 2014 8:01 AM
    The opening of Oakton Community College’s $39 million Science and Health Career Center is being delayed until next year because a portion of a concrete slab under the building is experiencing cracking, settlement and underground utility issues, officials said. Problems with an 8,000-square-foot section of the slab on grade at the west end of the building have moved the opening to January 2015.

  • Harper College holds Astronomy Day with full lineup May 8, 2014 4:09 PM
    Replica planets. Big telescopes. Expert analysis. It's all part of Harper College's Astronomy Day, a roundup of free events exploring the celestial Saturday. The popular day draws hundreds to the Palatine campus each year, along with suburban groups devoted to astronomy. Catch the action from 5:30 to 10 p.m., rain or shine.

  • Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans’ lives May 6, 2014 8:00 PM
    Most Americans are already feeling man-made global warming, from heat waves to wild storms to longer allergy seasons. And it is likely to get worse and more expensive, says a new federal report that is heating up political debate along with the temperature. Shortly after the report came out Tuesday, President Barack Obama used several television weathermen to make his point about the bad weather news and a need for action to curb carbon pollution before it is too late.

  • New national brain science building named after former suburban congressman May 4, 2014 4:54 PM
    More than a dozen years after he left his northern suburban congressional seat, the National Institutes of Health has named major brain science building after former Republican U.S. Rep. John Porter.

  • Local robotics teams in world competition Apr 29, 2014 4:09 PM
    The VEX Robotics World Championship last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center in Rockwall, Texas, drew more than 15,000 participants from 27 countries on 760 of the world’s best student-run robotics teams.

  • Lincolnshire junior high schoolers compete in national science contest Apr 26, 2014 7:20 PM
    Lincolnshire students Saturday made the top 16 teams competing in a prestigious science contest in Washington, D.C. James Wei, Conrad Oberhaus, David Liang and Haoyang Yu are representing Daniel Wright Junior High against 50 other teams. They did not advance to the championship rounds, but will race electric model cars in another competition Sunday.

  • Drones unearth more details about Chaco culture Apr 22, 2014 10:58 AM
    Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery of the structures hidden beneath layers of sediment and sagebrush is being hailed as an important step that could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes from the American Southwest to the Middle East.

  • Barrington conservation group looks to the skies Apr 22, 2014 1:00 PM
    More than two dozen stargazers recently took part in a spring astronomy program presented by Barrington-based Citizens for Conservation as part of its youth education class offerings. Families listened as amateur astronomer Edith Auchter discussed phases of the moon, exploration of the moon, its surface features, and its rotation about its own axis and the Earth.

  • NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs Apr 19, 2014 6:17 PM
    Until a battery backpack arrives on another supply ship later this year, the multimillion-dollar robot will need a power extension cord to stretch its legs, limiting its testing area to the U.S. side of the space station. Testing should start in a few months.

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