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  • DNA linked to how much coffee you drink Oct 7, 2014 10:35 AM
    How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role.

  • Hospital: Ebola patient in critical condition Oct 4, 2014 2:37 PM
    Health officials said Saturday that they are currently monitoring about 50 people for signs of the deadly disease who may have had contact with Duncan, including nine who are believed to be at a higher risk. Thus far none has shown symptoms.

  • State hearing focuses on nuclear, renewable energy Sep 23, 2014 5:46 PM
    Advocates for nuclear power and renewable energy told Illinois regulators on Tuesday that those energy sources should play important roles in helping the state meet tougher federal limits on pollutants blamed for global warming.

  • Hoffman Estates hosts science show Oct. 4 Sep 22, 2014 4:11 PM
    Northern Illinois University will present exciting demonstrations and interactive displays as village of Hoffman Estates Youth Commission hosts a free science show for the entire family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Audiences have described the show as fun, exciting and amazing.

  • NASA's Maven explorer arrives at Mars after a year Sep 22, 2014 8:45 AM
    NASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed. “This is such an incredible night,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA's chief for science missions.

  • Scientists’ colossal squid exam a kraken good show Sep 16, 2014 12:00 PM
    It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. A colossal squid: 770 pounds, as long as a minibus and one of the sea’s most elusive species. It had been frozen for eight months until Tuesday, when scientists in New Zealand got a long-anticipated chance to thaw out the animal and inspect it — once they used a forklift to maneuver it into a tank.

  • Exploring ‘graveyard of ships’ near San Francisco Sep 16, 2014 11:02 AM
    Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks.

  • Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to sex. “Science is everywhere,” says Samantha Lindgren with the University of Illinois.

  • High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge Sep 10, 2014 9:52 AM
    There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor’s eye. Researchers have produced digital maps of what’s beneath the World Heritage Site, using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers and other techniques to peer deep into the soil beneath the famous stone circle. The project produced detailed maps of 17 previously unknown ritual monuments and a huge timber building, which is thought to have been used for burial ceremonies, Birmingham University said Wednesday.

  • Zeal, devotion compels volunteers to Ebola crisis Sep 6, 2014 1:57 PM
    Hospital volunteer Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were already in Liberia when the outbreak began, and decided to stay at the charity-run ELWA hospital in Monrovia to help. Richard Sacra, a 15-year ELWA veteran, immediately volunteered to leave his family in suburban Boston and return to the hospital when Writebol and Brantly got sick.

  • Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts Sep 4, 2014 2:15 PM
    Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur — a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants — have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or “fearing nothing.” Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.

  • Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more Sep 1, 2014 4:23 PM
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

  • 5 things to know about driving on marijuana Sep 1, 2014 4:11 PM
    The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What’s not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes.

  • Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot? Sep 1, 2014 4:11 PM
    As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate.

  • Naperville family helps show that germs travel, and that’s OK Aug 29, 2014 6:02 AM
    Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it’s covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you’ll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too. In fact, researchers who studied seven families in Illinois, Washington and California could easily match up who lived where using their microscopic roommates, almost like CSI for germs.

  • New Ebola victims don’t follow profile Aug 22, 2014 5:46 PM
    Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the two new cases were quarantined two days ago while being tested. They had previously been under surveillance, but their movements were not restricted. Once they showed signs of the disease, they were brought in.

  • Dinosaur footprints set for display in Utah Aug 22, 2014 1:45 PM
    Paleontologists believe the tracks were made over several days in what was a shallow lake. They likely became covered by sediment that filled them up quickly enough to preserve them but gently enough not to scour them out.

  • In Illinois, legal users of pot can drive legally Jan. 1, if not impaired Nov 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    When medical marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois Jan. 1, two sets of standards will be in effect for drivers. Officers will have to show impairment of drivers who have legally used pot. Meanwhile, drivers without medical users cards can be prosecuted if they show any amounts of marijuana in their systems.

  • Elgin High students join global movement to save trees Aug 15, 2014 12:49 PM
    Elgin High School students will join a global movement to educate people about the importance of saving trees and biodiversity on Aug. 23. Students will conduct ecological educational activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including burning brush piles and dead ash trees and cleaning up the trail that runs along the roughly 40 acres of natural areas adjacent to the school. They also will tie red forestry tape on trees throughout the school property to raise awareness about their ecological impact.

  • Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart Aug 14, 2014 4:15 PM
    On Sunday, Andrew Harrelson, who now lives in Nome, was fishing with his fiancee and two children in the river. He had caught just one coho salmon in two hours so he decided to look for tusks.They arrived at the bend where his mother had found the tusk. Almost immediately, Harrelson saw the base of another tusk, covered by a stump.

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