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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down Apr 18, 2014 9:29 AM
    NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed Friday that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized upon contact because of its extreme orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater. No debris would have been left behind.

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet Apr 17, 2014 2:59 PM
    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

  • Cost of fighting warming ‘modest,’ says U.N. panel Apr 13, 2014 6:28 PM
    The cost of keeping global warming in check is “relatively modest,” but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change said Sunday. Such gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, rose on average by 2.2 percent a year in 2000-2010, driven by the use of coal in the power sector, officials said as they launched the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s report on measures to fight global warming.

  • Space station computer outage demands spacewalk Apr 12, 2014 1:48 PM
    NASA has ordered spacewalking repairs for a serious computer outage at the International Space Station.

  • Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel Apr 10, 2014 6:46 PM
    It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it’s considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.

  • Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse Apr 8, 2014 6:50 PM
    North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year— in color. Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth’s shadow. This total lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes, beginning at 2:06 a.m. CDT and ending at 3:24 a.m. CDT.

  • UOP in Des Plaines sponsors chemistry competition Apr 4, 2014 2:03 PM
    UOP volunteers and $10,000 in grant money from Honeywell Hometown Solutions recently helped more than 3,000 students from Chicago-area middle schools learn more about science through the Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be The Chemist program. “The You Be The Chemist program is a terrific annual event that aims to generate enthusiasm for science in the critical middle school age group,” said Doug Nafis with Des Plaines-based UOP.

  • Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moon Apr 3, 2014 2:23 PM
    Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s little moon Enceladus. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. Their findings were announced Thursday.

  • District 59’s young scientists set to compete Apr 1, 2014 3:07 PM
    The fifth annual Science Bowl competition held by Elk Grove Township School District 59 is scheduled for Friday, officials said.

  • Local students laud learning experiences at Honeywell space camp Mar 31, 2014 3:13 PM
    Nine high school students from the North and West suburbs who attended a week-long camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., say it helped teach them leadership skills and how to work together with people from around the world. The camp also deepened their interest in pursuing careers in science. “By the first day, we were already a family,” said Sabrina Poulsen of Wheeling, a student at Buffalo Grove High School.

  • Ebola death toll rises to 66 Mar 28, 2014 2:23 PM
    The outbreak involves the Zaire strain of Ebola, the most common and deadly of the five known varieties, with a mortality rate of as much as 90 percent. The virus is transmitted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal, according to the WHO. Guinea has forbidden the sale and consumption of bats, which may serve as natural reservoirs of the virus, and warned against eating rats and monkeys in its effort to keep the illness from spreading.

  • Study to address changing water level in Great Lakes Mar 27, 2014 6:29 PM
    Great Lakes levels will continue rising and falling in often unpredictable ways and people should learn to deal with the changes instead of trying to tame nature with costly engineering projects, experts said Thursday.

  • Harper College InZone camp registration open Mar 26, 2014 11:22 AM
    For more than a decade, Harper College’s InZone summer enrichment and sports camp has created memorable summers for children ages 8 to 14, with a host of fun and unique courses in a wide range of subjects. “Our classes are an opportunity for everyone,” InZone coordinator Kevin Hahn says. “It’s a chance to develop new interests or strengthen your existing skills.”

  • Students show science skills at Olympiad competition Mar 22, 2014 7:09 PM
    The regional Science Olympiad was held Saturday at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, with winners going on to the state competition. Fifteen-mamber teams from 15 high schools and 16 middle schools from the North and West suburbs competed in 23 events.

  • Big asteroid will eclipse bright star Mar 19, 2014 12:27 AM
    Skywatchers, get ready to see a rare vanishing act — and don’t blink. In the wee hours of Thursday, a 45-mile-wide asteroid will eclipse the brightest star in the Constellation Leo. The asteroid is 163 Erigone in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The star briefly disappearing will be Regulus.

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