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  • Quinn attends climate meeting in IowaMay 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Problems with a concrete slab on the west side of Oakton Community College’s new $39 million Science and Health Career Center has delayed the opening of the building until January 2015.

    Cracks in concrete slab delay opening of new Oakton science buildingMay 10, 2014 12:00 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 lineupMay 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Cracks in the dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, Calif. The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans’ daily lives and will worsen — conclusions that scientists detail in a massive federal report released Tuesday.

    Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans’ livesMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, Md., was named after the longtime suburban congressman. During his more than two decades in Congress, Porter led efforts to direct more funding toward health research.

    New national brain science building named after former suburban congressmanMay 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 competitionApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Daniel Wright Junior High School students James Wei, Conrad Oberhaus, David Liang and Haoyang Yu prepare Saturday for the National Science Bowl.

    Lincolnshire junior high schoolers compete in national science contestApr 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • A surface shot taken by a drone of some of the remnants of stone at the Blue J village in northwestern New Mexico. Researchers 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.

    Drones unearth more details about Chaco cultureApr 22, 2014 12:00 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.

  • The Citizens for Conservation youth education astronomy class brought families together on a perfect evening earlier this month to view the moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Mars, the Pleiades, Orion Nebula, where new stars are born, the double cluster in Perseus, and other galaxies.

    Barrington conservation group looks to the skiesApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  The Robonaut with legs at a lab in Houston.

    NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Flight controllers confirmed early Friday April 18, 2014 that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.

    NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes downApr 18, 2014 12:00 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.

  • This artist’s rendering provided by NASA shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin.

    Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yetApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • A giant poster of the international environmentalist organization Greenpeace is displayed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday to support clean energy. After a one week meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Berlin the final document which is released on Sunday said a global shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels like oil and coal are required to avoid potentially devastating sea level rise, flooding, droughts and other impacts of warming.

    Cost of fighting warming ‘modest,’ says U.N. panelApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Associated Press/May 23, 2011, from NASA The International Space Station at an altitude of approximately 220 miles above the Earth.

    Space station computer outage demands spacewalkApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    NASA has ordered spacewalking repairs for a serious computer outage at the International Space Station.

  • Workers cover a glacier with oversized plastic sheets on the peak of Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze in this file photo from 2011. The sheets are meant to keep the glacier from melting during the summer months. It’s asn example of “Plan B” in the fight against climate change.

    Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panelApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • This combination of Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, photos shows the different stages of the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. On Tuesday morning, April 15, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth’s shadow and will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes.

    Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipseApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Austin Sibu from Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines, Diann George from Gemini Junior High School in Niles, Carissa Lehning from Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village and Danny Foster from Lincoln Middle School in Mount Prospect were the finalists in the You be the Chemist competition in Des Plaines and will compete at the state level April 27 in Naperville.

    UOP in Des Plaines sponsors chemistry competitionApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • This illustration provided by NASA and based on Cassini spacecraft measurements shows the possible interior of Saturn’s moon Enceladus — an icy outer shell and a low density, rocky core with a regional water ocean sandwiched in between the two at southern latitudes. Plumes of water vapor and ice, first detected in 2005, are depicted in the south polar region.

    Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moonApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 competeApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The fifth annual Science Bowl competition held by Elk Grove Township School District 59 is scheduled for Friday, officials said.

  • Sabrina Poulsen of Wheeling is at the controls of a space shuttle simulator aviation program that reinforces leadership, teamwork and decision-making while building realistic piloting skills.

    Local students laud learning experiences at Honeywell space campMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

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