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Exercise boosts brain activity

By Elizabeth Bacharach

Heart thumping, sweat dripping, neurotransmitters surging.

“This is your body on exercise,” according to the findings of a new imaging study.

Your heart and lungs work harder, of course. But the real surprise is how the exercise produces surges of more neurotransmitters that rev up brain function.

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From dingy to delightful – vibrant lights glow under the Loop el

By Elizabeth Bacharach 

The shadows beneath the el tracks – the underbelly of the city –are starting to glow with multi-colored lights on Wabash Avenue. And the lights may soon become part of a personalized light show that people can program from an app.

The makers of The Wabash Lights are raising contributions to ultimately run the installation along the underside of the train tracks along Wabash from Lake to Van Buren streets. Currently, The Wabash Lights shine between Monroe and Adams streets as part a 6-12 month trial installation funded by a Kickstarter campaign that garnered nearly $60,000 from 918 backers.

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Comedy spotlights the battle of the sexes

By Elizabeth Bacharach

Three women donning animal ears dance to music as the character Waldo from “Where’s Waldo?slinks between them, attempting to keep rhythm as he approaches each woman from behind. Once in position, Waldo extends his hands to grope his target and is  deterred by each startled actress who jumps away.

This scene is part of a series of skits in the four-woman comedy “I Think, Therefore I’m Sorry” at The Crowd Theater, 3955 N. Broadway. The show highlights the challenges that modern women still face, drawn from the experiences of the actresses. Their satire takes on overbearing mothers, ever-present sexism and a range of other nuances.  The actresses also wrote the sketches.

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Charlotte Moorman: Shattering barriers between art and technology

By Elizabeth Bacharach

Can a television and a topless cellist wearing a pair of them be art?

To Charlotte Moorman—the Julliard-trained cellist commonly known as the “topless cellist”— a television is art.

This is evident in the first major Moorman exhibition. “A Feast of Astonishments,” open through July 17 at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. The exhibit explores the cellist’s legacy and vision through a multimedia immersion.

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Auto Show accelerates into the future lanes of technology

By Elizabeth Bacharach

While Back to the Future’s Doc Brown might be disappointed by the lack of flying cars at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, he’d likely be impressed by the breadth of technology packed into this year’s event.

The smart cars at the Chicago Auto Show give you eyes at the back of your head—and all around your head—while infotainment makes cars more fun and cell phones become the drivers of all the applications you want your car to use.

The auto show, open through Feb. 21, once again transforms McCormick Place into an exhibit on the future of driving seen through nearly 1,000 featured vehicles.  Event goers who are up to the task can explore more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space. They will be able to see and compare  technological advancements such as bird’s eye camera views around the car, infotainment interfaces and car apps.

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Prozac trial to assess prenatal treatment of Down syndrome

By Elizabeth Bacharach

Paul Watson is a father, a husband and a Southwest Airlines pilot.

But as an explorer, he searches each city he lands in for the labs of local scientists studying Down syndrome.

He’s also the “ideas man” behind the first human trial to test fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, as a prenatal treatment for Down syndrome.

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Psychotherapy can give patients long-term relief from IBS symptoms

By Elizabeth Bacharach

“It comes on and I wish I could figure out how to control it, that I could stop it, but I can’t. I’ve tried,” said retired sales associate Cheryl Moran.

What is “it”?

Uncontrollable diarrhea.

“It” is a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — diarrhea along with abdominal pain, bloating and constipation on the long list of ailments that IBS patients like Moran face. Continue reading

Japanese photographer uses “cult” camera to tell a Chicago story

By Elizabeth Bacharach

Satoki Nagata, who moved to Chicago in 1992, exclusively used a Leica camera to capture the photographs that compose the December-long exhibit “Lights in the City” at the Rangefinder Gallery. Located within Tamarkin Camera, 300 W. Superior St., the gallery displays 21 images from two different projects: “Lights in Chicago” and “Frances Cabrini Rowhouses.”

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Blissful ignorance can be deadly: students pass on HIV/AIDS event

By Elizabeth Bacharach

It’s been five years since a study found that 50 percent of HIV-positive youth under the age of 24 did not know their diagnosis. Are you shocked? Surprised?

Virtually wearing a red ribbon of awareness, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400 participated in Day With(out) Art in hopes of raising HIV/AIDS consciousness amongst students, but attracted only a few.

“We were very happy with the interested parties that did come out. But we were saddened that there were not as many people as we had hoped…there certainly were not as many students who attended,” Gallery Director Lorelei Stewart said.  Continue reading