The next generation of women scientists, engineers and physicians gathered at the Argonne National Laboratory on April 10 for the 27th annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference. Three hundred teens from the Chicago area mingled with Argonne’s leading scientists and engineers and gained exposure to career options in STEM fields.
Give evergreens time to recover from telltale brown patches caused by this winter's harsh weather.
Imagine immortality as an avatar. Eterni.me promises to compile information about you during your lifetime and then generate a digital avatar of you that can interact with your family and friends once you pass away.
Armed with a menu plan and savvy shopping strategies, it is possible to eat nutritious meals for less than $40 a week. Using bulk bins, visiting multiple grocery stores and reducing meat consumption allow shoppers to eat well while maintaining a strict budget.
Non-profits, community organizations, and politicians reviewed the need to revamp Illinois' clean energy legislation. They called on local residents to embrace clean energy options that bring jobs, energy savings and social justice.
The Clean Energy Forum urged Illinois residents to fight climate change. The forum held in Waukegan on Tuesday focused on educating local residents about adapting their lifestyles to save both their planet and their wallets.
"Earth Explorers” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry gives visitors an immersive around-the-world experience - from a tent in a tropical rain forest to a cabin in the Arctic.
Gamma rays pouring from the center of our galaxy are giving Fermilab scientists an elusive glimpse at the dark side of the universe – dark matter. Physicists offer convincing evidence of dark matter, theorized to exist only through models until now. Researchers used gamma ray data collected by the FERMI-LAT satellite to map the center of the galaxy and determine the origin of an excess in gamma rays, concluding the only possible origin is dark matter.
Two fledgling companies launched from a Northwestern University graduate entrepreneurship class won a collective $100,000 in Chicago's 2014 Clean Energy Challenge.
The science behind the Biomechanics exhibit shows the work that goes into making a museum exhibit, especially one that covers a vast expanse of information. Developers, scientists, and curators worked to create an exhibit that answers all the questions you may have about living beings, and showcases the machine inside everything, from humans, to cheetahs and plants.
Edible Schoolyard Project creator Alice Waters packed the house at the Art Institute of Chicago to promote school gardens that give kids a harvest of food and education. The edible gardens movement has taken hold in Chicago's Green City Market Edible Gardens and hundreds of school gardens developing throughout Chicago Public Schools.
With the end of Lent approaching on Easter Day and juice cleanses gaining popularity, those who fasted may want to consider a balanced transition back to a regular diet. Experts share the healthiest way to break a fast: gradually.
The “Think” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry looks at the history of thinking faster and improving life with the help of science and technology. It pushes visitors to get excited about how much more we can do in the future by looking at the progress we have already made.
Combining two sperm donors at Brookfield Zoo, cutting-edge science and nature’s tried-and-true reproductive methods, zoologists are fighting to save the wolves.
The Illinois Center for Nursing estimates that by the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 21,000 nurses in Illinois. "With the aging population and how sick people will become, we need more educated nurses," according to Sharon Canariato, executive director at the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders.
CERN researchers discover a new subatomic particle, the exotic hadron that is composed of four quarks, making it different from the traditional hadrons that are the building blocks of most of matter.
Midwest corn farmers aren't concerned that the bitter winter will reduce harvests. If warmer weather continues, planting could stay right on schedule. But drought and extreme heat this summer could take a toll.
Teleportation, nanobots and three-dimensional holograms are heading from Stark Trek to the real world. But when can we "beam up?"
The CDC is continuing to push health care providers to screen anyone from age 13 to 64 for HIV. In observance of STD Awareness Month, Chicago clinics are emphasizing HIV screening as well as STDs education about STDs, with 20 million new cases every year.
Increased awareness about gluten intolerance has left many parents questioning if their own children are suffering from the ailment, but eliminating gluten from a kid’s diet can lead to other issues.
Climate Nexus hosted a panel of physicians and experts to urge viewers to watch SHOWTIME's new climate-change series, "Years of Living Dangerously." Panelists hoped the nine-part documentary series, premiering this Sunday, will mobilize action and a climate change movement.
SUM: Chicago’s annual tradition of dyeing the river green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day can’t take place without the chemicals poured into the Chicago River. What’s in the dye and should you be worried about them now that the color has faded?
Here’s another reason to make sure you sleep well. A team of researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville has shown that mice subjected to frequent sleep disturbances grew more aggressive tumors. This finding suggests a connection between poor sleep and cancer development.
Every year, lung cancer kills more people than prostate, breast and colon cancer combined. In 2011, the National Lung Screening Trial predicted that screening can detect lung cancer quicker and decrease mortality by 20 percent. Now low-dose CT scans are becoming more common and cost effective, but some concerns remain about over-diagnosis and insurance coverage.
Mother Nature is getting more hotheaded, causing problems for farmers and increasingly straining the global food supply. Consider the impact right in your fridge where fruits and meats are already increasing in price. Policymakers, farmers and consumers all over the world are considering solutions that range from agriculture innovations to regulatory overhauls.
An estimated one in six Americans suffer foodborne illnesses each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As evidenced by the gastrointestinal illness outbreaks aboard cruise ships earlier this year, food safety is a growing concern across the world. Experts discuss these threats and the new technologies employed in keeping the public safe.
Data from Harvard University's Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP2) telescope gives scientists a clearer view of what happened in the first moments of the universe - about a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of the first ever second. The newest discovery clarifies earlier images we had of the cosmic background radiation, allowing scientists to see farther back into the Big Bang.
Will pharmaceutical companies help remove antibiotics from animal feed voluntarily? We’ll soon find out. Thursday marked the end of the 3-month period allotted by the Food and Drug Administration to pharmaceutical companies to reveal whether they would voluntarily change product labels for medically important antibiotics. It also marked the end of the public comment period on the FDA's proposed changes to the animal drug dispensing regulations.
An in-depth look at how museums are using 3-D scanning in conservation and exhibits. The Field Museum is using a 3-D printed cheetah skeleton in a traveling show and the Smithsonian has 3-D models available for viewing online. How are these scans helping to improve the museum missions in education and preservation?
Taking on science with the Internet is the new way of tackling research that requires sifting through an enormous amount of data and images. And it has proven to be hugely popular. The Zooniverse website reached 1 million registered volunteers in February. The Zooniverse team at the Adler Planetarium talks about its work on bringing science to the public. Through projects hosted online, anyone can sign up to be a researcher.
Two years after Chicago shut down six of its mental health clinics, advocacy group Mental Health Movement says the city is now turning away clients who've enrolled in expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The city is transferring them to county and community-based providers, but advocates charge that these providers are in short supply and won't be able to handle the influx of new patients.
“NUvention: Energy” invents things – lots of things - as part of a class at Northwestern University. The inventors meet demands for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy and clean tech to deal with climate change, resource constraint, and other environmental challenges. Students bring together invention plans with business plans.
Our world is shrinking. Technology makes it easier to connect with people – and to speak their language. But there’s one advantage technology can’t beat – and that’s learning another language at a young age. But new research shows that learning a language spurs cognitive systems overall, including attention and executive control.
Chicago's boxing scene is undergoing its own small revival. But with news breaking every day surrounding contact sports, such as football, and their concussion problems, are boxers at the same risk?
Illinois, the country’s largest home base for nuclear power, is in limbo between two potential nuclear futures. In one, SB3417 or HB6007 pass in the Illinois General Assembly this year, lifting a nearly 30-year state ban on new nuclear power plant construction and opening the door for an expanded nuclear portfolio. In the other future, energy powerhouse Exelon follows through on a recent announcement that economic hardships may lead it to shutter three of Illinois’ six nuclear plants, effectively removing the state’s title as the country’s lead user of nuclear energy.
Four out of 10 people have either personally experienced an eating disorder or know someone who has. Prevalence of the condition is on the rise and various stigmas and myths surround the disease. These misconceptions prevent those suffering from getting the proper treatment and researchers from getting necessary funding.
When breeding exotic zoo animals, things can get pretty hairy. Just ask the staff at the Population Management Center at the Lincoln Park Zoo, where planning for breeding and transfers of all zoos animals in the U.S. takes place. At a recent event, two center scientists explained the complicated, but humorous nature of their work in a talk entitled "The Science Behind Zoo Sex."
Children's yoga classes are becoming increasingly popular as fun, active ways to challenge children both mentally and physically. Jim Cogan, owner of the Yoga Shop in Old Irving Park, said yoga offers children a myriad of benefits. "They leave the studio relaxed and happy," he said.
Compared with men, women are more likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases, may face a higher risk to develop lung cancer and are more likely to suffer depression. It’s a simple fact of science: men and women aren’t equal – at least not when it comes to medicine. But for years basic scientific research in the U.S. has largely ignored this fact. Northwestern’s Women’s Health Research Institute at wants the National Institutes of Health, which provide 23 percent of health funding in the U.S., to help change that. In a letter sent to the NIH Friday, they requested that the NIH implement mandatory sex-specific requirements for research undertaken by their grantees.
Created through nuclear fission and recycling, Molybdenum-99 is collected and broken down to technetium-99m, an element used in 80% of all medical imaging in the world. Once injected into the body, the radioactivity of Tc-99m can be used to detect bone loss, heart diseases, lung diseases and many other types of cancers. The Chalk River Labs in Ottawa, Canada is the major U.S. supplier of Mo-99. But due to concerns surrounding nuclear energy and use of high-enriched uranium, the Canadian government has considered ending funding and closing the reactor lab by 2016. Now, other national labs like Argonne are trying to find alternative ways to make Mo-99 and keep the supply up with the demand.
Though transgender individuals now have more health care privileges under the Affordable Care Act, there is an overwhelming lack of providers -- locally and nationally -- that cover the treatments necessary for transition, specifically genital reconstruction surgery. Compounding the issue is the lack of knowledgeable surgeons who can perform the procedures. This health care inequality can have severe ramifications on transgender individuals' mental, emotional and financial well-being.
Born in a biomedical engineering lab at the University of Texas at Austin, a seminal medical technology under development could give a boost to people’s post-surgical health and mobility. The innovative team at Alafair Biosciences is ramping up to bring this technology to guide the internal healing process in tendon surgery.
They are a big mystery yet so small they are virtually massless. Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are studying neutrinos by sending an intense beam of them 500 miles from just outside Chicago to Ash River, Minn. Understanding the properties of these subatomic particles may help answer the question: why are we here?
Part of Chipotle’s role in the organic food movement is to make consumers curious about the origins of their food. Yet nutritionists worry that ad campaigns from various companies leave consumers confused about discerning between information and propaganda about healthy, nutritious food.
Microgrids, technically known as distributed generation, are small-scale energy grids. Like a typical electrical grid, they store, transmit and distribute electricity. Microgrids can function in two ways: many can and do link to a main power grid, operating in parallel on a local level. Microgrids are also defined by their ability to work independently, sometimes called “islanding.”
There’s more to the question of “got milk?” than expected. Raw milk, the natural alternative to pasteurized, is causing a national debate. State regulations and mandates by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made obtaining “Earth’s most perfect food” more challenging. Raw milk advocates say they have a right to drink unpasteurized milk, while regulatory agencies say drinking it is risky and potentially dangerous to one’s health.
The Rev. John Cunningham is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago. But, his background may surprise you. He is the chairperson and an associate professor in the Department of Physics. He has a long history in the fields of particle physics and astrophysics. Medill Reports interviewed him to learn more about his faith and his studies.
Researchers from the Woodruff Lab at the Women’s Health Research Institute in Chicago are trying to build an artificial ovary. Using a framework from bovine ovaries to transplant cells into mice, they hope to find out what parts of the organ produce estrogen and reproduce a synthetic organ in the lab. Their research takes a new approach to restore fertility to women after chemotherapy.
Personal trainer Annie Padrid, owner of Hyde Park gym, The Space, tailors a unique approach to Personal trainer Annie Padrid, owner of Hyde Park gym, The Space, tailors a unique approach to working out. It's what she calls functional training. She prepares her clients for everyday tasks, like lifting a heavy bag of groceries or walking down an icy sidewalk, without getting hurt.
Chicago Underwater Hockey Club players don snorkels, flippers and masks to play full games of hockey in indoor pools at Northeastern Illinois and Chicago State universities. It’s a complete cardio exercise, minus the breathing. Dive into the club - every practice is open.
Climate and earth system scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are predicting our climate future by studying the sky — clouds, rain and aerosols. It’s as close to a crystal ball as we can get.
Introducing cracks into glass to make it stronger may sound counterintuitive, but that's what researchers at McGill University in Montreal have shown. By taking inspiration from nacre, the shiny inner surface of mollusk shells, and other highly mineralized materials and adding a 3-D array of fine cracks to glass slides using a laser-engraving technique, scientists created a bio-inspired glass that is up to 200 times tougher than intact glass. These results could make glass and ceramics more versatile materials.
The CDC reports a 40 percent drop in childhood obesity for 2- to 5-year-olds nationwide. But Illinois preschoolers still weigh in with obesity levels above the national average, though rates among Chicago Public School kindergarteners are steadily decreasing.
A new technology aims to allow readers to speed through articles, emails, books and more on any size screen by showing readers just one word at a time.
President Obama proposed FY 2015 budget would provide $56 billion for VA medical care spending, a 2.7 percent increase from last year. The budget takes aim at the massive number of backlogged disability claims that have become a growing complaint among returning veterans, and also supports President Obama’s goal of eliminating veteran homelessness in 2015.
A greensand mine in New Jersey will one day be the home of a fossil park. Paleontologists from Drexel University in Philadelphia are collaborating with Mantua Township and Inversand Mining Co. to create an excavation site and fossil park that will advance science education and make steps in scientific discovery. Paleontologists believe the site may be linked to the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday a proposal to update its Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, to emphasize sugar and calorie contents and reflect changes in recommended serving sizes that match how much people actually eat.
2014-02-26 Scientists already know that humans can taste sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami - or savory - foods. But researchers at Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Genetics of Taste Lab are studying whether omega 6 fatty acids is a sixth taste. Their results could play a role in individual diet plans
Northwestern University chemist Richard Van Duyne and a team of scientists at the Art Institute of Chicago reached beneath the surface of one of Renoir’s masterpieces to uncover the painting's real reds and show the world how vibrant his colors were. "Renoir's True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery" opened at the Art Institute just in time for Valentine's Day. Van Duyne showcased the team effort Thursday, the opening day in Chicago of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. See on-going conference coverage through Feb. 17 at Medill Reports.
Researchers at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee have developed a new class of antibiotics that could be effective against strains of drug resistant tuberculosis. The study, published in Nature Medicine this month, shows that the new semi-synthetic drugs were tested in mice and results were successful against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Can science and religion coexist? Adler Planetarium is hosting Clergy ContributioCan science and religion coexist? Adler Planetarium is hosting Clergy Contributions to Science on Feb. 18, an event showing how religion has contributed to scientific discovery throughout history. The public is invited to participate in the discussion online through social media using the hashtag #Science4Everyone
How salmon navigated from the Aleutian Islands back to Oregon mystified scientists and fishermen for centuries. Scientists have finally confirmed the link between the migration patterns of Pacific salmon and the Earth's magnetic field. Salmon return to their original spawning grounds after years at sea, using the magnetic field to navigate with amazing accuracy. The study may also help better explain migration patterns for salmon in the Great Lakes.
Oral immunotherapy research is at the forefront of clinical trials taking place at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In these trials, children are given small amounts of the food of which they are allergic in the hopes of eventually desensitizing their bodies to the allergy. Results from these trials may help change the treatment and possibly find a cure for severe childhood food allergies.
Experts question the possible link between exposure to the insecticide DDT in the past and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a link reported in a recent study. Though the results are not clear cut, this is one of the first research attempts to show that chemical exposure may play a role in the development of the disease.
With 48 days to go, awareness groups move forward to educate people about the Affordable Care Act — before the March 31 deadline.
An $18 billion plan to separate Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River watershed with permanent barriers and prevent Asian carp from invading the lake is one plan in a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report. The project would take 25 years to complete. The corps outlines a number of plans to prevent the carp from reaching the lake. But control of invasive lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean suggests a simpler way to control the carp and reap the fish.
Grace School is a full-inclusion elementary school in Providence, R.I. Severely handicapped children and children without any special needs learn and work together in the same classroom. A mother of a child without special needs discusses why she and her husband chose to send their son to the school.
Connected World Magazine announced the six Connected Cars of the Year, linking entertainment, navigation and climate control with driver safety.
Local ingredients, slower, traditional methods, and the unique setting allow Peerless Bread & Jam owner Lauren Bushnell to bake healthy breads, baguettes and cookies for farmers markets and special grocery stores.
Two recent studies are pointing to the idea that preventing brain injuries can be a two-part battle, one on the outside — and inside — of the skull. Wearing specific helmets and increasing blood flow to the brain have both shown positive results in reducing concussions, studies show.
Wear Red Friday to support women's heart disease awareness. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women, mostly because women don't realize they are just as susceptible to the disease as men. Dr. Marla Mendelson, a women's heart disease specialist, answers crucial questions about heart disease and how we can prevent it.
A slick technology for the solar power industry was announced this week by a group of national laboratory. The scientists have developed an inexpensive “superhydrophobic” coating that, applied to solar panels, would make them self-cleaning and therefore more efficient.
February is Heart Health Month, which means there is no better time to think about your cardiovascular health. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Research shows some foods can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Here are 10 foods to boost heart health.
Implementing similar antibiotic prescription practices to those used in hospitals and at retail-based clinics might be the solution to reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in outpatient doctor's offices.
Roger Thurow, author of "The Last Hunger Season," came to Northwestern to speak about his experiences in Western Kenya during the harvest season. His book focuses on the lives of smallholder farmers and the path from "misery to Canaan," the land of milk and honey.
Oregon startup RevMedx has found a way to stop hemorrhaging in 15 seconds. The U.S. Army has recently funded the team $5 million toward development of XStat, a sponge-injecting syringe that designers hope will replace traditional gauze in the battlefield.
Your memory may not be as reliable as you think. The brain can rewrite past memories with current information to reflect what is important now, according to a study published by Northwestern University researchers Wednesday.
Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square offers natural and herbal remedies in the vintage atmosphere of drug stores from another era. The 139-year-old alternative medicine store and pharmacy has survived despite the rise of independent drugstores and pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS and now considers itself a Chicago landmark.
The FDA allowed the potentially risky use of antibiotics in animal feed for years despite internal safety reviews showing that the practice could expose humans to antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to a report released by the Natural Resource Defense Council this week.