History on the wing: how evolution in birds is a window into the past

By David Thill Medill Reports Take a look, if you will, at the birds pictured here. With their yellow throats and yellow breasts, their mottled feathers and the black streaks lining their wings like racing stripes – tiny cotton balls where their eyes once sat – they look like birds of a feather. But they’re […]

Making Sense of Surface Chemistry

THESE NU SCIENTISTS WANT TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THEIR WORK, AND THE VALUE OF OBSCURE SCIENCE. By David Thill Medill Reports There’s a language barrier between Mike Mattei and most of the rest of the world. Or maybe it’s more of a dialect barrier. Mattei, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry, […]