The Real Physics Behind Star Trek

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April 1, 2014 - The Real Physics Behind Star Trek

For the last 50 years, Star Trek has captivated audiences as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explored the galaxy using technological advances – warp drive, wormholes, beaming technology, holodecks – in order to do so. Dirk K. Morr, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, joins us to discuss the scientific ideas behind Star Trek technologies. View a graphic and read an interview.

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Ask Neil a Question

It's your turn to "ASK" our science guy, Neil Shubin, the burning questions we know you have for him. Click here to submit a question.

Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

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February 17, 2014 - Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

The world’s largest scientific society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, held its annual conference in Chicago this past weekend. Rabiah Mayas, Director of Science and Integrated Strategies at the Museum of Science and Industry, joins us to talk about some of the breaking news in science discussed at the conference.

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Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

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January 30, 2013 - Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Rocks on Mars, a sleeping spacecraft, and how science can affect this year’s Super Bowl; Rabiah Mayas, Director of Science and Integrated Strategies at the Museum of Science and Industry, joins us with the latest top science news. Read an article.

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Fermilab’s NOvA Experiment

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January 14, 2014 - Fermilab’s NOvA Experiment

Scientists at west suburban Fermilab have installed the final piece on a massive particle detector called NOvA that may answer some very big questions. We go deep underground to uncover how the contraption might do that. Read an article.
 

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Nanotechnology

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The field of nanoscience -- the science of the very small -- is exploding and is likely to profoundly shape our future, impacting everything from energy production and storage to cutting edge, designer medicines. Here to help us separate the science from the science fiction is Dr. Amanda Petford-Long, director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.

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Skin Electronics

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November 12, 2013 - Skin Electronics

Science catches up with science fiction as we talk to Professor John Rogers, the inventor of epidermal electronics -- tiny, bendy computer chips that can be placed on or in the human body to monitor critical health data. Watch web extra videos.

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Defying "Gravity"

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October 16, 2013 - Defying "Gravity"

The movie Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has become a runaway box office hit and critical success. And while it’s been hailed for its groundbreaking technical accomplishments, how realistic is it? We hear from some Adler Planetarium astronomers about what they thought of the scientific aspects of the film. Read an Q & A.

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New Mammal on Display at Field Museum

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September 12, 2013 - New Mammal on Display at Field Museum

A new carnivorous mammal is now on display at The Field Museum. Described as a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, the Olinguito was part of the museum's collection for decades. Bill Stanley, the Field's mammals collections manager, brings the specimen to our studios. Watch Emily Graslie's "The Brain Scoop" video about the Olinguito.

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CAVE2

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June 26, 2013 - CAVE2

Computer scientists are partnering with physicians to take next-generation virtual reality to the extreme. We revisit Ash-har Quraishi's exploration inside the CAVE2 in tonight's edition of Scientific Chicago. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Chicago River Bacteria

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February 4, 2014 - Chicago River Bacteria

Argonne Laboratories launches a new seven-year study to find out the typical sources and distribution of disease-causing bacteria in the Chicago River system. The study will enable the Water Reclamation District to move closer to answering the question of whether it will ever be safe to swim in the Chicago River. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. Read an article.

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Diamond Semiconductors

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January 28, 2014 - Diamond Semiconductors

We meet local scientist and entrepreneur Adam Khan to talk about his latest invention that he hopes will usher in a new diamond age of electronics that will make the silicon chip obsolete. Watch web extra videos.

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Howard Tullman

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December 17, 2013 - Howard Tullman

We talk with the man recently hired to turn the city’s high-tech incubator known as 1871 into a major technology hub.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Lasers, Robotic Fish & Big Bang Afterglow

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November 26, 2013 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

What is a robotic razor fish teaching scientists about building better robots? Why are Argonne scientists going down to the South Pole? And how can a tiny laser boost high-speed data transmission? Our science guy, Neil Shubin, has those stories and more research news in this edition of Scientific Chicago. Read an article.

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Building a Better Battery

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October 23, 2013 - Building a Better Battery

Professor George Crabtree of Argonne National Laboratory discusses the quest to build a better battery and America’s energy future.

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The Dark Energy Camera

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September 25, 2013 - The Dark Energy Camera

It’s the world’s most powerful digital camera and it sits atop the Blanco telescope in the Andes Mountains of Chile. But it was constructed on the campus of Fermilab in far west suburban Batavia. The Dark Energy Camera officially began its work on August 31 and has already captured some amazing images of outer space. Its real mission, though, is to help scientists figure out if so-called Dark Energy is responsible for the universe’s accelerating expansion. We learn how the camera is helping scientists unravel one of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos. Watch videos and view a slideshow.

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Chicago’s Growing Tech Incubator Scene

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September 9, 2013 - Chicago’s Growing Tech Incubator Scene

How do tech incubators work, and what’s the real story behind this growing scene in Chicago? Our panel of experts – from both universities and private incubators -- weigh in. View a map of tech incubator locations in Chicago.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Songbirds, Psychopaths & Salt

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May 21, 2013 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

What can the songs of the Zebra finch tell us about the development of language in humans? Our science guy, Neil Shubin, tells us more in this edition of Scientific Chicago.

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