Professor's Success Required Squashing Fear of Insects

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July 27, 2015 - Professor's Success Required Squashing Fear

National Medal of Science recipient May Berenbaum is an expert in the interaction of insects with plants, the founder of an annual insect-themed film festival, and the namesake of an X-Files character and new species of cockroach. She joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Printing 3-D Food, Health Benefits of Trees, & Smartphones' Impact on Commuting

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July 23, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Is food printing tipped to become the killer app that puts 3-D printers in every kitchen? Rabiah Mayas is back to discuss printed pizza and other developments in the world of science.

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Lake Michigan Water Levels On the Rise

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July 15, 2015-Lake Michigan Water Levels On the Rise

Heading to the beach? You might actually see less of it: Water levels in Lake Michigan are rising at a record pace. We’ll talk with an expert about what’s causing the rise, how it affects the lake’s ecosystem, and what it means to nearby property owners.

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Remembering the Deadly Heat Wave of '95

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July 13, 2015 - Remembering the Deadly Heat Wave of '95

This summer marks the 20-year anniversary of a brutal heat wave that hit Chicago and left more than 700 people dead. Tonight, WGN chief meteorologist Tom Skilling and Northeastern Illinois University professor emeritus Robert Starks join us to remember the summer of 1995.

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Thinking Big About Sewage

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July 6, 2015 - Thinking Big About Sewage

When it comes to treating our sewage, Chicago has a history of thinking big from reversing the flow of the Chicago River to the creation of Deep Tunnel. Jay Shefsky visited the Thornton Quarry and went to the bottom of Deep Tunnel to see where the water will flow into the new reservoir later this year. We revisit that story.    

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Catholics and Climate Change

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June 23, 2015 - Catholics and Climate Change

Pope Francis' recent views on climate change are sparking debates within the Catholic community. Joining us are Mark Potosnak, a member of the Catholic Climate Covenant and assistant professor of environmental science at DePaul University, and Mary Anne Hackett, president and CEO of Catholic Citizens of Illinois.

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Techweek Chicago

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June 18, 2015-Techweek Chicago

Ahead of the annual congregation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and innovators at Techweek Chicago, we’ll talk with Techweek CEO Katy Lynch about what to expect this year and how the weeklong event has rebounded from last year’s snafu involving controversial party invites.

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Conservative Voices on Climate Change

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June 16, 2015 - Conservative Voices on Climate Change

Most scientists believe that climate change is real and man-made, but the policy debate over how to address the problem is often lacking in conservative voices. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, a Republican, has been an advocate for free-market solutions to climate change. Inglis joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation.

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Debating Illinois’ Energy Future

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June 8, 2015 - Debating Illinois' Energy Future

There's a lobbying and advertising war going on in Illinois. No, it's not related to the state budget. It pits the state's largest producer of energy, Exelon, which is asking for a rate hike to help its struggling nuclear power plants, against wind and solar energy groups that say Exelon is merely a billion dollar corporation seeking a bailout.

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New Water Disinfection Plant Helps Clean Chicago Waterways

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July 20, 2015 - New Water Disinfection Plant Helps Clean

Swimming safely in the Chicago River is now one giant step closer to reality, according to sanitary officials. Chicago Tonight details the new disinfection process making that possible.

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Pluto Gets Its Close-up

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July 14, 2015 - Pluto Gets Its Close-Up

Pluto finally got a visitor from Earth, 85 years after the dwarf planet’s discovery. Completing a nine-year, 3-billion-mile voyage, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reached the former ninth planet of our solar system on Tuesday. We'll discuss the milestone flyby with astronomers from the Adler Planetarium.

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Brookfield Zoo Welcomes Baby Zebra

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Grevy’s zebra born at Brookfield Zoo on July 7 with her mom, Kali.

There's a new kid on the block at Brookfield Zoo. On Tuesday, a female zebra was born at the near west suburban zoo to mother Kali, 5, and father Nazim, 15. The birth marks the first addition of a zebra of this type at Brookfield Zoo since 1998.

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Local Author Discusses New Book 'The Ghost In My Brain'

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July 2, 2015 - The Ghost In My Brain

In 1999, a car accident left DePaul University professor Clark Elliott concussed. As a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence he was intrigued by the impact on his brain and kept meticulous notes documenting the effects of his traumatic brain injury. Those notes became the basis for his new book. He joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Pope Releases Encyclical, Calls for Addressing Climate Change

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Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment on Thursday. In the 192-page encyclical, the pope makes the case for a partnership between science and religion to fight climate change.  

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Neutrino Research Focuses on Fermilab

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June 17, 2015 - Neutrino Research Focuses on Fermilab

Its Tevatron particle collider may have been superseded by the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland, but Fermilab remains at the cutting edge of research into the origins of the cosmos. It is now home to research focusing on neutrinos, nearly massless particles that rarely interact with anything – in fact trillions pass through our bodies every second -- but scientists believe they may have been fundamental to the formation of our universe.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Perfect Pitch, Trap-Jaw Ants, Virgin Births & Shrinking Mount Everest

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June 10, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Once thought impossible, new research suggests people can learn perfect pitch. University of Chicago paleontologist and science explainer extraordinaire Neil Shubin is back to discuss that, the unique way trap-jaw ants avoid predators, “virgin births” in sawfish, and the shrinking of Mount Everest.

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Your Digital Afterlife

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May 27, 2015- Your Digital Afterlife

We live in a digital world. We communicate with each other through tweets and Facebook posts, upload photos to Instagram, pay our bills online, and more. But what happens to all those digital files and accounts after we die? We discuss planning for your digital afterlife.

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