Coexisting with Wildlife

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September 23, 2014 - Coexisting with Wildlife

With wildlife sightings on the rise in Illinois, we discuss how residents can coexist with animals returning to the regions they once inhabited.

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Smartphone Market Heats Up

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September 11, 2014 - Smartphone Market Heats Up

Motorola raises the curtain on the Moto X and its so-called "wearable," while Apple unveils two larger-sized iPhones and an upcoming watch. Two tech reporters give us their reviews of the latest smart gadgets hitting the market.

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“Superintelligence”

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September 8, 2014 - 'Superintelligence'

Intelligence has given humans an advantage over other forms of life. But could human intelligence soon be surpassed, and what would this mean for the human race?

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O’Hare Airport Home to Goats, Llamas, More

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August 28, 2014-O’Hare Airport Home to Goats, Llamas, More

Millions of passengers travel through O'Hare every year, but dozens of burros, goats, and llamas call the airport home. Why? Paris Schutz explains.

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Exploring Space

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August 26, 2014 - Exploring Space

From close encounters with a speeding comet to an intimate visit with mysterious Pluto, we examine the most fascinating stories from the final frontier. 

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Smart Science

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August 12, 2014 - Smart Science

A young scientist works to repair the world, one school bus at a time. Brandis Friedman has his story. 

 

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Tom Skilling on Climate Change

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August 11, 2014 - Tom Skilling on Climate Change

Chief meteorologist at WGN Tom Skilling co-authored an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune regarding climate change and the potential effects of inaction. We discuss the issue with him tonight. 

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Rosetta Makes Historic Space Travel Feat

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August 6, 2014 - Rosetta Makes Historic Space Travel Feat

After a 10 year, 4 billion mile long journey, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft made history today as the first spacecraft to go into orbit around a comet.

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How Old Do You Look?

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August 4, 2014 - How Old Do You Look?

A local professor has co-created a computer program that calculates age from a selfie. We talk about the development, process, and accuracy of the project FaceMyAge. 

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Evolution of Data Storage

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September 11, 2014 - Evolution of Data Storage

Advancements in technology necessitated the ability to handle and store large amounts of data. The founder of a big data storage company talks about the evolution of storage technology.

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Chicago as a Terminal Town

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September 2, 2014 - Chicago as a Terminal Town

We explore Chicago as a terminal town from 1939 until present day, with author Joseph P. Schwieterman.

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’The Organized Mind’

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August 27, 2014 - 'The Organized Mind'

We talk to a neuroscientist who's out with a new book to help us organize our minds.

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Fighting Emerald Ash Borer

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August 19, 2014-Fighting Emerald Ash Borer

We see how the city is taking care of Ash trees hit by the Emerald Ash borer.

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Transforming Waste into Organic Material

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August 11, 2014 - Transforming Waste into Organic Material

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is taking the residue of human waste from their water filtration process and transforming into a powerful soil additive/fertilizer that is used in parks, golf courses, and farms throughout the area.

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Shark Week and the Shedd

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August 11, 2014 - Shark Week and the Shedd

Shark Week is back. We discuss our continuing fascination with the ocean's top predator with shark expert Lise Watson of the Shedd Aquarium.

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Discovery Reveals Life of Ancient Insects

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August 6, 2014 - Discovery Reveals Life of Ancient Insects

The discovery of a tiny cricket in a 20-million-year-old piece of amber that was found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago offers new views into an ancient environment and how it once thrived.  

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Working With Watson

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July 31, 2014-Working With Watson

The computer Watson, best known for winning a $1 million prize on the quiz show "Jeopardy!," is now using the vast power of its artificial intelligence for everything from medical diagnostics to creating new cooking recipes. We talk to Chicagoan Stephen Gold, vice president at IBM's Watson group, about what Watson has in store for us.

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