Pluto's Assassin -- and Why He's Not Remorseful

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March 4, 2015 - Pluto's Assassin -- and Why He's Not Remorse

Caltech Astrophysicist Mike Brown was one of the scientists who, in 2006, led the successful crusade to get the former planet Pluto downgraded to the status of dwarf planet. He joins us to discuss what he's found far, far away in our solar system.

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The International Race to Build a Breakthrough Battery

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February 26, 2015 - Breakthrough Battery

Author Steve Levine had fly-on-the-wall access for two years to "the battery guys" at Argonne National Laboratory -- America's team in an international competition to build a battery that will change the world. Levine joins us to talk about his new book, The Powerhouse.

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Bison are Back

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There are bison once again roaming Illinois prairies. It's been more than 175 years since the last wild bison died in this state, but as of October they are back, thanks to The Nature Conservancy project in western Illinois called Nachusa Grasslands. Chicago Tribune photographer Anthony Souffle has been covering the new Illinois bison and the restoration of the prairie on which they graze. When he returned recently to see their progress, Jay Shefsky tagged along.

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Creature Courtship

The Unusual Mating Rituals of the Animal Kingdom

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February 12, 2015 - Creature Courtship

The Lincoln Park Zoo is putting on a Valetine's Day-themed after hours event that delves into the unusual mating habits and reproductive traits of the animal kingdom. Jay Shefsky spoke with the zoo's general curator, Dave Bernier, about some of their animals' perplexing courtship rituals.

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South Pole Discovery

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February 10, 2015 - South Pole Discovery

It has been thought that almost nothing can survive in the watery depths near the South Pole. But a group of researchers sent a robot armed with a camera a half-mile below Antarctic ice and discovered an entire ecosystem. It is the farthest south that fish have ever been found. 

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Discussing Drones

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January 27, 2015 - Discussing Drones

Drones have been a hot topic in the media nationwide with the FAA working to catch up with the technology and a drone landing on White House property this week. What are the current regulations in Chicago and Illinois? We discuss drones with our panel.

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NASA Astronaut Col. Mike Hopkins

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January 14, 2015 - NASA Astronaut Col. Mike Hopkins

NASA astronaut Col. Mike Hopkins belongs to the very exclusive group of just 215 people who have visited the International Space Station (ISS). But Col. Hopkins distinguished himself during his time on the ISS in a couple of memorable ways. We revisit a conversation with Hopkins.

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Bitter Cold, Snow for Chicago Area

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January 5, 2015 - Bitter Cold, Snow for Chicago Area

Chicagoans are bracing for a wintry week to start off the first full week of the New Year. Send us your severe weather photos here.

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Science Meets Cinema

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December 22, 2014 - Science Meets Cinema

We revisit a conversation with Marius Stan, an Argonne scientist, who came to have a recurring part in the hit TV series Breaking Bad.

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Coldest February Ever?

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February 24, 2015 - Coldest February Ever?

It's cold. Really cold. WGN's Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling tells us if we are heading towards record-breaking weather.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Dogs, Mini-Mammals, Crowd-Sourcing & the Planet's Inner Core

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February 17, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

What can ancient dogs tell us about early human migration to the Americas? And how are scientists using earthquakes to scan our planet's inner core? University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin joins us with a roundup of local science news.

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Water: Chicago in the 21st Century and Beyond

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February 11, 2015 - Water: Chicago in the 21st Century

As water is increasingly recognised as a precious resource, we look at Chicago's water future.

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Doomsday Clock Moves 3 Minutes to Midnight

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February 3, 2015 - Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

The hands of the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic indicator of how close we are to a global catastrophe, have been moved to the 11:57 position. Kennette Benedict, executive director of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, explains her publication's decision to move us closer to midnight.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Ocean Extinction, Conception Sparks, Brain Generosity & Epilepsy

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January 20, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Our science guy, Neil Shubin, talks about the latest science stories, including a study on the health of the world's oceans, why sparks really do fly at the moment of conception, and a new study finding that generosity can be "written" in the brain.

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“Big Bang Machine”

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January 13, 2015 - "Big Bang Machine"

A NOVA special called Big Bang Machine about the Large Hadron Collider airs at 9:00 pm Wednesday on WTTW11. Don Lincoln, one of the top scientists from the documentary, joins us to discuss the role of Fermilab -- located just outside of Chicago -- in the experiments at CERN in Switzerland.

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Scientists Speak about Spinosaurus

Paleontologists Discover Largest Predatory Dinosaur

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December 23, 2014 - Scientists Speak about Spinosaurus

We revisit our conversation with the scientists behind the discovery of Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur ever found.

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Asian Carp Control

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December 18, 2014-Asian Carp Control

The Army Corps of Engineers moves ahead on its plan to control Asian carp and other invasive species.

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