Latest News from Outer Space

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August 1, 2013 - Latest News from Outer Space

A photo of earth from 1 billion miles away, what the Curiosity Rover has discovered after a year on Mars, and a spacecraft that may now be traveling beyond the solar system. Astrophysicist Chris Lintott joins us to explore some of the latest and most amazing stories from outer space. View a slideshow and vote on your favorite photo in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Contest.

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"Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom"

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July 31, 2013 - "Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom"

In a Field Museum exhibition, a Chicago photographer teams with a nationally known journalist to document and explore the North Dakota oil boom. Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – passed the Illinois House legislature, and the controversial drilling practice will soon have implications for the state. We revisit a preview of Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom. View a slideshow of images from the exhibit and read a web article.

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City Inoculates Ash Trees

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The City of Chicago says it now has a greener and more cost-effective way to treat ash trees infested by the destructive Emerald Ash Borer. City crews are inoculating the trees. Officials say the treatment will spare tens of thousands of trees from being cut down, and saves $1,000 per tree in removal costs. We look at how effective the treatment is. Read an article.

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The Star Wars Connection

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July 24, 2013 - The Star Wars Connection

Thirty-six years ago, Star Wars exploded onto the screen and made cinematic history. The blockbuster film began what would become a multi-billion dollar empire for George Lucas, and spawned companies like Industrial Light & Magic, and Pixar. We revisit Ash-har Quraishi's story of how Chicago played a pivotal role in sci-fi cinematic history. Read an article, view a slideshow, and watch web extra video.

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The Future of MSI

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July 11, 2013 - The Future of MSI

David Mosena, president of the Museum of Science and Industry, joins us to discuss the renowned museum’s future as it celebrates its 80th birthday. View a slideshow.

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Web Extra: Giraffe Born at Brookfield Zoo

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Brookfield Zoo is standing tall today after the debut of the 59th baby giraffe born on its grounds. At 5-foot-9 and 173 pounds, the calf was born 11 days ago to first-time mom Jasiri, and dad Hasani. Watch a web extra video of the giraffe's birth.

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Summer Gardening with Eliza Fournier

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July 1, 2013 - Summer Gardening with Eliza Fournier

Are some of the plants in your garden already dying? Or are the top-heavy plants face down in the mud? The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier joins us. Read her summer gardening tips.

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Heavy Rains Cause Chicago Area Flooding

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June 26, 2013 - Heavy Rains Cause Chicago Area Flooding

Heavy rains swept through the Chicago area Wednesday morning challenging commuters and the engineers at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Read an article.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Human Gene Patent

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June 13, 2013 - Supreme Court Rules Against Gene Patent

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that human genes are off-limits for patent protection. Read the full opinion, and a Q&A with a bioethics professor about the impact of the ruling on the medical community.

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Growing Power Chicago

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August 1, 2013 - Growing Power Chicago

In the heart of Chicago, shaded by the afternoon shadow of Michigan Avenue skyscrapers, watered by the mist of Buckingham Fountain wafting through the air, is a farm. The surprising site is one of many small, sustainable, organic farms that have been created and are run by Growing Power, an organization that teaches farming and entrepreneurial skills to kids in Cabrini Green, Altgeld Gardens, Roosevelt Square and other places around the city. We take a look inside. Read an interview with Monte Henige, CEO of Tru Fragrance, a fragrance development company that uses ingredients from Growing Power Chicago in their products.

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Chicago’s Library Chief on Changes Ahead

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July 30, 2013 - Chicago’s Library Chief on Changes Ahead

We talk with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon about his vision for bringing the city’s libraries into the 21st century.

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"The Brain Scoop"

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July 25, 2013 - "The Brain Scoop"

YouTube personality Emily Graslie, creator of the "The Brain Scoop” channel, joins us to talk about her new gig at the Field Museum as its Chief Curiosity Correspondent. She will also bring some friends from the Field’s collections to share. Watch Emily's online science videos.

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MSI's Train Guy

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July 17, 2013 - MSI's Train Guy

We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of the lifelong model railroader who now keeps the trains running at the Museum of Science and Industry. Read an article and watch a video.

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Toxic Food Additive?

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July 8, 2013 - Toxic Food Additive?

A food additive that has been used for decades is stirring up controversy. We talk with a Chicago researcher who is in the midst of clinical trials to uncover its potential hazards. Read an article about carrageenan.

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Animal Inside Out

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July 2, 2013 - Animal Inside Out

We revisit an exhibit that takes a revealing look at animals from the inside -- out. Ash-har Quraishi takes us behind the scenes at the Museum of Science and Industry. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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"The Lost World of Fossil Lake"

Snapshots From Deep Time

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June 27, 2013 - "The Lost World of Fossil Lake"

Fifty-two million years ago, after the extinction of dinosaurs, a tropical lake basin surrounded by volcanoes was home to thousands of diverse species. Now that basin is known as Wyoming's Fossil Lake, with some of the most well-preserved fossils in the world. The Field Museum's Lance Grande brings us some of his fantastic finds from The Lost World of Fossil Lake. Read an interview with Grande and view photos.

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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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