From close encounters with a speeding comet to an intimate visit with mysterious Pluto, we examine the most fascinating stories from the final frontier.
A young scientist works to repair the world, one school bus at a time. Brandis Friedman has his story.
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.
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.
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.
From invasive species to summer storms, there's a lot going on in the world of science. Museum of Science and Industry's Rabiah Mayas stops by for another Scientific Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune uncovers a disturbing and inexplicable spike in red light camera tickets around Chicago.
Argonne scientist Marius Stan joins us to talk about his work and how, almost by accident, he came to have a recurring part in the hit TV series "Breaking Bad."
Data-collecting sensors in the "Array of Things" project are set to go up on city lamp posts by mid-July. But some tech insiders are questioning the amount of data to be stored and whether or not personal privacy is a concern.
We see how the city is taking care of Ash trees hit by the Emerald Ash borer.
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.
Shark Week is back. We discuss our continuing fascination with the ocean's top predator with shark expert Lise Watson of the Shedd Aquarium.
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.
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.
A Chicago design firm is competing with others around the country to create a new, better bike for city riding. All the designs were unveiled Friday, July 25. Phil Ponce will test drive the new bike Monday, July 28, and talk with the designers.
We take a look at the Lurie Garden as Millennium Park celebrates its 10th anniversary.
After years of decline, water levels in Lake Michigan are on the upswing. However, the recent surge in water levels has environmental experts warning that extreme weather requires improved infrastructure and a new long-term view of how we manage our water systems.