For most of us, Big Bird is about as big as it gets when it comes to our feathered friends. For Peter Makovicky of the Field Museum, Big Bird is small stuff. And he has the freshest research on vegetarian dinosaurs.
The Adler Planetarium commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission, the last manned mission to the moon. Astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan cast hand and boot prints for display. Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell was also present.
Trustees at the University of Illinois have approved a $15.5 million project to build a 20.5-acre solar farm to help power the Urbana-Champaign campus.The Champaign News-Gazette reports that the solar-power facility will be built on land now used by the College of Agriculture
The city’s home to more wildlife than the usual suspects (we’re talking ‘bout you, Mr. Squirrel). Lace up your boots, folks. To find lizards, osprey and cactus (oh, yes!) we’ll be heading far off the Mag Mile.