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How America killed off its most populous bird
Aug. 28, 2014
Passenger pigeons once made up 25 to 40 percent of all the birds on the continent. But in just a few decades, the bird went extinct. On the 100th anniversary of its extinction, we explore why.
Where do Chicago's bats hang out?
Jul. 30, 2014
Several varieties of furry fliers are likely closer than you think. Given the rampant spread of a deadly bat disease, we’re lucky to find the critters here at all.
Science reveals Chicago mummy secrets
Mar. 28, 2014
Chicago has three significant Egyptian collections and a lot of mummies. Now thanks to hi-tech scans, we're discovering new things about the long dead.
The real hawk lives of Chicago
Mar. 19, 2014
Our field guide introduces you to the urban birds of prey that have been on the rebound from pollution, a bad rap, and six-shooters.
How much road salt ends up in Lake Michigan?
Mar. 5, 2014
Now that our wicked winter’s ending, we look at whether there’s any fallout from flinging so much salt around.
Kids train teachers on new tech
Oct. 21, 2013
Students at a Chicago Public School in Chinatown are leading professional development around technology as a way to help teachers integrate devices into the classroom and engage kids.
Women still face gender bias in math, science fields
Oct. 9, 2013
A closer look into why the upper echelons of math and science continue to be dominated by men, and how women are striving to close the gender gap.
How Chicago solves smelly mysteries
Aug. 15, 2013
While we look for the source of a wayward smell we learn how noxious neighborhood odors attract “official” investigations and how smell mysteries are (sometimes) solved.
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