| Dec 21, 2008
Worlds shudder and collapse all the time. There's no news in that. Just ask the Assyrians, the last emperor of the Han Dynasty, the final Romanoff or Napoleon -- or Bernard Madoff. But when it seems to be happening to your world, well, that's a...
| Aug 13, 2008
Maybe you've seen the ad showing an empty shopping cart in the middle of the desert. "Soon, many common, everyday products could disappear from grocery store shelves all across California," it warns.
That would be pretty ominous, if it were true....
| Sep 14, 2008
First of two parts
At first, the experimental shampoo looked like a putrid salad dressing. Its oil and its water just couldn't get along. They separated in the bottle and, over time, the shampoo took on an ugly brown hue.
The team at Avalon Organics,...
| Sep 19, 2008
Second of two parts
To a chemist, chlorine is the perfect compound.
Easily combining with other elements and molecules, chlorine is transformed into new classes of chemicals with an endless array of uses. It disinfects water, cleans clothes, kills bugs,...
| Nov 29, 2013
As the current oil boom in North Dakota, Montana and Canada continues, long freight trains hauling dozens of black tank cars are rolling across the country and through the Chicago area with increasing regularity.
With tank cars brimming with tens of...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 12:20 AM
MIDLAND, Texas All along the highway that leads into this city in West Texas, the rows of black pump jacks seem endless, bobbing up and down as they pull crude oil from beneath the parched scrub desert.
The pump jacks have long been here, in good times...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 4:57 AM
From the landmark Heublein Tower, the scenic view of Simsbury shows most properties as specks on the landscape — with the exception of one: the sprawling suburban campus of The Hartford Financial Services Group.
Even from a distance there is no...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 2:58 PM
The letters keep coming, sometimes 20 a month asking for Dennis Gaubatz's autograph. Sometimes it's a football card that the old Colt receives. More often, it's the cover of one of the three national magazines on which Gaubatz appeared in his five years...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 5:07 AM
When "hacktivist" Jeremy Hammond stood in a Chicago federal courtroom seven years ago and explained that his cybercrimes were altruistic acts of civil disobedience, he was cut a break by a judge who chalked it up to youthful folly.
Not this time.
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:25 AM
When federal agents kicked in the door of his South Side home in March 2012, "hacktivist" Jeremy Hammond was already a cause celebre among anarchists and cyberterrorists for his sophisticated infiltration of government and corporate websites.
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Fifth-graders at Braeside Elementary School in Highland Park got a balanced dose of reality as four veterans, who served from the Cold War through Iraq, spoke of their experiences and answered questions before Veteran's Day.
Visiting Lisa Colbert's...