| Jul 13, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Some brittle and warped, others as smooth and flat as the day they left the processing shop, the 35-millimeter negatives trickle in to Xiao Ma's dank recycling depot in north Beijing, collected by a network of trash pickers. Stuffed into old rice bags and...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Looking for life beyond Earth? You now have twice as many planets to explore.
According to a study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, there may be as many as 60 billion exoplanets in our galaxy alone in the so-called habitable zone around their...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 5:45 AM
Far more of Earth’s water was locked up as ice at the height of the last ice age than previously thought, and current climate change models may need to be adjusted to account for it, according to a new study.
The research is the latest salvo...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Before they set foot in kindergarten, some children are armed to the teeth with new words, while others come bearing far smaller verbal arsenals. What factors at home affect how wordy children's brains are in their early years? A new study in...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 6:32 PM
When Jerome Karle learned he was to share the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Brooklyn-born scientist was miles above the Atlantic Ocean and quite unaware that his flight was about to turn into a champagne fete.
Karle had left his hotel room in Munich,...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 5:03 PM
Physicist Kenneth G. Wilson, who earned a Nobel Prize for breakthrough research that explained how factors like temperature and pressure lead to sudden transformations of matter, such as boiling water's shift from liquid to vapor, died Saturday in Saco,...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 3:04 PM
When Hoag Hospital announced this spring it would no longer provide elective abortions, officials at the esteemed Orange County medical center said the decision was made because of low demand.
But records and interviews show the decision was closely...
| Jun 19, 2013
Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, co-founder and former owner of The Second City, the influential Chicago comedy venue that pioneered rapid-fire comedy sketches using ideas plucked from the audience, died Sunday at his home in Chicago. He was 90.
His wife, Jane...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Robert Fogel, the University of Chicago economic historian awarded a Nobel Prize for his data-driven reconsiderations of how railways and slavery influenced U.S. economic history, has died. He was 86.
Fogel died Tuesday at Manor Care Health Services...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:01 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday is to announce the nomination of Jason Furman to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisors, elevating the longtime aide to one of the administration's most visible positions dealing with the economy....
| May 31, 2013
A self-described "loud-mouthed Irish priest" ("And may they carve it on my gravestone!" he once quipped), the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley rejected a conventional definition of his vocation.
Denied a parish, the Roman Catholic priest created his own pulpits...