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I recently got into a debate with a colleague about whether or not I am a biologist. According to this biologist, I cannot possibly be a microbiologist because my lab is part of the Department of...
For many of us, magic is a mystery. Even though we know a coin can’t possibly vanish into thin air, we’re made to believe as if it does. A magician’s act can be so convincing that, for a few minutes...
It’s a typical, pleasant winter morning in Evanston. The ground is covered with a blanket of wispy snow. The Northern winds blow my scarf like a windsock. I reach for the handle on my car door and...
I grew up in a rural town in the middle of Missouri, where the most interesting thing to do at night was to go to the local park and watch the stars. One night as a teenager, on my way back home, I...


Jan 13, 2017
As a young man, theoretical physicist Neil Turok volunteered to teach at a primary school in the... Read More
By: Jamie McFarlin + 3 others.
Dec 22, 2016
After a divisive election, many of us are expecting a big helping of awkward family conversation... Read More
Nov 30, 2016
In recent years, we have witnessed huge devastations including severe droughts in California,... Read More


By: Sara Grady
Dec 20, 2016
When I lived in the UK, I spent a significant amount of time in cozy, British pubs. They are the epitome of... Read More
By: Kelly Ksiazek-Mikenas
Nov 3, 2016
In Jack and the Beanstalk, seeds tossed out a window spring up overnight, reaching a secret land high above... Read More
By: Danielle Fanslow
Oct 19, 2016
It’s the playoffs -- the climactic end of baseball's post-season -- and in Chicago, that means watching your... Read More
By: Nisan Hubbard
Oct 7, 2016
Imagine a big classroom room full of elementary and middle school students, a bunch of eager beavers if you... Read More