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By: Rebecca Harmon
April 25, 2019
As I stand in an emerald green room beneath a windmill in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands, wearing a canvas smock and disposable gloves, I am front-row to a demonstration of how artists traditionally made... Read more
By: Victoria Cooley
February 19, 2019
It’s a Friday morning in the painting conservation offices at the Art Institute of Chicago. I’m ushered through security and brought to a staging room. It’s cavernous. I tilt my head up: Towering... Read more
By: Ingrid Stolt
February 11, 2019
As a young girl I could spend hours playing with my parents’ refrigerator magnets. I used to pretend that one magnet was a magic wand that was causing the other to move back and forth and rotate... Read more
By: Julianne Beck
January 11, 2019
A new era of growth in the field of perovskite solar cells began this month, with the publication of a paper by Mercouri Kanatzidis, Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at... Read more
By: Bobby Bobbitt
November 5, 2018
Max Shepherd is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering. His research focuses on the mechanical design and control of lower limb prosthetics... Read more
By: Jennifer DiStefano, Nathan Bradshaw
August 6, 2018
It’s virtually impossible to read this blog without the aid of plastics. Our phones, our computers, our printers, all use the material made popular by a 20th century revolution in manufacturing. And... Read more
By: Suzy Lee
June 1, 2018
You are in a self-driving car. It is careening down a narrow alleyway, sandwiched between a brick wall and a convenience store. A man exits the shop and pauses in front of the entrance to light a... Read more
By: Austin Lim
April 23, 2018
Contemporary painter and photographer Chuck Close has displayed artwork at famed galleries around the world. He has published several books of his paintings and was an acting member of the President... Read more
By: Danielle Fanslow
November 12, 2017
The key to youth and beauty may be found in one of the world’s ugliest critters, the naked mole rat. These pink, hairless, and quite unnerving-looking rodents can live nearly 30 years. By comparison... Read more
By: Austin Lim
November 5, 2017
In 1967, a surgeon in South Africa successfully carried out the first human heart transplant. Doctor Christiaan Barnard performed the operation on a 53-year-old man dying from chronic heart disease.... Read more