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Graduate student Matthew Verosloff, hangs by one arm off a dirt ledge as he leans his body over the edge of a river. His free arm is reaching down with a test tube to collect a sample of water. He’s...
Everything goes in and out of Venice on flat barges — no walls, edges, or rails to steady the contents, even when it’s expensive scientific equipment. So I sat with my hands on as many boxes as I...
Many women have heard warnings and stories about postpartum depression, a serious mental illness, but not all women realize that depression can hit at any stage of pregnancy. Perinatal depression can...
The cave system of Rio Secreto in Mexico lies underground in impenetrable darkness, locked away from all natural light. The creatures within have adapted to this environment. Blind fish once had eyes...
Shells — even those some 66 million years old — can tell us a lot about climate change, says Ben Linzmeier.
Machines are changing how engineers think about materials. Using powerful computation, Chris Wolverton, the Jerome B. Cohen Professor at the McCormick School of Engineering, can achieve in hours or...
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...


Jun 3, 2019
Scientists at Northwestern University are taking their flourishing freeze-casting research, which... Read More
Nov 15, 2018
On stage at the Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre in 2016, actor and director Michael Patrick Thornton... Read More
Oct 25, 2018
In the time it takes to read this paragraph, another American will be diagnosed with one of the... Read More


By: Sarah Anderson
Sep 5, 2019
As a graduate student getting my PhD in chemistry, I’m expected to keep a laboratory notebook. It’s where I... Read More
By: Rebecca Harmon
Apr 25, 2019
As I stand in an emerald green room beneath a windmill in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands, wearing a canvas smock... Read More
By: Ingrid Stolt
Feb 11, 2019
As a young girl I could spend hours playing with my parents’ refrigerator magnets. I used to pretend that one... Read More
By: Julianne Beck
Jan 11, 2019
A new era of growth in the field of perovskite solar cells began this month, with the publication of a paper... Read More