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Race Study can Predict Ability to Remember Faces

Not being able to tell the difference between people of another race has typically been seen as a sign of racism. But the idea that “they all look alike” is actually something researchers have studied for decades. And social scientists say it may have more to do with the wiring in our brains than any [...]

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ER Simulation

For medical students, hands-on experience in the emergency room means high pressure cases, in often life and death situations. Today, medical educators are using new teaching tools that combine state-of-the-art technology and role playing. Inside the emergency room at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, students are getting real-life medical experience in a virtual ER. As [...]

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Ameya Pawar: Alderman of the People

So far, Ameya Pawar appears to be bucking the political system in the way he appoints staff, deals with ward construction projects and runs his ward office. Some say the freshman alderman is the new face of changing politics in Chicago. He was the dark horse candidate in the 47th ward’s last election, and now [...]

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Lukas Verzbicas: Future of American Distance Running

It was a cold, rainy afternoon at Icahn Stadium in New York – hardly ideal conditions for running. Fifteen high school athletes toed the line at the Adidas Dream Mile, getting ready to take on the most historic barrier in running: the four-minute mile. Only one individual, however, would earn the adulation of the crowd [...]

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Assyrian Dictionary

The Oriental Institute Completes Ancient Project The gallery inside The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is filled with ancient relics like the human-headed winged bull from Khorsabad. At 16 feet tall, it is arguably the most spectacular object in the Institute’s Mesopotamian collection. But it is in the small sun-baked clay tablets on [...]

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Same-Sex Couples Exchange Vows in Civil Unions Ceremony

It’s being lauded as an historic day in Illinois as the first same-sex unions are being performed in the state. On Thursday morning, Gov. Pat Quinn, along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave opening remarks, as couples held their civil union ceremonies in Millennium Park. The grand ceremony comes one day after the law, which provides [...]

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Couples Line up for Civil Union Licenses

In January, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The law, which provides new legal protections to same sex couples in Illinois, went into effect on Wednesday. By 7:00 am, the line outside the Cook County Clerk’s Vital Records office at the Daley Center stretched down the hall and [...]

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The Growing Pains of Going Green

It’s been called one of the greenest homes in the country. But the net-zero energy home, on Chicago’s Northwest side is also spotlighting growing pains in city zoning and the effect some green technology has on neighboring residents. On a quiet, tree-lined street in the Edgebrook neighborhood rests the extreme green dream home of Jacek [...]

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Conservation and Design Come Together in Field Museum Exhibition

Last week, The Field Museum unveiled its newest exhibition. Design for a Living World features the work of 10 internationally known designers who were tasked with designing everyday items using sustainable materials. Designer Paulina Reyes points out some of the remarkable features of a handbag she designed for The Nature Conservancy’s Design for a Living [...]

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Potential Jurors Hoping To Avoid Blagojevich Retrial

As jury questioning for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial got underway Thursday morning, it became evident that many of the potential jurors were hoping to avoid the trial. U.S. District Judge James Zagel noted that there were an extraordinary number of jurors who asked to be excused, but he informed those in the courtroom that he did [...]

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The Bionic Leg

For the last five years, Hailey Danisewicz has learned to deal with not having two healthy legs to walk on. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer when she was just 12 years old, Hailey endured years of chemotherapy and unsuccessful surgeries until her disease-ravaged leg became a burden. “I wasn’t able to bend [...]

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Snowmobile Rescue Caught On-Camera: Believe It!

A Chicago Tonight viewer e-mailed us about a story we aired Thursday night. The e-mail said: “Please do not insult my intelligence. I find it hard to believe that reporter Ash-har Quraishi just happened to be standing along a random Chicago side street as a medical rescue occurred via snowmobile. I expect more from my [...]

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Old World Craftsmanship Brings Harps to Life

For more than a century, Chicago has been home to the master harpmakers at Lyon & Healy.  Combining precision engineering with old-world craftsmanship, the instrument makers are widely considered one of the finest manufacturers of harps in the world. Known as the largest stringed instrument in a classical orchestra (not counting a piano), the harp [...]

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More Parking, Bad for Business?

They’ve been vandalized, boycotted, and, in the last month, some 20 of the city’s pay-to-park meter boxes have actually been stolen.  They don’t appear to have too many fans. There’s little doubt that the new parking meter system has made an impact – especially in places like the Devon Avenue marketplace on Chicago’s North Side. [...]

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For Sale: 18th Century Violin – Asking Price: $18 Million

At Bein & Fushi’s Rare Violins on Michigan Avenue, you can find dozens of fine violins. Some have been re-strung or repaired, while others have been completely restored. But there is one violin in this shop that is kept under lock and key away from the others. “Every time I take it out of the [...]

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