| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:16 PM
Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday at his home in Dublin after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:42 AM
Our world is in a mess. Conflict and crisis exist everywhere, from our streets to our government, and to every continent on the face of the earth. No group of people are more aware, and more affected by this than are the world's Jewry, locked again into...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 2:17 PM
The only way Chicago's Field Museum could have had a better benefactor is if there had been a generous turn-of-the-last-century tycoon named "Natural History."
Considering the unlikelihood of that, "Field" will do. Marshall Field was a retailing mogul...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 11:12 AM
If a University of Illinois engineering student and a recent graduate are successful, girls soon will be accessorizing their dolls with science safety goggles and lab coats instead of hair bows and purses.
Supriya Hobbs, who graduated in May with a...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 11:53 AM
This week Maryam Mirzakhani was named a winner of the Fields Medal, considered the equivalent to a Nobel Prize mathematics. One of four Fields Medal winners in 2014, she is the first woman to receive the award since it was launched in 1936.
| Aug 12, 2014
| 1:20 PM
"A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History" is the new book by science writer Nicholas Wade that asserts a genetic basis for certain human behaviors and distinguishes them by race. It's been widely panned in book reviews, especially by...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:30 AM
LOCARNO - For decades now, Luc Besson, a director who gave French cinema a huge shot of mainstream action-traction and grandfathered - though not old himself - a new generation of Gallic action directors, has been dubbed, and sometimes dismissed in his...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 10:35 AM
Hillary Rodham Clinton has been everywhere promoting her new memoir "Hard Choices" and not answering the question of whether she's planning to run for president in 2016. But there's no way the supposed front-runner for the Democratic nomination would ever...
| Aug 8, 2014
Literature thrives on repression. At certain times, and under certain regimes, it has been thought by many to be not worth just making sacrifices for, but actually worth dying for, and the more autocratic the government, the greater cachet it possesses in...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON--Even as President Obama continues to insist that there will be no return of American "boots on the ground" in Iraq, stark reality is severely testing what has come to be known as the Obama Doctrine--that the use of U.S. military power has...
| Aug 9, 2014
In its messy, uncertain evolution toward democracy, Myanmar is reconstructing a crippled university system.
That's where the remodeled garage in DeKalb comes into play, in a vital way.
The building, under the shade of an oak tree on Northern...
| Jul 29, 2014
Wednesday's print column 1. The whole thing sounds like a middle-school science project. Using one rubber glove dipped into a "bacterial broth" (yum!), and a sterilized second glove, a biochemist and a doctoral candidate at Aberystwyth University, Wales,...