Category: Science

Batavia Public Library Science & Art Fair Jan. 26

The Batavia Public Library’s fourth annual Science & Art Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue. Families are invited to explore exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. The open-house format features stations from Incredible Bats, SciTech Museum, NIU…...

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Balloons, solar, as cell tower?: Loon LLC is an Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary working on providing Internet access to rural and remote areas by using high-altitude balloons at an altitude of about 11 miles to create an aerial wireless network. Each balloon’s electronics are powered by an array of solar panels and a battery for use at night. Google photo

Future solar uses will be widespread, including military

By Donna Crane – Last of two parts John Fialka’s, online report about the future of the solar industry for Scientific American (E&E News) continues this week. “Scientists are developing flexible, thin films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. “The military learned in…...

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Donna Crane

Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology

First of two parts Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology. Scientists are developing flexible, thin-films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. John Fialka, submitted the following report online November 30 for Scientific American (E&E News). “Now that solar energy is competitive with…...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could…...

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Representative seeks faster DNA testing

Concerned about the Illinois State Police’s sexual assault case backlog, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, is calling for a review of the State Police’s procedures in order to both quicken the pace of DNA testing and deliver justice for every survivor of a violent crime. “Sexual assault survivors undergo mental…...

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Arlene Hawks, executive director of SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, shares plans with members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. The museum in downtown Aurora with approximately 200 hands-on exhibits, recently celebrated 30 years of educating students of all ages. Founding director Ernest Malamud, a Fermilab physicist, envisioned an inspiring space to introduce people of all ages to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Hawks, a former teacher and theater director at East Aurora High School, hopes partnerships and funding from Fox Valley businesses and organizations will continue to help the Museum develop fresh, interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) exhibits. She was happy to report the museum traffic has increased by 40%.

SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora recently celebrated 30 years of educating students

Arlene Hawks, executive director of SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, shares plans with members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. The museum in downtown Aurora with approximately 200 hands-on exhibits, recently celebrated 30 years of educating students of all ages. Founding director…...

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Donna Crane

Michael J. Fox: Medicinal product assists Parkinson’s

Reprinted from The Voice, November 9, 2017. Suzanne Pischner (CNN) reports: “After decades of battling with Parkinson’s Disease, Michael J. Fox and Cornell University student, Amanda Pyces, commenced to find the safest, most effective form of medicinal cannabis. “Their goal: Bring an all natural product to the masses that actually…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Life in 1936: Roosevelt election to the telephone

While cleaning out book shelves and taking books to resale, I came across the Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia year books I had forgotten were in my possession. Remember when our information came from such encyclopedias? I remember sitting in the library carels at Illinois State University in Normal, on a…...

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Leon Lederman Fermilab

Late Leon Lederman scientific trail-blazer, Nobel Prize recipient

Leon Lederman, a trail-blazing researcher with a passion for science education who served as Fermilab’s director from 1978 to 1989 and was a recipient of the Nobel Prize for discovery of the muon neutrino, died peacefully October 3 at a nursing home in Rexburg, Idaho. He was 96. He is…...

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John Whitehead

Big Brother assisted by technology

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases by using emerging surveillance, DNA, and biometrics technologies, Big Brother, and his corporate partners in crime, are getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive, and stalker-like. Indeed, every dystopian…...

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Eleventh District U.S. congressman Bill Foster offers a few words during SciTech Hands on Museum’s 30th anniversary

Celebrating 30 years of Science

Eleventh District U.S. congressman Bill Foster offers a few words during SciTech Hands on Museum’s 30th anniversary celebration on Benton Street in Aurora Sunday. Arlene Hawks, SciTech executive director is at the right. Carter Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and...

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Larry Frieders

Changing perception of hemp permits beneficial use

Is CBD (Hemp) a Hoax or a Fad? For vast amounts of history, life on earth, including human, advanced side-by-side with hemp, a prolific weed. It grew everywhere. Animals ate it. Birds loved the seed. A survey in 2003 showed that more than 95% of hemp seed sold in the…...

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Goat yoga offers relaxation at Saturday’s annual Aurora GreenFest. Jason Crane/The Voice

Goat Yoga one of the new exhibits at 9th Annual Aurora Greenfest

Goat yoga offers relaxation at Saturday’s annual Aurora GreenFest. Jason Crane/The Voice  … This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Naperville Astronomical Society invites community to observe the Universe

Naperville Astronomical Society invites community to observe the Universe

The Naperville Astronomical Society holds stargazing events on the Riverwalk and invites community members to observe the Universe, similar to last week’s scene. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Three new fun events at Aurora GreenFest

The 2018 Aurora GreenFest will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park at 150 W. Illinois Avenue in Aurora. The Aurora GreenFest is a celebration of sustainability, including ways to protect the environment and make our lives better. The event…...

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Aurora Public Library Eola Road Branch Storytime is one of many Aurora Public Library storytimes in Aurora.

Many Aurora Public Library Storytime sites promote literacy, relationships

By Anthony Stanford –  All three Aurora Public Library (APL) locations and several bookmobile stops were hosts to that APL customer favorite: Storytime. Designed to promote literacy, storytimes are presented at locations such as Panera Bread, the Fire Museum, and SciTech, and offer a unique experience for children of all…...

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Fox Valley Robotics ready for 17th season in Batavia

Fox Valley Robotics and Batavia Robotics (FVR/BR) will open registration for their 17th season this year with new robotics challenges for kids in first through 12th grades. The LegoWolves Division for first through third graders will take on space in the new challenge “Mission Moon”. These young kids will work…...

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Ken Schroth, city of Aurora director of Public Works / City engineer, left, explains a resolution to establish a Private Service Line Replacement Program at a special city of Aurora government Building Grounds and Infrastructure Committee meeting Monday. Members include left to right, Tina Bohman, First Ward; Bill Donnell, Fourth Ward; Juany Garza, chairman, and Second Ward.

Aurora residents may get the lead out of water systems

By Jason Crane –  The city of Aurora government plans to establish a Private Service Line Replacement Program to help Aurora residents get the lead out of community water systems by prioritizing the replacement of private lead service lines (LSL)s. At a special city of Aurora government Building Grounds and…...

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IMSA in Aurora receives a new sign on campus and recently was named best public school in the U.S.. Jason Crane/The Voice

Illinois Math and Science Academy STEM Award inspiring

Recently, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups…...

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scientific concept of The Space Elevator at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora

The Space Elevator

Larry Bartoszek, a mechanical engineer, explains the scientific concept of The Space Elevator at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. A space elevator is a proposed type of planet-to-space transportation system. The main component would be a cable, called a tether, anchored to the…...

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