Category: Science

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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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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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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Donna Crane

Beyond Meat tests continual, matches beef’s taste

First of three parts Our society will be faced with many decisions regarding our future food consumption. Having been raised on a farm where we produced our own meats and vegetables, it was a seemingly healthy lifestyle. We fed our animals grains and hay which we harvested and then after...

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Donna Crane

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees

Loraine Cho of EcoWatch reports: “Earlier this year, the Chinese government announced plans for a major reforestation project: Growing 6.66 Million hectares of new forests this year, an area roughly the size of Ireland. “To achieve this goal, China reassigned more than 60,000 soldiers to plant the trees. According to...

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Aurora Water Production Division for winning the 2017 Kane County Water Association Taste Test

City of Aurora Water Production Division Honored for winning the 2017 Kane County Water Association Taste Test contest, again

Honored at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday was the city of Aurora Water Production Division for winning the 2017 Kane County Water Association Taste Test contest for the seventh time. It competed against nine other municipalities for taste, odor, and color. Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin, right, holds a...

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Cannabinoids compounds have remarkable medical value

Have you heard about CBD? Is it legal? Does it really work? Will it make me high? The major active components of cannabis/hemp are a family of compounds known as cannabinoids. There are more than 60 cannabinoids, though only a handful have been studied. As a family they appear to...

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U.S. Air Force Band Plays Sunday

There will be a free concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at Fox Valley Kicker Club, 1015 Harvey Road, Oswego. The band Starlifter, a United States Air Force Band, is a seven-piece group of talented Airmen-musicians. The group performs virtually every musical idiom, from rock and...

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