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Chicago is seeking proposals to install solar panels on 30 acres of previously developed land in Austin, Englewood, West Pullman, Riverdale and South Deering. 

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A new cybersecurity plan unveiled last week by the Trump White House indicates that the U.S. could take more aggressive steps to combat foreign hackers. 

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A new art installation at Navy Pier uses a solar-powered highway message board to warn of the dangers of climate change. (Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

Pull over to the side of the road and consider the world-ending event taking place before your eyes. That’s essentially the message conveyed by the newest piece of public art on display at Navy Pier.

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An effort by FEMA to better warn U.S. residents of major emergencies and threats raises concerns about privacy and how the system could potentially be abused.

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The important role computer models play in predicting the impact of hurricanes. We speak with David Brannegan of Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.

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UIC bioengineering professor Ian Papautsky and Erin Haynes of the University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health present a sensor that will conduct rapid testing for human exposure to toxic metals. (Courtesy University of Cincinnati)

If successful, the portable, smartphone-sized sensor will measure human exposure to toxic metals like lead and manganese using a single finger prick of blood  – and deliver results in minutes.

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Chicago has become the seventh city in the world to receive top-level certification for its sustainability efforts focused on green buildings.

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Residents of Dune Acres, Indiana, hike Cowles Bog Trail. (Katherine Moore Powell / The Field Museum)

About 2 million people visit the Indiana Dunes each year for its hills of sand and sprawling beaches. But the beloved site on the southern shore of Lake Michigan is changing – and not in a good way.

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The Northwest Passage Project research vessel the Akademik loffe.

Six students from the University of Illinois at Chicago are starting the fall semester a little early – and a couple thousand miles from campus.

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A bill signed into law this week seeks to incorporate composted soil into state-funded landscaping projects. 

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Field Museum ichthyologist Susan Mochel talks with visitors at the museum's ID Day in 2017. (Courtesy Field Museum)

More scientists will be on hand next month to examine specimens and artifacts brought in by visitors, including staff specializing in zoology, paleontology, geology, ichthyology (also known as fish science) and more.

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We bite into the science behind this summer’s blockbuster movie about the giant, prehistoric shark Megalodon with a Shedd Aquarium expert.

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In Illinois last year, more than 2,300 bridges were classified as “structurally deficient” – including three spanning Lake Shore Drive. We talk aging infrastructure in Chicago and beyond.

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Vice President Mike Pence: “The space environment is fundamentally changed in the last generation.”

The president proposes a new branch of the military for space defense. Local experts weigh in on Space Force.

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(Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

A groundbreaking program to study urban wildlife using a network of motion-triggered cameras is expanding to Canada and South Africa. 

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Researchers from Cornell University and the EPA are raising concerns about the potential impact of recently discovered non-invasive species on the overall health of the Great Lakes.

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