Stories by ash-har quraishi

Massive Partnership Promises Fields of Dreams

A multimillion dollar public-private partnership has attracted donors from all over the world. We show you how it's breathing new life into old athletic fields.

Distorted Memories

In tonight's Scientific Chicago, Ash-har Quraishi takes a look at a recent scientific study that delves deep into what happens as we recall events from our past.

Instructing Animals

How the Shedd Aquarium is Teaching Aquatic Inhabitants to Follow Directions

Teaching sharks to wait their turn for food. We show you some of the pioneering training the Shedd Aquarium is doing to get exotic animals to follow directions.

Touch Technology

Could the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet actually touch you back? Ash-har Quraishi takes a look at the technology that could add more dimension to how that flat plate of glass feels.

Bollywood in Chicago

The crew on "Dhoom 3" is a mix of locals and Indians. About 60% of the crew came from India.

We take you on the set of an international, big budget action film being shot here in Chicago.

The Gardens of the Shedd

We take a look at the Shedd Aquarium's efforts to harvest sustainable produce in their organic gardens.

Preventing Colon Cancer

Experts say one of the deadliest cancers in Illinois doesn’t have to be. Ash-har Quraishi has the story.

Fragile X Syndrome, Autism: Treating Social Withdrawal

A new drug shows promise in the treatment of social withdrawal for people with Fragile X syndrome, and potentially for autism patients.

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Teachers on the Picket Line

As day three of negotiations continue, we talk with teachers on the picket line. We bring you the sticking points -- from their point of view.

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Damaging Drought

Farmers and scientists say this year's corn yield will be the lowest in more than a decade. We take a look at how genetic engineering may have tempered the effects of this year's drought.

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The Gardens of the Shedd

We take a look at the Shedd Aquarium's efforts to harvest sustainable produce in their organic gardens.

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Local Windsurfer Prepares for Olympics

He's the top ranked windsurfer in the country and the first Chicagoan ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. Ash-har Quraishi catches up with first-time Olympian, Bob Willis.

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Asian Carp: Taste of the Town

We show you how striking a balance between economics and the environment could help prevent an Asian carp invasion.

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Syrian Refugees Seek Protection with Neighboring Turkey

We visit the Syrian refugee camps along the Turkish border, and share the story of a Chicago area doctor trying to help.

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Unraveling Turkish Rugs

Unraveling the past to create the future. Modern Turkish rugs are going green. Ash-har Quraishi takes us to Turkey to show us the innovative carpet designs, and how you can find them right here in Chicago.

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Foreign Journalists Descend on Chicago

Thousands of journalists from around the world are descending on the city. We take you inside McCormick Place to show you how the international media is getting ready to cover the event. 

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Inside the NATO Communications Center

More than 40 government agencies are ready to respond to any disruptions this weekend. We take a look at the secret communications center that will be keeping watch over the city during the NATO summit.

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Brookfield Zoo Studies Mexican Gray Wolves

We show you how researchers are tracking cancer rates in the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf in tonight's Scientific Chicago.

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Promising Transplant Trials

Preventing the rejection of organ transplants. Could new research hold the key to long-term success? Ash-har Quraishi takes a look in this edition of Scientific Chicago.

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Eagles Nesting in Cook County

Image credit: Jerry Goldner

The eagles have landed. We show you some of the first images of a pair of American Bald Eagles, and their newly hatched eaglets, nesting in a Cook County Forest Preserve.

Touch Technology

Could the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet actually touch you back? Ash-har Quraishi takes a look at the technology that could add more dimension to how that flat plate of glass feels.

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Great Lakes Invasion

Quagga Mussels Wreak Havoc on Ecosystem

Algae blooming in Lake Erie. Image credit: NOAA/USGS

A tiny, fingernail-sized organism that some are calling the scourge of the Great Lakes is fundamentally altering marine life. Ash-har Quraishi reports on a devastating invasive species that is causing ripples all the way up the food chain.

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Rumbling Robots

FIRST Robotics Competition in Chicago

It's been called the Superbowl of Smarts. We show you a robot battle that pits brains over braun. Ash-har Quraishi takes a look at the FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Photographing Endangered Species

Hine's Emerald Dragonfly. Photo by Carol Freeman

We introduce you to a wildlife photographer who has made it her mission to track down and photograph Illinois' threatened and endangered species.

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Retooling the Workforce

With unemployment at record highs, why are some companies struggling to fill jobs? Ash-har Quraishi has the story of the job skills crisis.

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Chicago's Oscar Gold

Courtesy Basma Babar-Quraishi

We take you inside the North Side plant where the Academy Awards are made. You might be surprised to learn about the other famous trophies produced right here in Chicago. Ash-har Quraishi has the story.

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