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The Shedd Aquarium opened on July 1 at 25% capacity and with timed-entry tickets. (Courtesy Shedd Aquarium)

Chicago’s cultural institutions are beginning to reopen after shutting their doors in mid-March as the coronavirus spread. What you can expect on your next trip.

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Using the Event Horizon Telescope, scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon. (Credits: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.)

From the first-ever image of a black hole to growing concern over climate change, we review some of the year’s top science stories with three of our regular science contributors.

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Diamonds from the Juina area: most of these are super-deep diamonds. (Credit: Graham Pearson)

Scientists in Spain have been analyzing so-called super-deep diamonds as a means to learn more about the formation of the Earth itself. Rabiah Mayas tells us more about that and other stories making science headlines.

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(Courtesy Stanford University)

Could futuristic-looking headware ultimately lead to self-focusing glasses? Rabiah Mayas returns with a roundup of the latest science news.

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(Courtesy of the University of Illinois)

We discuss the latest science headlines with Rabiah Mayas, associate director of the Science in Society program at Northwestern University.

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A Chinese spacecraft enters the moon’s orbit and prepares to be the first to land on its far side. Rabiah Mayas joins us with stories making headlines in the world of science.

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A revolutionary new telescope detects a mysterious signal, and why sleeping with the light on could increase your risk for diabetes. Rabiah Mayas joins us with stories making headlines in the world of science.

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Rabiah Mayas, one of our favorite explainers of all things scientific, shares some of the latest top science news from Chicago and around the world.

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It’s open season for hunters of Canada geese, but the migrating birds have found a novel way to stay out of the firing line: wintering in the city. Rabiah Mayas joins us with that story and more from the world of science.

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Rabiah Mayas returns to explain why NASA needs your origami skills and other stories from the world of science.

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Rabiah Mayas returns to review some of the latest, breaking stories from the world of science.

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(Justin Hobson / Wikimedia Commons)

The increasing frequency of tornadoes, and a new study on gun violence. Those stories more from the world of science with Rabiah Mayas.

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A new study finds that just one childhood concussion can have profound long-term impacts on health and educational attainment. That story and more from the world of science.

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What our age may or may not say about our health, why some people may be “hardwired” to experience chronic pain, and a possible explanation for the ice geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Rabiah Mayas joins “Chicago Tonight” to examine these stories and more. 

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This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. (Caltech/R. Hurt/IPAC)

Evidence of a distant ninth planet in our solar system, electronic implants that can monitor brain injury then melt away, and how more sleep may reduce diabetes risk. Rabiah Mayas of the Museum of Science and Industry is back to review some of the hottest stories in the world of science.

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A new baseball statistic that could help the Chicago Cubs win, a new tool that could revolutionize the surgical removal of cancerous tumors and new images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Museum of Science and Industry director of science and integrated strategies Rabiah Mayas joins us with these stories and more.

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