NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovers FIVE double-sun planets that ‘could support alien life’ 

The Kepler mission has spotted thousands of exoplanets since 2014, with 30 planets less than twice the size of Earth now known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars. Launched from Cape Canaveral on March 7th 2009, the Kepler telescope has helped in the search for planets outside of the solar system.  It … Read more

Opening party for one rural Illinois bar led to 46 COVID-19 cases

Opening party for one rural Illinois bar led to 46 COVID-19 cases, the hospitalization of a nursing home resident and the closure of a school that kept 650 children out of class A bar in rural Illinois held an opening party indoors, where attendees often didn’t wear masks or practice social distancing Within two weeks, … Read more

‘Zombie genes’ – glial cells – come alive in human brain for HOURS after a person dies, study shows

‘Zombie genes’ come alive and grow larger with arm-like appendages in the brain for many HOURS after a person dies, study reveals Experts observed genes in brain tissue increase activity after a person was dead The team says these ‘zombie genes’ are inflammatory cells called glial cells They grew larger and sprouted long-arm like appendages for … Read more

Large Hadron Collider detects elusive ‘odderon’ quasiparticle 50 YEARS after it was first predicted

Concluding a hunt that began almost 50 years ago, particle physicists from CERN and the US have detected an elusive and weird phenomenon called the ‘odderon’. It was formed by firing protons at each other at high energies in the Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile-long particle accelerator circling under the French-Swiss border. This effort built on … Read more

Chicago suburb Evanston pledges $10m to fund reparations for black residents

A Chicago suburb is on its way to becoming the first in the country to fund reparations for its black residents with a pledge of $10million over 10 years, but some say it isn’t enough.   Evanston’s reparations fund, established in 2019, is focused on housing inequities, using a 3 per cent tax on recreational marijuana … Read more

Opioid overdose deaths surged 24% during pandemic lockdowns in Chicago, CDC report reveals

While the coronavirus pandemic rose to new heights in the U.S., the ‘silent epidemic’ of opioid overdose deaths worsened amid lockdowns, new research suggests. Opioid deaths increased by nearly a quarter in Cook County, Illinois – the county where Chicago is located –  during an 11-week stay-at-home order from late March to May, 2020, researchers … Read more

Woman whose cystic acne left her in ‘extreme pain’ and suicidal finds ‘life-changing’ treatment

An Illinois woman’s acne caused cysts so bad — and so resistant to medication — that she bled all over her face and grew suicidal, checking into a mental hospital — but a new treatment has saved her live.  Isabella Miller, 20, started suffering from severe acne in her early teens, and within months was diagnosed with … Read more

Woman whose cystic acne left her in ‘extreme pain’ and suicidal finds ‘life-changing’ treatment

An Illinois woman’s acne caused cysts so bad — and so resistant to medication — that she bled all over her face and grew suicidal, checking into a mental hospital — but a new treatment has saved her live.  Isabella Miller, 20, started suffering from severe acne in her early teens, and within months was diagnosed with … Read more