Say it slowly: ‘Audio dilation’ could enhance hearing comprehension

By Michael Epstein John Novak thinks that we all need to slow down and listen if we want to really hear a conversation or even your favorite song. Novak, a P.h.D. candidate studying computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Lab, has spent the last four years developing software he calls… Continue reading Say it slowly: ‘Audio dilation’ could enhance hearing comprehension

Experts say jobs will sway voters on clean energy

By Michael Epstein Environmental leaders stressed job opportunities as a key strategy in advocating for environmental policies, such as the push for more clean energy. Experts gathered a pair of environment-themed panels at the Making Progress 2014 conference Wednesday in Washington D.C. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s keynote address connected the Obama administration’s 56 months of… Continue reading Experts say jobs will sway voters on clean energy

Virtual reality room brings the brain, Mars and research into CAVE2

By Michael Epstein The  “CAVE2” hybrid reality environment takes virtual reality from head-mounted devices to virtual reality rooms. The environment is the creation of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Chicago. A massive supercomputer-powered “theatre” comes to life through the choreography of more than 35 3-D-capable high-definition displays, motion trackers and… Continue reading Virtual reality room brings the brain, Mars and research into CAVE2

Illinois fracking hops final hurdle – Regulations approved Thursday

Fracking could begin in Illinois as early as February after regulations governing the process were approved Thursday. The Illinois Joint Commission on Administrative Rules approved a finalized version of the regulations governing hydraulic fracturing at a meeting at the Michael A. Bilandic building in Chicago. The commission’s consent and finalized regulations opens the way for the… Continue reading Illinois fracking hops final hurdle – Regulations approved Thursday

Five labs to blow your mind at Chicago Ideas Week

By Michael Epstein Chicago Ideas Week kicks off Monday with a deluge of more than 180 enlightening things to do, including tours and hands-on activities at some of the city’s most innovative businesses. Now celebrating its fourth year, Chicago Ideas Week brings together world-class minds for discussions, events and demos. “You go the West Coast,”… Continue reading Five labs to blow your mind at Chicago Ideas Week

User data privacy fuels Ello’s continued growth surge

By Michael Epstein Are you tired of getting chased by your browser profile on Facebook, Twitter and Google? They won’t be able to reach you on Ello, the site producers promise. Proudly declaring that Ello will never run ads or track and sell user information, the new invite-only social network, continues to sign on thousands… Continue reading User data privacy fuels Ello’s continued growth surge