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 “audio dilation,” which can reduce the speed of audio streaming through a smartphone or laptop — music or a phone call — in real time with little to no effect on its clarity. Continue reading “Say it slowly: ‘Audio dilation’ could enhance hearing comprehension”→
Environmental and health care advocates can rejoice. Incumbent Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9th district) was elected Tuesday for her ninth consecutive term to the U.S. House of Representatives, based on 66 percent of precincts reporting. The newly re-elected congresswoman defeated opponent Susanne Atanus with almost 67 percent of the vote.
Schakowsky’s 9th district straddles the North Side of Chicago and a swathe of northern and northwestern suburbs. But her environmental and consumer concerns blanket national consumer issues involving vehicle safety, removal of various chemicals from cosmetics and improved safety for children’s products and cosmetics.
An adult traveling from Liberia, under observation at Rush University Medical Center, will not undergo testing for Ebola after an initial evaluation, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention determined Wednesday. The traveler was taken to Rush Tuesday after reporting nausea and diarrhea on a flight from Liberia to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Continue reading “Chicago evaluates first two patients for Ebola”→
It’s hard to resist the smell of hot gooey cinnamon rolls and syrupy holiday coffee. It hits your taste buds and releases dopamine, lighting up the brain’s reward system.
“Food labels now don’t distinguish between added sugar and natural sugar. Milk might have 12 grams of sugar but that is different from the added sugar in a candy bar,” said Isabel Maples, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Including the amount of added sugars on nutrition facts labels is one change the FDA is assessing. The FDA is still reviewing whether they will make changes proposed in February, according to FDA representative Theresa Eisenman.
When it comes to exercising in the winter, many fitness professionals can agree with the phrase Nike has made famous: Just do it. Winter might bring with it harsh temperatures, slippery sidewalks and freezing winds, but we spoke with two coaches who offer their tips on how to maintain an exercise regimen as the temperatures drop.
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,” said Chicago Ideas Executive Director Jessica Malkin. “You go the East Coast. There tend to be a lot of ideas-style platforms that bring lots of thinkers together and people from a lot of different sectors come to one place to interact and learn. Despite the fact you have so many Fortune 500 companies here in the Midwest and a good deal of major educational institutions, we were in a desert.”
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 of new users every hour. Ello became a seemingly instant internet sensation in late September by rolling out the welcome mat for social network users frustrated by the business-minded data policies of Silicon Valley giants that sell profile information and browsing habits to advertisers. Continue reading “User data privacy fuels Ello’s continued growth surge”→
The raw food diet promotes fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds but rules out fish, a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Juicing helps the body absorb nutrients more efficiently but the fiber from fruit and vegetable skin, essential for a balanced diet, is lost.
There are conflicting claims that coffee may pose an increased risk of cancer and red wine may help prevent it. The amount of information can be overwhelming especially when many experts disagree on the advice.
Bob Horwitz, a coach for the Clocktower Runners in Chicago, writes the group’s marathon training program and will log his 19th 26.2-miler at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 12. This year marks my first big-city marathon, though I ran in a more rustic marathon in Wisconsin in 2013. Horwitz dished out advice during and after a recent run along the lakefront after overseeing a recent early-morning speed workout near the North Avenue Beach House. Use these five tips to push toward success at your fall marathon.Continue reading “Running with Chicago Running Coach Bob Horwitz: Marathon Race-Day Tips”→