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Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

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Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

Source: Popular Science, Wed November 14, 2012
A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

Illinois becomes first inland state to ban shark fin sales to aid global conservation effort

Source: Chicago Tribune, Mon July 02, 2012
ith the Shedd Aquarium's Wild Reef as a backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law banning the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins.

Grandmother helping Chicago kids ‘off the block’ this article opens in a new window

Story contains video Source: CNN, Fri April 15, 2011
Surrounded by gang violence in her Chicago neighborhood, Diane Latiker opened her home to area youth and started a community program called Kids Off the Block. Today, she has turned the building next door into a safe place for more than 300 young people.

Scientists develop new technique to reattach teeth using stem cells

Source: Sify News, Wed October 06, 2010
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have for the first time developed and successfully tested a new approach to anchor teeth back in the jaw using stem cells.

Germany nabs second Solar Decathlon win

Source: CNN, Sat October 17, 2009
A university team from Germany has won the U.S. Energy Department's Solar Decathlon for the second competition in a row, officials declared Friday.

Cook. Pray. Love.

Source: Chicago Tribune, Sat October 03, 2009
One by one, night light by night light, the rooms go dim in the not-so-hushed place where sick children, broken children, dying children, finally fall into sleep.

Feds designate $320 million to improve Mississippi River water quality

Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune, Wed September 30, 2009
The river that begins as a trickle in Itasca State Park in Minnesota and ends 2,350 miles later at the Gulf of Mexico will get a $320 million infusion from the federal government to improve water quality.

In hundreds of cities, parking spaces become parks

Source: SiFy, Mon September 21, 2009
Activists across the nation parked themselves curbside Friday, taking up spaces reserved for cars and transforming them into mini parks with sod, potted plants, lawn chairs and even barbecues to raise awareness about how the auto has won the battle over public space in big cities.

CareerBuilder launches green jobs site

CareerBuilder has created a Web site for environmentally conscious job seekers.

Riders bare all for World Naked Bike Ride

Source: Daily Telegraph, Tue June 23, 2009
Thousands of saucy cyclists from all over the world have bared all on their bikes during the World Naked Bike Ride.

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