On the green roof of Rush's new hospital, the Tower, plants collect rainwater, helping to bring down roof and atmospheric temperatures and lower greenhouse gases.
Medications and other time-sensitive patient materials are sent up and down the Tower at high speeds through pneumatic tubes — similar to those at the drive-through windows of banks.
In 1893, the first Ferris wheel carried passengers 264 feet up into the sky for a look down at the Chicago World's Fair.
Chicagoan Whitcomb Judson invented the clasp-locker — the garment closure eventually renamed for its up-and-down sound: the zipper.
Stroke survival rates have gone up due to advances in medical treatments. From 1995 to 2005, the stroke death rate went down by 29.7 percent.
Inside the Willis Tower, 104 elevators whisk visitors up and down 110 floors.
Childhood obesity is up along with instances of "adult" conditions, such as high cholesterol and gallstones, in children.
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