blog postsAtom by atom, team models bacteria’s photosynthetic engineJul 29, 2015 1:30 pm3 views Physics professor Klaus Schulten and colleagues used a supercomputer to model the atomic structure of a chromatophore, the engine of photosynthesis in some bacteria.Augmented reality app enables intelligent shopping experienceFeb 1, 2016 3:45 pm12 views Researchers have developed an app that uses a phone’s camera and location-tool to automatically detect nearby businesses and pull up reviews from multiple sources on the same screen. Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 3:15 pm0 views A new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.Battery technology could charge up water desalinationFeb 1, 2016 11:30 am8 views Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions out of the water.Beckman researchers create comprehensive, interactive rat brain atlasOct 26, 2016 9:45 am0 views Brain atlases can be used to compare magnetic resonance images (MRI) between subjects and research specimens.Berry wine, minus the alcohol, may offer help for those with diabetesAug 5, 2016 11:30 am1 views Food scientists at Illinois have found that fermenting blueberries and blackberries - already considered 'diabetes superfoods' - may improve their antidiabetic potential even more. Beyond the big ads: Teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade schoolFeb 4, 2016 3:30 pm2 views “I think that all audiences...should be able to recognize something is an ad. The fact that many of these students didn’t seem to have even that level of understanding makes them more vulnerable, I suspect, to persuasive messages.”“Big Muddy” Missouri River needs a plan like the Mississippi'sJul 11, 2017 11:45 am0 views A Missouri River plan to address flooding and naviation 'is essential to address the current waterway infrastructure restoration issues.'Biodiesel from sugarcane more economical than soybeanMar 17, 2016 1:30 pm1 views Biodiesel from 'oil cane' could reduce the cost of biodiesel production from $4.10 to $2.20 per gallon and provide additional environmental and economic benefits.Bioenergy grass can withstand freezing temperaturesNov 29, 2016 9:00 am1 views Once the genes responsible for freezing tolerance are identified in prairie cordgrass, they may be applied to other crops in the future.Biomass harvest from grasslands could benefit the environment, farmers, and governmentFeb 24, 2016 11:00 am2 views Economic analysis indicates that a 25 percent rental reduction in harvest years could incentivize farmers to keep land in CRP, allow them to earn revenue, and save the government millions in annual payments.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 2:00 pm0 views Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissuesBird gets worm, makes historyJun 19, 2017 8:00 am0 views No one has ever recorded a grebe of any species - whose legs are nearly useless out of the water - foraging on land.Blog: Coring and exploring ancient Maya lifeMay 15, 2016 9:15 am0 views Openings in the earth, such as water bodies, served as portals to the underworld and a means through which the Maya communicated with gods and ancestors.Blog: Expedition to the highest lake in the worldDec 16, 2015 7:45 pm0 views Early in 2016, a team will climb Ojos del Salado, the tallest active volcano in the world. Near the end of the trek, the team will veer off the summit path to visit something seen nowhere else on Earth at this altitude: liquid water.Blog: Expedition to the highest lake in the world. The WhyJan 6, 2016 9:30 am0 views "For us, this is an extreme environment. But for the microbes, this is home.” – Manfredo SeufferheldBlog: Mapping the state budget impasse and its consequencesJun 7, 2016 12:45 pm1 views Melissa Heil, a graduate student studying geography at the University of Illinois, collected data from numerous agency reports to build the Illinois Atlas of Austerity website.Blog: Salvaging the past in an ancient Maya settlementMay 16, 2016 1:15 pm1 views We are working in the the cleared agricultural fields near Cara Blanca Pool 7, a pre-Columbian residential area in west central Belize. Hundreds of ancient Maya structures once housed a thriving community here.Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymoreMay 26, 2017 10:00 am3 views Current sources of natural dyes are expensive and hard to come by. Now, a large University of Illinois project is filling the gap with colored corn.Blue Waters fellow studies how cities affect severe weatherOct 25, 2016 3:30 pm0 views Blue Waters Graduate Fellow Larissa Reames, a Ph.D student at the University of Oklahoma, is working to understand how the shape of a city plays a role in extreme weather events.Blue Waters simulations suggest there are fewer faint galaxies than expectedJul 7, 2015 4:15 pm0 views There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe than might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.Blue Waters to help researchers tackle EbolaApr 8, 2015 11:00 am2 views NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer will be used by three research teams to gain new understanding of the deadly Ebola virus, thanks to allocations provided through the National Science Foundation's Rapid Response Research program.Book: Juries robbed of power by federal government, statesJul 14, 2016 9:45 am0 views Despite their significant presence in the Constitution, juries have largely disappeared from the U.S. legal system, according to a recently published book by Illinois law professor Suja A. Thomas.Book looks at how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:00 pm0 views Immigrants from Latin America and Africa work in a central Illinois meatpacking plant. These displaced workers have made a new home in Beardstown, Illinois, but in many ways, they’ve also made a new town.Book of essays considers how religions view other faithsSep 5, 2017 12:30 pm0 views A new book edited by University of Illinois religion professor Robert McKim examines how followers of a religious faith view those outside of their religion.Botanical explorer discovers plant that survives frigid eastern Russian wintersJan 11, 2017 8:00 am0 views University of Illinois plant geneticist Erik Sacks suspected one of Eastern Russia's native plants may hold the key to breeding cold-tolerant food and biomass crops.BPA exposure in mice affects fertility in three generationsApr 15, 2015 2:00 pm5 views In a study of mice, professor Jodi Flaws and her colleagues linked BPA exposure during pregnancy to reproductive problems in the next three generations.Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memoryApr 28, 2017 9:45 am0 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that the key may lie in the microstructure of the hippocampus, a region in the middle of the brain involved in memory processes.Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brainJul 17, 2017 9:45 am0 views A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish.Brown armorated stink bugs are on the move in Illinois this fallSep 30, 2016 2:00 pm11 views An invasive stink bug species has been found in five newly invaded Illinois counties this year, according to Kelly Estes, Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey coordinator in the Prairie Research Institute.