blog postsStudy: New mutations for herbicide resistance rarer than expectedMay 28, 2019 10:30 am0 views After exposing more than 70 million grain amaranth seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant.Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuelsMay 22, 2019 3:15 pm1 views Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis.Using Big Data to survey the night skyMay 22, 2019 10:00 am1 views 'Researchers will be able to search through the LSST data and look for individual products. If they want to look at a specific part of the sky over 10 years, we’ll be able to do that.' That's not possible today.Illinois croplands provide false sense of security to rabbits, study suggestsMay 21, 2019 3:15 pm2 views Cottontails relied on crop cover to protect them from their main predators – raptors. But, coyotes have been increasing in the Midwest, and crop cover doesn’t help cottontails when coyotes are in pursuit. Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materialsMay 17, 2019 11:30 am0 views Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials.Breakthrough helps farmers grow more food on less landMay 16, 2019 2:00 pm0 views An international team is using advanced tools to develop crops that give farmers more options for sustainably producing more food on less land.Researchers accurately predict Australian wheat yield months before harvestMay 16, 2019 1:00 pm0 views A new Illinois study published in "Agricultural and Forest Meteorology" shows machine-learning methods can accurately predict wheat yield for the country two months before the crop matures.Mechanics, chemistry and biomedical research join forces for noninvasive tissue therapyMay 6, 2019 4:15 pm1 views The new findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, show that high-intensity focused ultrasound waves can penetrate biological tissue to activate molecules able to perform specific tasks.Researchers find protein that suppresses muscle repair in miceMay 6, 2019 1:30 pm0 views The discovery, reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could one day lead to new methods for treating disorders that result in muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass, the researchers said.Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalizationMay 6, 2019 9:45 am0 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from those resisting its practices, says Professor Amanda CiafoneMarijuana use among Illinois teens unchanged but 'cool factor' increasing, survey findsMay 20, 2019 2:15 pm0 views The number of Illinois teens who reported using marijuana during the past year has remained stable since 2008, but the number of high school seniors who say using it would make peers perceive them as 'cool' doubled.Study examines impact of climate change on Louisiana’s Houma tribeMay 2, 2019 9:45 am0 views Social work professor Shanondora Billiot studied of the United Houma Nation’s experiences with climate change and tribe members’ receptivity to activities aimed at helping them adapt.Excessive rainfall as damaging to corn yield as extreme heat, droughtApr 30, 2019 8:30 am2 views Many climate change models predict the Corn Belt will continue to see more intense rainfall events in the spring. Researchers say better risk management plans are needed to deal with those climate scenarios.Chicago Quantum Exchange, IBM Q Network partner to advance quantum computingApr 26, 2019 3:30 pm7 views Illinois and partners in the CQE will work with IBM Q to explore the field of quantum computing, including materials, fabrication techniques, algorithms, and software and hardware development.Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematicApr 25, 2019 9:45 am2 views A growing body of research suggests food insecurity is prevalent on college campuses. But Illinois experts say detrmining how many college students consistently struggle with having enough to eat is difficult to pin down.Study: Reducing energy required to convert CO2 waste into valuable resourcesApr 22, 2019 1:30 pm3 views A review of a new CO2 conversion method finds a way to reduce the cost of making chemical manufacturing carbon-neutral. Study: Drugs reprogram genes in breast tumors to prevent endocrine resistanceApr 22, 2019 1:15 pm0 views Treating breast tumors with two cancer drugs simultaneously may prevent endocrine resistance by attacking the disease along two separate gene pathways, Illinois scientists found.Multistep self-assembly opens door to new reconfigurable materialsApr 18, 2019 1:30 pm0 views Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure. However, nature lets materials like proteins of varying size and shape assemble, allowing for complex architectures that can handle multiple tasks.Team measures puncture performance of viper fangsApr 17, 2019 8:30 am0 views A team that studies how biological structures such as cactus spines and mantis shrimp appendages puncture living tissue has turned its attention to viper fangs. Smart antioxidant-containing polymer responds to body chemistry, environmentApr 16, 2019 12:30 pm0 views 'We saw an opportunity here to develop a different kind of drug-delivery system that could sense the level of oxidant in a system and respond by administering antioxidant as needed.' Professor Hyunjoon KongLow-calorie sweetener derived from lactose gets manufacturing boost from yeastApr 15, 2019 3:45 pm4 views Illinois researchers engineer a strain of yeast that can metabolize lactose, the sugar in dairy products, into tagatose, a natural sweetener with less than half the calories of table sugar.Study: Phenols in purple corn fight diabetes, obesity, inflammation in mouse cellsApr 15, 2019 11:15 am5 views Illinois researchers have developed new hybrids of purple corn containing different combinations of phytochemicals that may fight obesity, inflammation and diabetes, a new study in mice indicates.Study: Microbes in humans swap genes, even across tissue boundariesApr 11, 2019 8:45 am2 views Bacteria in the human body are sharing genes with one another at a higher rate than is typically seen in nature, and some of those genes appear to be traveling from one part of the body to another.Heartland always a place of global connection, not isolation, author saysApr 10, 2019 12:00 pm0 views A persistent heartland myth paints the rural Midwest as local, insular, isolationist. Illinois historian Kristin Hoganson dug into the history and found the myth is far from reality.Illinois contributes to EHT's capturing first-ever image of a black holeApr 10, 2019 8:15 am0 views U of I researchers contribute to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuanblack hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87.Finalists make two-minute pitches for $10,000 in fundsApr 9, 2019 1:00 pm1 views 20 finalists from Champaign County will pitch their ideas in a dolphin-tank style event. 10 will walk away with $10,000 in idea support. All will show great potential to improve human health.Tax incentives target poor neighborhoods but leave communities behindApr 8, 2019 12:00 pm0 views The lack of safeguards to protect poor communities in pro-gentrification incentives (such as the new federal 'opportunity zone' tax incentive) may actually be a feature of the policy.Brainstorm - then rest - is key to unlocking creativityApr 5, 2019 11:00 am0 views Research suggests that the key to creativity is to incentivize workers to brainstorm as many ideas as possible, and then step away for an 'incubation period' before returning to idea generation.Newly established ecological communities in Hawaii operate similarly to native onesApr 4, 2019 2:15 pm1 views 'These birds didn’t co-evolve with these plants. We think of specialization as a co-evolved trait that develops over millennia, but we are seeing it in...species that have only lived together for less than 100 years.'College leadership programs teach skills, but do students stay motivated to lead?Apr 4, 2019 11:15 am0 views 'Are there things we can put into place to help students stay in the game of thinking intentionally about their leadership? If students can identify a mentor, that’s a positive factor in their continued growth.'