blog postsAre discoveries of small animals in produce really that rare?Jul 11, 2019 11:00 am0 views In 40 media stories (2003 to 2018), frogs, lizards, snakes, mice, birds, and even a bat, were found in salad greens, green beans, or mixed vegetables. Ten of these were alive.A new idea for maintaining communication satellite megaconstellationsJul 11, 2019 10:15 am1 views 'When satellites break, providing a spare quickly is important... In our solution, another orbit that is lower than the actual orbit, which we call the parking orbit; becomes an intermediate warehouse of (spare) satellites.'Scientists transform tobacco into factory for high-value proteinsJul 10, 2019 10:00 am0 views 'This research shows the potential to (produce) medicinal and industrial proteins at costs that are orders of magnitude cheaper than current production methods,' says IGB researcher Justin McGrath.Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workersJul 10, 2019 8:00 am0 views In an era of rising inequality and aging populations, the effect of the minimum wage on the labor market for older workers is increasingly important, says economics professor Mark Borgschulte.Human waste an asset to economy, environment, study findsJul 8, 2019 9:45 am1 views Human waste might be an unpleasant public health burden, but scientists at Illinois see sanitation as a valuable facet of global ecosystems and an overlooked source of nutrients, organic material and water.Krannert Art Museum builds world-class collection of Dutch political printsJun 27, 2019 12:45 pm0 views Krannert Art Museum has amassed the largest museum collection of early modern Dutch political prints outside of Europe, thanks to strategic acquisitions guided by Maureen Warren, KAM’s curator of European and American art.Study urges alternative thinking about African resource extraction issuesJun 27, 2019 12:30 pm0 views Attempts to solve the conflict over resource extraction in sub-Saharan Africa by imposing Western environmental regulations aren’t working. But it’s not for the reasons most experts might suspect, according to a new Illinois study.Beckman Institute purchases animal MRI machineJun 27, 2019 12:15 pm1 views Eighteen University of Illinois colleges, departments, and schools, along with a generous gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, are funding the purchase of a Bruker 9.4 Tesla preclinical animal MRI system.Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular levelJun 24, 2019 12:15 pm1 views In a new study, researchers challenged previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior with newly developed laboratory techniques that measure polymer flow at the molecular level.Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cellsJun 20, 2019 2:15 pm4 views Illinois study suggests three phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on fat, immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation, insulin resistance associated with obesity.Great Barrier Reef coral study provides correction factor to global climate recordsJun 18, 2019 1:00 pm0 views By combining high-resolution microscopic techniques and geochemical modeling, researchers are using the formational history of Porites coral skeletons to fine-tune the records used to make global climate predictions.Parental involvement in children's schooling consistently beneficial, study findsJun 20, 2019 10:15 am0 views While children benefit emotionally, socially and academically from their parents’ involvement in their schooling, that’s not always the case when parents help with homework.Aggressive, non-native wetland plants squelch species richness more than dominant natives doJun 19, 2019 9:15 am0 views Even when they dominate a wetland site, native plants, right, tend to coexist with a greater diversity of other native plants than when non-native plants, left, are dominant.Biochar may boost carbon storage, but benefits to germination, growth appear scantJun 19, 2019 8:00 am0 views Illinois researchers developed a systematic study to test the effectiveness of the soil additive biochar and found that it may not be as effective as previously thought. Warming Midwest increases likelihood farmers will need to irrigateJun 18, 2019 9:45 am0 views Illinois researchers found that hotter conditions expected by midcentury will lead to a need for crop irrigation in the Midwest, a region that relies primarily on rainfall to grow crops.Navigating parental rights in juvenile cases fraught with challengesJun 18, 2019 9:45 am0 views In juvenile justice cases, the parent or guardian isn’t always the best person to guide a child’s legal decisions, says Illinois law prof Margareth Etienne.Study: Irritable bowel syndrome may be underdiagnosed in athletesJun 13, 2019 1:00 pm1 views About half of the 430 endurance athletes surveyed reported some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, with some athletes having symptoms severe enough to disrupt their training and competition.Finding the right messages to stop HIVJun 11, 2019 1:45 pm0 views Almost $7 million in grants helps Dolores Albarracin research how Big Data and social media can fight a deadly epidemic.Chez Center funds research projects aimed at veterans' quality of lifeJun 6, 2019 9:15 am4 views Grants from the Chez Veterans Center were awarded to campus research projects that could impact the well-being and quality of life during and after military service for service members, veterans, their families.Researchers develop fast, efficient way to build amino acid chainsJun 6, 2019 8:45 am2 views Illinois researchers developed a new method that streamlines the construction of amino acid building blocks that can be used in a multitude of industrial and pharmaceutical applications. 'Citizen scientists' help track foxes, coyotes in urban areasJun 4, 2019 9:15 am2 views More foxes and coyotes are adapting to urban landscapes, so scientists are enlisting 'citizen scientists' to report sightings of the canids in their own neighborhoods and parks.Study shows gut microbes are related to moodJun 3, 2019 10:15 am0 views Having a crummy day at work or feeling overwhelmed at home? Your gut microbes may be related to those negative emotions.NSF funds study of tropical water cycles, impact of climate changeJun 3, 2019 9:45 am0 views Earth is experiencing climate change. How it will affect rainfall remains unknown. 'We don’t truly understand how long term, mean patterns of precipitation and evaporation are going to change,' says Professor Jessica ConroyStudy: Teens at greater risk of violence, injury during sexual assaults than previously thoughtMay 30, 2019 10:45 am0 views A recent study of the forensic evidence in 563 sexual assault cases in Massachusetts found 'striking similarities' in the types of injuries and violence experienced by adult and adolescent victims.Construction starting on new Feed Technology Center at IllinoisMay 31, 2019 1:45 pm4 views 'The Feed Technology Center...will elevate our ability to conduct innovative research while training the next generation of experts in feed science and animal nutrition,' said Dean Kim Kidwell.'Fettuccine' formations may be a first sign of life on MarsMay 29, 2019 8:45 am6 views The bacterium that controls the formation of pasta-like rocks on Earth thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars, said geology professor Bruce Fouke, who led a new, NASA-funded study.Digital publishing projects examine Jay-Z's music, Edward P. Jones' fictionMay 28, 2019 10:30 am2 views 'We want to develop model projects illustrating how to use multimedia content (to study black culture) that will attract larger audiences to use them.'Study: 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.