blog postsSurvey of US academic libraries documents COVID-19 pandemic responsesMar 27, 2020 1:15 pm0 views Professor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe says the real-time tracking data will help institutions make decisions about access to libraries during the pandemic.Microsoft, U of I, other universities launch C3.ai Digital Transformation InstituteMar 26, 2020 8:45 am3 views The new institute will accelerate AI innovation among scientific communities to bring greater advocacy, invention, collaboration, and academic rigor to scaling digital transformationComputational human cell reveals new insight on genetic information processingMar 25, 2020 1:30 pm0 views Chemistry professors Zaida Luthey-Schulten and Martin Gruebele, along with research scientist Zhaleh Ghaemi, have developed the most complete computation model of a human cell to date. Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis, study findsMar 24, 2020 10:00 am0 views New study from researchers at the U of I and Mie University in Japan finds that a bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious disease affecting millions of people.Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detectorMar 24, 2020 9:45 am0 views Illinois researchers found that crumpling graphene in DNA sensors made it tens of thousands of times more sensitive, making it a feasible platform for liquid biopsy.Emotions play key role on social media during outbreaks, study suggestsMar 20, 2020 4:45 pm0 views Researchers found that those with higher levels of fear and anger related to the disease (MERS) also were more likely to report that they consumed more information about it through social media.Smoking prevalent among pregnant women enrolled in Illinois WIC programMar 18, 2020 10:45 am0 views Despite public-awareness campaigns about the potential health risks of smoking while pregnant, more than 15% of low-income women in Illinois may be lighting up anyway.Aerial insect trap network describes life in the skiesMar 12, 2020 11:15 am0 views Illinois scientists have been collecting soybean aphids throughout the Midwest for the past 18 years with a regional network of elevated suction traps. Along the way, they learned a lot more than they expected.Tech to screen for higher-yielding crop traits more accessible to scientistsMar 16, 2020 8:45 am0 views A U of I research team is revolutionizing the ability to screen plants for key traits across an entire field. In two recent studies, they are making this technology more accessible.Two hormones drive anemonefish fathering, aggressionMar 16, 2020 8:45 am0 views Because of similarities in brain structure between fish and humans, the findings offer insight into the fundamental nature of parental care, U of I researchers say.Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady GagaMar 10, 2020 8:45 am2 views The insect now known as Kaikaia gaga represents a new genus and species of treehopper.Study: Eating avocados daily improves attention in overweight, obese personsMar 6, 2020 9:30 am0 views A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults whose measurements of height and weight are categorized as overweight or obese, a new randomized control trial found.Paper: Disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing poses dangers to driversMar 3, 2020 8:45 am1 views Research from Professor Yilan Xu shows that the growing traffic burden in fracking boomtowns from trucks hauling wastewater to disposal sites resulted in a surge of road fatalities and severe accidents.Coral reefs in Turks and Caicos Islands resist global bleaching eventMar 3, 2020 8:30 am0 views In Turks and Caicos Islands, pigmentation of the boulder corals was darker in 2017 than in 2014, suggesting these corals were even healthier after rebounding from the heat stress.Prof's book tells of early Antarctic explorations, continent's connection to climateMar 2, 2020 8:30 am1 views Gillen D’Arcy Wood explores the environmental history of Antarctica through early expeditions and finds that humans are intimately tied to the continent that sets the global thermostat.Study maps landmarks of peripheral artery disease to guide treatment developmentMar 2, 2020 8:45 am0 views A new study from U of I researchers identifies major landmarks of peripheral artery disease recovery, creating signposts for researchers seeking to understand the disease and develop treatments.Firms' office locations affect recent graduates' access to high-wage job opportunitiesFeb 27, 2020 10:45 am0 views Study finds firms are nearly four times as likely to recruit at a university five years after they open a satellite office nearby, relative to the year before the move. After closing a nearby office, firms are 45% less likely to recruit at the university.Team deciphers how myotonic dystrophy generates lethal heart dysfunctionsFeb 27, 2020 10:45 am1 views In a new study, researchers traced the molecular events that lead to heart abnormalities in myotonic dystrophy and recreated the disease in a mouse model.Breaking the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testingFeb 25, 2020 9:45 am0 views Materials science and engineering professor Shen Dillion uses electron microscopy and targeted laser heating for ultra-high temperature testing of aeronautical materials.New patented invention stabilizes, rotates satellitesFeb 25, 2020 9:30 am1 views An aerospace engineering doctoral student at Illinois was working on a way to eliminate vibrations on a satellite when he discovered his invention could also rotate the satellite.Let it snow: Researchers put cloud seeding to the testFeb 24, 2020 2:15 pm1 views Cloud seeding is an increasingly popular practice in the western United States, where states grapple with growing demands for water. But measuring its effectiveness has been a problem.Camera trap study captures Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, other rare beastsFeb 24, 2020 8:00 am1 views Scientists deployed motion-sensitive camera traps in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra. Over eight years, they recorded the haunts and habits of dozens of rare species.Hospital-level policies key to maximizing benefits, managing costs of robot-assisted surgeryFeb 18, 2020 8:00 am1 views Robot-assisted surgery is a major advancement in minimally invasive surgery, but hospitals should codify policies that leverage the quality benefits while managing the cost, says Professor Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee,Study: Common bariatric surgeries can double peak blood alcohol levelsFeb 13, 2020 3:45 pm0 views Study finds that two of the most popular forms of bariatric surgery – Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – may dramatically change patients’ sensitivity to, absorption of alcohol.Environmental DNA study successfully detects alligator snapping turtles in southern IllinoisFeb 13, 2020 10:45 am10 views The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America, but it is not easy to spot. Now U of I scientists have demonstrated an effective new method to detect the secretive reptiles in the wild.Book examines dangers of reading for young men in late 19th-century FranceFeb 11, 2020 9:30 am0 views Excessive reading by young men was seen as a cause of declining virility and a national threat in late 19th-century France.Researchers discover compound to stop a pervasive parasitic flatwormFeb 10, 2020 8:45 am0 views The discovery of the compound, known as Schistosome Paralysis Factor, could be critical for producing a treatment against schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease whose impact the CDC has called “second only to malaria.”Paper: Historical roots of birthright citizenship traced to demand for workersFeb 6, 2020 11:15 am0 views Birthright citizenship has served pragmatic economic purposes by giving the U.S. a competitive labor advantage, says Michael LeRoy, an Illinois expert on labor and immigration law.Hybrid microscope could bring digital biopsy to the clinicFeb 5, 2020 11:15 am9 views Pairing infrared measurements with high-res images and machine learning algorithms, researchers created digital biopsies that closely correlated with traditional pathology techniques and outperformed infrared microscopes. Focus on context diminishes memory of negative events, researchers reportFeb 5, 2020 9:30 am2 views The researchers found that focusing on the neutral details of a disturbing scene can weaken a person’s later memories – and negative impressions – of that scene.