blog postsDo-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problemsSep 17, 2020 2:00 pm0 views 'Citizen scientists' developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they’re inoculating themselves against the pandemic, but self-experimentation with do-it-yourself medical innovations is fraught with legal, ethical and public health issues.Most homemade masks are doing a great job, even when we sneeze, study findsSep 17, 2020 11:15 am0 views 'Low-breathability fabric is not only uncomfortable, but can also result in leakage as the exhaled air is forced out around contours of a face, defeating the purpose of the mask and providing a false sense of protection,' says researcher Tahir Saif.Culturally adapted exercise program helps Hispanic elders be more activeSep 14, 2020 10:30 am0 views 'Many Hispanics have low expectations about how healthy they will be as they grow older, which can further diminish their motivation to remain active,' says study co-author and professor of social work Rosalba Hernandez.Study: Cholesterol metabolite causes immune system to attack T cells instead of cancerSep 14, 2020 9:15 am0 views By inhibiting the enzymes that make that molecule, researchers slowed the cancer’s progression and boosted the efficacy of immune therapy in the mice.Lessons in green schoolyards benefit kindergarteners, especially girlsSep 11, 2020 2:30 pm0 views An Illinois study suggests daily outdoor lessons in green spaces could boost self-regulation in young children, setting them up for greater academic and social-emotional success.Illinois archivist's prize-winning essay reveals Jewish origins of Viennese cuisineSep 9, 2020 12:15 pm169 views 'This is really the restitution of history. I’m trying to return a history that was forgotten and erased to Vienna and the Viennese Jewish community,” Susanne'Belovari said.Cell-autonomous immunity shaped human evolutionSep 9, 2020 11:15 am6 views Every human cell harbors its own defenses against microbial invaders, relying on strategies that date back to some of the earliest events in the history of life. Understanding it is essential to understanding human evolution and medicine.NSF awards IGB $12.5M for new Biology Integration InstituteSep 8, 2020 9:00 am8 views The grant creates a new institute at U. of I.'s Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. The Genomics and Eco-evolution of Multi-scale Symbioses will include molecular, organismal, computational and theoretical approaches.Rise in labor earnings inequality during COVID eased by stimulus, unemployment checksSep 4, 2020 1:30 pm0 views Job losses during the pandemic were substantially worse for workers in low-paying jobs, leading to a dramatic increase in wage inequality during the early months of the COVID-19 recession.Researcher uses LGBTQ voices in Beirut to understand daily violence, disruptionSep 3, 2020 1:15 pm1 views Ghassan Moussawi examines strategies that Beirut’s LGBTQ residents use to survive daily violence and disruptions from lack of basic resources in his new book 'Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut.'Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the labAug 31, 2020 2:00 pm3 views Illinois researchers developed a microfluidic cartridge for a 30-minute COVID-19 test. The cartridges are 3D-printed and could be manufactured quickly.Serengeti leopard population densities healthy but vary seasonally, study findsAug 31, 2020 8:45 am0 views The fluctuations appear to be driven by the abundance of prey and how this affects interactions with other large carnivores like lions, researchers report.The call of the cicadaAug 28, 2020 4:30 pm0 views Illinois entomologist Marianne Alleyne works with chemists and engineers to understand the many lessons of the quirky, cyclical bugIllinois to lead two of seven new national artificial intelligence institutesAug 26, 2020 8:30 am0 views The University of Illinois will host two new artificial intelligence institutes funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.Illinois study tracks evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutationsAug 27, 2020 2:00 pm1 views In a new study undergoing peer review, University of Illinois researchers and students show the virus is honing the tactics that may make it more successful and more stable.DOE awards two quantum information science research centers with Illinois as partnerAug 26, 2020 2:15 pm2 views The two centers are part of a large-scale Department of Energy federal program to facilitate and foster quantum innovation in the United States. New approach to soft materials could predict natural disastersAug 24, 2020 2:45 pm1 views A new study from engineers at the University of Illinois could help predict some natural disasters.U of I's rapid saliva test for COVID-19 gains FDA Emergency Use AuthorizationAug 19, 2020 3:00 pm4 views 'This has potentially game-changing implications for our statewide testing program as well as for testing on a national level. I’m so proud - but not at all surprised - to see this type of groundbreaking work come out of our own U of I,' said Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.In times of ecological uncertainty, brood parasites hedge their betsAug 21, 2020 8:45 am1 views A new Illinois study finds that in times of environmental flux, brood parasites like cowbirds and cuckoos have evolved to increase host-species diversity.Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts sayAug 20, 2020 8:30 am1 views New report calls for institutions of higher education to directly address those responsible for the hostile work environments many women face in academia.Exploding stars may have caused mass extinction on Earth, study showsAug 18, 2020 11:45 am5 views 'We propose that one or more supernova explosions, about 65 light-years away from Earth, could have been responsible for the protracted loss of ozone' 359 million years ago, at the boundary between the Devonian and Carboniferous periods. Does artificial intelligence bias human decision making?Aug 17, 2020 11:00 am2 views Can AI bots bias human decision making? According to new research from three Gies College of Business scholars, the answer is 'yes.'Using infrared eye tracking to study infant behaviorAug 14, 2020 4:30 pm21 views Researchers have adapted infrared technology to automate the tracking of visual tasks in infants in order to more accurately measure memory and cognitive behavior. The technique can help improve cognition studies in infants.Industry concentration contributes to job quality erosion, wage stagnationAug 12, 2020 10:45 am0 views This study reveals that workers in more buyer-constrained industries – that is, industries at the mercy of the financial decisions of powerful buyers – experience lower wages and benefits.Electronic components join forces to take up 10 times less space on computer chipsAug 10, 2020 2:15 pm3 views A new study demonstrates the successful integration of the individual elements that make up electronic filters onto a single component, significantly reducing the amount of space taken up by the device.Training neural circuits early in development improves response, study findsAug 7, 2020 10:30 am1 views When it comes to training neural circuits for tissue engineering or biomedical applications, a new study suggests a key parameter: Train them young.U of I study: Electric cooker an easy way to sanitize N95 masksAug 6, 2020 9:00 am17 views An Illinois study found that 50 minutes of dry heat in an electric cooker, such as a rice cooker or Instant Pot, decontaminated N95 respirators inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. Teens who crave excitement more likely to smoke, use multiple illicit substancesAug 5, 2020 12:30 pm1 views A study of high school seniors by Illinois professor Kevin Tan finds that teens who crave risky experiences and unpredictable friends are more likely to smoke and use alcohol and various other substances.Decoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell culturesAug 4, 2020 9:00 am3 views Illinois professor Erik Procko developed a decoy receptor that, in tissue cultures, binds to and neutralizes the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.Illinois researcher's work among the pop-ups that invade your online dayAug 5, 2020 10:45 am1 views U of I researcher and artist Ben Grosser is part of an online exhibition in which the artists’ work periodically pops up unannounced on your computer screen – pop-up art, rather than pop-up ads.