blog postsAggressive, 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. 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.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 am3 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 pm1 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 am4 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 am1 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.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.