blog postsResearchers look at how opioids can increase pain sensitivityAug 20, 2019 12:00 pm7 views The chronic use of opioids can cause opioid-induced hyperalgesia, a condition where the patient receiving opioids for pain becomes more sensitive to certain kinds of pain. Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomicsAug 20, 2019 9:15 am0 views Participants learned how to amplify and sequence a fragment of their own DNA, and discussed the implications of genomics research involving their ancestors and communities.Developing a biocompatible nanoparticle to visualize lymph nodesAug 15, 2019 11:45 am1 views Currently, doctors use a blue dye to identify where the tumors aggregate lymph nodes, but the dye can cause skin lesions. Illinois researchers are developing a biocompatible nanoparticle with no toxic side effects. In product design, imagining end user’s feelings leads to more original outcomesAug 15, 2019 11:30 am1 views When creating products, companies should focus on how the product makes the consumer feel rather than utility, says Profressor Ravi Mehta.Researchers turn off backscattering, aim to improve optical data transmissionAug 12, 2019 9:00 am0 views Researchers confirmed that backscattered light waves can be suppressed to reduce data loss in optical communications systems.Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical propertiesAug 9, 2019 11:30 am0 views Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better.Water pollution may be keeping silver carp out of Great LakesAug 9, 2019 9:15 am1 views For the past decade, the invading front of silver carp hasn’t moved past Kankakee. A new study, led by scientists at Illinois, suggests Chicago’s water pollution may be a contributing to this lack of upstream movement.Optimistic people sleep better, longer, study findsAug 7, 2019 8:30 am2 views 'Optimists are more likely to engage in active problem-focused coping and to interpret stressful events in more positive ways, reducing worry and ruminative thoughts when they’re falling asleep...'Researchers embrace imperfection to improve biomolecule transportAug 5, 2019 12:45 pm0 views This technology could ultimately lead to devices that can quickly sequence DNA, RNA or proteins for personalized medicine.Infants expect leaders to right wrongs, study findsJul 29, 2019 3:00 pm0 views Infants 17 months of age expect leaders – but not others – to intervene when one member of their group transgresses against another, a new study reveals.Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehaviorJul 29, 2019 10:15 am0 views Study finds that black middle school students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehavior, giving them fewer opportunities to correct their behavior before the consequences escalate.Coping skills program helps social service workers reduce stress, trauma after disastersJul 24, 2019 3:45 pm0 views A mental health intervention called Caregivers Journey of Hope can bolster social service workers’ emotional resilience and ability to cope with stress, trauma associated with disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.Understanding how mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can treat tinnitusJul 24, 2019 11:45 am0 views Husain’s group used MRI to scan the changes in the brain structure and function, and added a follow-up period to confirm whether beneficial behavioral changes would persist.Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggsJul 24, 2019 8:45 am0 views Robins that preferentially use one eye significantly more than the other when looking at their own clutch of eggs are also more likely to detect, and reject, a foreign egg placed in their nest.For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in the brainJul 23, 2019 9:30 am0 views The findings, reported in the journal Hormones and Behavior, describe the first known example of an animal undergoing a sex change in the brain before it occurs in the sex organs, the researchers said.Search for new semiconductors heats up with gallium oxideJul 22, 2019 11:15 am1 views University of Illinois electrical engineers have cleared another hurdle in high-power semiconductor fabrication by adding the field’s hottest material – beta-gallium oxide – to their arsenal. Tornadoes, windstorms pave way for lasting plant invasionsJul 18, 2019 11:30 am1 views High-speed wind storms can cut through massive swaths of forest, destroying trees and wildlife habitat, and opening up opportunities for invasive species to gain ground.Study: Even in competitive markets, shareholders bear burden of corruptionJul 18, 2019 9:15 am0 views While the U.S. traditionally ranks low on worldwide corruption indices, domestic political corruption still imposes substantial costs on U.S. shareholders.Perinatal depression screenings may not detect women having suicidal thoughts, study findsJul 16, 2019 9:00 am0 views Perinatal depression screenings may overlook a significant proportion of women who are having suicidal thoughts, according to a new study led by social work professor Karen M. Tabb.Are 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 pm1 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.