blog postsReducing air pollution saved the US $24 billion on elderly health benefitsJan 29, 2020 10:30 am0 views 'One of the main ways...we differ from previous studies of air pollution is that we rigorously estimate the counterfactual life expectancy of individuals killed by acute pollution exposure,” says Illinois's Tatyana DeryuginaWhy your zodiac sign is probably wrongJan 27, 2020 3:30 pm0 views The Conversation (Jan. 24) James Kaler, an Illinois professor of astronomy, writes that the science of astronomy is at odds with one of the basic organizing principles in astrology – the dates of the zodiac.With model of mummy’s vocal tract, researchers recreate voice of long-dead Egyptian priestJan 24, 2020 10:15 am0 views Washington Post (Jan. 24) Illinois expert Daniel Bodony says the vocal tract is only half of what makes 'the human being sound like the human being,' so the electronic re-recreation 'sounds tinny.'How an African American UPS worker challenged powerful union leaders, and wonJan 22, 2020 4:45 pm4 views Philadelphia Inquirer (Jan. 22) A decisive move in 2018 'unwittingly fueled an expansion of opposition caucuses across the country,' says Robert Bruno, a labor historian at the U. of I. The TSA intercepted a record number of guns at airport checkpoints last yearJan 21, 2020 1:15 pm0 views Washington Post (Jan. 21) Illinois' Sheldon Jacobson says TSA’s concerns over the 2019 increase come without context. 'Yes, it’s a big number, but it’s inconclusive what it means,' he says. St. Louis prosecutor alleges violations of rarely used KKK Act in lawsuit against cityJan 16, 2020 1:45 pm0 views NBC News (Jan. 14) 'A successful plaintiff has to show that a conspiracy is based on intent to injure somebody based on his or her race. But conspiracies are hard to prove,' says Illinois professor Michael LeRoyU of I hires alum, consulting vet to lead Chicago tech centerJan 9, 2020 1:30 pm5 views Crain's Chicago Business (Jan. 8) William Jackson, a former Johnson Controls exec, will head the Discovery Partners Institute, the U. of I.’s facility in Chicago for technology research and development, teaching.Illinois professor’s research looks at brain activity as it relates to yogaJan 6, 2020 12:45 pm0 views BTN (Jan. 3) 'Anecdotally, anyone you talk to will tell you it helps them. The instructors...can tell how different poses will help,' says researcher Neha Gothe. 'But there definitely needs to be more science to back it up.'Despite recent tough times for farmers, cutting costs may not be a priority for '20Jan 3, 2020 12:15 pm0 views Kenosha News (Jan. 3) Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin says making big cuts could hurt farmers in the long term. He sees light at the end of the tunnel, especially in a tentative trade pact between the U.S. and China.Under a new deal, China would purchase $40 to $50 billion in U.S. ag productsJan 2, 2020 11:15 am0 views Washington Post (Dec. 30) 'If the trade deal is signed and it’s real, (we'd) be looking at a China-driven miniboom in the ag sector,' says economist Scott Irwin. But, he adds, 'I don’t even know how we’d get to that number.'Asian giant hornet invasion threatens honey bees in Pacific NorthwestDec 27, 2019 12:15 pm12 views New York Times (Dec. 24) U of I entomologist May Berenbaum says the hornets can wipe out an entire beehive. 'You want to talk about beepocalypse! They are sworn enemies of honey bees...a bee’s worst nightmare.'Limited agreement easing trade restrictions with China seems like great news for farmersDec 23, 2019 12:15 pm1 views Some are still worried that ag exports will suffer for years. 'History suggests that once you break an important relationship trade wise like this, it is very difficult to fully recover your market share,' says Illinois' Scott Irwin.Slanted toilets are the logical extreme of hyperproductivityDec 20, 2019 12:15 pm2 views The Atlantic (Dec. 19) A U of I architecture professor tried to simulate the effect of the slanted toilet. 'Even for just a few seconds, it felt uncomfortable and jarring. After a minute or two, it felt very painful behind the shins.' Yoga benefits the brain in ways similar to aerobic exerciseDec 18, 2019 1:00 pm5 views CNBC (Dec. 17) Yoga appears to have a positive effect on areas 'responsible for memory and information processing, as well as emotional regulation,' says Illinois professsor Neha Gothe.Democrats rush to back union as labor dispute threatens presidential debateDec 17, 2019 2:15 pm0 views Washington Times (Dec. 16) 'It’s a really bad look to cross a picket line,' says Illinois labor expert Robert Bruno. 'It clearly signals how important organized labor’s support is to all of the candidates.'Gifts won’t make you happy for longDec 16, 2019 1:45 pm0 views Baltimore Sun (Dec. 14) Illinois happiness expert Ed Diener has found that those who value attaining material possessions more than they value creating happy experiences have nearly as many negative moods as positive moods. 'Juiced ball' report finds manufacturing subtleties affecting MLB baseballsDec 13, 2019 10:30 am1 views New York Daily News (Dec. 11) 60% of the surge in home runs was attributable to a decrease in drag and 40% to a change in 'launch conditions,' says Alan Nathan, Illinois' expert on the physics of baseball.Warning: Christmas trees could contain masses of praying mantis eggsDec 12, 2019 12:45 pm0 views Newsweek (Dec. 12) 'Once in your warm house, the baby praying mantis can hatch from its egg and will likely then starve,' says Illinois' Chris Enroth. Religious rights vs. foster kids' rights weighed in lawsuit over sex-trafficking shelterDec 11, 2019 1:45 pm2 views San Diego Union-Tribune (Dec.8) Professor Robin Fretwell-Wilson says the Catholic non-profit does good work proving homes to abused teens. 'But we want them to do that work in a way that doesn’t double-victimize children.'100-year-old Tuskegee airman from Bethesda returns to the sky for his birthdayDec 9, 2019 1:45 pm0 views WTOP (Dec. 6) - Drafted when he was a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Charles E. McGee is one of nine living Tuskegee pilots who flew combat missions.Trump's new work requirements will cut 700,000 from SNAP benefitsDec 6, 2019 10:15 am0 views Washington Post (Dec. 5) 'SNAP is supposed to be an anti-hunger program, full stop,” says U of I economist Craig Gundersen. Experts say there is little evidence receiving food stamps discourages work.Climate simulations are mostly accurate, study findsDec 5, 2019 3:30 pm0 views AP (Dec. 4) U of I expert says climate change deniers 'do a lot of weird things to misrepresent models. None of those analyses have been valid and they should be ignored. We should no longer be debating the basic science of climate change.'Black scholars are not ‘rare creatures’Dec 4, 2019 2:45 pm11 views New York Times (Dec. 4) Consider a rising star like Sanmi Koyejo, a professor of computer science at Illinois whose work on neural networks has been recognized by the Kavli Foundation.The historic (and ongoing) struggle of Native Americans to surviveDec 3, 2019 4:45 pm1 views Time Magazine (Nov. 28) Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie says 'only the maintenance of extraordinarily high birth rates' saved one nation from 'dropping into oblivion.'Desert beetles inspire research into harvesting moisture from fogDec 2, 2019 12:00 pm5 views Cosmos (Dec. 2) Illinois grad student Fan Kiat Chan is studying desert beetles to advance fog harvesting, which may provide an additional freshwater source in foggy coastal areas with little precipitation.Researchers build microscopic biobots propelled by muscles, nervesNov 25, 2019 4:45 pm0 views Design News (Nov. 22) Researchers at the U. of I. have developed soft biological robotic devices that are self-driven using light-stimulated neuromuscular tissue and have intelligence, memory and learning ability.With production halted at an Iowa facility, cellulosic ethanol takes another hitNov 22, 2019 10:45 am7 views Successful Farming (Nov. 21) 'Dreams of second-generation cellulosic ethanol production were already on life support,' says Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin. 'The plug was just pulled on the respirator.'If you don’t notice something within 1.5 seconds, you may never see itNov 20, 2019 12:15 pm3 views New Scientist (Nov. 20) 'The most natural (assumption) is that the longer an object is (in your field of view), the more opportunity you have to notice it. ... It seems not to help you very much,' says Illinois' Katherine Wood. Do you overspend at the holidays? Your smartphone may be to blameNov 19, 2019 11:30 am4 views USA Today (Nov. 19) A study co-written by Illinois professor Yuqian Xu finds consumers end up spending more because they tend to buy more frequently when using mobile apps.How Illinois businesses are preparing before recreational marijuana use beginsNov 18, 2019 2:30 pm1 views Daily Herald (Nov. 17) 'There isn’t an express prohibition' related to recreational marijuana use, says Illinois professor Michael LeRoy, s0 employers retain the right to fire employees for their marijuana use.