blog posts'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 pm0 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 pm0 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 am6 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.The diseases our cats and dogs give usNov 15, 2019 2:45 pm3 views Discovery Magazine (Nov. 14) 'We have this much more intimate relationship with our companion animals than we do with wildlife,' says Prof. William Sander. And that proximity increases the chance of disease sharing.Water helps kids focus, improves ability to multitask: studyNov 14, 2019 1:45 pm0 views New York Post (Nov. 13) A study co-written by Illinois professor Naiman Khan found that drinking water, staying hydrated increased children’s ability to multitask and improved their reaction times. 'Lovie Ball - Where the Magical Slowly Becomes the Norm'Nov 11, 2019 1:45 pm4 views Sports Illustrated (Nov. 10) Was Illinois' 37-34 comeback win at Michigan State where the crossroads of phenomenal and realistic happened? What if this version of Lovie Smith’s squad is the actual Illini team here to stay?Marshmallows or Elvis? What you see in the clouds might say something about you.Nov 7, 2019 4:45 pm7 views Washington Post (Nov. 6) The tendency to see familiar shapes in clouds is called pareidolia, says Illinois cognitive neuroscientist Kara Federmeier.Rule change could allow foster care, adoption agencies to exclude on religious groundsNov 4, 2019 4:30 pm1 views Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson says the idea would harm vulnerable children. 'We're putting children squarely in the middle of the culture war. It’s hard to understand how children are being served by this move.'U of I researchers created a high-res map to show how foods travel from farm to tableOct 31, 2019 11:30 am14 views Yahoo! Lifestyle (Oct. 30) 'People love maps!' says Professor Megan Konar. 'Now that we have a map of our national food supply chain, we can visualize and appreciate it.'Meet America's newest marathon starOct 30, 2019 2:45 pm0 views Wall Street Journal (Oct. 29) Illinois's Daniel Romanchuk is the winner of five major races in just over a year; he's already qualified for Tokyo 2020; and he’s only 21 years old.Polyurethane waste is an environmental problem. Illinois is developing a solution.Oct 29, 2019 11:15 am2 views Advanced Science News (Oct. 29) An Illinois team led by chemistry professor Steven Zimmerman has developed a method to break down polyurethane waste and turn it into other useful products.We mapped how food gets from farms to your homeOct 28, 2019 11:00 am21 views The Conversation (Oct. 25) Illinois professor Megan Konar writes about her team’s development of the first high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain.In online education, engagement is key.Oct 23, 2019 1:00 pm1 views Chronicle of Higher Ed (Oct. 23) 'This generation is the Amazon customer,' says the head of e-learning at the Gies College of Business. That's why Gies invites online MBA students to visit for a football weekend. Affordable housing among striking Chicago teachers’ demandsOct 22, 2019 11:45 am1 views Associated Press (Oct. 21) Illinois labor expert Robert Bruno knows of no other cities where the issue has pushed its way into contract negotiations. 'Teacher unions around the country are watching this very closely,'Bill Gates wants to hack photosynthesis. Illinois is leading the way.Oct 18, 2019 12:30 pm2 views Fast Company (Oct. 17) 'We have been aware that (photosynthesis) is inefficient for a long time,' says Illinois researcher Stephen Long. 'What there hasn’t been an awareness of is that we might be able to change that.'Several factors led Chicago to the brink of a teachers walkout: Politics, time, moneyOct 16, 2019 11:30 am2 views 'There’s a lot at stake, and that makes it harder to say yes to a deal because there’s really long-term implications to how power would be distributed within the public school system,' says labor expert Robert Bruno.Romanchuk wins Chicago Marathon as 3 Illini clinch Paralympic berthsOct 15, 2019 2:00 pm4 views TeamUSA.org (Oct. 13) Daniel Romanchuk joined top U.S. women’s finishers Tatyana McFadden, Susannah Scaroni in earning their Paralympic berths for Tokyo. All are members of the Illinois wheelchair racing team.Study questions recommendation to eat less red meat, says it's not backed by evidenceOct 15, 2019 10:15 am0 views Outisdie (Oct. 12) 'Large cohort studies can’t prove cause and effect, they can just generate hypotheses,' says Don Layman, a professor emeritus of nutrition at Illinois. Why so many hospital strikes lately? ‘I think nurses are just so frustrated.’Oct 11, 2019 3:45 pm1 views Chicago Tribune (Oct. 10) Hospitals have been increasingly merging and acquiring one another, which can create feelings of insecurity for workers, says Illinois professor Robert Bruno.