blog postsReading history in the soilJan 28, 2020 8:45 am0 views Archaeologists are often asked, 'What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever found?' My answer...is not as much about the objects I find as it is about the stories I learn from them.Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care?Jan 27, 2020 11:15 am0 views The major shift underway in TV – from broadcast and cable to streaming – is also bringing targeted advertising to mainstream media, says Professor Mike Yao. 'Total surveillance' could be one result.What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe?Jan 23, 2020 12:00 pm7 views Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discusses the outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus.Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?Jan 23, 2020 11:15 am0 views Researchers found that paying the earned income tax credit in quarterly installments reduced financial stress and food insecurity among struggling families in Chicago public housing.A US drone killed an Iranian general. What might be the consequences?Jan 8, 2020 4:15 pm0 views 'The drone-strike killing of Suleimani was unprecedented... No country has used a drone to try to kill a state political or military leader, and the U.S. has not killed a foreign military leader since World War II.'What do we really know about poverty?Dec 16, 2019 10:45 am0 views Sociology professor Brian Dill finds that many students assume extreme poverty in the world is much higher than in reality, yet underestimate the number of poor in U.S. suburbs.MLB baseballs juiced? Dejuiced? A few minutes with Alan NathanDec 10, 2019 9:30 am8 views 'There could very well be differences from one ball to another within a given year...and that's just a natural consequence of the materials that are used and the actual process...there's a lot of hand work done to create a baseball.'What’s in the global carbon budget?Dec 9, 2019 1:00 pm1 views The Global Carbon Project recently released its 2019 annual report, giving decision-makers access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. U.S. politics aside, what's the bigger picture in Ukraine?Dec 4, 2019 4:15 pm0 views There’s more happening in Ukraine than just U.S. politics. U. of I. professor Cynthia Buckley talks about how the country is dealing with a long-term war and its consequences.'It was a bad day for Peoria County about 450 million years ago.'Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm1 views 'A meteorite bigger than the State Farm Center hit near the present-day Village of Glasford, a little ways southwest of Peoria. It created a 2.5-mile-wide crater that we now call the Glasford structure.'Will anything ever change for the Kurds?Nov 7, 2019 1:45 pm1 views 'Despite decades of domestic conflict between Turks and Kurds, there is no centuries-old feud. ...The current conflict, including Turkish incursion into northern Syria, is largely a story about political power.'Will hiding 'like' counts, other metrics improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 9:45 am1 views Ben Grosser began experimenting with hiding the metrics on social media platforms years ago. He says hiding them makes users feel less competitive and reduces negative social effects.Could cannabis be a pain relief alternative to opioids?Oct 25, 2019 1:45 pm8 views Julie Bobitt, director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Illinois, talks about the state's Opioid Alternative program and the feasibility of cannabis as a pain management alternative.What’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?Oct 17, 2019 9:15 am3 views Poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries all contribute, but the biggest factor is that their countries of origin are as violent as war zones, says law professor Lauren Aronson.Impeachment is underway: So who makes the rules?Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am1 views An impeachment investigation may be based in charges of wrongdoing, but it’s still a political process, says political science professor Gisela Sin. Even the design of rules, procedures is done strategically.What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?Oct 2, 2019 9:00 am0 views Hong Kong’s protests grow out of the city’s unique history as a former British colony and Cold War cultural battleground, says Illinois historian Poshek Fu.What’s at stake in auto workers strike?Sep 25, 2019 8:15 am0 views Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations, explains the strike of more than 47,000 auto workers.How are Illinois birds faring?Sep 24, 2019 8:30 am0 views Scientists estimate the continent has lost close to 3 billion birds. Senior wildlife ecologist Thomas J. Benson of the Illinois Natural History Survey discusses the status of birds in Illinois.Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 10:30 am0 views Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Professor Richard Kaplan.Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?Aug 26, 2019 8:00 am0 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that Trump campaigned on, said University of Illinois law professor and tax expert Richard L. Kaplan.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 11:45 am0 views With Sept. 1 marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, a University of Illinois historian describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule.How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success?Aug 9, 2019 8:00 am0 views A new Illinois study finds young athletes need the help of educators and coaches to perceive themselves as scholars and develop realistic educational and career goals.Can a state copyright its own laws – and prevent citizens from republishing them?Jul 15, 2019 10:45 am3 views Sara Benson, expert on copyright law, talks about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine the legality of a state copyrighting its own laws – potentially making it illegal to republish them.How might 'Medicare for All' reshape health care in the U.S.?Jul 2, 2019 10:30 am3 views A single-payer health care system such as Medicare for All could expand access to care at equivalent costs – or less – to most consumers, according to health policy expert Thomas O’Rourke.Citizenship and the census: What happens now?Jul 1, 2019 8:45 am0 views Professor Julie Dowliing says not having a citizenship question will improve response rates, but more than a year of news coverage about this topic will have an impact.Will there be any constraints now on partisan gerrymandering?Jun 28, 2019 2:00 pm0 views Last year, Justice Kagan summarized the concern: the 2010 redistricting cycle 'produced some of the worst partisan gerrymanders on record,' predicting 'technology will only get better, so the 2020 cycle will only get worse.'Will legalizing marijuana be a boon to the state of Illinois?Jun 20, 2019 9:45 am0 views The financial impact of legal marijuana could boost the Illinois economy significantly, says Robert Bruno, a professor of Labor and Employment Relations.Does more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois?Jun 18, 2019 9:15 am0 views The risk of some mosquito-borne diseases can go up with increased rainfall, says Brian Allan, an Illinois professor of entomology.What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 9:45 am3 views Historians debate how much the Stonewall riots were a watershed moment for the gay rights movement, but for those involved, 'everything seemed to change overnight.'Does the Supreme Court need to care about public opinion?May 29, 2019 8:30 am0 views The Supreme Court has to consider public opinion and its popularity in deciding politically divisive cases, says political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire.