blog postsMLB baseballs juiced? Dejuiced? A few minutes with Alan NathanDec 10, 2019 9:30 am6 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 am2 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.What changes should be made to modernize consumer bankruptcy law?May 8, 2019 9:45 am6 views The primary reason why current bankruptcy law doesn’t work well is that it dates back to 1978, before the explosion of consumer credit, says Robert Lawless, an expert on consumer credit and bankruptcyHow does sexual harassment affect young women in physics?Apr 23, 2019 11:15 am3 views Nearly 75% of undergraduate women in physics who responded to a survey reported having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment – mostly gender harassment – in their field. What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 11:00 am0 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, holds historical and symbolic significance for both France and the world, say two University of Illinois historians.How is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:00 am4 views Q + A with Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the multi-institutional collaboration.'Brexit' is coming – or maybe not. Why is this happening?Mar 26, 2019 10:00 am1 views Illinois political science professor Kostas Kourtikakis explains some of the forces behind 'Brexit' and why it’s so difficult to achieve.Listen: Men’s wheelchair basketball coach Matt BuchiMar 26, 2019 9:00 am7 views Illinois men's wheelchair basketball coach Matt Buchi interviewed following the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on the Illinois campus.