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Illinois Natural History Survey paleontologist Sam Heads, left, and laboratory technician Jared Thomas are screening 160 pounds of amber collected in the Dominican Republic in the late 1950s.

Decades-old amber collection offers new views of an ancient world

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 30, 2014

Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited.

Published Date: July 30, 2014


University of Illinois neuroscience professor Aron Barbey and his colleagues found that brain regions that contribute to social problem solving also play a role in general intelligence.

Team studies the social origins of intelligence in the brain

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 29, 2014

By studying the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds during the war, scientists are tackling -- and beginning to answer -- longstanding questions about how the brain works.

Published Date: July 29, 2014


University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson, left, and citizen scientist Paul Tenczar put RFID tags on honey bees to track the activity of individual bees in the hive.

Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 22, 2014

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.

Published Date: July 22, 2014


University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Marni Boppart studies the mechanisms that enable muscles to recover and grow stronger after exercise.

Stem cells aid muscle repair and strengthening after resistance exercise

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 21, 2014

A new study in mice reveals that mesenchymal (mezz-EN-chem-uhl) stem cells (MSCs) help rejuvenate skeletal muscle after resistance exercise.

Published Date: July 21, 2014


Gene activity changes in response to dietary changes in foraging honey bees, researchers found.

Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 17, 2014

Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the massive -- and as yet not fully explained -- annual die-off of honey bees in the U.S. and Europe. Some suspect that inadequate nutrition plays a role in honey bee declines.

Published Date: July 17, 2014


University of Illinois anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy led a new study of sexual harassment and assault of men and women working on scientific field studies.

Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicates

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2014

A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them – particularly the younger ones – suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.

Published Date: July 16, 2014