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Researchers found that eight weeks of hatha yoga classes can improve older adults' cognitive skills.

Study suggests hatha yoga boosts brain function in older adults

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 18, 2014

Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults’ performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, researchers report.

Published Date: August 18, 2014


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New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencing

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 13, 2014

Illinois researchers found that the material molybdenum disulfide could be the most efficient yet found for DNA sequencing, making personalized medicine more accessible.

Published Date: August 13, 2014


Professor Ning Wang led a team that found that tumor-repopulating cancer cells can go dormant in stiffer tissues but wake up and multiply when placed in a softer environment.

Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recurs

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 6, 2014

Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according to new findings from researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: August 6, 2014


Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson and his colleagues found that changes in brain metabolism influence insect aggression.

Researchers boost insect aggression by altering brain metabolism

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 5, 2014

Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study, of fruit flies and honey bees, shows a direct, causal link between brain metabolism (how the brain generates the energy it needs to function) and aggression.

Published Date: August 5, 2014


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