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Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer and his colleagues found that drivers have fewer collisions when speaking on a cell phone to a remote partner who can see the road ahead than when speaking on a cell phone to someone who has no awareness of conditions inside or outside the car.

Study: Talking while driving safest with someone who can see what you see

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 8, 2014

A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cell phone or to a passenger while driving affects one’s performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving simulator and videophone to assess how a driver’s conversation partner influences safety on the road.

Published Date: October 8, 2014


University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.

Entomology professor May Berenbaum awarded National Medal of Science

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:October 3, 2014

University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.

Published Date: October 3, 2014


Big-headed ants get their name from the soldier ants, left, which are larger than other workers and have disproportionately sized heads. The ants pictured here are from Australia.

Study: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitors

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 2, 2014

The big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world’s worst invasive ant species. As the name implies, its colonies include soldier ants with disproportionately large heads. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, researchers report that big-headed ant colonies produce larger soldiers when they encounter other ants that know how to fight back.

Published Date: October 2, 2014


University of Illinois animal biology professor Alison Bell and doctoral student Laura Stein study how stickleback fish dads influence the behavior of their young.

Stickleback fish dads influence offspring behavior and gene expression

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 30, 2014

Researchers report that some stickleback fish fathers can have long-term effects on the behavior of their offspring: The most attentive fish dads cause their offspring to behave in a way that makes them less susceptible to predators. These behavioral changes are accompanied by changes in gene expression, the researchers report.

Published Date: September 30, 2014


After-school exercise program enhances cognition in 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds

After-school exercise program enhances cognition in 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 29, 2014

Kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman and his colleagues found that children who engaged in an after-school physical activity program performed better on several measures of cognitive function at the end of the intervention.

Published Date: September 29, 2014


Biochemistry professor David Shapiro (center), M.D.-Ph.D student Neal Andruska (left), graduate student Xiaobin Zheng and their colleagues discovered a new mechanism by which estrogen contributes to the pathology of breast cancer.

Scientists discover a new role for estrogen in the pathology of breast cancer

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 29, 2014

Biochemistry professor David Shapiro, M.D.-Ph.D student Neal Andruska, graduate student Xiaobin Zheng and their colleagues discovered a new mechanism by which estrogen contributes to the pathology of breast cancer.

Published Date: September 29, 2014