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University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and postdoctoral researcher Rodica Damian conducted the largest study yet of birth order and personality. They found no meaningful relationship between birth order and personality or IQ.

Massive study: Birth order has no meaningful effect on personality or IQ

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2015

University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and postdoctoral researcher Rodica Damian conducted the largest study yet of birth order and personality. They found no meaningful relationship between birth order and personality or IQ.

Published Date: July 16, 2015


Doctoral student Shelbie Sutherland and psychology professor Andrei Cimpian found that young children learn broad facts about the world so readily that they dont remember learning the information and have the illusion that they already knew it.

Study: Learning categorical information gives children a feeling of déjà vu

Author: Allison Vance, Campus Communications

Published Date:July 8, 2015

During development, children must learn both broad facts about the world (that dogs have four legs, for example) and information that is more specific (that the family dog is scared of snow). While research in developmental psychology suggests that young children should have an easier time learning specific, concrete facts, a new study reveals that they learn general facts so effortlessly that they often can’t tell that they learned anything new at all.

Published Date: July 8, 2015


University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An used U.S. national data to determine the nutritional effects of eating meals outside the home.

Study: Restaurant meals can be as bad for your waistline as fast food is

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2015

When Americans go out to eat, either at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they consume, on average, about 200 more calories a day than when they stay home for meals, a new study reports. They also take in more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than those who prepare and eat their meals at home.

Published Date: July 1, 2015


Researchers, from left, Ephantus Muturi, Allison Gardner and Brian Allan found that different types of leaf litter in water had different effects on the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus risk

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2015

A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.

Published Date: July 1, 2015


University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Prabuddha Mukherjee, left, bioengineering professors Rohit Bhargava and Dipanjan Pan, and postdoctoral researcher Santosh Misra report the development of a new class of carbon nanoparticles for biomedical use.

Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 18, 2015

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

Published Date: June 18, 2015


The fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola can infect, and kill, multiple species of snakes.

Snake fungal disease parallels white-nose syndrome in bats

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 18, 2015

A deadly fungal infection afflicting snakes is eerily similar to the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers report.

Published Date: June 18, 2015