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    Software teaches computers to translate words to math

    If Johnny has five apples and seven oranges, and he wants to share them with three of his friends, can a computer understand the text to figure out how many pieces of fruit each person gets? Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education.

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    Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs

    Tort reform advocates have hailed caps on noneconomic damages as a silver bullet for controlling health care costs – as a way to reduce defensive medicine and attract more physicians to a state, particularly those practicing in high-risk specialties. But according to David Hyman, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and professor of medicine at Illinois, there’s scant evidence to support any of those claims.

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    Illinois' muskrats and minks found to harbor toxoplasmosis

    A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Researchers found antibodies for Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, in 18 of 30 muskrats and 20 of 26 minks tested for the disease in central Illinois.

  • image of atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, graduate student Yang Song, and agricultural and consumer economics professor Madhu Khanna

    Making biofuels more attainable

    Biofuels may be good for the environment, but farmers who decide to grow bioenergy crops face risk like any other commercial venture. Researchers at the University of Illinois, however, have made growing the crops easier by mapping where they thrive best.

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    Fascination with cats preceded 'social media' phenomenon

    Journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich found hundreds of cat tales, both fun and serious, over 140 years of New York Times history. In the process, he also found evidence of our evolving relationship with animals and reasons to “take animal news seriously.”

  • Optimistic people have healthier hearts

    Optimists are twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health, according to a new study led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

  • Illinois chemistry professor Marty Burke explains how his research group breaks down complex chemicals into simple 'building blocks.' His group recently discovered that thousands of molecules that could be very useful as medicines can be built with only 12 different building blocks, which could dramatically speed up drug development.

    Technology from Professor Martin Burke behind $25M medical startup

    Illinois chemistry professor Marty Burke explains how his research group breaks down complex chemicals into simple 'building blocks.' His group recently discovered that thousands of molecules that could be very useful as medicines can be built with only 12 different building blocks, which could dramatically speed up drug development. Hear his full story here.

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    U. of I. Library's unique collection of Indian comic books

    South Asian Studies librarian Mara Thacker began collecting Indian comics for the University of Illinois in 2012, and its libraries now have what she believes is the largest collection of Indian comics in North America.

  • mage of research team led by professor benita katzenellenbogen

    New drug compounds show promise against endometriosis

    Two new drug compounds – one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis – appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine.

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    Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships

    Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.

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    Geologists unlock mysteries of Earth's inner core

    Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet. Read more here.

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    More older adults from U.S. volunteering abroad

    Increasing numbers of older Americans are traveling abroad to perform volunteer work – and host communities and organizations are clamoring to recruit them, according to studies by social work professor Benjamin Lough and doctoral student Xiaoling Xiang.

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    Molecule-making machine simplifies complex chemistry

    A machine in University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke's lab assembles complex small molecules out of simple chemical building blocks, like a 3-D printer on the molecular level. Read more here.

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    Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconduct

    Despite some shortcomings, structural police reform litigation has been an effective tool for reducing misconduct in several law enforcement agencies, according to a forthcoming study by a University of Illinois expert in criminal law.

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    Economic benefits of medical innovation undervalued

    A new analysis co-written by a University of Illinois expert in health care economics concludes that increases in the pace of medical innovation reduce overall physical risks to health, and thus function in a manner similar to an expansion of or improvement in the efficiency of health insurance markets.

  • image shows a Hematoxylin and Eosin stain (pink-blue), molecular staining for epithelial cells (brown color) and Massons trichrome(blue, red).

    New technique paints tissue samples with light

    Using a combination of advanced microscope imaging and computer analysis, the new technique can give pathologists and researchers precise tissue information without using chemical stains or dyes.

  • image of a glass of wine

    'Jailbreaking' yeast could increase wine's health benefits, decrease hangovers

    University of Illinois scientists have engineered a “jailbreaking” yeast that could greatly increase the health benefits of wine while reducing the toxic byproducts that cause your morning-after headache.

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    Photosynthesis hack needed to feed the world by 2050

    Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion people on it by 2050, researchers report in the journal Cell.

  • graphic image of BHPI binding to the estrogen receptor

    New drug stalls estrogen receptor-positive cancer cells, shrinks tumors

    When mice were treated with the experimental drug, BHPI, “the tumors immediately stopped growing and began shrinking rapidly,” said University of Illinois biochemistry professor and senior author David Shapiro.

  • Image of Professor Ken Suslick, who led a team of Illinois chemists to develop an ultrasonic hammer to help explore how impact generates hotspots that trigger explosive materials.

    Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosions

    Ken Suslick led a team of Illinois chemists who developed an ultrasonic hammer to help explore how impact generates hotspots that trigger explosive materials.

  • Blue Waters to help researchers tackle Ebola

    NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer will be used by three research teams to gain new understanding of the deadly Ebola virus, thanks to allocations provided through the National Science Foundation's Rapid Response Research program.

  • Researchers found an ancient human skull, left, with modern characteristics, and a human jaw, right, with modern and archaic traits, in the same cave in northern Laos. Both artifacts date to 46,000 to 63,000 years ago.

    Ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversity

    An ancient human skull and a jawbone found a few meters apart in a cave in northern Laos add to the evidence that early modern humans were physically quite diverse, Illinois researchers report.

  • University of Illinois psychology professor Eva Telzer and her colleagues found that childrens brain responses to opposite-sex faces differ as they mature. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Study: Amygdala encodes 'cooties' and 'crushes' in the developing brain

    Illinois scientists have found a signal in the brain that reflects young children’s aversion to members of the opposite sex (the “cooties” effect) and also their growing interest in opposite-sex peers as they enter puberty.

  • image from McClure's magazine of a 30-something Lincoln

    How we view Lincoln may say more about us than him

    The photo published in McClure’s magazine in 1895 was unlike any the public had seen before. This was not Lincoln in the years leading up to and then during his presidency, where he was visibly worn down by the Civil War. This was a 30-something Lincoln: well-groomed, clean-shaven, looking like a middle-class gentleman.

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    Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefits

    A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.

  • image of short rail track in testing center

    Illinois researchers to develop track components for rail transit systems

    The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center in U of I’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) will develop new designs for concrete crossties and fastening systems used in light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail infrastructure that take into account their unique loading conditions.

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    BPA exposure in mice affects fertility in three generations

    In a study of mice, professor Jodi Flaws and her colleagues linked BPA exposure during pregnancy to reproductive problems in the next three generations.

  • Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing method

    A more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires has been developed by University of Illinois researchers, further opening the doors to a new transistor technology.

  • Economists: Pros, cons to raising the gas tax in Illinois

    After the precipitous drop in crude oil prices over the past nine months, some policymakers in Illinois have advocated raising the state’s excise tax on gasoline, which has remained unchanged at 19 cents per gallon since 1990.

  • Paper: 'Considerable scope' for improvement in agricultural pollution

    While different sustainability indicators have been developed at an aggregate level, less attention has been paid to farm-level sustainability measures. A study from a University of Illinois expert in production economics and efficiency analysis has developed technical and environmental efficiency indices for agriculture that can be used to assess sustainability at the farm level.