blog postsBlog: Expedition to the highest lake in the world. The WhyJan 6, 2016 9:30 am0 views "For us, this is an extreme environment. But for the microbes, this is home.” – Manfredo SeufferheldCounseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reportsJan 6, 2017 1:00 pm0 views A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventionsRedirected flood waters lead to unintended consequencesJan 7, 2016 12:15 pm0 views Climate scientists predict a continued pattern of extreme rainfall events in the upper Mississippi River region.Researcher to develop codes for DNA data storage systemJan 11, 2017 11:00 am0 views CSL Professor Olgica Milenkovic and her team have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their work on making DNA a viable data storage system.Botanical explorer discovers plant that survives frigid eastern Russian wintersJan 11, 2017 8:00 am0 views University of Illinois plant geneticist Erik Sacks suspected one of Eastern Russia's native plants may hold the key to breeding cold-tolerant food and biomass crops.Midwest had the warmest, wettest December on recordJan 12, 2016 12:15 pm0 views In a year when many state records were broken, 2015 ended with historically warm temperatures and well above-normal precipitation, leading to the warmest and wettest December on record for the MidwestClimate change affects carbon dioxide storage, Midwest soil richnessJan 12, 2017 4:00 pm0 views Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborating institutions predict that Midwest soil may lose as much as 15% of its stored carbon — and thus its agricultural fertility — over the next 100 years due to the effects of global climate change.'Eleventh hour' for many of the world’s nonhuman primatesJan 18, 2017 1:45 pm0 views A report in the journal Science Advances details the grim realities facing a majority of the nonhuman primates in the world – the apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises inhabiting shrinking forestsPaper: Atypical cases set bad precedent in federal civil litigationJan 19, 2016 1:45 pm0 views Limiting the exchange of information in lawsuits to save time and money will negatively affect typical, run-of-the-mill cases, says Suja A. Thomas, an Illinois law professor and expert in civil procedure.Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 19, 2016 9:30 am0 views A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer neededTeam discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body’s armorJan 19, 2017 2:30 pm0 views Scientists have discovered a new type of bacterial enzyme that can blunt the body’s key weapons in its fight against infection.How children assign meaning to words and sentencesJan 20, 2017 2:30 pm0 views Cynthia Fisher’s research shows how toddlers understand advanced grammar.Weed blasting offers new control method for organic farmersJan 21, 2016 6:00 am0 views Weed blasting can reduce weed biomass in organic tomato and pepper crops by up to 97 percent, while maintaining crop yields similar to hand-weeded control plots.Crop achilles' heel costs farmers 10 percent of potential yieldJan 23, 2017 4:00 pm0 views Scientists assumed leaves at the top of a plant would be the best at turning higher levels of light into carbohydrates through photosynthesis, but research shows that's not the case in C4 plants like corn.Tool to map gene’s ‘social network’ reveals function, interactions, drug efficacyJan 23, 2017 9:00 am0 views Professor Jian Peng developed a tool to map a gene’s 'social network,' which could help researchers better understand its function and interactions, provide insights into disease and treatmentWebsite promotes global democracy educationJan 25, 2016 1:30 pm0 views The Democracy Dialogue website provides democracy education in five languages. Its initial videos are drawn from a 2012 conversation between two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.Potential biological control agents found for fungal diseases of soybeanJan 25, 2017 11:30 am0 views Fungal viruses could be used to create biological control agents to kill pathogenic fungi and improve crop yield.Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers findJan 25, 2017 3:15 pm0 views Microscopic shifts in metabolism and increases in tiny transport vesicles out of tumor cells preface larger changes to the tumor environment and could prepare the way for cancerous cells to spread and metastasizeArtist uses location, weather and other data to create sculptural landscapesJan 25, 2017 9:30 am0 views Illinois Art & Design professor Stephen Cartwright creates sculptural landscapes from data he collects about himself and his environment.Former Illinois football player studying athletic injuriesJan 27, 2016 9:15 am0 views Former Illini football player Kevin Jackson, a senior research scientist at the Beckman Institute, concerns himself with athletes and athletic injuries. His current project is to figure out a way to more effectively treat head and neck injuries.Illinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizerJan 27, 2017 10:30 am0 views Skot Wiedmann creates music on a palm-sized synthesizer he built in just a few hours. He can experiment with sound using his fingers on the surface to create chords and move up and down octaves.Feline Leukemia Virus opens doors to secondary diseasesJan 30, 2017 12:15 pm0 views Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is an agent that spreads easily between cats and has potentially lethal effects, causing a variety of secondary diseases that range from secondary infections to cancer.Study tallies extra calories Americans consume in their coffee, teaJan 30, 2017 9:45 am0 views A new analysis reveals just how much Americans are adding to their caloric intake by spicing up or sweetening their coffee or tea.Book looks at how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:00 pm0 views Immigrants from Latin America and Africa work in a central Illinois meatpacking plant. These displaced workers have made a new home in Beardstown, Illinois, but in many ways, they’ve also made a new town.New MRI opens door to innovative veterinary research and careFeb 2, 2017 12:45 pm0 views Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine is now one of a few veterinary research and clinical care schools in the U.S. with a state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI facility.National politics shape the impacts of park law enforcementFeb 3, 2016 1:15 pm0 views An Illinois researcher examined the results of a multi-million dollar EU aid project in West Africa and found that a country’s national governance quality can affect the livelihoods of families who rely on resources from national parksOptimistic people have healthier heartsFeb 4, 2015 11:30 am0 views 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.Graphical display of nutrition information helps keep health-conscious eaters on targetFeb 4, 2016 2:30 pm0 views When nutrition information was provided on a 2-dimensional graph, consumers purchased fewer calories, but purchased more protein per calorie and more items that were rated high as healthy on the plot.Illinois receives grant to help study community college transfer studentsFeb 5, 2016 10:45 am0 views One issue the researchers will examine is “transfer shock,” a term that refers to the decline in grade point average that many community college students experience after matriculating to four-year institutions.Illini professor, students join cloud-seeding project in IdahoFeb 6, 2017 9:30 am0 views The team is part of SNOWIE (Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds – the Idaho Experiment), a project that scientists hope will teach them more about how to put more snow on the ground.