blog postsExpert ViewpointsHealthLife Sciences100-year-old trans fat pioneer celebrates news of an FDA banJun 4, 2015 1:00 pm2182 views A Minute With™... Fred Kummerow, trans fat expertLife Sciences$1.5 billion needed to ensure 12-month stockpile of pediatric vaccinesApr 18, 2006 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A six-month stockpile of recommended pediatric vaccines would cost $1 billion and could cover more than 90 percent of U.S. children during a six-month interruption in production, say researchers at two Illinois universities.EngineeringLife SciencesPhysical Sciences3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am193 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures - all with conventional microscopes and white light.Life SciencesHealthA 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately afterJun 5, 2013 9:00 am3110 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am335 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.Life SciencesAbsence of critical protein linked to infertilityJan 17, 2006 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The absence of a key protein may lead to infertility.Life SciencesAbstract thinking can make you more politically moderateNov 2, 2012 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Partisans beware! Some of your most cherished political attitudes may be malleable! Researchers report that simply answering three "why" questions on an innocuous topic leads people to be more moderate in their views on an otherwise polarizing political issue.Expert ViewpointsLife SciencesA bumper crop...of weeds?Aug 18, 2014 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor and weed expert Aaron HagerLife SciencesAbundance of protein in infected swine may result in reduced muscle massNov 17, 2004 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A study looking at chronic infectious respiratory diseases that affect most swine during their critical growing stage has shed new light on the reasons for restricted weight gain and reduced muscle mass.Physical SciencesLife SciencesAdvanced techniques yield new insights into ribosome self-assemblyFeb 12, 2014 9:30 am59 views Ribosomes, the cellular machines that build proteins, are themselves made up of dozens of proteins and a few looping strands of RNA. A new study, reported in the journal Nature, offers new clues about how the ribosome, the master assembler of proteins, also assembles itself.Life SciencesAfter more than 100 years apart, webworms devastate New Zealand parsnipsJan 30, 2008 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What could be lower than the lowly parsnip, a root once prized for its portable starchiness but which was long ago displaced by the more palatable potato? Perhaps only the parsnip webworm gets less respect. An age-old enemy of the parsnip, the webworm is one of very few insects able to overcome the plant's chemical defenses. The tenacious parsnip webworm has followed the weedy version of the parsnip in its transit from its ancestral home in Eurasia to Europe, North America and - most recently - New Zealand.Life SciencesAfter-school exercise program enhances cognition in 7-, 8- and 9-year-oldsSep 29, 2014 9:00 am450 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A nine-month-long, randomized controlled trial involving 221 prepubescent children found that those who engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day after school saw substantial improvements in their ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between cognitive tasks, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am284 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.Life SciencesHealthAgricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animationsDec 10, 2012 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - They're watching them in Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India and Niger. They're learning how to stop the spread of dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and food-related illness. They're learning how to protect their crops from insect damage or post-harvest losses. And they're coming up with new ideas for similar lessons to share with their neighbors or others around the world.Life SciencesAirport baggage screeners may need continuing education, study indicatesApr 27, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Baggage screeners have just seconds amid loud airport noises and the pressure of rushed airline travelers to scan X-rays of carry-on items for weapons. How good they are at finding one may depend on the specificity of their training, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Life SciencesAlejandro Lleras receives National Science Foundation CAREER AwardApr 16, 2008 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Alejandro Lleras, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute, is a recipient of an Early Faculty CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The $400,000 award will be distributed over five years, beginning in 2008.Life Sciences'Alien Arthropods!' invade 19th annual Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 9Jan 22, 2002 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Millions of alien invaders live in the United States, and a select bunch of them cause an estimated $20 billion in damage each year. These are not repulsive life-threatening beings from Mars and beyond; rather they are insects and other arthropods, some barely distinguished from homegrown varieties. Some of these aliens will star in this years Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 9.Life SciencesAlison Bell receives Animal Behavior Society Young Investigator AwardJun 18, 2012 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Alison Bell, a University of Illinois animal biology professor, is a recipient of the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Animal Behavior Society. The society recognized Bell for her "remarkable research contributions to the field of animal behavior and the early training of young scholars" in her laboratory.Life SciencesA little java makes it easier to jive, researcher saysMar 30, 2009 9:00 am97 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. -Stopping to smell the coffee - and enjoy a cup of it - before your morning workout might do more than just get your juices flowing. It might keep you going for reasons you haven't even considered.Life SciencesAltruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed, new study suggestsApr 24, 2014 9:00 am209 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It is better to give than to receive - at least if you're an adolescent and you enjoy giving, a new study suggests.Life SciencesHealthAmphetamine use in adolescence may impair adult working memoryOct 19, 2009 9:00 am93 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Rats exposed to high doses of amphetamines at an age that corresponds to the later years of human adolescence display significant memory deficits as adults - long after the exposure ends, researchers report.Life SciencesAncient bones, teeth, tell story of strife at CahokiaAug 4, 2016 10:45 am1607 views Dozens of people buried in mass graves in an ancient mound in Cahokia, a pre-Columbian city in Illinois near present-day St. Louis, likely lived in or near Cahokia most of their lives, researchers report in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Life SciencesAncient 'fig wasp' lived tens of millions of years before figsDec 5, 2013 9:00 am168 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A 115-million-year-old fossilized wasp from northeast Brazil presents a baffling puzzle to researchers. The wasp's ovipositor, the organ through which it lays its eggs, looks a lot like those of present-day wasps that lay their eggs in figs. The problem, researchers say, is that figs arose about 65 million years after this wasp was alive.Life SciencesAncient, modern DNA tell story of first humans in the AmericasNov 18, 2013 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois anthropology professor Ripan Malhi looks to DNA to tell the story of how ancient humans first came to the Americas and what happened to them once they were here.Life SciencesAnemonefish dads further fathering researchMay 3, 2017 8:30 am461 views Like the dad in “Finding Nemo,” anemonefish fathers will do almost anything to support their offspring. Their parenting instincts are so strong that if you give a bachelor anemonefish a scoop of anemonefish eggs from an unrelated nest, he will care for them – constantly nipping at them to remove debris and fanning them with oxygen-rich waters – as if they were his own. (Any other fish would eat them, researchers say.)Expert ViewpointsLife SciencesA new biofuels research initiative and Illinois' leading role in developing renewable energyFeb 6, 2007 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... Stephen P. Long, Illinois' lead investigator on a new Energy Biosciences InstituteLife SciencesAnimated videos bring Ebola education to West AfricaFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am65 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In early 2014, just before Ebola surged in West Africa, leaders of Scientific Animations Without Borders visited with faculty and students at Njala University in Sierra Leone. The SAWBO team was looking for potential collaborators to help create and distribute its animated health and agricultural videos in Sierra Leone. A few months later, the Njala students asked SAWBO to work with them on animated videos about Ebola.HumanitiesLife SciencesAn informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am276 views An informatics approach can help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.Life SciencesAnthropologist: 'Body Worlds' visitors confront bodies but not deathFeb 7, 2011 9:00 am194 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - In two new works, an anthropologist tackles a perplexing question relating to the enormously successful "Body Worlds" exhibits: How does society tolerate - and even celebrate - the public display of human corpses?Life SciencesHealthAntibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defensesMay 10, 2017 12:00 pm2034 views Scientists report that they now know how to build a molecular Trojan horse that can penetrate gram-negative bacteria, solving a problem that for decades has stalled the development of effective new antibiotics against these increasingly drug-resistant microbes. The findings appear in the journal Nature.Life SciencesAnti-bullying efforts should be tailored to victims' needs, study showsJul 2, 2012 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Girls with poor self-control become as physically aggressive as the average boy when they're bullied, suggests a new study by psychologists at the University of Illinois.Life SciencesAgricultureHealthAnti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.Life SciencesPhysical SciencesAntimicrobials, perfumes, drugs pose challenges for sewage treatmentDec 19, 2011 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Think of it like sourdough. Or beer. Or yogurt. These popular products are all created through a process that involves using bacteria to systematically break down organic matter. Even though the process relies on living microorganisms, it can be mechanized or industrialized for large-scale production.Life SciencesAnt invaders eat the natives, then move down the food chainDec 18, 2007 9:00 am120 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, is one of the most successful invasive species in the world, having colonized parts of five continents in addition to its native range in South America. A new study sheds light on the secrets of its success.Life SciencesApproach to school affects how girls compare with boys in mathFeb 20, 2006 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More women are pursuing higher education and doctoral degrees than ever before, but women still are rare in the math-oriented professions. Yet, researchers say, girls perform just as well as boys on achievement tests and tend to earn better grades in math than do boys during the earlier school years.Expert ViewpointsEducationLife SciencesAre black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am186 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Expert ViewpointsLife SciencesAre insect populations rising with Earth's temperature?Sep 15, 2006 9:00 am0 views A Minute With™... U. of I. Extension entomologist Phil NixonLife SciencesAs Arctic temperatures rise, tundra fires increase, researchers findNov 17, 2010 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - In September, 2007, the Anaktuvuk River Fire burned more than 1,000 square kilometers of tundra on Alaska's North Slope, doubling the area burned in that region since record keeping began in 1950. A new analysis of sediment cores from the burned area revealed that this was the most destructive tundra fire at that site for at least 5,000 years. Models built on 60 years of climate and fire data found that even moderate increases in warm-season temperatures in the region dramatically increase the likelihood of such fires.Life SciencesAs CO2 levels rise, some crop nutrients will fallMay 7, 2014 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have some bad news for future farmers and eaters: As carbon dioxide levels rise this century, some grains and legumes will become significantly less nutritious than they are today.Life SciencesA sense of control eliminates emotional distortions of timeOct 24, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - We humans have a fairly erratic sense of time. We tend to misjudge the duration of events, particularly when they are emotional in nature. Disturbingly negative experiences, for example, seem to last much longer than they actually do. And highly positive experiences seem to pass more quickly than negative ones.Expert ViewpointsLife SciencesA shortage of livestock veterinarians and its potential effect on human healthMay 23, 2006 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... John A. Herrmann, a professor of veterinary clinical medicineSocial SciencesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesAspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understandsApr 3, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Communicating the relevance of one's scientific research to general audiences and developing educational outreach programs are critical to the career success of college professors and researchers, but graduate curricula often fail to help students cultivate these essential skills.Expert ViewpointsLife SciencesAs the EPA begins to regulate greenhouse gases, climate change has already begunApr 28, 2009 9:00 am0 views A Minute With™...atmospheric sciences professor Don WuebblesExpert ViewpointsLife SciencesAs the feds restart the FutureGen project in central Illinois, how do we know 'carbon sequestration' really works?Jun 23, 2009 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... geology professor William ShiltsExpert ViewpointsLife SciencesAs the population ages, how can Medicare be made sustainable?Feb 28, 2013 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... Thomas O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community healthLife SciencesAt great expense, railroad bypassed first black-founded town in the U.S.Nov 1, 2010 9:00 am153 views CHAMPAIGN, lll.- Ignoring topography, efficiency, expense and even their own surveyors' recommendations, regional railroad officials in the mid-19th century diverted a new rail line around New Philadelphia, Ill., "the first town in the United States planned, platted and legally registered by an African American," a University of Illinois researcher reports. The bypass pushed what would have been a fairly straight, even run of railroad tracks from Griggsville, Ill. to Hannibal, Mo., in a wide, hilly arc around New Philadelphia.Life SciencesAttack or retreat? Circuit links hunger and pursuit in sea slug brainJan 25, 2012 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - If you were a blind, cannibalistic sea slug, living among others just like you, nearly every encounter with another creature would require a simple cost/benefit calculation: Should I eat that, do nothing or flee?Life SciencesHealthAttention, couch potatoes! Walking boosts brain connectivity, functionAug 26, 2010 9:00 am260 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A group of "professional couch potatoes," as one researcher described them, has proven that even moderate exercise - in this case walking at one's own pace for 40 minutes three times a week - can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging and increase performance on cognitive tasks.Life SciencesAvian flu, rabies among topics of infectious disease conference at IllinoisApr 13, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Asian bird flu and rabies will be among the topics April 21-22 (Thursday-Friday) during the eighth annual Conference on New and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases hosted by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesBacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2409 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.