blog postsLife Sciences$1.5 billion needed to ensure 12-month stockpile of pediatric vaccinesApr 18, 2006 9:00 am17 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.Life Sciences'Alien Arthropods!' invade 19th annual Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 9Jan 22, 2002 9:00 am5 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 SciencesHealthVeterinary Medicine'Bad cholesterol' indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher saysFeb 25, 2014 9:00 am1910 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad cholesterol" that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment's war on cholesterol.Life Sciences'Bee Movie' director to host screening at Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 18, 2008 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It's insect fear from the insect's perspective this year at the Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois, with a free screening of "Bee Movie," hosted by its director, Simon J. Smith.Life Sciences'Brains in Action' set for May 24 at Children's MuseumMay 14, 2003 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Faculty members and students of the neuroscience program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign want children and their families to join them to learn about "Brains in Action" from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., May 24, at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 356 N. Neil St., Champaign.Campus LifeLife Sciences'i-emerging' event to showcase new technologies seeking investorsOct 22, 2001 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A computer that can recognize users faces, and even their moods. A method of delivering vaccine by a single pill that would eliminate the need for booster shots. An electronic "nose" that could be used by physicians to monitor dialysis patients and diagnose disease and by USDA inspectors to ensure fish is fresh.Life Sciences'Secret Agent Worms' to debut at Ag Open HouseFeb 6, 2001 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- "Secret Agent Worms," corn as a vitamin and fuel, and kenaf as an alternative cash crop are among the exhibits to be displayed March 2-3 at the 12th Annual College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Open House at the University of Illinois.Life Sciences'Singing' rats show hope for older humans with age-related voice problemsJun 24, 2013 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study shows that the vocal training of older rats reduces some of the voice problems related to their aging, such as the loss of vocal intensity that accompanies changes in the muscles of the larynx. This is an animal model of a vocal pathology that many humans face as they age. The researchers hope that in the future, voice therapy in aging humans will help improve their quality of life.Life Sciences'X-Files' creator Chris Carter to attend 30th annual Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 19, 2013 9:00 am95 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Infectious honey bees and cockroaches out to take down humans will be the cinematic scare fare at this year's Insect Fear Film Festival, an event organizers are calling "The InsX-Files: The Truth (About Insects) Is Out There."Expert ViewpointsHealthLife Sciences100-year-old trans fat pioneer celebrates news of an FDA banJun 4, 2015 1:00 pm2177 views A Minute With™... Fred Kummerow, trans fat expertEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical Sciences3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am166 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 am2287 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 am295 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.Expert ViewpointsLife SciencesA bumper crop...of weeds?Aug 18, 2014 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor and weed expert Aaron HagerPhysical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am246 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.Life SciencesA little java makes it easier to jive, researcher saysMar 30, 2009 9:00 am77 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.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 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 medicineLife SciencesAbsence of critical protein linked to infertilityJan 17, 2006 9:00 am15 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 am71 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.Life SciencesAbundance of protein in infected swine may result in reduced muscle massNov 17, 2004 9:00 am5 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 am54 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 am23 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 am379 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.Life SciencesHealthAgricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animationsDec 10, 2012 9:00 am17 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 am1 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 SciencesAlison Bell receives Animal Behavior Society Young Investigator AwardJun 18, 2012 9:00 am42 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 SciencesAltruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed, new study suggestsApr 24, 2014 9:00 am164 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 am85 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.HumanitiesLife SciencesAn informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am264 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 SciencesAncient 'fig wasp' lived tens of millions of years before figsDec 5, 2013 9:00 am146 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 bones, teeth, tell story of strife at CahokiaAug 4, 2016 10:45 am1546 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, modern DNA tell story of first humans in the AmericasNov 18, 2013 9:00 am23 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 SciencesAnimated videos bring Ebola education to West AfricaFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am57 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.Life SciencesAnt invaders eat the natives, then move down the food chainDec 18, 2007 9:00 am104 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 SciencesAnthropologist: 'Body Worlds' visitors confront bodies but not deathFeb 7, 2011 9:00 am164 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 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 am8 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 am2 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 SciencesApproach to school affects how girls compare with boys in mathFeb 20, 2006 9:00 am24 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 am86 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 am42 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 am122 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.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 am0 views A Minute With™... Thomas O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community healthSocial SciencesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesAspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understandsApr 3, 2014 9:00 am23 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.