When a large protein unfolds in transit through a cell, it slows down and can get stuck in traffic. Using a specialized microscope -- a sort of cellular traffic camera -- University of Illinois chemists now can watch the way the unfolded protein diffuses.
Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings – Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams – than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.
An international effort involving more than 100 researchers, nine supercomputers and about 400 years of CPU time has yielded the most reliable avian tree of life yet produced, researchers report in the journal Science. The tree reflects the evolutionary relationships of 48 species of birds.
Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo – the heron or the sparrow?
The house mouse, stickleback fish and honey bee appear to have little in common, but at the genetic level these creatures respond in strikingly similar ways to danger, researchers report. When any of these animals confronts an intruder, the researchers found, many of the same genes and brain gene networks gear up or down in response.
A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the U. of I. can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs face to face or online.
The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study.
Older Latinos living in the U.S. who perceive their neighborhoods as safer and more walkable are less likely to develop severe depressive symptoms, and the effect may be long term, a new study suggests.
Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.
When the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January, adopting rules of procedure will be among the first orders of business. Pretty mundane stuff, it would seem. Pay attention, though, says Gisela Sin, the author of a new book that analyzes over a century of House procedural rule-making, up through 2013. Those rules, written by the majority party, will have a huge impact on what follows in Washington over the next two years.
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Many college students in the U.S. do not graduate on time, a trend that is the focus of a recent report titled “The Four-Year Myth,” released by the nonprofit group Complete College America. The report’s authors propose a number of curricular and policy reforms to shorten students’ time to degree and help them contain their college costs. Education professor Jennifer A. Delaney, an expert in higher education funding at the U. of I., discussed those proposed reforms with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest.
It seems the stuff of Hollywood, but it wasn’t. Around Christmas 1914, more than four months into the four-year carnage of World War I, soldiers in opposing armies, mostly along the Western front, laid down their weapons and met in the no man’s land between the trenches. They sang carols, exchanged food and drink, played soccer and buried their dead. It’s a story of hope in humanity, says Tamara Chaplin, a U. of I. historian of modern France who co-led a special course on World War I this fall, on its 100th anniversary. We should not, however, Chaplin says, forget the context in which it happened, and what would follow. She spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.