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Intuitions about the causes of rising obesity are often wrong, researchers report
Everything you think you know about the causes of rising obesity in the U.S. might be wrong, researchers say in a new report.
Published date: Thurs, 22 May 2014
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Memoir tracks the life, decline and death of an Illinois family farm
There is no sentimentality in Robert Switzer’s modestly titled new book, “A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm.” Switzer, an emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois, begins with a quote (from Victor Davis Hanson’s own book on farming) that “the American yeoman farmer is doomed,” and describes the internal and external forces that led to the decline and demise of his family’s farm in northwest Illinois.
Published date: Thurs, 30 May 2012
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Cats pass disease to wildlife, even in remote areas
Researchers tracking the spread of Toxoplasma gondii – a parasite that reproduces only in cats but sickens and kills many other animals – have found infected wildlife throughout a 1,500-acre (600-hectare) natural area in Central Illinois.
Published date: Thurs, 12 May 2011
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Bylot Island glacier slideshow

Biologist illuminates unique world of cave creatures
They are dark, sometimes forbidding landscapes molded by volcanic eruptions or subterranean streams, but caves are also home to a host of creatures strangely adapted to the underworld.
Published date: Wed, 1 December 2010
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Bylot Island glacier slideshow

Hunger atlas takes a new look at an old problem
World hunger is often seen as the result of overpopulation, bad geography or natural or human-made disasters. But a new book, “The Atlas of World Hunger,” reveals that the contours and causes of hunger are more complex.
Published date: Tues, 6 July 2010
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Inside view of White House online is not what it seems, professor says
The photos have the feeling of intimacy, of behind the scenes at the White House – and you found them where you found pictures of your new nephew and of your aunt’s trip to Texas – on Flickr.
Published date: Thurs, 4 March 2010
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Miscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootworm
The western corn rootworm beetle, a pest that feasts on corn roots and corn silk and costs growers more than $1 billion annually in the U.S., also can survive on the perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus, a potential biofuel.
Published date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010
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Symposium marks century of discovery for U. of I. entomology department
The U. of I. department of entomology celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009 and will mark this milestone with a symposium Dec. 11 – two days before the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America.
Published date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009
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Bylot Island glacier slideshow

Shrinking Bylot Island glaciers tell story of climate change
University of Illinois geologist William Shilts spent nearly two decades studying glaciers on Bylot Island, an uninhabited island about 300 miles southwest of Thule, Greenland.
Published date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009
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Slide show on the midge, a tiny fly that can influence the fate of a native and invasive mosquito

Midge keeps invasive mosquito in check, aiding native mosquitoes
University of Illinois researchers found that the larvae of a tiny fly can influence the fate of a native and an invasive mosquito, which has implications for human health.
Published date: Thurs, 4 June 2009
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Slide show: genes hold secret to survival of antifreeze fish

Genes hold secret to survival of Antarctic 'antifreeze fish'
A genetic study of a fish that lives in the icy waters off Antarctica sheds light on the adaptations that enable it to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
Published date: Thurs, 16 Oct 2008
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youth literature festival

Youth Literature Fest coming to U. of I., area schools, community Oct. 2-4
Books, kids, and the love of reading will take center stage Oct. 2-4 in Champaign-Urbana, at the University of Illinois, and in 44 area schools – all as part of a first-ever Youth Literature Festival in East Central Illinois.
Published date: Thurs, 18 Sept 2008
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Researchers work to improve technology as athletes head to paralympics
Among the athletes in the 2008 Paralympic Games Sept. 6-17 are track and field competitors from Illinois who have been working with aerospace engineering students across campus to improve their racing speeds.
Published date: Wed, 3 Sept 2008
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Diversity among parasitic wasps is even greater than suspected
A tiny wasp that lays its eggs under the skin of unwitting caterpillars belongs to one of the most diverse groups of insects on Earth. Now researchers report that its diversity is even higher than previously thought.
Published date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008
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Miscanthus can meet U.S. biofuels goal using less land
In the largest field trial of its kind in the United States, researchers have determined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuels sources - by a lot.
Published date: Wed, 30 July 2008
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Pollinator Week

Illinois insect enthusiasts celebrate National Pollinator Week
Remember the pollinators! That is the rallying cry of local bug aficionados as they prepare for National Pollinator Week. An art exhibit, tours and instruction on identifying and photographing will be among the activities.
Published date Thur, 12 June 2008
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slide show on New Philadelphia, a lost western Illinois town

Lost Illinois town offers lessons for race relations in America, expert says
Plans are under way for another summer of work to unearth remains of New Philadelphia, a lost western Illinois town where blacks and whites lived together in peace and freedom a quarter century before the Civil War.
Published date: Thurs, 1 May 2008
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