blog postsAvian flu, rabies among topics of infectious disease conference at IllinoisApr 13, 2005 9:00 am19 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.Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2750 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.'Bad cholesterol' indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher saysFeb 25, 2014 9:00 am3462 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.Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am161 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers.Beckman researchers study communication part of languageJan 19, 2006 9:00 am2 views Researchers can get their inspiration from a mentor, or colleague, or perhaps even a lecture that strikes a chord. Psychology researcher Kara Federmeier got hers from her younger brother when she was still in high school.Beckman researchers to study motorist safety with GM grantApr 23, 2002 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is teaming with General Motors Research & Development and Planning of Warren, Mich., to study driver distractions and how well humans interact with in-vehicle technologies.'Bee Movie' director to host screening at Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 18, 2008 9:00 am58 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.Berenbaum to be honored for efforts in public understanding of scienceFeb 17, 2010 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - University of Illinois entomologist May R. Berenbaum is the 2009 recipient of the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Biologist illuminates unique world of cave creaturesDec 1, 2010 9:00 am81 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Biologist one of five winners of 2003 Damon Runyon Scholar AwardDec 10, 2002 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Phillip A. Newmark, a researcher in the department of cell and structural biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of five recipients nationwide of a 2003 Damon Runyon Scholar Award.Biologists discover giant crayfish species right under their nosesJan 19, 2011 9:00 am588 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Two aquatic biologists have proven that you don't have to travel to exotic locales to search for unusual new species. They discovered a distinctive species of crayfish in Tennessee and Alabama that is at least twice the size of its competitors. Its closest genetic relative, once thought to be the only species in its genus and discovered in 1884 about 130 miles away in Kentucky, can grow almost as big as a lobster.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am885 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm751 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.Biotechnology 'investment visionary' to speak at IllinoisMar 12, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A longtime leader and promoter of biotechnology will speak about the potential for state and regional development of the industry at 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 17) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Biotech pioneer to discuss turning innovations into businessesMar 9, 2010 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The founder of a global company that helps turn breakthrough ideas in biotechnology into moneymaking businesses will speak this week at the University of Illinois.Bird flu poses threat to international security, U. of I. scholar saysJan 24, 2006 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the past, when government leaders, policymakers and scholars have turned their attention to peace and security issues, the talk invariably has focused on war, arms control or anti-terrorism strategies. But Julian Palmore believes it's time to expand the scope of the conversation.Birds find their place in the avian tree of lifeDec 11, 2014 4:45 pm152 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — 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.Birds migrate together at night in dispersed flocks, new study indicatesJul 7, 2008 9:00 am475 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new analysis indicates that birds don't fly alone when migrating at night. Some birds, at least, keep together on their migratory journeys, flying in tandem even when they are 200 meters or more apart.Black and brilliant? A female genius? Not according to RateMyProfessors, study findsMar 3, 2016 1:00 pm578 views An analysis of more than 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, where students write anonymous reviews of their professors, found that students most often use the words “brilliant” and “genius” to describe male professors and in academic disciplines in which women and African-Americans are underrepresented.Blind mole-rats are resistant to chemically induced cancersSep 3, 2013 9:00 am147 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like naked mole-rats (Heterocephalus gaber), blind mole-rats (of the genus Spalax) live underground in low-oxygen environments, are long-lived and resistant to cancer. A new study demonstrates just how cancer-resistant Spalax are, and suggests that the adaptations that help these rodents survive in low-oxygen environments also play a role in their longevity and cancer resistance.Bloodsucking, disease-spreading ticks on screen at 2018 Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 13, 2018 11:15 am453 views The 35th Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois will focus on ticks, which are not insects but arachnids and are important for humans to understand as they are vectors for Lyme disease.Bloodthirsty ants swarm Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 15, 2012 9:00 am60 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Ants exposed to Iraqi plutonium turn a Los Angeles skyscraper into a nightmarish death trap, and diamond miners confront a bloodthirsty ant swarm in the Namib Desert in this year's Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois Foellinger Auditorium on Feb. 25 (Saturday).Body movements can influence problem solving, researchers reportMay 12, 2009 9:00 am215 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Swinging their arms helped participants in a new study solve a problem whose solution involved swinging strings, researchers report, demonstrating that the brain can use bodily cues to help understand and solve complex problems.Book Corner: 100 years of Illinois birds featuredDec 16, 2010 9:00 am55 views A new book on birds of Illinois was 100 years in the making.Book Corner: The delights of honey, bees and beehivesDec 16, 2010 9:00 am9 views Honey is the original sweetener, manufactured by honey bees long before humans discovered and appropriated it. Early cave paintings depict honey gatherers, as do ancient Egyptian reliefs. From Mesopotamia to the American Midwest, honey has been important to nearly every human culture and cuisine.Book Corner: The wonder and uses of insects exploredJan 21, 2010 9:00 am17 views Although some may see insects as a general annoyance, Gilbert Waldbauer wants the world to know they are actually beautiful and intricate, as well as a necessary part of everyday life. From beautiful butterflies to beeswax candles to silk shirts, they or their byproducts are everywhere. Waldbauer, a professor emeritus of entomology and author of the book "Fireflies, Honey, and Silk" (University of California Press) wants readers to know the many ways insects enrich our lives.Book explores cat and dog evolution, behavior and trainingSep 24, 2009 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - What makes a dog bark? What messages are conveyed in its wagging tail? How old should a kitten or puppy be before it is adopted? What does its posture tell us about its mood? How can we improve communication with our companion animals while also stopping them from barking incessantly, clawing the furniture or urinating on the rug?BPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generationsApr 15, 2015 9:00 am670 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.Brain activity reflects differences in types of anxietyMay 29, 2007 9:00 am1458 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - All anxiety is not created equal, and a research team at the University of Illinois now has the data to prove it. The team has found the most compelling evidence yet of differing patterns of brain activity associated with each of two types of anxiety: anxious apprehension (verbal rumination, worry) and anxious arousal (intense fear, panic, or both).Brain Awareness Day to showcase neuroscience, work of U. of I. scientistsApr 9, 2012 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Budding scientists will be able to get a taste and feel for neuroscience when researchers at the University of Illinois host their annual Brain Awareness Day on Saturday (April 14) at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign.Brain gene expression changes when honey bees go the distanceAug 18, 2010 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Tricking honey bees into thinking they have traveled long distance to find food alters gene expression in their brains, researchers report this month. Their study, in the journal Genes, Brain and Behavior, is the first to identify distance-responsive genes.Brain signals link physical fitness to better language skills in childrenJun 3, 2014 9:00 am206 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children who are physically fit have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses during reading than their less-fit peers, researchers report.'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.Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memoryApr 28, 2017 9:15 am1764 views Studies have suggested a link between fitness and memory, but researchers have struggled to find the mechanism that links them. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that the key may lie in the microstructure of the hippocampus, a region in the middle of the brain involved in memory processes.Brain waves reveal video game aptitudeOct 24, 2012 9:00 am279 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Scientists report that they can predict who will improve most on an unfamiliar video game by looking at their brain waves.Breastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlersMar 8, 2012 9:00 am1333 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Babies who are breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life may be less likely to become picky eaters as preschoolers, according to a recent study of 129 mothers and their children.Breastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlersMar 15, 2012 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Babies who are breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life may be less likely to become picky eaters as preschoolers, according to a recent study of 129 mothers and their children.Breastfeeding may protect against persistent stutteringAug 15, 2013 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A study of 47 children who began stuttering at an early age found that those who were breastfed in infancy were more likely to recover from stuttering and return to fluent speech.Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers findFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am6330 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A new study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one's ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brainJul 17, 2017 9:00 am231 views A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish.Bugs, even the 'bad' ones, can be educationally beneficial, new book saysMar 1, 2005 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - We have much to learn from bad bugs, according to Gilbert Waldbauer, whose book "Insights From Insects: What Bad Bugs Can Teach Us" was published today (Prometheus Books).Built-in-billboards: Male bluefin killifish signal different things with different finsOct 20, 2014 9:00 am364 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - They help fish swim, but fins also advertise a fish's social standing and health. In a new study, researchers report that for the male bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei), each colorful fin presents its own messages to other fish.By creating molecular 'bridge,' scientists change function of a proteinMay 5, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By designing a molecular bridge, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have forged a successful pathway through a complex ocean of barriers: They've changed the function of a protein using a co-evolution approach.Byproduct of water-disinfection process found to be highly toxicSep 14, 2004 9:00 am190 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recently discovered disinfection byproduct (DBP) found in U.S. drinking water treated with chloramines is the most toxic ever found, says a scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who tested samples on mammalian cells.By trying it all, predatory sea slug learns what not to eatJun 6, 2013 9:00 am288 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have found that a type of predatory sea slug that usually isn't picky when it comes to what it eats has more complex cognitive abilities than previously thought, allowing it to learn the warning cues of dangerous prey and thereby avoid them in the future.Cancer-associated long non-coding RNA regulates pre-mRNA splicingSep 23, 2010 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report this month that MALAT1, a long non-coding RNA that is implicated in certain cancers, regulates pre-mRNA splicing - a critical step in the earliest stage of protein production. Their study appears in the journal Molecular Cell.Cancer-causing bacterium targets tumor-suppressor proteinAug 2, 2010 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers have discovered a mechanism by which Helicobacter pylori, the only known cancer-causing bacterium, disables a tumor suppressor protein in host cells.Cancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trialsFeb 26, 2015 9:00 am714 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma.Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patientsNov 27, 2017 8:30 am4496 views A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the experimental drug PAC-1 can be used safely in combination with a standard brain-cancer chemotherapy drug, temozolomide.Cancer drug tested in pet dogs is now bound for human trialsJul 17, 2013 9:00 am343 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thanks to a new $2 million investment, a drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is on the road to human clinical trials. The compound, known as PAC-1, has so far proven safe and has promising anti-cancer effects in cell culture, in mouse models of cancer and in pet dogs with spontaneously occurring lymphomas and osteosarcomas.