blog postsDracula ants possess fastest known animal appendage: the snap-jawDec 11, 2018 6:00 pm1106 views Move over, trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimp: There’s a faster appendage in town. According to a new study, the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae, can snap its mandibles at speeds of up to 90 meters per second (more than 200 mph), making it the fastest animal movement on record.Coping skills program for disaster survivors tested with children living in chronic povertyDec 10, 2018 11:30 am504 views An emotional coping skills program developed for natural disaster survivors appears to help young children deal with the traumatic experiences associated with living in chronic poverty, a new study found.Study: Early career choices appear to influence personalityDec 10, 2018 8:15 am3082 views In the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, 16-year-old students in middle-track schools decide whether to stay in school to pursue an academic career or enroll in a vocational training program. A new study offers evidence that the path they choose influences their personality years later.Planning processes for Chicago's 606 Trail spawned gentrification, study findsDec 7, 2018 8:00 am295 views A new study examines the planning processes associated with Chicago's 606 Trail and concludes that delegating management of the project to a nonprofit may have made gentrification the most likely outcome.Illinois, French partners digitizing Proust's lettersDec 6, 2018 1:30 pm868 views Illinois researchers and their French partners have created a website to make thousands of letters written by Marcel Proust available to the public.Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?Dec 6, 2018 10:30 am225 views With the “Land of Lincoln” celebrating its bicentennial, a historian looks at the influence of four Illinois-connected presidents.What is on the horizon for global carbon emissions?Dec 5, 2018 11:45 am450 views On Dec. 5, the Global Carbon Project published the Global Carbon Budget 2018, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the report. Jain talked about the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian.Team converts wet biological waste to diesel-compatible fuelDec 4, 2018 8:45 am2679 views In a step toward producing renewable engine fuels that are compatible with existing diesel fuel infrastructure, researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, into a fuel that can be blended with diesel and that shares diesel’s combustion efficiency and emissions profile. They report their findings in the journal Nature Sustainability.English professor's first book tells stories of contemporary lives of black AmericansDec 4, 2018 8:00 am1357 views Illinois author Nafissa Thompson-Spires has received national recognition for her first book, “Heads of the Colored People,” which uses humor and satire to tell the stories of black Americans.Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study findsDec 3, 2018 9:30 am726 views Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using substances by the end of eighth grade, a new study found.Book by Illinois music professor looks at how Brazilian forro music, environment are connectedDec 3, 2018 8:45 am469 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers writes in his new book about forro music of Brazil and its connections to the environment, drought and politics.Can we talk about the Illinois climate?Dec 3, 2018 8:15 am478 views Jim Angel, the Illinois state climatologist, has announced that he will retire in December 2018 after 34 years at the Illinois State Water Survey. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with him about his career, climate change and the National Climate Assessment released on Black Friday.Finding darters where no one thought to lookNov 29, 2018 11:15 am1137 views “Pull off in about a mile and a half,” I tell my colleague Josh Sherwood, an ichthyologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. A minute goes by before he flips on the amber light bar over our heads and pulls the truck into the grass alongside the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, about 60 miles west of Chicago. The ground is littered with trash, broken glass and bits of tire – like any major highway. A few feet away is a small, unnamed stream, barely more than 2 feet wide and less than 6 inches deep. “Why would anyone want to sample this site?” I ask myself.Eleven Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 29, 2018 10:15 am9727 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns, habitsNov 29, 2018 9:00 am1808 views Paying for goods with a smartphone not only increases the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases by consumers, it also effectively replaces the actual, physical credit cards in their wallets, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.North American checklist identifies the fungus among usNov 28, 2018 8:15 am1855 views Some fungi are smelly and coated in mucus. Others have gills that glow in the dark. Some are delicious; others, poisonous. Some spur euphoria when ingested. Some produce antibiotics. All of these fungi - and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more - occur in North America. Of those that are known to science, 44,488 appear in a new checklist of North American fungi, published this month in the journal Mycologia.Krannert Art Museum to offer short films, panel discussion for World AIDS DayNov 27, 2018 10:45 am224 views Krannert Art Museum will screen short films about AIDS activism – the only downstate Illinois venue to show the films – for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.Four Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 27, 2018 10:00 am1797 views Four professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are: mechanical science and engineering professor Narayana Aluru, computer science professor William Gropp and plant biology professors Andrew Leakey and Ray Ming.Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with childrenNov 26, 2018 3:00 pm1928 views Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.Effort clarifies major branch of insect tree of lifeNov 26, 2018 2:00 pm1133 views The insects known as Hemiptera are not a particularly glamorous bunch. This group includes stink bugs, bed bugs, litter bugs, scale insects and aphids. Their closest relatives are thrips, bark lice and parasitic lice. But with a massive number of species, two-thirds of which are still unknown to science, these insects together make up one of the twiggiest branches on the tree of life. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences collected a vast amount of molecular data on these insects and used the information to help tease out their family relationships and evolutionary history.Scientists study puncture performance of cactus spinesNov 20, 2018 6:00 pm475 views Researchers discovered that the same biomechanical traits that allow the barbed spines of the jumping cholla and other cacti to readily penetrate animal flesh also make the spines more difficult to dislodge.Saying goodbye to an old measureNov 16, 2018 12:30 pm741 views I'm video recording on three DSLR cameras today, which is the most I can handle by myself. But I don't want to miss a second of this event, because I flew to Paris the day before yesterday just to film this auditorium of international delegates. These serious-looking men and women are actually very excited. I know that because several of them have told me so. In a few minutes, they will cast their nation's vote on whether to accept the proposed redefinition of the kilogram.Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10202 views Parents who talk to their children about nonviolent conflict resolution reduce children’s likelihood of abusing their dating partners – even if parents give contradictory messages advocating violence in some situations.Checks and balances, presidential power the topics of Nov. 29 Cline SymposiumNov 15, 2018 11:00 am166 views Constitutional checks and balances and the power of the presidency will be topics of a speech and roundtable Nov. 29 at the U. of I.Diagnostic tool helps engineers to design better global infrastructure solutionsNov 15, 2018 7:45 am1016 views Designing safe bridges and water systems for low-income communities is not always easy for engineers coming from highly industrialized places. A new discipline called contextual engineering helps engineers think beyond personal values, expectations and definitions of project success when tackling global infrastructure problems.Excavating a cave without leaving campusNov 14, 2018 8:30 am1125 views I’m in a cave with three identical waterfalls. The roar of water fills my ears as I look around, a little shakily. This is not what I was expecting when I showed up to Davenport Hall for an interview. But when I said, “Yes, I’d love to try out a virtual reality environment,” two students perched a headset on my head, adjusted the earphones and set me loose in this “cave.” I can hear anthropology professor Laura Shackelford gently guiding me. I’m aware that I’m in a room with her and the students, but I’m also in a cave, alone.Historian tells new story about England’s venerated ‘Domesday Book’Nov 13, 2018 10:15 am1378 views An Illinois historian tells a new story about England’s famous “Domesday Book” and what it tells us about the trauma of the Norman conquest.For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievementNov 12, 2018 9:15 am744 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois.Paper: Fostering gratitude reduces materialism, increases generosity in adolescentsNov 12, 2018 8:45 am999 views Reflecting on what one is grateful for not only tends to lower materialism, but also increases one’s generosity, says new research co-written by Gies College of Business professor Aric Rindfleisch.E-cigarette use rising dramatically among Illinois teens, survey findsNov 8, 2018 8:00 am1106 views The use of electronic cigarettes has increased by 65 percent among sophomores and by 45 percent among seniors in Illinois high schools over the past two years, according to this year's Illinois Youth Survey.November Dance celebrates dance department’s first 50 years with work by faculty, alumniNov 7, 2018 11:15 am514 views November Dance will celebrate the University of Illinois dance department’s 50th anniversary with collaborations between faculty members and alumni.Communities with less variety in housing types have higher foreclosure rates, say Illinois researchersNov 6, 2018 8:45 am608 views Illinois researchers find that less variety in housing types leads to less stability and higher rates of foreclosures.Study: At-risk mothers receive less support, information on breastfeedingNov 5, 2018 12:30 pm764 views Single mothers, those with less education and mothers enrolled in the WIC Program may receive less information and support with breastfeeding, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study.Irish artists Kennedy Browne grapple with ‘Real World Harm’ at Krannert Art MuseumNov 5, 2018 8:45 am332 views The first solo U.S. exhibition by Irish artists Kennedy Browne at Krannert Art Museum raises questions about global commerce and technology.Caterpillar, fungus in cahoots to threaten fruit, nut crops, study findsNov 5, 2018 8:00 am413 views New research reveals that Aspergillus flavus, a fungus that produces carcinogenic aflatoxins that can contaminate seeds and nuts, has a multilegged partner in crime: the navel orangeworm caterpillar, which targets some of the same nut and fruit orchards afflicted by the fungus. Scientists report in the Journal of Chemical Ecology that the two pests work in concert to overcome plant defenses and resist pesticides.Study: Culture strongly influences coping behaviors after natural disastersNov 2, 2018 11:45 am466 views Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence young people's coping styles after a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover, a new study found.EU ambassador to speak Nov. 9 as part of EU Day at IllinoisNov 1, 2018 2:15 pm254 views The EU’s ambassador to the U.S. will discuss the U.K. Brexit process and transatlantic relations as part of EU Day on Nov. 9.Illinois slavery book author to speak Nov. 8 as part of bicentennial seriesNov 1, 2018 1:45 pm169 views Slavery in Illinois and the move to freedom will be the subject of a Nov. 8 lecture at the U. of I., part of a series commemorating the state’s bicentennial.Can birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm1564 views In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law.What does Brazil’s recent election mean for its future?Nov 1, 2018 10:15 am235 views Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.Faculty artists engage the contemporary world with exhibition at Krannert Art MuseumOct 31, 2018 3:15 pm209 views University of Illinois art and design faculty members show their work at Krannert Art Museum.100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?Oct 31, 2018 10:45 am1441 views Influenza has no cure, but vaccines and anti-viral treatments could help thwart another deadly outbreak, says microbiology professor Christopher Brooke.Berenbaum named PNAS editor-in-chiefOct 31, 2018 8:30 am1040 views University of Illinois entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and longtime editorial contributor to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and other journals, has been appointed editor-in-chief of PNAS, effective Jan. 1.Passes for revamped Roger Ebert’s Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2018 10:00 am538 views Passes for the 21th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, shortened from five days to four, go on sale Nov. 1.Four factors influence social media reach of public health tweets, study saysOct 30, 2018 8:30 am602 views Four factors account for public health messages accruing retweets on Twitter, says research co-written by U. of. I. social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin and a team of U. of I. graduate students.Polling and the election: What to believe?Oct 29, 2018 10:00 am363 views With a much-anticipated midterm just a week away, political scientist Brian Gaines suggests we check some common assumptions about polling.How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites?Oct 26, 2018 3:15 pm495 views University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade explores the prevalence and impact of racialized sexual discrimination on sexual networking websites used by gay or bisexual men of color.How worried should we be about the 2020 census?Oct 18, 2018 2:00 pm944 views An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am1225 views A new book by Illinois information sciences professors Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter tells how a former slave founded an integrated town in western Illinois that became a station on the Underground Railroad.Monster hurricanes: Why have recent storms been so huge?Oct 15, 2018 10:45 am2118 views Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as the first Category 4 storm in recorded history to reach shore in the northeast Gulf Coast. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Deanna Hence about the storm’s size, strength and path, and the impact of global climate change on future hurricanes.