blog postsUltrathin self-healing polymers create new, sustainable water-resistant coatingsSep 16, 2021 9:30 am0 views Researchers have found a way to make ultrathin surface coatings robust enough to survive scratches and dings. The new material, developed by merging thin-film and self-healing technologies, has an almost endless list of potential applications, including self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-fogging, anti-bacterial, anti-fouling and enhanced heat exchange coatings, researchers said. New book examines race's impact in school choice movementSep 15, 2021 9:45 am87 views A new book by education professor Jon Hale examines the complex history of the school choice movement in the U.S., which was overshadowed by racism and resistance to desegregation.Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal FischerSep 15, 2021 9:30 am97 views “Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics” features his well-known photographic series focused on gay life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as his early work as an Illinois student.Paper: Perception of COVID-19 vulnerability hurts job prospectsSep 15, 2021 8:00 am126 views Job seekers’ perceived risk of contracting and falling seriously ill from COVID-19 may take a significant mental health toll and ultimately affect their ability to secure employment, says new research co-written by Yihao Liu, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois.CAS, McKinley Foundation hosting art exhibit, presentation about transgender older adultsSep 14, 2021 1:15 pm132 views “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” documents the life stories of transgender older adults through photographs and interviews.Study provides basis to evaluate food subsectors' emissions of three greenhouse gasesSep 13, 2021 10:00 am455 views A new, location-specific agricultural greenhouse gas emission study is the first to account for net carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions from all subsectors related to food production and consumption. The work, led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, could help identify the primary plant- and animal-based food sectors contributing to three major greenhouse gas emissions and allow policymakers to take action to reduce emissions from the top-emitting food commodities at different locations across the globe.Is the future of agriculture digital?Sep 10, 2021 8:00 am599 views With colleagues at several institutions, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign crop sciences professor Stephen Moose will lead the development of a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems. With $25 million in newly announced funding, the center will create an Internet of Living Things to learn the intimate biological language of plants and their associated organisms. Moose spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about this new initiative.New recording pairs music of Bach with works by Black composersSep 8, 2021 9:30 am531 views Pianist Rochelle Sennet said she wants her “Bach to Black” project to show that classical music is for everyone, regardless of race or cultural background.New tool maps future climate costs for airlines, passengersSep 8, 2021 8:00 am663 views Researchers built a mathematical model to calculate how much it will cost airlines to cope with rising temperatures in a changing climate.Avocados change belly fat distribution in women, controlled study findsSep 3, 2021 9:00 am34963 views An avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile, according to a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators. One hundred and five adults with overweight and obesity participated in a randomized controlled trial that provided one meal a day for 12 weeks. Women who consumed avocado as part of their daily meal had a reduction in deeper visceral abdominal fat.Can people take a livestock drug to treat a deadly virus?Sep 2, 2021 10:00 am1290 views Taking large or multiple doses of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can cause a toxic overdose, and humans should not take forms intended for animal use, says Illinois veterinary medicine expert Dr. Jim Lowe.Unified theory explains how materials transform from solids to liquidsSep 2, 2021 9:30 am717 views Years of meticulous experimentation have paid off for researchers aiming to unify the physics that defines materials that transition from solids to liquids. The researchers said a new theoretical model could help develop new synthetic materials and inform and predict civil engineering and environmental challenges such as mudslides, dam breaks and avalanches.Exploring the remnants of an ancient forestSep 2, 2021 8:00 am868 views At first glance, Trelease Woods looks like any other central Illinois woodland. There’s a well-worn track inside its fenced eastern edge, and the forest floor is littered with twigs and branches. But as I walk along the path with my companions, I notice that some of the trees are bigger than any I’ve seen in this area.Less salt, more protein: Researchers address dairy processing's environmental, sustainability issuesSep 1, 2021 12:00 pm1034 views Researchers say the high salt content of whey – the watery part of milk left behind after cheesemaking – helps make it one of the most polluting byproducts in the food processing industry. In a new study, chemists demonstrate the first electrochemical redox desalination process used in the food industry, removing and recycling up to 99% of excess salt from whey while simultaneously refining more than 98% of whey’s valuable protein content.Krannert Art Museum retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorialAug 31, 2021 11:00 am456 views “A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing” is the first retrospective of Fishman’s works on paper, and features many works of art that have never been shown.Paper: Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editingAug 30, 2021 10:30 am446 views Patent law could create an “ethical thicket” that discourages access to the medically and ethically dubious practice of heritable human-genome editing, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.Is the new Illinois state legislative district map fair?Aug 27, 2021 8:00 am733 views The state legislative district map that was signed into law earlier this summer by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was based on population estimates rather than official U.S. Census data, rendering it vulnerable to legal challenges, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines.ELLNORA guitar festival marks Krannert Center's return to in-person performancesAug 25, 2021 12:00 pm541 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature influential guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles. The festival will take place on a smaller scale than in past years.New imaging, machine-learning methods speed effort to reduce crops' need for waterAug 24, 2021 8:00 am1102 views Scientists have developed and deployed a series of new imaging and machine-learning tools to discover attributes that contribute to water-use efficiency in crop plants during photosynthesis and to reveal the genetic basis of variation in those traits.Illinois artist Ben Grosser's solo show imagines 'Software for Less'Aug 23, 2021 2:00 pm275 views An exhibition of work by Ben Grosser, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of new media, considers what software might look like if its underlying philosophy was not the creation of more, but less.Merit-based employment practices contribute to gender pay gap, study saysAug 23, 2021 8:00 am1247 views Meritocratic employment practices such as performance bonuses often fail to reduce gender-based pay inequality and may actually exacerbate it by allowing the status quo to remain intact at firms, says new research co-written by Eunmi Mun, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Hunting a creature that hunts meAug 20, 2021 8:00 am1436 views It’s a sweltering summer afternoon. I’m pushing aside tree limbs and crunching leaves to get back to the trap that I baited two hours ago with dry ice to attract ticks. When I get closer, I can see a gossamer mist hovering over a bright white cloth in the dark underbrush. Dry ice “sublimates” in the open air, going from a solid to a gaseous state. It gives off a vapor of carbon dioxide gas that’s denser than the air, mimicking the breath of a tick host resting on the ground.Nutrient-rich human waste poised to sustain agriculture, improve economiesAug 19, 2021 12:00 pm949 views The future connection between human waste, sanitation technology and sustainable agriculture is becoming more evident. According to research directed by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign civil and environmental engineering professor Jeremy Guest, countries could be moving closer to using human waste as fertilizer, closing the loop to more circular, sustainable economies.Latinos' beliefs about social status may affect their cardiovascular health, study findsAug 19, 2021 8:45 am476 views Subjective perceptions of their social status may have stronger effects on the cardiovascular health of Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. than objective markers such as income, according to a new study led by Lissette Piedra.Illinois history professor examines Japan's relationships with its riversAug 18, 2021 9:15 am383 views History professor Roderick Wilson looks at how the interactions between rivers, society and government helped shape Japan’s modern transformation.Graphic novel illustrated by Illinois art professor portrays thriving Black community before, after Tulsa massacreAug 17, 2021 1:00 pm411 views Artist Stacey Robinson illustrated the graphic novel to portray the prosperity of the Black community.Light can trigger key signaling pathway for embryonic development, cancerAug 17, 2021 12:45 pm3748 views Blue light is illuminating new understanding of a key signaling pathway in embryo development, tissue maintenance and cancer genesis. Illinois researchers developed a method that makes membrane-bound receptors reactive to light, triggering the Wnt pathway.Team develops bioprocess for converting plant materials into valuable chemicalsAug 17, 2021 9:00 am1188 views A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting of acetate and xylose into high-value chemicals.What's next for Afghanistan?Aug 17, 2021 8:00 am719 views As the military withdraws from Afghanistan nearly two decades after 9/11, the U.S. public should carefully consider the costs and benefits of the effort, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman.Black hole size revealed by its eating patternAug 12, 2021 1:00 pm1833 views The feeding patterns of black holes offer insight into their size, researchers report. A new study revealed that the flickering in the brightness observed in actively feeding supermassive black holes is related to their mass.Study: Domestic control of COVID-19 takes priority over international travel bansAug 11, 2021 8:00 am760 views A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economist Yilan Xu says taming domestic transmission of COVID-19 ought to be prioritized over international travel bans.Study identifies molecule that stimulates muscle-buildingAug 9, 2021 8:00 am2605 views In a randomized control study of 10 healthy young men, researchers compared how consuming the single amino acid leucine or its two-molecule equivalent, dileucine, influenced muscle-building and breakdown. They found that dileucine boosts the metabolic processes that drive muscle growth 42% more than free leucine does.Study offers insight into underlying causes of seizure disorder in babiesAug 3, 2021 7:00 am697 views Researchers report that infantile spasms, a rare but serious seizure disorder in babies, appear to be the result of a molecular pathway gone awry. In their study of a mouse model of the disorder, the researchers discovered that genetic mutations associated with the disease impair a pathway that is involved in building new synapses in the hippocampus, a brain region essential to learning and memory.What impact do the Olympics and mass-sporting events have on public health?Aug 2, 2021 8:15 am683 views Attending high-profile and mass-participation sporting events may increase individuals’ physical activity levels and enhance their emotional well-being, according to Mikihiro Sato, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.Paper: Some birds steal hair from living mammalsJul 29, 2021 6:15 pm1208 views A new paper in the journal Ecology documents an unusual behavior among titmice, chickadees and tits: A bird will land on an unsuspecting mammal and, cautiously and stealthily, pluck out some of its hair.Should the government implement a vaccine passport system?Jul 29, 2021 8:00 am1795 views Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for the vaccinated while still being realistic about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert.Study tests microplasma against middle-ear infectionsJul 29, 2021 8:00 am417 views In a new study, researchers explore the use of microplasma – a highly focused stream of chemically excited ions and molecules – as a noninvasive method for attacking the bacterial biofilms that resist antibiotic treatment in the middle ear.Report: Many Illinois students not receiving critical computer science educationJul 27, 2021 8:45 am930 views Many K-12 students in Illinois are not receiving the computing education needed to succeed in the workforce they'll enter after high school graduation, according to a new report by U. of I. scholar Raya Hegeman-Davis.New approach eradicates breast cancer in miceJul 21, 2021 1:00 pm15390 views A new approach to treating breast cancer kills 95-100% of cancer cells in mouse models of human estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and their metastases in bone, brain, liver and lungs. The newly developed drug, called ErSO, quickly shrinks even large tumors to undetectable levels.What are the implications of the recent Supreme Court public school speech case?Jul 21, 2021 8:00 am623 views The Supreme Court affirmed that while public schools have an extra duty to protect unpopular opinions and minority speech rights, school officials still have the power to discipline students for bad behavior, says a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign media law scholar who studies free speech issues.How can the world prevent emerging infectious diseases, protect food security?Jul 20, 2021 8:45 am801 views According to a new report co-written by Illinois Natural History Survey postdoctoral researcher Valeria Trivellone, climate change, poverty, urbanization, land-use change and the exploitation of wildlife all contribute to the emergence of new infectious diseases, which, in turn, threaten global food security. Trivellone spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about how global authorities can tackle these intertwined challenges.2020 deadlier than previous five years, even with COVID-19 numbers removed, study findsJul 19, 2021 1:30 pm1710 views An upswing in death rates from non-COVID-19 causes in 2020 hit hard for men ages 15-64, according to a new study by computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and internal medicine professor Janet Jokela.Chemical reactions break free from energy barriers using flyby trajectoriesJul 15, 2021 10:45 am1586 views A new study shows that it is possible to use mechanical force to deliberately alter chemical reactions and increase chemical selectivity – a grand challenge of the field. Study: Idea sharing increases online learner engagementJul 14, 2021 8:00 am988 views Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas instead of personal details.New book contends that local newspapers bear brunt of news media's increasing elitismJul 6, 2021 11:15 am1326 views A new book by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign journalism professor Nikki Usher examines the market failure of local newspapers in the context of larger U.S. problems such as rising social inequality, geographic polarization and political discord. In “News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism,” Usher posits that newspapers are becoming more focused on serving wealthy, white and politically liberal news consumers.University of Illinois receives APLU award for COVID-19 testing programJul 1, 2021 2:00 pm2249 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received the inaugural Research Response to Community Crisis Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for its COVID-19 testing program.Where have all the entry-level professional jobs gone?Jul 1, 2021 8:15 am860 views Various economic and political forces are reducing job opportunities for new professionals and discouraging some entering these fields or staying in the U.S. after they earn their degrees, says sociology professor Kevin Leicht.Illinois artist's virtual 'Museum of Us' lets everyone tell their storiesJul 1, 2021 7:45 am702 views Art education professor Jorge Lucero created a virtual “Museum of Us” in which participants created a cabinet of curiosities by displaying objects that are important to them.Frequent COVID-19 testing key to efficient, early detection, study findsJun 30, 2021 8:30 am1243 views The chance of detecting the virus that causes COVID-19 increases with more frequent testing, no matter the type of test, a new study found. Both polymerase chain reaction and antigen tests, paired with rapid results reporting, can achieve 98% sensitivity if deployed at least every three days.How do July 4 celebrations affect wildlife?Jun 30, 2021 8:00 am2026 views Celebrating the nation’s Independence Day with fireworks is an enduring tradition, but fireworks can be a source of distress and danger to wildlife. Dr. Sam Sander, a clinical professor of zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, spoke with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about how fireworks affect wildlife and the environment, and how to minimize the risks.