blog postsYoung toddlers can tell when others hold false beliefs, study findsNov 28, 2016 9:00 am942 views A new study finds that, under the right conditions, 2 1/2-year-old children can answer questions about people acting on false beliefs, an ability that most researchers believe does not develop until age 4.Yoga practice linked to lower stress, better cognitive performance in older adultsNov 15, 2016 8:30 am616 views Older adults who practiced hatha yoga for 8 weeks were better able to manage stress and performed better on cognitive tests than peers in a stretching and weight-training program, researchers report.Yeast byproduct inhibits white-nose syndrome fungus in lab experimentsJul 21, 2015 8:00 am131 views A microbe found in caves produces a compound that inhibitsPseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers report in the journal Mycopathologia. The finding could lead to treatments that kill the fungus while minimizing disruption to cave ecosystems, the researchers say.Y chromosome study sheds light on Athapaskan migration to southwest U.S.Jul 15, 2008 9:00 am59 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A large-scale genetic study of native North Americans offers new insights into the migration of a small group of Athapaskan natives from their subarctic home in northwest North America to the southwestern United States. The migration, which left no known archaeological trace, is believed to have occurred about 500 years ago.'X-Files' creator Chris Carter to attend 30th annual Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 19, 2013 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Infectious honey bees and cockroaches out to take down humans will be the cinematic scare fare at this year's Insect Fear Film Festival, an event organizers are calling "The InsX-Files: The Truth (About Insects) Is Out There."World survey links religion and happiness - for someAug 8, 2011 9:00 am469 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - There may be a few atheists in foxholes, but a new study suggests that in societies under stress, those who are religious outnumber - and are happier than - their nonreligious counterparts. Where peace and plenty are the norm, however, religious participation is lower and people are happier whether or not they are religious, the researchers found.Women's reproductive ability may be related to immune system statusMay 17, 2013 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - New research indicates that women's reproductive function may be tied to their immune status. Previous studies have found this association in human males, but not females.Women's health, tissue regeneration to be focus of joint U. of I.-Carle programFeb 4, 2005 9:00 am7 views Champaign and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.Women, more than men, choose true crime over other violent nonfictionFeb 15, 2010 9:00 am304 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - When it comes to violent nonfiction, men are from Mars, the planet of war, but women are from Earth, the planet of serial killings and random murders.With online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaksJun 27, 2016 11:00 am863 views High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. Wit, grit and a supercomputer yield chemical structure of HIV capsidMay 29, 2013 9:00 am908 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that they have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects the virus's genetic material and is a key to its virulence. The capsid has become an attractive target for the development of new antiretroviral drugs.Wimps or warriors? Honey bee larvae absorb the social culture of the hive, study findsOct 29, 2015 10:00 am451 views Even as larvae, honey bees are tuned in to the social culture of the hive, becoming more or less aggressive depending on who raises them, researchers report.William T. Greenough, an early explorer of brain plasticity, dies at 69Jan 8, 2014 9:00 am1069 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - William T. Greenough, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Illinois and a pioneer in studies of brain plasticity and development, died Dec. 18 in Seattle, of complications associated with Lewy Body Dementia. As a researcher at Illinois, Greenough explored the neural basis of learning and memory and the effects of aging, exercise, injury and environmental enrichment on the brain.William Metcalf elected to American Academy of MicrobiologyMay 11, 2010 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - University of Illinois professor William Metcalf has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, a distinction awarded to microbiologists who have made original contributions to their field, the American Society for Microbiology announced this month.Wildlife Society honors author of 'Waterfowl of Illinois: Status and Management'Sep 13, 2000 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Stephen P. Havera, director of the Forbes Biological Station of the Illinois Natural History Survey, was honored Sept. 13 by the Wildlife Society as the recipient of its 2000 Wildlife Publications Award for his comprehensive book on Illinois waterfowl.Why more inspections are not the way to increase food safetyOct 5, 2011 9:00 am22 views A Minute With™... Bruce Chassy, a professor of food science and human nutrition Why courts should allow funding for embryonic stem cell research to continueSep 20, 2010 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... cell and developmental biology professor Fei WangWhy biofuels research is moving beyond 'food vs. fuel'Jun 11, 2009 9:00 am44 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor Stephen LongWhy America's aging population needs to think about preventing fallsMay 23, 2016 3:45 pm562 views A Minute With...™ Jacob Sosnoff, professor of kinesiology and community healthWho was Kennewick Man?Jun 23, 2015 12:00 pm255 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. anthropology professor Ripan MalhiWho's got guts? Young infants expect animals to have insidesSep 11, 2013 9:00 am50 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of researchers has shown that 8-month-old infants expect objects they identify as animals to have insides. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Whole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers findDec 20, 2017 8:30 am4991 views People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in resistance exercise differ dramatically in how their muscles build protein, a process called protein synthesis, during the post-workout period, researchers report in a new study. Specifically, the post-workout muscle-building response in those eating whole eggs is 40 percent greater than in those consuming an equivalent amount of protein from egg whites, the team found.When women stop breastfeeding linked to child care options, study showsMar 13, 2012 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Mothers participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, are more likely to discontinue breastfeeding their infants before 6 months of age than non-WIC mothers, especially if they rely upon relatives to provide child care, according to a new study by Juhee Kim, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois.When veterinarians become crime scene investigatorsJun 17, 2016 1:45 pm674 views A Minute With...™ veterinary diagnostic laboratory professor Adam SternWhen emotional memories intrude, focusing on context could help, study findsJun 14, 2018 12:15 pm1230 views When negative memories intrude, focusing on the contextual details of the incident rather than the emotional fallout could help minimize cognitive disruption and redirect the brain’s resources to the task at hand, suggests a new study by psychologists at the University of Illinois. “Everyone has encountered something distressing either in the recent past or the remote past. These memories can pop into our minds and distract from whatever we are doing,” said study leader Florin Dolcos, a professor of psychology at Illinois. “Instead of suppressing or stifling those emotional memories, we simply shift the focus and bring to life some other aspects of the same memory. That leads to a reduction in how much those memories interfere with whatever we’re doing.”When cave crickets go out for dinner, they really go, researchers saySep 7, 2005 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cave crickets travel farther from their homes to forage - by about double - than their previously reported range, researchers have discovered. In Texas, that means protective buffer areas around caves may need to be extended to protect endangered invertebrate species that live inside and depend on the crickets.What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am659 views A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.What parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am675 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolWhat makes a cow a cow? Genome sequence sheds light on ruminant evolutionApr 23, 2009 9:00 am258 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report today in the journal Science that they have sequenced the bovine genome, for the first time revealing the genetic features that distinguish cattle from humans and other mammals.What is the Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone' and how can it be reduced?Aug 6, 2015 12:00 pm752 views A Minute With...™ Brian Miller, director of the Illinois-Indiana Sea GrantWhat are the health risks of exposure to BPA?Jun 13, 2014 9:00 am27 views A Minute With™... comparative biosciences professor Jodi FlawsWest Nile virus focus during ornithologists' meetingJul 21, 2003 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The West Nile virus is the focus of a dozen research papers to be presented Aug. 9 (Saturday) during the 121st Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, Aug. 5-9, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Website offers tools for leaving a smaller carbon footprintDec 16, 2010 9:00 am6 views Using energy for transportation, to power appliances and to make interiors comfortable is nearly impossible to avoid. Although there are energy-saving steps that can be taken, leaving a carbon footprint is inevitable. UI students in a carbon registry class created a website with tools that help in understanding what contributes to carbon output and suggest ways to offset the damage.Web page provides pet owners with information on dog fluOct 13, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has established a Web page with information about canine influenza, which has spread to pet dogs in 10 states after first being diagnosed in January 2004 at a Florida greyhound track. No cases have been reported in Illinois.Weather forecasts may be predictors for prevalence of West Nile virusMar 29, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Weather forecasts could become barometers for predicting the potential threat of West Nile virus to humans and wildlife, according to scientists at two state agencies based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Wasp genetics study suggests altruism evolved from maternal behaviorSep 27, 2007 9:00 am133 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois have used an innovative approach to reveal the molecular basis of altruistic behavior in wasps. The research team focused on the expression of behavior-related genes in Polistes metricus paper wasps, a species for which little genetic data was available when the study was begun. Their findings appear today online in Science Express.Want to keep your exercise resolutions? New research offers pointersAug 16, 2011 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities influence this "situation-specific self-confidence," a quality the researchers call "self-efficacy."Wanted: Citizen scientists to help track wild bees in IllinoisOct 2, 2007 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Honey bee colonies are in decline in many states, but little is known about their wild cousins, the bumble bees, or, for that matter, honey bees living on their own in the wild without beekeepers. A new initiative from the University of Illinois seeks to build a better record of honey bee and bumble bee abundance and distribution in Illinois by recruiting citizen scientists to report on wild bees seen anywhere in the state.Walking hazard: Cell phone use - but not music - reduces pedestrian safetyNov 16, 2009 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Two new studies of pedestrian safety found that using a cell phone while hoofing it can endanger one's health. And older pedestrians talking on cell phones are particularly impaired in crossing a busy (simulated) street, the researchers found.Vocal signals reveal intent to dominate or submit, study findsApr 18, 2016 9:30 am919 views You may not win friends, but a new study finds that you can influence people simply by lowering the pitch of your voice in the first moments of a conversation.Virtual predator is self-aware, behaves like living counterpartMar 1, 2018 8:30 am2330 views Scientists report in the journal eNeuro that they’ve built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, “Cyberslug,” reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does.Video gamers: Size of brain structures predicts successJan 20, 2010 9:00 am183 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers can predict your performance on a video game simply by measuring the volume of specific structures in your brain, a multi-institutional team reports this week.Veterinarians' guide to hedgehogs, chinchillas and chelonians.....oh, my!Mar 20, 2008 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ferrets, frogs and finches are becoming more common as pets, but the list of unusual species adopted into human households now includes some of the most exotic creatures on the planet. The trade in exotic pets has become a multi-billion dollar enterprise, but expansion of the industry sometimes outpaces veterinary knowledge of how to treat the maladies that afflict these unusual animals.Venomous, carnivorous centipedes horrify in Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 11, 2009 9:00 am237 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - "Centipede Cinema" is the theme of this year's Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois, even though everybody - with the possible exception of horror movie writers, directors and actors - knows that centipedes aren't insects.Vanadium appears to play role in speeding recovery from infectionsOct 6, 2005 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dietary supplements containing vanadium are used by body builders to help beef up muscles and by some diabetic people to control blood sugar. New research now suggests the naturally occurring but easily toxic element may help prepare the body to recover speedily from infections from gram-negative organisms such as E. coli.Uterine cells produce their own estrogen during pregnancyJul 20, 2009 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - For decades, scientists assumed that the ovary alone produced steroid hormones during pregnancy. In a new study in mice, however, researchers demonstrate that once an embryo attaches to the uterine wall, the uterus itself actually synthesizes the estrogen needed to sustain the pregnancy.Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers findJul 18, 2018 8:45 am1794 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois.U.S., Chinese children differ in commitment to parents over timeMay 11, 2011 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - According to a new study, American, but not Chinese, children's sense of responsibility to their parents tends to decline in the seventh and eighth grades, a trend that coincides with declines in their academic performance.Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1644 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 29, 2014 9:00 am157 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 29 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.