blog posts75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am79923 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyStudy links mobile device addiction to depression and anxietyMar 2, 2016 9:30 am48575 views Is cellphone use detrimental to mental health? A new study from the University of Illinois finds that high engagement with mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-age students.Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author saysMar 5, 2014 9:00 am43373 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - About half of Latinos check "white" in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check "other race."Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am38572 views Sexy ads stick in the memory more but don’t sell the brand or product, according to research that analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over three decades.Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house catsMay 26, 2011 9:00 am28355 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers (and some cat-owners) wanted to know: What do feral and free-roaming house cats do when they're out of sight? A two-year study offers a first look at the daily lives of these feline paupers and princes, whose territories overlap on the urban, suburban, rural and agricultural edges of many towns.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 9:45 am27484 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20399 views Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said Yilan Xu, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those born between 1980-2000.Asian tiger mosquito gains ground in IllinoisJun 4, 2020 8:15 am20077 views Researchers report that the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, has become more abundant across Illinois in the past three decades. Its spread is problematic, as the mosquito can transmit diseases – like chikungunya or dengue fever – to humans.Team finds first wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984Nov 13, 2017 8:15 am20034 views Researchers report the first sighting in 30 years of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois. The discovery may be a sign of hope for this state-endangered species, or the animal could be the last of its kind to have survived in Illinois without human intervention, the researchers say.Study adds to evidence that viruses are aliveSep 25, 2015 1:00 pm19996 views A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells, researchers report. The study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a time when neither viruses nor cells existed in the forms recognized today, the researchers say. 'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers reportMay 29, 2019 8:00 am19924 views A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report in the journal Astrobiology. The bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ancient and thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars, said University of Illinois geology professor Bruce Fouke, who led the new, NASA-funded study.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am18936 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thomas Jefferson believed that a country's constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.Western media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am18573 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literature'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am18296 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyIs it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am16763 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Online interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am15644 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you think Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites that foster online communication and interaction are merely vapid echo chambers of self-promotion, think again, say two University of Illinois professors who study computer-mediated communication and the Internet.Counties with more trees and shrubs spend less on Medicare, study findsApr 1, 2019 8:00 am15334 views A new study finds that Medicare costs tend to be lower in counties with more forests and shrublands than in counties dominated by other types of land cover. The relationship persists even when accounting for economic, geographic or other factors that might independently influence health care costs, researchers report.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am13621 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis, study findsMar 24, 2020 6:00 am13275 views A bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious disease affecting millions of people worldwide, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mie University in Japan.When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents?Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am12546 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerPotato as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, study findsOct 18, 2019 11:45 am12198 views Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, scientists report.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am11837 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Eleven Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 29, 2018 10:15 am10616 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroomJun 7, 2017 1:00 pm10531 views Roughly 115 million years ago, when the ancient supercontinent Gondwana was breaking apart, a mushroom fell into a river and began an improbable journey. Its ultimate fate as a mineralized fossil preserved in limestone in northeast Brazil makes it a scientific wonder, scientists report in the journal PLOS ONE.Paper tubes make stiff origami structuresSep 7, 2015 2:00 pm10398 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10298 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.Key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm10106 views Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, suggests a new study led by a researcher at the University of Illinois.Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am9894 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery - and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.Bashir named College of Engineering deanOct 10, 2018 9:30 am9662 views Rashid Bashir, the executive associate dean and chief diversity officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will become the next dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Nov. 1.Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm9508 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13.Siblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization'Jan 15, 2010 9:00 am9506 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What we learn from our siblings when we grow up has - for better or for worse - a considerable influence on our social and emotional development as adults, according to an expert in sibling, parent-child and peer relationships at the University of Illinois.Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers findFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am9479 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.How is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:15 am9243 views The Event Horizon Telescope Project announced that it has captured the first image of a black hole. The feature is located at the center of Messier 87 – a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with University of Illinois physics and astronomy professor Charles Gammie, who heads up the theory working group for the large, multi-institutional collaboration.Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am9186 views Rates of antibiotic-resistant infections in companion animals are rising at an alarming rate. An Illinois veterinarian discusses what can be done about it.Three Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 15, 2018 9:00 am8967 views Three Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.” Winners receive a two-year $65,000 fellowship to further their research.Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behaviorFeb 27, 2019 11:00 am8880 views In many societies, teenagers are repeatedly told – by adults, peers and popular media – that teens are more likely than younger children to take risks, ignore their parents, skip schoolwork and succumb to bad influences. But stereotypes are not destiny, a new study of Chinese middle school students suggests.Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am8858 views Two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects – offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. The studies were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8785 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Veterinary infectious disease expert weighs in on coronavirus threatMar 9, 2020 8:15 am8714 views Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the new coronavirus that make it more like influenza and less like SARS or the virus that causes the especially lethal Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.Study shows diminished but ‘robust’ link between union decline, rise of inequalityAug 21, 2018 9:45 am8615 views A new study shows a diminished but “robust” link between the decline of unions and the rise in wage inequality.Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influentialDec 21, 2015 9:15 am8494 views Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015. The list includes “some of the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to a statement from Thomson Reuters.Role of religious faith in World War I examined in new bookApr 21, 2010 9:00 am8416 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although World War I has faded from cultural memory, overshadowed by more dramatic and unambiguous conflicts that both preceded and followed it, the Great War continues to shape Americans' interpretations of their nation, its war-craft and its soldiers today.Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study findsAug 24, 2017 11:15 am8387 views Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest.Nanopores could take the salt out of seawaterNov 10, 2015 1:45 pm8281 views University of Illinois engineers have found an energy-efficient material for removing salt from seawater that could provide a rebuttal to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lament, “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.”Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady GagaMar 10, 2020 8:15 am8255 views According to Brendan Morris, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, treehoppers are the wackiest, most astonishing bugs most people have never heard of. They are morphological wonders, sporting bizarre protuberances that look like horns, gnarled branches, antlers, fruiting fungi, brightly colored flags or dead plant leaves. To draw attention to this group, Morris named a newly discovered treehopper species after Lady Gaga, a musical performer who has her own flamboyant, shape-shifting style.Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am8202 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. Pollinator habitat program spreads bad seeds with the goodDec 7, 2016 8:30 am8171 views Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds – including seeds of the potentially devastating agricultural weed Palmer amaranth – along with the good. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have traced the weed seeds to at least one source: pollinator habitat seed sold by a company in the Midwest.Fresh look at burials, mass graves, tells a new story of CahokiaAug 4, 2016 10:30 am8094 views A new study challenges earlier interpretations of an important burial mound at Cahokia, a pre-Columbian city in Illinois near present-day St. Louis. The study reveals that a central feature of the mound, a plot known as the “beaded burial,” is not a monument to male power, as was previously thought, but includes both males and females of high status.Beschloss Family Media Design Center to be dedicated Sept. 22Aug 31, 2000 9:00 am7672 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22.Long-term study shows acid pollution in rain decreases with emissionsNov 16, 2011 9:00 am7338 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Emissions regulations do have an environmental impact, according to a long-term study of acidic rainfall by researchers at the University of Illinois.