blog posts 75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust? Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am155833 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern Germany Electric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study finds Aug 6, 2020 9:30 am144506 views Owners of electric multicookers may be able to add another use to its list of functions, a new study suggests: sanitization of N95 respirator masks. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign study found that 50 minutes of dry heat in an electric cooker, such as a rice cooker or Instant Pot, decontaminated N95 respirators inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. This could enable wearers to safely reuse limited supplies of the respirators, originally intended to be one-time-use items. Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19 Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm84575 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff. Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans, author says Mar 5, 2014 9:00 am65818 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." Study links mobile device addiction to depression and anxiety Mar 2, 2016 9:30 am51942 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. Journalists’ Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles Aug 5, 2020 9:30 am47194 views Washington, D.C., journalists are clustering not in one “Beltway bubble” but in a collection of “microbubbles,” based on a recent study of their Twitter postings. It means they “may be even more insular than previously thought,” say Illinois journalism professors Nikki Usher and Yee Man Margaret Ng. Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don’t sell brands, products Jun 22, 2017 10:30 am39798 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. Avocados change belly fat distribution in women, controlled study finds Sep 3, 2021 9:00 am37320 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. Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house cats May 26, 2011 9:00 am37008 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 choices May 1, 2020 9:45 am35570 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. Western media's stereotypes of Indian culture Sep 1, 2010 9:00 am30376 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literature Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive Sep 25, 2015 1:00 pm26392 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. Team finds first wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984 Nov 13, 2017 8:15 am26178 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. U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around world Feb 12, 2007 9:00 am25486 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. Decoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell cultures Aug 4, 2020 9:00 am25255 views As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, scientists and health care providers are seeking ways to keep the coronavirus from infecting tissues once they’re exposed. A new study suggests luring the virus with a decoy – an engineered, free-floating receptor protein – that binds the virus and blocks infection. Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis, study finds Mar 24, 2020 6:00 am23374 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. 'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S. Feb 17, 2016 8:15 am22898 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi Germany Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behavior Feb 27, 2019 11:00 am22662 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. Asian tiger mosquito gains ground in Illinois Jun 4, 2020 8:15 am21843 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. Paper: Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generation Feb 8, 2016 10:45 am20424 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. 'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers report May 29, 2019 8:00 am20005 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. New approach eradicates breast cancer in mice Jul 21, 2021 1:00 pm19316 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. Online interactions have positive effects for real-life communities Apr 5, 2010 9:00 am19232 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. Study links prenatal phthalate exposure to altered information processing in infants Apr 6, 2021 7:30 am18909 views Researchers have found evidence linking pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates to altered cognitive outcomes in their infants. When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents? Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am17900 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social worker Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic? Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am17392 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take. Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War? Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am17071 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why? Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am17040 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days. Counties with more trees and shrubs spend less on Medicare, study finds Apr 1, 2019 8:00 am15773 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. Beschloss Family Media Design Center to be dedicated Sept. 22 Aug 31, 2000 9:00 am15131 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22. Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of students Jul 3, 2018 10:00 am14625 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. Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now? Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am13511 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. Shutdown of circulation pattern could be disastrous, researchers say Dec 13, 2004 9:00 am13048 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If global warming shuts down the thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean, the result could be catastrophic climate change. The environmental effects, models indicate, depend upon whether the shutdown is reversible or irreversible. Potato as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, study finds Oct 18, 2019 11:45 am12780 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. Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroom Jun 7, 2017 1:00 pm12724 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 structures Sep 7, 2015 2:00 pm11980 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering. Fresh look at burials, mass graves, tells a new story of Cahokia Aug 4, 2016 10:30 am11889 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. Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree Jun 6, 2017 3:00 am11830 views New research reveals that a species of giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100,000 years ago – ranging across Eurasia before it went extinct – is more closely related to today’s African forest elephant than the forest elephant is to its nearest living relative, the African savanna elephant. Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19? Dec 7, 2020 8:30 am11348 views In most cases, an employer could require an employee to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. While that might seem like a violation of an employee’s personal freedom, “No one has a legally enforceable right to a specific job,” says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. How former slaves established schools and educated their population after the Civil War Feb 12, 2007 9:00 am11225 views A Minute With™... Christopher Span, a professor of educational policy studies Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers find Feb 8, 2011 9:00 am11050 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. Researchers to perform sex change operation on papaya Nov 2, 2009 9:00 am10886 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - The complicated sex life of the papaya is about to get even more interesting, thanks to a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The NSF grant will fund basic research on the papaya sex chromosomes and will lead to the development of a papaya that produces only hermaphrodite offspring, an advance that will enhance papaya health while radically cutting papaya growers' production costs and their use of fertilizers and water. Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronics Apr 16, 2013 9:00 am10798 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. Eleven Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential Nov 29, 2018 10:15 am10756 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. Superfluidity: what is it and why does it matter? Dec 20, 2018 8:45 am10651 views 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the landmark physics discovery of superfluidity. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois physics professor and 2003 Nobel Prize winner Anthony Leggett about the significance of the historic finding. Siblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization' Jan 15, 2010 9:00 am10537 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. Role of religious faith in World War I examined in new book Apr 21, 2010 9:00 am10480 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. 'Bad cholesterol' indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher says Feb 25, 2014 9:00 am10383 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. Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady Gaga Mar 10, 2020 8:15 am10374 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. Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study finds Nov 16, 2018 10:15 am10319 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.