blog postsElectric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study findsAug 6, 2020 9:30 am143735 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. 75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am131745 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyIllinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm83783 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 saysMar 5, 2014 9:00 am59026 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 anxietyMar 2, 2016 9:30 am50812 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 bubblesAug 5, 2020 9:30 am46928 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, productsJun 22, 2017 10:30 am39328 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.Making a homemade COVID mask? Study explains best fabric choicesMay 1, 2020 9:45 am35047 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.Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house catsMay 26, 2011 9:00 am33573 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.Western media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am25720 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literatureDecoy receptor neutralizes coronavirus in cell culturesAug 4, 2020 9:00 am25129 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.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am23662 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.Study adds to evidence that viruses are aliveSep 25, 2015 1:00 pm23181 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 1984Nov 13, 2017 8:15 am22486 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.Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis, study findsMar 24, 2020 6:00 am21656 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 am21475 views A Minute With...™ Peter Fritzsche, expert on Nazi GermanyAsian tiger mosquito gains ground in IllinoisJun 4, 2020 8:15 am21033 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 generationFeb 8, 2016 10:45 am20415 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 reportMay 29, 2019 8:00 am19987 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.Study: Countering stereotypes about teens can change their behaviorFeb 27, 2019 11:00 am18380 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.Online interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am18096 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.Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?Apr 1, 2020 8:00 am17326 views Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the risks of air travel during the pandemic and what preventive measures airports and passengers can take.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am15817 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.When a minor becomes pregnant, must schools notify the parents?Jun 28, 2010 9:00 am15784 views A Minute With™... Sandra Kopels, a lawyer and social workerStudy links prenatal phthalate exposure to altered information processing in infantsApr 6, 2021 7:30 am15734 views Researchers have found evidence linking pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates to altered cognitive outcomes in their infants.Counties with more trees and shrubs spend less on Medicare, study findsApr 1, 2019 8:00 am15636 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.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am15587 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am14306 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.Beschloss Family Media Design Center to be dedicated Sept. 22Aug 31, 2000 9:00 am14106 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22.Potato as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, study findsOct 18, 2019 11:45 am12646 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 mushroomJun 7, 2017 1:00 pm11938 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.Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now?Oct 3, 2017 8:30 am11889 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.Paper tubes make stiff origami structuresSep 7, 2015 2:00 pm11408 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.Eleven Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 29, 2018 10:15 am10738 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Shutdown of circulation pattern could be disastrous, researchers sayDec 13, 2004 9:00 am10542 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.Fresh look at burials, mass graves, tells a new story of CahokiaAug 4, 2016 10:30 am10373 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.Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am10336 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.Youth dating violence shaped by parents’ conflict-handling views, study findsNov 16, 2018 10:15 am10310 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.Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers findFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am10226 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.Siblings play formative, influential role as 'agents of socialization'Jan 15, 2010 9:00 am10179 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.Key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm10176 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.Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth’s inner core?May 12, 2020 11:45 am10025 views Exhaustive seismic data from repeating earthquakes and new data-processing methods have yielded the best evidence yet that the Earth’s inner core is rotating – revealing a better understanding of the hotly debated processes that control the planet’s magnetic field.Bashir named College of Engineering deanOct 10, 2018 9:30 am9959 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.Role of religious faith in World War I examined in new bookApr 21, 2010 9:00 am9811 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.Genetic study shakes up the elephant family treeJun 6, 2017 3:00 am9705 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.Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm9675 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.Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady GagaMar 10, 2020 8:15 am9565 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.How former slaves established schools and educated their population after the Civil WarFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am9538 views A Minute With™... Christopher Span, a professor of educational policy studiesHow is Illinois contributing to the Event Horizon Telescope Project?Apr 10, 2019 8:15 am9291 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.Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am9046 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.