For anyone living in the U.S. in 2019, plastic is nearly impossible to avoid. But what many people don't know is that we're doing more than just using plastic. We're ingesting it, too. When you eat a bite of food or even have a sip of water, you're almost certainly taking in tiny plastic particles along with it. Because research into microplastics is so new, there’s not yet enough data to say exactly how they’re affecting human health, says Jodi Flaws, a professor of comparative biosciences and associate director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of Illinois. The article in Consumer Reports includes six tips to reduce your exposure to plastic.
The Pan Research Group has recently developed a probe made of nanoparticles by crosslinking biliverdin molecules, which are pigments that exist naturally in the body. This probe will be able to detect cancer metastases in lymph nodes without causing toxicity or prolonged accumulation in organs and can disappear after the detection.
Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the other. A new study reveals that American robins that preferentially use one eye significantly more than the other when looking at their own clutch of eggs are also more likely to detect, and reject, a foreign egg placed in their nest by another bird species – or by a devious scientist. Mark Hauber, a professor of evolution, ecology and behavior at Illinois, led the research.
The National Institutes of Health has approved a five-year $2 million grant for a collaborative research project at the Beckman Institute. The work will explore the possible link between cognition and the brain’s connectome.
Student-athletes need the help of coaches and educators to perceive themselves as scholars as well as athletes, according to a study led by Illinois geology and microbiology professor Bruce Fouke.
Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. A team led by Ying Diao, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, report their findings in the journal Science Advances.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund two projects for research on human performance optimization within United States war fighters at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.
People who are the most optimistic tend to sleep better and longer, suggests a new study led by Beckman affiliate and social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.
A new imaging technology developed in the lab of Dr. Stephen Boppart, a professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering, was named one of the top 10 best microscopy innovations of 2019 by Microscopy Today.
Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, has shown that the honey bee is a beguiling study subject that reveals more about us than we ever expected.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved a grant for $2 million for the research project, “Using atlas-driven imaging for determining variations in velopharyngeal function among children with cleft palate and hypernasal speech.”
Jonathan Sweedler, a professor of chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2019 CASSS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science. The award will be presented by the CASSS professional academic society in December.
Wendy Heller, a professor and head of psychology, was recently selected for the University of Illinois System's President's Executive Leadership Program (PELP). PELP is a unique professional development program designed to broaden participants’ understanding of higher education issues and to strengthen their leadership skills related to overseeing a public institution at the university or system level.
Carle Foundation Hospital and the University of Illinois launch an exciting first-of-its-kind partnership to conduct both basic and applied research to advance and improve patient care.
Gene Robinson, the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, was featured on News-Gazette writer Julie Wurth's "Campus Conversation" podcast. Robinson talked about the “extreme form of team science” that has made the institute a success, the new Earth BioGenome Project, how scientists are addressing ethical issues in genetic research, and much more. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Beckman Institute.