University of Illinois

Gut Microbes May Talk to the Brain Through Cortisol

Researchers identify a predictive relationship between serotonin, cortisol and fecal microbiota. The study provides additional support for previous …

Neuroscience

At trunk parties, African-American students get support — and advice — before college

In less than a week, Nana Konadu Owusu will join the annual procession of freshmen headed to college when she departs for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.<p>But days before the 18-year-old heads downstate, more than 100 friends and family members gathered at her house in south suburban …

Education

Sarita Adve Joins DARPA group that keeps an eye out for technological surprises, opportunities | CS @ ILLINOIS - Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Since the 1980s, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has maintained a rotating group of 30 engineers and scientists to advise it on …

Computer Science

These Are the Top 10 Ranked Party Schools in America

Princeton Review announced the top 10 party schools in America on Monday, one of more than 60 rankings in the 2016 version of its <i>The Best 380 …

College & University

Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars

You don’t need a fancy university degree to launch a startup and secure venture capital. But looking at the data on who gets funded, alumni affiliation sure seems to be a big contributing factor.<p>For this back-to-school series, Crunchbase is taking a look at how top U.S. universities rank in terms …

Startups

Scientists Could Send Drug-Resistant Bacteria Fake Messages To Stop Infection

Scientists want to do espionage on a microbial level, hijacking the signals of harmful bacteria and sending them different messages while they invade …

Medicine

Nation’s math geniuses tackle gerrymandering

Workshops address practice of crafting districts in way that favors voters from a certain political party or demographic

Mathematics

We Can Soon Erase Our Fear Memories

By Iqbal Pittalwala at <i>UC Riverside</i><p>By Nick Bilton in <i>Vanity Fair</i><p>By Akshat Rathi in <i>Quartz</i><p>By Steph Adams at the <i>University of Illinois</i><p>By Leah Burrows at …

12 Iconic Provocative Fashion Campaigns

Have we outgrown the age of sexy advertising? In The Cut's recent profile of Tom Ford, the magazine deemed the famously risqué designer as "over sex, seeking emotion." Earlier this summer, University of Illinois researcher John Wirtz reviewed nearly 80 advertising studies and concluded that sex …

Advertising

Illinois Massmail

Dear members of the University community,<p>The week before we welcome our faculty, staff and students back for a new academic year should be a time of …

Sessions tries to bash ‘sanctuary cities’ but accidentally makes the case for them

During a press conference in Miami, Florida on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered blistering remarks against immigrant-friendly …

Immigration

Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: graphene

Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers …

Engineering

Why Coastal Towns Are So Colorful

It's not exactly why you think.<p>Burano, Italy. Newfoundland, Canada. Valparaíso, Chile. Key West, Florida.<p>These coastal locales are geographically scattered and culturally disparate, yet share one common trait (aside from being enjoyable places to visit, of course): Their cityscapes are vibrantly …

Travel

25 Hinge Couples To Make You Believe in Love Again

We get it — in 2017, dating can suck. It doesn't matter if you're a serial swiper or seeing one person regularly, all the think pieces and second-hand (or first-hand!) horror stories sometimes make us seem like a post <i>official</i>-relationship society. But Hinge, which markets itself as “the …

Weddings

Researchers create tech that turns your smartphone into a medical diagnostic tool

The next time you need some blood work done at the lab, you may be able to simply use your smartphone. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Champagna-Urbana have developed the seemingly <i>Star Trek</i>-inspired <b>TRI Analyzer, which is basically a mini-medical laboratory that plugs into your</b> …

Swiss Army Knives

A High-Energy Physicist on Poop-Scooping and the Future of ‘Superexponential’ Cities

The eminent British-born physicist Geoffrey West wanted to talk about poop-scooping. Not physics, even though he founded the high-energy physics …

Business

$550 dock turns a smartphone into a medical lab

Smartphones can now be used as laboratory-grade medical testing devices thanks to new kit designed by the University of Illinois. The transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) analyzer attaches to a smartphone to examine blood, urine or saliva samples as reliably as large, expensive equipment, but …

Medicine

This New Device Turns Your Smartphone Into a Medical Lab

“Swiss Army” Tech<p>The advent of the smart phone was a key development in the technological evolution of our species. What used to be relegated to …

The Future

Make More Money Than Your Mate? It Could Affect Your Mental Health

Research out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looked at how gender roles and earning affected parents' mental health.<p>These days, plenty of moms -- and dads -- choose to be stay-at-home parents and either partner could be the primary breadwinner. But just 30, 40, 50 years ago, …

Parenting

Trees and shrubs offer new food crops to diversify the farm

What if we could design a landscape that would provide a variety of nutritious foods, high-quality habitat, and ecosystem services, while also …

Ecology

5 unexpected benefits of outdoor play

Photo: iStockphoto<p><i>“When you’re outside and your parents are inside, out of sight, you’re in situations where you’re making your own decisions and</i> …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Smartphone-Powered Diagnostic Spectrum Analyzer Shrinks a Hospital Lab Into Portable Device

Bioengineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have turned a smartphone into a portable diagnostic laboratory capable of performing a …

Inexpensive device lets a smartphone perform medical diagnoses

Ordinarily, for the spectral analysis of peoples' blood, urine or saliva samples, lab-based machines costing thousands of dollars are required. …

Should you invest actively or passively in bonds?

Warren Buffett—active investor par excellence—tells us we probably shouldn’t bother with stock picking. Buffett’s success notwithstanding, both …

Finance

New Microscope Technique Reveals Internal Structure of Live Embryos

Advancing Science<p>University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine …

Biology

For One Astronomer, a Solar Eclipse Illuminates Progress for Women in the Field

In the 19th century, as an eclipse neared, the U.S. government refused to send female scientists to get a closer look. Times have changed, but the …

Astronomy

What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google …

Libraries

Smartphone diagnostic test could render labs obsolete

Scientists have created a smartphone accessory that can test liquid samples for disease. The device is called a <i>TRI Analyzer</i>, it costs $550, and it puts a medical testing laboratory in the palm of your hand.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois created the spectral-analysis device using a …

Medicine

Google bro's diversity memo shows biological failings of white dudes

I've reached a very important conclusion about white men, and I'll get to that soon enough, but first, please repeat after me: Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.<p>Say it again. And again. And if you're one of those aggrieved white guys out there harboring the odd misconception …

Diversity

New Study Says Beer Makes You More Creative

/ @nickolaushines<br>Updated on2017-08-11<p>Grab a beer before your next meeting or deadline. A new study from the University of Graz in Austria found that …

Creativity