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2010-03-16 08:20:00

Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines. Researchers at the University of Illinois are helping shape the futures of children with visual disabilities by creating innovative teaching tools that are expected to help...

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2010-03-03 10:20:00

A new University of Illinois study touts the benefits of soluble fiber"”found in oats, apples, and nuts, for starters"”saying that it reduces the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system. "Soluble fiber changes the personality of immune cells"”they go from being pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us recover faster from infection," said Gregory Freund, a professor in the U of I's College...

2010-02-26 07:10:27

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign recently reported a new technique for directly writing composites of nanoparticles and polymers. Recent years have seen significant advances in the properties achieved by both these materials, and so researchers have begun to blend these materials into nanocomposites that access the properties of both materials. Forming these nanocomposites into structures has been tricky since each nanocomposite would...

2010-02-24 13:33:12

With the world awash in information, curating all the scientifically relevant bits and bytes is an important task, especially given digital data's increasing importance as the raw materials for new scientific discoveries, an expert in information science at the University of Illinois says. Carole L. Palmer, a professor of library and information science, says that data curation "“ the active and ongoing management of data through their lifecycle of interest to science "“ is now...

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2010-02-22 13:50:00

The business culture that companies emphasize has an effect on new product ideas that bubble back up from the workforce, a University of Illinois marketing study found. Groundbreaking ideas spring most from companies that stress technology, rather than customer needs or staying ahead of competitors, according to research that will appear in the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Firms that focus on their competitors or customers generate more new product suggestions than...

2010-02-22 09:13:04

A medical test initially researched for aging adults also could be helpful for premature babies, according to scientists with Texas AgriLife Research. The procedure, which uses fecal samples rather than the oft-dreaded colonoscopy, was developed by Dr. Robert Chapkin and his colleagues, who have been studying the noninvasive technique at the genetic level for more than a decade. "Babies have many, many intestinal conditions that can threaten their lives, such as necrotizing enterocolitis, or...

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2010-02-16 07:56:43

Researchers report that they have discovered "“ and now know how to exploit "“ an unusual chemical reaction mechanism that allows malaria parasites and many disease-causing bacteria to survive. The research team, from the University of Illinois, also has developed the first potent inhibitor of this chemical reaction. The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "There is an urgent need for new drugs to combat malaria and bacterial diseases such as...

2010-02-10 23:01:00

WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (OTCBB: ACTC) reported that a range of therapeutic cell types obtained from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells exhibit abnormal expansion and early cellular aging. The research, which appears online (published-ahead-of- print) in the journal STEM CELLS by ACT and its collaborators at Stem International (SCRMI), Harvard Medical School, and the University of Illinois, compares a variety of replacement cell...

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2010-02-09 15:18:52

A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher. The study, conducted by Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at Illinois, analyzed the...

2010-02-05 13:45:24

On Tuesday, representatives of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank shared results of a national study sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The study is completed every four years by nearly 200 food banks and analyzes the effectiveness of emergency food distribution throughout the United States. Craig Gundersen, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, is a member of the Technical...