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2014-04-01 15:02:36

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found. People with the condition — fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) — experience tremors, poor balance, cognitive impairments and Parkinsonism. The genetic...

2014-04-01 14:07:07

One state’s citizens are collectively more agreeable and another’s are more conscientious. Could that influence how each state is governed? A recently published study suggests it could. Jeffery Mondak and Damarys Canache, political science professors at the University of Illinois, analyzed personality data from more than 600,000 Americans, identified by state, who had responded to an online survey for another research study. They then matched that data with state-level measures of...

2014-02-20 23:28:16

In “What if he’d had the Good Stuff? Adams, Prohibition and Political Cannabinoid Science,” Bryan W. Brickner reviews the 1942 lecture “Marihuana” by chemist Roger Adams of the University of Illinois. Brickner notes two things: first, they had evidence back then that cannabinoids help with drug abuse; second, Adams didn’t get to work with quality material – you know, the good stuff. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 20, 2014 “Roger Adams’ political views aren’t discussed...

2014-02-11 12:24:56

Journalism prize to be presented tomorrow by the University of Illinois; Ebertfest kicking off April 23 with screening of documentary "Life Itself" CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Illinois is honoring Roger Ebert posthumously Tuesday night with the prestigious Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. Ebert's wife, Chaz, will accept the award, to be presented at the University Club in Chicago, following a dinner and reception. Ebert, one of the...

Self-Healing Polymers From Off-The-Shelf Materials
2014-02-05 11:03:22

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products. U. of I. materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng, graduate student Hanze Ying and postdoctoral researcher Yanfeng Zhang published their work in the journal Nature Communications. “The key advantage of using this material is that it’s...

Team Seeks Source Of Body Louse Pathology
2014-01-11 08:29:23

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A new study seeks to determine how one parasitic species can give rise to two drastically different outcomes in its host: The human body louse (Pediculus humanus) can transmit dangerous bacterial infections to humans, while the human head louse (also Pediculus humanus) does not. A report of the new study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. "Body louse-transmitted diseases include trench fever, relapsing fever and epidemic...

Quasars Illuminate Swirling Clouds Around Galaxies
2014-01-09 08:49:42

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A new study of light from quasars has provided astronomers with illuminating insights into the swirling clouds of gas that form stars and galaxies, proving that the clouds can shift and change much more quickly than previously thought. Led by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign astronomy professor Robert J. Brunner and former graduate student Troy Hacker (now with the U.S. Air Force), the astronomers published their findings in the...

2014-01-08 17:11:35

A new study compares the relative rate of molecular evolution between humans and chimps with that of their lice. The researchers wanted to know whether evolution marches on at a steady pace in all creatures or if subtle changes in genes – substitutions of individual letters of the genetic code – occur more rapidly in some groups than in others. A report of the study appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team chose its study subjects because humans, chimps and their...

2013-12-31 23:22:55

In a new post on The Compassion Chronicles, “Cannabinoids, Illinois’ Adams and Discovering Cannabidiol,” author Bryan W. Brickner celebrates the work of chemist Roger Adams of the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), his 1940 discovery of the herbal cannabinoid Cannabidiol, as well as Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program beginning January 1. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 31, 2013 “Roger Adams is associated with the University of Illinois and its heritage,” noted Bryan...

Team Reports On First Decade Of US Trials Of Bioenergy Grasses
2013-12-04 19:13:34

University of Illinois The first long-term US field trials of Miscanthus x giganteus, a towering perennial grass used in bioenergy production, reveal that its exceptional yields, though reduced somewhat after five years of growth, are still more than twice those of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), another perennial grass used as a bioenergy feedstock. Miscanthus grown in Illinois also outperforms even the high yields found in earlier studies of the crop in Europe, the researchers found....


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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