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Biomass Energy

[ ] Science (Jan. 5) – Is wood a green source of energy? “There are four or five different approaches that you can use in order to measure the greenhouse gas implications of forest…

Astrophysics

[ ] Tech Times (New York, Dec. 22) – The dimming of the giant star KIC 8462852 has baffled scientists since 2015. But scientists now propose a new theory, which eliminates the idea…

Carbon Mitigation

[ ] Nanowerk (Honolulu, Dec. 19) – Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury…

Wilfred van der Donk

[ ] Wilfred van der Donk, Heckert Chair in Chemistry (MMG) received the 2017 Repligen Award in the Chemistry of Biological Processes from the Division of Biological Chemistry,…

Metabolomics

[ ] Nature (Dec. 1) – The field of metabolomics (the large-scale study of small molecules) is advancing, thanks to leaps in detection capabilities and increasingly sophisticated ways…

Neil Shubin, host of PBS show Your Inner Fish, speaking at Illinois

[ ] Have you ever wondered why the human body looks the way it does? Why our hands have five fingers instead of six? Why we walk on two legs instead of four? It took more than 350…

Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yield

[ ] Researchers report in the journal Science that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis. In field trials, the…

Ethanol Production

[ ] Phys.org (Isle of Man, Nov. 23) – New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at Illinois could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating…

Center for Advanced Study

[ ] Amy. J. Wagoner Johnson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering (RBTE) and Iwona Jasiuk, Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering (RBTE), were named as 2017-…

Local students learn about genes, DNA and more at fifth annual Genome Day

[ ] On Saturday, November 12, over 500 adults and children from the surrounding community gathered at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to explore topics in genomics and biology…

UIUC_Illinois iGEM Team Claim Bronze at Annual Giant Jamboree in Boston

[ ] The University of Illinois International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team recently endeavored to create an innovative promoter library that sought to provide researchers…

Five IGB members among the eight Illinois researchers ranked world’s most influential

[ ] Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016 (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited…

Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more

[ ] Using computer model simulations, scientists have predicted that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than they need to the detriment of yield—a problem made worse by rising…

For First Nations peoples, effects of European contact recorded in genome

[ ] A study of the genomes of 25 individuals who lived 1,000 to 6,000 years ago on the north coast of present-day British Columbia, and 25 of their descendants who still live in the…

IGB Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…

Slow motion waves of jumping genes in the human genome

[ ]   Slow motion waves of jumping genes in the human genome Nature is full of parasites—organisms that flourish and proliferate at the expense of another species. Surprisingly, these…

One Health Day Fun Facts

[ ] "One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple health science professions, together with their related disciplines and institutions – working locally, nationally, and…

Genome Day returns on November 12, 2016

[ ] Genome Day is nearly here! Join us on November 12, 2016 at the Orpheum Children’s Museum to celebrate the event’s fifth year as we invite the community to come learn about DNA,…

At Yellowstone, Art and Science Flourish Together

[ ] Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park represents a confluence of two seemingly contrasting views of the world. Its dramatic rock formations, diverse wildlife, and the…

Movement analysis app detects level of lung disease

[ ] Nearly 16 million Americans are afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease where the lung gradually loses its ability to pump enough oxygen…