SIB News

Cicada wings may inspire new surface technologies

The wings of Megatibicen dorsatus, a prairie-dwelling cicada, are helping engineers design water-repellent surfaces.

Publication Date: 16 August 2017


Lizard blizzard survivors tell story of natural selection

Julian Catchen, Shane Campbell-Staton and their colleagues found genetic, regulatory and physiological signatures of natural selection in green anole lizards that survived a bout of extremely cold weather in South Texas.

Publication Date: 03 August 2017


Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humans

Socially unresponsive bees share something fundamental with autistic humans, new research finds.

Publication Date: 31 July 2017


Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle models

Researchers at the U. of I. found that plants vary a lot in the efficiency with which they uptake carbon dioxide and conserve water. Plant biology professor Andrew Leakey, left, mentored Kevin Wolz, who was an undergraduate at the time he conducted the research. Wolz now holds degrees in civil engineering and biology and is pursuing a doctorate in biology.

Publication Date: 24 July 2017


Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brain

A new study measured robust changes in brain gene expression for up to two hours after a three-spined stickleback fish encountered another fish.

Publication Date: 22 July 2017


Foundation Supports Crops in Silico

 

Publication Date: 15 June 2017


Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroom

The world’s oldest fossil mushroom was preserved in limestone, an extraordinarily rare event, researchers say.

Publication Date: 09 June 2017


Donald Ort elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Donald Ort is among four University of Illinois professors elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year.

Publication Date: 04 May 2017


Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America

Anthropology professor Ripan Malhi works with Native Americans and First Nations groups to analyze their DNA and that of their ancestors.

Publication Date: 07 April 2017