http://illinois.edu/lb/imageList/19 These are the top research articles at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1206ijpan.html Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor Art http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/80012 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 08:00:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research For three years, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network has been using the powerful computing resources of the University of Illinois to foster collaborations and interactions among Japanese and American artists, scholars and audiences. But the three-year project is coming to an end, and John Toenjes, IJPANâ€™s technical director, decided to try something new for the networkâ€™s final production. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1205fig_wasp_SamHeads.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79988 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:00:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research A 115-million-year-old fossilized wasp from northeast Brazil presents a baffling puzzle to researchers. The waspâ€™s ovipositor, the organ through which it lays its eggs, looks a lot like those of present-day wasps that lay their eggs in figs. The problem, researchers say, is that figs arose about 65 million years after this wasp was alive. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1204miscanthus_StephenLong.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79918 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:45:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research The first long-term U.S. 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. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1202membrane_transport_EmadTajkhorshid.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79833 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:45:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research Researchers have tried for decades to understand the undulations and gyrations that allow transport proteins to shuttle molecules from one side of a cell membrane to the other. Now scientists report that they have found a way to penetrate the mystery. They have worked out every step in the molecular dance that enables one such transporter to do its job. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1125nanosoldering_JosephLyding.html Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79688 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:00:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the worldâ€™s tiniest soldering iron. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1125AAAS_fellows_Boppart_Hammes-Schiffer_Jain_King.html Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79682 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:30:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research Four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faulty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1125materialism_AricRindfleisch.html Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor Business http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79669 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:00:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research Materialism makes negative outcomes even worse, according to research co-written by Aric Rindfleisch, the John M. Jones Professor of Marketing in the College of Business. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1122french_credit_ClareHaruCrowston.html Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor General http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79560 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:45:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research Today we call it influence, clout, â€œwho you know.â€ It gets junior into the top school, swings the big business deal, gets legislation passed or killed. Depending on the circumstance, we say itâ€™s unfair, corrupt, illegal. But in France of the 1700s, before the French Revolution, it was the way of the world, Clare Haru Crowston says in a new book. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1121brain_language_AronBarbey.html Chelsey Coombs Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79532 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:30:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research When reading text or listening to someone speak, we construct rich mental models that allow us to draw conclusions about other people, objects, actions, events, mental states and contexts. This ability to understand written or spoken language, called â€œdiscourse comprehension,â€ is a hallmark of the human mind and central to everyday social life. In a new study, researchers uncovered the brain mechanisms that underlie discourse comprehension. http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/1120gates_DanielRock_MarkKuhlenschmidt.html Chelsey Coombs Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/79516 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:00:00 CST Illinois News Bureau: Research The University of Illinois is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Daniel L. Rock, a professor of pathobiology, and Mark S. Kuhlenschmidt, a professor and the interim head of pathobiology, will pursue innovative global health and development research projects.