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/15/0827tumor_environment_kriskilian.html Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/94126 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Tumors are notoriously difficult to study in their natural habitat â€“ body tissues â€“ but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0824brain_aganieszkaburzynska.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93967 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research One day soon, doctors may be able to determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. Studies have shown that physically fit people tend to have larger brain volumes and more intact white matter than their less-fit peers. Now a new study reveals that older adults who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity have more variable brain activity at rest than those who donâ€™t. This variability is associated with better cognitive performance, the researchers say. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0821regionalplans_dustinallred_arnabchakraborty.html Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor Social Sciences http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93956 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research A land use plan adopted for the Sacramento, California, region aimed to get local governments to plan together for development in a way that discouraged sprawl. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0817olga_brain_agnieszkaburzynska.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93860 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research In the summer of 2012, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with more than 30 world records in her age group, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois and submitted to an in-depth analysis of her brain. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0813supernova_slingshot_ryanfoley.html Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93815 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Rogue supernovas that explode all alone in deep space present an astronomical mystery. Where did they come from? How did they get there? The likely answer: a binary black hole slingshot, according to a new study by Ryan Foley, a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Illinois. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0813katrina_robertolshanksy.html Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor Art Education Political http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93803 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Robert Olshansky, a University of Illinois professor, head of the department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, closely followed the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the first few years following the hurricane. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0812brainfit_artkramer_charleshillman.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93784 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter than their â€œlower-fitâ€ peers. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0804sequential_voting_mattiaspolborn.html Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor Political Social Sciences http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93638 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0803vaccination_johnhummel_zacharyhorne.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93633 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they donâ€™t. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires and strengthens, rather than weakens, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they have found a way to overcome some of the most entrenched anti-vaccine attitudes: Remind the skeptics â€“ with words and images â€“ why vaccines exist. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0728chill_sugarcane_eriksacks.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93572 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research U.S. farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcaneâ€™s growing range northward from the Gulf coast, substantially increasing the land available for sugar and biofuels. Several hybrid canes developed in the 1980s have proved hardy in cooler climes, surviving overwinter as far north as Booneville, Arkansas. But until now, no one had tested whether these â€œmiscanes,â€ as they are called, actually photosynthesize, and thus continue to grow, when the thermometer dips.