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/15/0803vaccination_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. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0728health_advice_janetliechty.html Sharita Forrest, Education Editor Education Social Sciences http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93576 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information, a new study suggests. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0722risk_taking_lizaberdychevsky.html Sharita Forrest, Education Editor Health Lifestyle http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93533 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:15:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0722mowing_brianallan.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93531 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research A study of the West Nile virus risk associated with â€œdryâ€ water-detention basins in Central Illinois took an unexpected turn when land managers started mowing the basins. The mowing of wetland plants in basins that failed to drain properly led to a boom in populations of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry and transmit the deadly virus, researchers report. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0721whitenose_andrewmiller_danielraudabaugh.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93521 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research A microbe found in caves produces a compound that inhibits Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers report in the journal Mycopathologia. The finding could lead to treatments that kill the fungus while minimizing disruption to cave ecosystems, the researchers say. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0716birth_order_brentroberts.html Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93477 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:45:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research University of Illinois psychology professor Brent Roberts and postdoctoral researcher Rodica Damian conducted the largest study yet of birth order and personality. They found no meaningful relationship between birth order and personality or IQ. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0714fathers_daniellaxman.html Sharita Forrest, Education Editor Education http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93447 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Fathers who read to their infants with autism and take active roles in caregiving activities not only promote healthy development in their children, they boost momsâ€™ mental health too, new research suggests. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0710computational_science_victoriastodden.html Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor Science http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93413 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper. http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0708dejavu_andreicimpian.html Allison Vance, Campus Communications Social Sciences http://illinois.edu/lb/article/19/93388 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:00:00 CDT Illinois News Bureau: Research During development, children must learn both broad facts about the world (that dogs have four legs, for example) and information that is more specific (that the family dog is scared of snow). While research in developmental psychology suggests that young children should have an easier time learning specific, concrete facts, a new study reveals that they learn general facts so effortlessly that they often canâ€™t tell that they learned anything new at all.