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September 15, 2021
The move makes Illinois the first major coal-producing state to commit to a carbon-free future.
September 9, 2021
Cigna and Oscar Health are expanding their cobranded health plans in Illinois, the companies announced on Thursday.
Patrice Worthy in Washington
September 7, 2021
Social equity rules can reduce barriers to entry for communities most affected by discriminatory drug laws
August 31, 2021
The July cyberattack of Illinois' largest independent physician group could affect 600,000 patients.
August 27, 2021
A proposed natural gas pipeline could lower heating costs for this historic Black farming community. But some want renewables instead.
Science X staff
August 25, 2021
A team from the University of Illinois has developed a model that treats photosynthesis as a dynamic process rather than an activity that either is or is not happening. This allowed the group to examine the impacts of the many fluctuations in light that crop leaves experience due to intermittent clouds, overlying leaves and the sun's daily passage across the sky. In today's densely planted crops, these fluctuations are the norm. Lower efficiency of photosynthesis due to slow adjustment to light changes and are estimated to cost up to 40 percent of potential productivity. If crop leaves could be genetically manipulated to adjust more rapidly, then the gain in productivity and efficiency of water-use would be substantial.
August 23, 2021
It's a sweltering summer afternoon. I'm pushing aside tree limbs and crunching leaves to get back to the trap that I baited two hours ago with dry ice to attract ticks. When I get closer, I can see a gossamer mist hovering over a bright white cloth in the dark underbrush. Dry ice "sublimates" in the open air, going from a solid to a gaseous state. It gives off a vapor of carbon dioxide gas that's denser than the air, mimicking the breath of a tick host resting on the ground.
August 20, 2021
Most scientists agree climate change has a profound impact on U.S. agricultural production. But estimates vary widely, making it hard to develop mitigation strategies. Two agricultural economists at the University of Illinois take a closer look at how choice of statistical methodology influences climate study results. They also propose a more accurate and place-specific approach to data analysis.
August 11, 2021
Despite $95B investment, it's unclear whether or not Fannie Mae's green bonds program is driving decarbonization and efficiency improvements.
August 9, 2021
For decades, four invasive species of carp have been devouring plants, gorging on plankton and endangering an interconnected community of fish, plants and mollusks beneath the murky brown water of the Missouri River.
August 6, 2021
Here's a look at what The Conversation, a non-profit source of explanatory journalism from experts in academia, is offering today.AP members may find The Conversation content on AP Newsroom or through AP webfeeds.
July 29, 2021
After the corn harvest last fall, Illinois farmer Paul Jeschke planted a fraction of his fields with cereal rye: 60 acres of the 4,500 he farms with his wife, nephew and brother-in-law, tucked behind a pasture, out of neighbors' sight. That way they could experiment with cover crops, Jeschke explained, and no one could view potential failures.
Science X staff
July 27, 2021
Ask a farmer, a scientist, and a conservation professional to define soil health, and you might come up with three rather different answers. That mismatch may be at the root of lower-than-ideal adoption of soil conservation practices, according to a new study from the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University.
By STEPHEN GROVES
July 24, 2021
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rather than hinder the fight against climate change, though some environmental groups remain skeptical.
July 21, 2021
The facial-recognition start-up closed a Series B financing round. It faces multiple lawsuits challenging its business model.
Science X staff
July 16, 2021
U.S. corn and soybean varieties have become increasingly heat and drought resistant as agricultural production adapts to a changing climate. But the focus on developing crops for extreme conditions has negatively affected performance under normal weather patterns, a University of Illinois study shows.
June 30, 2021
Proteins have been quietly taking over our lives since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We've been living at the whim of the virus's so-called "spike" protein, which has mutated dozens of times to create increasingly deadly variants. But the truth is, we have always been ruled by proteins. At the cellular level, they're responsible for pretty much everything.
June 30, 2021
The Illinois Department of Public Health said it is only "aware of only a handful of campers and staff receiving the vaccine" at the camp.
June 23, 2021
Nineteenth- and 20th-century archaeologists often made sweeping claims about Native cultures, suggesting that everyone who lived in a particular region at a given time shared the same attitudes and practices. A new study of pipes recovered from Hopewell sites in Illinois and Ohio challenges this assumption, revealing that the manufacture, import, export and use of pipestone pipes for smoking varied significantly between the groups, even though they engaged in trade with one another.
Continental Who's Who
June 17, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Wassim A. El-Harake, MD, is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Endocrinologist for his remarkable achievements and credentials...
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