Greg Kline

Greg Kline

Winds knock down power lines, trees

CHAMPAIGN – It wasn't exactly the graduation gift Ryan Henrichs had in mind.

"One of my roommates came to my room and said, 'Henrichs, get out here, your car's just been annihilated,'" the University of Illinois student from Belleville, who graduated this weekend, said Sunday evening.

Job market providing mixed results for new grads

U.S. employers cut 20,000 jobs in April, and the national unemployment rate was 5 percent.

Both facts should make new University of Illinois graduate Sebastian Seider even happier.

Speakers to new grads: Make Mom proud

The milling around, primping, pictures with family and friends, greeting classmates; the hey-we-made-its; the sighs, smiles and tears – joyful tears – were moved inside to the hallways of the Assembly Hall by a bout of weather more reminiscent of early April than mid-May.

But rain and wind couldn't upstage a graduation day at the University of Illinois on Sunday that also happened to coincide with Mother's Day.

Lifelong learners finish another odyssey

Yo, graduates – new diploma in hand and thinking school is out not just for the summer, baby, but for good – take one more lesson from folks like Doris Downs, 78, of Savoy and Mamie Brown, 49, of Champaign, who graduated after a fashion themselves this weekend.

"I'm probably going to be a lifer as far as going to school and getting educated," said Brown, who graduated Saturday from the Odyssey Project, a college-accredited course in the humanities offered at no cost to people living below the federal poverty level.

Ethical decisions tied to brain's emotional centers

Maybe it's not surprising that we apparently react more with emotion than logic when deciding what we consider fair.

But a University of Illinois researcher and colleagues have now identified parts of the brain that come into play in such situations in a study designed to look at what goes on in our heads – literally – during moral decision making.

UI researcher: Cells could be super sensors

Study focuses on detecting toxins – and giving warning

Don Cropek says he and his colleagues are trying to put a human on a chip.

Watching this paint dry could actually be fun

Hey, if you had as much stuff to paint as the Army, you would be looking for ways to streamline the job as well.

Ashok Kumar and Dave Stephenson have been working on an idea that could make it really easy, at least as far as covering scratches and dings from wear and tear go.

Scientists developing way to detect brain injuries

Soldiers can walk away from the battlefield with no visible wounds but still be suffering from traumatic brain injuries that might haunt them later even if they don't, as is also possible, immediately become a problem in combat.

Hidden injuries imposed on the brain by exposure to the high-pressure shock waves of explosives – a particular problem in Iraq and Afghanistan, where rocket attacks and improvised explosive devices are prominent features of the conflicts – can leave military personnel disoriented.

University of Illinois study confirms chocolate's benefit

Sorry, you can't expect to sit on the couch in front of the tube every night or in an office chair in front of a computer screen all day and munch your way to health on CocoaVia bars.

But the dark chocolate and sterols, chemicals naturally occurring in plants, in the candy from Mars do appear to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, University of Illinois researchers say.

Scientists find carbon-dioxide increase helps plants, hurts soil

While problems including hotter temperatures and an increase in pest populations raise concern about the potential effects of global warming and climate change on plants, including corn and soybeans in East Central Illinois, there are supposed to be some advantages as well.

For instance, higher levels of carbon dioxide, which plants use to drive photosynthesis, the process by which they convert the energy from light to sugar to fuel their growth, could result in bigger crops, as well as benefit the soil by adding organic matter to it.

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