University of Illinois

cats

Researchers Built a Cat Paradise for Science

Researchers converted a barn into a cat paradise to study feline contraceptives in a more natural way.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.22.18
gerrymandering

Algorithms Supercharged Gerrymandering. We Should Use Them to Fix it

A new suite of open source redistricting software can help citizens reclaim democracy.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.3.17
Health

Ejaculate on Your iPhone for a Good Reason: It Can Now Count Your Sperm

Researchers at the University of Illinois have come up with a convenient way for men to check their fertility.
Gabby Bess
7.19.16
college sports

After Adding Lovie Smith, Is Illinois' Troubled Athletic Program In Turnaround?

Following a dreary year of losses and controversies, Illinois has a new athletic director and a new football coach in Lovie Smith, and a mandate to turn things around.
Sean Neumann
6.15.16
LOUISIANA

Fetal and Baby Dolphin Deaths Increased After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Dead dolphins found in the spill zone had lung abnormalities, too.
Kate Lunau
4.12.16
crime & drugs

Suspect Charged with Threatening a Massacre on University of Chicago Campus

The 21-year-old suspect allegedly made clear that he wanted to exact revenge for the killing of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago officer. Video footage of McDonald's controversial shooting was released last week.
VICE News
11.30.15
mlb

The Shortest Labor Stoppage in U.S. Sports History

Baseball's two-day strike in 1985 led to later labor unrest.
Erick Fernandez
8.7.15
Health

Eating at Fancy Restaurants Makes You Just as Fat as Hitting the Drive-Thru

Just remember this: you may feel better ordering foie gras than French fries, but it doesn’t make a damn difference whether you have a white tablecloth or not once it’s in your stomach.
Munchies Staff
7.16.15
News

University Students Made a Working Model Hyperloop

A 1:24 scale hyperloop that fits in a classroom.
Jason Koebler
6.26.15
News

Watch This Ant Use Its Powerful Jaws to Catapult Away From Danger

The mandibles of the trap-jaw ant can maim an enemy at speeds of over 144 kilometers per hour—but they can also be used to jump.
Katie Rook
5.13.15
tipping point

Footage Shows Wildfires Engulfing Siberian Towns

Climate change increases the frequency of unusually hot, dry days, which sets the conditions for deadly wildfires like the ones that claimed at least 26 lives in Siberia this week.
VICE News
4.15.15
wine

A Scientific Breakthrough Could Make Your Wine into Hangover-Free Magic

New research that was recently published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology suggests that bioengineered yeast could make our wine healthier, tastier, and guilt-free.
Hilary Pollack
3.17.15