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Watch Seder-Masochism, Nina Paley’s Animated, Feminist Take on the Passover Holiday: It’s Free and in the Public Domain

Seder-Masochism, copyright abolitionist Nina Paley’s latest animated release, is guaranteed to ruffle feathers in certain quarters, though the last laugh belongs to this trickster artist, who shares writing credit with ”God, Moses or a series of patriarchal males, depending on who you ask.” Bypassing a commercial release in favor of the public domain goes a long way toward inoculating the film and its creator against expensive rights issues that could arise from the star-studded soundtrack....
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Watch Seder-Masochism, Nina Paley’s Animated, Feminist Take on the Passover Holiday: The Animated Feature Film Is Free and in the Public Domain

Seder-Masochism, copyright abolitionist Nina Paley’s latest animated release, is guaranteed to ruffle feathers in certain quarters, though the last laugh belongs to this trickster artist, who shares writing credit with ”God, Moses or a series of patriarchal males, depending on who you ask.” Bypassing a commercial release in favor of the public domain goes a long way toward inoculating the film and its creator against expensive rights issues that could arise from the star-studded soundtrack....
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Study suggests how, when to support military couples after homecoming

Military couples look forward to joyful reunions after long deployments, but difficulties may lie ahead. A study with more than 500 couples in the months after homecoming offers guidance on how and when to help. University of Illinois communication professor Leanne Knobloch, the lead author, notes that military couples are ''incredibly resilient,'' and military branches offer support services, but the study results may help with the design of resources and programs.
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Study examines commercial hybrid-electric aircraft, reduced carbon emissions

Although we're still a long way from commercial airplanes powered by a combination of fossil fuel and batteries, a recent feasibility study at the University of Illinois explored fuel/battery configurations and the energy lifecycle to learn the tradeoffs needed to yield the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
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Josh Cassidy overcomes latest challenge to win Los Angeles Marathon

Askale Merchi from Floral Park, NY is the first woman to cross the finish line at 2:24:11.83, during the 2019 LA Marathon. Santa Monica March 24,2019Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer Elisha Barno from Kenya is the first man to cross the finish line at 2:11:45.54, during the 2019 LA Marathon. Santa Monica March 24,2019Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Askale Merchi from Floral Park, NY is the first woman to cros...
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Study in mice examines impact of reused cooking oil on breast cancer progression

New study in mice by University of Illinois researchers finds that the compounds in thermally abused cooking oils may trigger genetic, biochemical changes that hasten the progression of late-stage breast cancer, promoting tumor cells' growth and proliferation.
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Natural plant defense genes provide clues to safener protection in grain sorghum

Weeds often emerge at the same time as vulnerable crop seedlings and sneak between plants as crops grow. How do farmers kill them without harming the crops themselves? In a new University of Illinois study, researchers identify genes and metabolic pathways responsible for safener efficacy in grain sorghum.
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UIC scientists identify hidden proteins in bacteria

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to identify the beginning of every gene -- known as a translation start site or a start codon -- in bacterial cell DNA with a single experiment and, through this method, they have shown that an individual gene is capable of coding for more than one protein.
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

In Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Crops in silico (Cis) project has received a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to continue building a computational platform that integrates multiple models to study a whole plant virtually. Developing crops using traditional methods is research, labor and cost intensive. However, Cisallows researchers to quickly determine and test characteristics that help crops thrive in specific environme...
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Illinois professor creates women’s NCAA Tournament simulator

NEW YORK (AP) — University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson has always loved data. For the past seven years he’s had a men’s NCAA Tournament bracket simulator. After getting many requests, Jacobson decided to put together one for the women’s tournament. It’s believed to be the first of its kind for the women’s […]
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UIC researchers find hidden proteins in bacteria

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to identify the beginning of every gene -- known as a translation start site or a start codon -- in bacterial cell DNA with a single experiment and, through this method, they have shown that an individual gene is capable of coding for more than one protein.
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Materials could delay frost up to 300 times longer than existing anti-icing coatings

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering describe for the first time several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids, or PSLs, that hold promise as next-generation anti-icing materials. PSLs can delay ice and frost formation up to 300 times longer than state-of-the-art coatings being developed in laboratories.
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Free fatty acids in the blood linked with elevated risk of breast cancer in obese women

Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that free fatty acids in the blood appear to boost proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells. The finding could help explain obese women's elevated risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.
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Potential cystic fibrosis treatment uses 'molecular prosthetic' for missing lung protein

An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or dysfunctional in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale, says new research from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa.
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WWW at 30 : Democratization of Legal Publishing Made Possible

The World Wide Web is thirty years old today. The Internet may have existed for twenty years before the WWW, but it was not until English scientist Tim Berners-Lee brought us the Web So that documents and resources could be shared and linked to via Uniform Reosource Locators (URL’s). A year later, Berners-Lee brought us the first software to display web pages on terminals called the Line Mode Browser. It was not until 1993 when a Marc Andreessen led team at the University of Illinois...
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Calling all angels: Inspired by their own experience, siblings launch nonprofit to support families battling melanoma

Tyler and Tricia Halstead grew up quickly, in a home centered around a mother who spent her last decade dying of melanoma. “We did not have what you would call a normal childhood,” said Tricia, 27, now an attorney living in Huntington Beach. “But our mom made it as normal as possible by developing a support group to take care of us when she couldn’t.” Her parents, Travis and Cindy Halstead, called the posse their “angel network.” Siblings Tricia and Tyler Halstead in Huntington Beach, CA, on F...
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$2.7 million grant supports UIC researchers to study role of arsenic in development of diabetes

A five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will help researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago answer basic questions about the role of arsenic in the development of diabetes and examine the mechanisms by which selenoproteins – found in the human body in 25 different forms – counter the effects of arsenic.
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Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming.
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Controlling thermal conductivity of polymers with light

In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have designed and demonstrated a novel type of polymer demonstrating a switchable thermal conductivity controlled by light. The material has the potential to route the conduction of heat on-demand and enable new, smarter, ways to manage heat.
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This adorable experiment created a real-life Dug the Dog from 'Up'

We all remember Dug the Dog, the adorably goofy pup from Pixar's Up who was able to communicate his thoughts and feelings thanks to some nifty technology.  Well, now we're one step closer to such technology being real, thanks to some students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The team explains in the above video how they built the interface, which reads the neural responses of Alma, an adorable golden retriever. They're then translated and deliver a pre-recorded ...
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Divers found fossils of an ancient giant sloth hidden in a sinkhole. The creature was 20 feet long.

  In a sinkhole in Belize, scientists uncovered the remains of an extinct giant sloth. These giant sloths went extinct between 14,000 and 10,000 years ago. They weighed more than an adult elephant. The sloth remains included a 27,000-year-old tooth, arm bone, and leg bone. To excavate them, divers had to swim down to a clay shelf 70 feet below the surface. A new study suggests these sloths were highly adaptable to changes in their climate and able to shift their diet depending on the season.  ...
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Judge sets June 3 trial in missing Chinese scholar case

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed until June the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. U.S. District Judge James Shadid on Thursday approved the two-month delay, setting Brendt Christensen ‘s trial for June 3. Christensen’s trial was to begin April 1, but […]
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NASA dropped a space exploration robot into Cape Cod’s waters to reach the darkest unknowns

When the Orpheus drone emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod in September 2018, deep sea biologist Tim Shank felt relieved. Four and a half years earlier, Shank, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), had sent a state-of-the-art exploration craft to crushing ocean depths — but the vehicle never returned.   Only shattered pieces of plastic drifted back up to the surface world. This time, the new exploration robot Orpheus passed its first test: The machine dove alone int...
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High-fat diet causes thickening of arteries down to the cellular level

Researchers at the University of Illinois show that the membranes of cells surrounding arteries get stiffer and thicker in response to a high fat diet, due to both LDLs and oxidized LDLs.
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Ancient extinct sloth tooth in Belize tells story of creature's last year

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Some 27,000 years ago in central Belize, a giant sloth was thirsty. It eventually found water in a deep sinkhole, but it was the creature's last drink. A new analysis of its tooth offers insight into the landscape it inhabited and what it ate its last year of life.
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Toxic byproducts of Agent Orange continue to pollute Vietnam environment, study says

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) During the Vietnam War, United States aircraft sprayed more than 20 million gallons of herbicides, including dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange, on the country's rain forests, wetlands, and croplands. A new article from the University of Illinois and Iowa State University documents the environmental legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam, including hotspots where dioxin continues to enter the food supply.
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Federal same-sex marriage ruling improved life satisfaction for individuals, study shows

Human Development and Family Studies researchers at the University of Illinois intially wanted to understand how variation in state-level legislation and local community climate regarding same-sex marriage impacts the well-being and life satisfaction of same-sex couples across the US. When the US Supreme Court announced they would be ruling on same-sex marriage in 2015, the researchers expanded their project so they could evaluate the impact of the Obergefell vs. Hodges decision.
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New microfluidic device can isolate individual cancer cells from blood samples

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Queensland University of Technology of Australia, have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient blood samples. The microfluidic device works by separating the various cell types found in blood by their size.
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New microfluidics device can detect cancer cells in blood

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Queensland University of Technology of Australia, have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient blood samples.
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Peakstone appoints Eck as MD

Investment bank Peakstone has hired John Eck as a managing director. Previously, Eck led Guaranteed Rate‘s efforts to develop its multifamily lending capabilities. PRESS RELEASE John Eck has joined Peakstone as a Managing Director. John will focus on deal origination and execution in a number of areas including real estate, financial services, senior living, manufacturing and other industries. John also has expertise in distressed financial assets and bankruptcy transactions. John has over 30 ye...
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