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Professor creates extension to curate Facebook content

Professor creates extension to curate Facebook content

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 18, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

Facebook is a popular platform for people to receive gratification through likes, posts and shares. However, the social media app has been under fire for privacy infringement and users posting viral misinformation in recent years. Since the 2016 elections, viral misinformation has been a vital topic...

New earpieces could prevent hearing damage

New earpieces could prevent hearing damage

By Eric Rzeszutko, Staff Writer

September 10, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

A team of three researchers from the University is developing hollowed-out earpieces that deliver a noise-canceling signal to the outer part of the ear without covering the ear canal, which could protect against hearing damage and discomfort. “Today, we use headphones or earbuds that all block our e...

Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds

Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 8, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

Renee Baillargeon, University psychology professor, found that 21-month-old infants can distinguish between respect-based power leaders have and fear-based power bullies have, in a recently published study. The experiment consisted of 21-month-old infants who watched different animated scenarios, all with...

University joins $25 million software institute to promote discoveries

University joins $25 million software institute to promote discoveries

By Therese Pokorney, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

The University is part of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High-Energy Physics. This new $25 million software-focused institute was announced by the National Science Foundation on Tuesday. Physics professor Mark Neubauer, along with a faculty affiliate with the National Cen...

Workplace wellness study makes strides

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News, Science & Technology

To increase gym use and decrease health care spending, employers often implement workplace wellness programs to promote healthier lifestyles. However, a large, randomized control trial conducted by two professors in finance found these programs might not work as advertised. David Molitor and Julian Reif, co-authors of...

Professor advances flood prediction research

Professor advances flood prediction research

By Zihan Wang, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Uncategorized

Murugesu Sivapalan, University professor in Engineering, has been awarded the Creativity Prize by the eighth Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. The prize rewards scientists, inventors and research organizations around the world for their contributions in the fight against global wat...

Researchers, police caution sharing exercise routes online

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Science & Technology

People who regularly post their workout routes online through fitness apps may be putting their privacy and safety at risk, according to  recently published research about privacy features on fitness-tracking apps. Tens of millions of users post their running, walking or biking routes online through S...