The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Editorial | Unregulated technology propels Afghan collapse

Editorial | Unregulated technology propels Afghan collapse

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board September 1, 2021

The collapse of the United States’s 20-year odyssey within Afghanistan is both brutal and foreseeable. For nearly all of their occupation, the U.S. was the thin line between a tragic Taliban restoration...

NASA spacewalker, Expedition 64 Flight Engineer, and Illinois alumni Michael Hopkins works to ready the International Space stations port-side truss structure for future solar array upgrades on Jan. 27. Hopkins reflects on his most recent experience leaving for space in the midst of a pandemic.

Mike Hopkins reflects on SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience experience

By Gwyn Skiles, Features Editor September 1, 2021

When Mike Hopkins, commander of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience, went to turn the power back on, he paused to look at the stars glistening so brightly they filled the night sky with different colors.  His...

Students rest in La Casa Cultural Latina on  March 7, 2016. The Abriende Caminos program concentrates on bettering Hispanic health.

University program works to improve local Hispanic health

By Abigail Greetis, Contributing Writer March 8, 2021

The University of Illinois is known for many of its renowned groups of faculty and research projects that aim to solve real-world issues, ranging from climate-related complications to societal issues like...

What is a non-fungible token?

What is a non-fungible token?

By Noah Davis, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

The days of free, unfettered access to digital content may be numbered in the coming years. A new asset class is emerging and it represents a top-to-bottom, 100 point restoration of how individuals publish,...

Personal protective equipment materials lay on a table at the ARC COVID-19 testing site on Feb. 1. A loss of sense of smell can be an indicator of COVID-19 infection.

Chemosensory losses could indicate COVID-19 infection

By Shivali Shukla, Special Sections Editor March 8, 2021

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic more than one year ago instigated a number of new research projects, particularly bringing attention to the underrated olfactory and gustatory senses, according to the...

Oil-eating bacteria help combat climate change

Oil-eating bacteria help combat climate change

By Abigail Greetis, Contributing Writer March 8, 2021

Over the past several years as environmental health has come closer to the forefront of the minds of global citizens, researchers at the University of Illinois have taken to the books and labs in an effort...

Google searches reveal not all feelings that result from COVID-19 policies were negative

Google searches reveal not all feelings that result from COVID-19 policies were negative

By Kimberly Stinson, Contributing Writer March 8, 2021

Bita Fayaz Farkhad, economist and postdoctoral researcher in psychology at the University, along with her fellow researcher Dolores Albarracín, professor in LAS, Medicine and Business, recently conducted...

The Champaign County Audubon Society searches for birds to watch during a morning walk in Fall 2017. Their annual Christmas Bird Count can help with scientific research efforts.

Champaign residents share interest in birding

By Jillian Little, buzz Editor March 8, 2021

Observing natural patterns in the wild has always been an important aspect of science. Many consider Charles Darwin as history’s most famous naturalist. However, since his expedition to the Galapagos...

Senior takes huge strides in early detection of Alzheimer’s disease

Senior takes huge strides in early detection of Alzheimer’s disease

By Kimberly Stinson, Contributing Writer March 8, 2021

Shrey Patel, senior in LAS studying chemical engineering and on the pre-med track at the University, has been breaking ground in the research of early detection of Alzheimer’s disease — despite pandemic-related...

Illinois student Avery Robinson takes a University COVID-19 test at the ARC on Feb. 1. Illinois has been an innovator in COVID-19 testing.

UI proves itself to be at forefront of COVID-19 testing, research

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting March 8, 2021

As a research institution, it is no surprise that the University has been at the forefront of COVID-19 testing and research. After online instruction began about a year ago, researchers were working tirelessly...

A child focuses on virtual lessons at the YMCA in Red Bank, New Jersey on Feb. 17. Studies have indicated a correlation between fitness and cognitive function in children.

Higher cardiorespiratory fitness is linked to improved cognitive function in children

By Shivali Shukla, Special Sections Editor March 8, 2021

Previous studies indicate a correlation between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognitive function in adults. It has been shown that increased cardiorespiratory fitness relates to better cognitive function...

Two workers collaborate at a computer. Taking diligent notes is an important part of quality

Optimize your research with these simple steps

By JJ Kim, Editor-in-chief March 8, 2021

Conducting high-quality, well-thought-out research is more important now than ever as misinformation and skewed numbers sway public opinion on controversial issues. Here are some quick pointers to ensure...

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