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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 05, 2014

Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

By Laura Silverman

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(Duration: 5:10)

Seniors who learned more difficult skills like digital photography and Photoshop showed the greatest improvement in memory.

Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 02, 2014

U Of I To Help PCB Landfill Opponents Find Alternatives

By Jim Meadows

Officials in east-central Illinois have been trying to block a proposal to store hazardous PCB’s at the Clinton Landfill in DeWitt County for the last few years. Now, they hope to offer a different way of getting rid of the once-common chemical, which has been linked to cancer.

Categories: Environment, Science





NPR - Illinois Public Media News - March 12, 2014

Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

By Stan Jastrzebski

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(Duration: 4:25)

Notes From Nature allows volunteers to digitally catalog thousands of scientific specimens, like this insect from the Calbug project.

The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.

Categories: Animals, Science, Technology

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - February 25, 2014

U of I, Wash U Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Create Pacemaker

By Véronique LaCapra

This photo shows the new cardiac device ― a thin, elastic membrane ― fitted over a rabbit's heart. The membrane is imprinted with a network of electrodes that can monitor cardiac function and deliver an electrical impulse to correct an erratic h

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks.


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