science and technology

We've become accustomed to daily tallies of new COVID-19 statistics in the news. But one researcher at Western Illinois University argues absolute numbers and percentages tend to give a misleading picture when comparing different communities.

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For many years there have been a number of fruitless efforts to remove the invasive Asian carp from the Illinois River. But a renewed sense of excitement exists with an new initiative set to open this summer along the riverbank in East Peoria.

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A student archaeology trip ruined by flooding ended up sparking new research on how flooding can help invasive Asian carp spread to new waterways.

Minnesota Public Radio

A new Asian carp operation in East Peoria would allow the "limited" processing and freezing of the invasive fish in an effort to reduce the species' numbers.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.

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Peoria Ag Lab scientists are introducing their latest invention: a new and improved kitty litter.

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Peoria's first expanded COVID-19 testing site opens Tuesday at the Heartland Health Services East Bluff clinic.

Centers for Disease Control

A Pekin medical lab is starting up COVID-19 testing in earnest this week.

Courtesy Michelle Simmons

Thirteen-year-old David Simmons of Monmouth saw the need for personal protective equipment and decided to put his 3D printing skills to good use.

Virus Brings Online Classes Into Focus

Apr 4, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.

Autonomous Stuff vehicle
WCBU Staff

Preparing for the transportation needs of the future—whether through autonomous vehicles, electric power or ride-sharing—is going to require coordination. 

U.S. Air Force

NASA is naming a spacecraft after a Bradley University graduate who was the first African American chosen to be an astronaut.

Minnesota Public Radio

Sportfish in the Illinois River are dying younger.

Photo by Christopher Korose for the Illinois State Geological Survey. \ Used With Permission

New research on a central Illinois crater suggests possible links to an Ice Age about 455 million years ago. 

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Four Central Illinois coal plants and a southern Illinois coal mine are slated to close by year’s end.

Environmental advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create new programs to help workers and communities impacted by the coal facility closures. And they say movement on the legislation is needed now. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said earlier this month he does not expect action on the legislation during this year’s veto session. 

But State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) says that is unacceptable. 

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Wild Ones of the Rock River Valley and Natural Land Institute (NLI) have partnered to help people create yards that are environmentally friendly. Zach Grycan is the director of stewardship with the NLI. He spoke to a packed classroom at Rock Valley College in Rockford about establishing natural areas at home, work, school or church. He said the first step is to get inspired:

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A Hanna City farm will soon serve as a model for how to incorporate trees into agriculture.

Bradley University

An expert on whistleblowing said the way the president’s Ukraine phone call scandal is playing out in public is undermining the investigation process.

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Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit is on permanent display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. But Peoria Riverfront Museum officials say the next best thing is right here in Central Illinois. 

Bradley University

A Bradley University cybersecurity expert is leading research aimed at shielding whistleblower anonymity. 

Dr. Jacob Young will serve as the Senior Advisor on Cybersecurity for the National Whistleblower Center. He's the director of the Bradley University Center for Cybersecurity in Peoria. 

Young said with modern technology, it’s harder than ever for whistleblowers to stay anonymous and avoid retaliation for speaking out. 

Illinois’ recent innovation bump could be a sign of bigger trends to come. 

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A team of Illinois chemists are developing a more environmentally friendly form of polyurethane, a hard-to-recycle polymer that’s used in a variety of everyday products.

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Environmentalists are blasting Vistra Energy’s coal-burning power plant closure announcement as a cynical cost-cutting move. 

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Many scientists are interested in studying the DNA of Indigenous populations in an effort to reveal the "human migration story" and contribute to our understanding about the genetic basis of disease.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin via Twitter

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants to spend more money on agricultural research. 

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Illinois American Water is touting its technology as the utility celebrates its 130th year of service in greater Peoria.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

It’s been half a century since Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 program was the only time the U.S. put astronauts on the surface of another planet.

Armstrong is one of just 12 people in all of human history to do so. But NASA is using the 50th anniversary to promote it’s new project, called Artemis. 

Justin McGrath / University of Illinois

A study published Monday in the journal Nature Plants shows that plants genetically engineered to create large amounts of useful industrial enzymes can be grown under field conditions without hurting their yield.

Illinois business leaders say they want the state to invest more money in early education to meet the demands of a growing job market centered on math and science.