science and technology

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A ultraviolet robot under development in Peoria could be an affordable and safe sanitation option for hospitals, offices, and other indoor spaces.

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Tonight, Saturn and Jupiter will appear close enough to each other that they may look like a single bright star in the sky. This is the first time in hundreds of years this has happened -- and it won’t happen again in many of our lifetimes.

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The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is fast approaching.

City of Peoria

The city of Peoria and U.S. EPA have finally reached a tentative agreement to settle federal allegations that the city's combined sewer overflow violates the federal Clean Water Act.

Paul Leamon feels he’s up to the challenge of getting Distillery Labs, the technology and innovation center coming to downtown Peoria next year, off the ground.

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF HealthCare are finding some early success using virtual reality technology to remotely train medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tim Shelley spoke with OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center's Dr. Teresa Riech about the program.

City of Peoria

After 14 years of negotiations, it appears the City of Peoria and the U.S. EPA have struck a deal on a consent decree outlining a course for the city to correct the combined sewer overflow issues that have long plagued it.

The city council is slated to vote Tuesday on approval of an agreement with the federal regulator over the longstanding problem, wherein raw sewage flows into the Illinois River following heavy rainfall events.

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You can easily see that connection in a passing barge as it chugs along the waterway that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and onto the Gulf of Mexico. Many of those barge containers are filled with central Illinois corn.

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When it comes to assessing scientific evidence, conservatives place more value on personal anecdotes, while liberals put more stock into what the experts are saying. Those are among the recent findings by Eureka College's Alexander Swan and his colleagues.

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The term “regenerative agriculture” sounds wonderful...or for many maybe just more fancy talk for the latest sustainable agriculture movement.

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Whether in Dubai, Pittsburgh, or Peoria, Sam Kherat believes in preparing people for the 21st century workplace.

Clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine are underway in Peoria.

The school bells may be ringing again in the Peoria area, but many students find themselves at home in front of a computer instead of in the classroom.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Illinois Department of Public Health said processing of about 3,800 COVID-19 tests at Pekin's Reditus Labs are delayed "beyond the appropriate laboratory testing and reporting window."

Scientists at Peoria's Ag Lab are making strides on developing a new biodegradable plastic.

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.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.