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IS THE FUTURE OF HURRICANE FORECASTING IN DANGER?

Posted on 09.20.2017 | Read More
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IS THE FUTURE OF HURRICANE FORECASTING IN DANGER?

Satellites that help forecast hurricanes require constant upkeep and frequent replacement, but budget cuts have left the future of hurricane monitoring satellites in doubt

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New NHB in the news

Posted on 08.28.2017 | Read More
NHB northWatch a news report featuring the refurbished Natural History Building

ARE DROUGHTS BECOMING MORE EXTREME AND SEVERE?

Posted on 08.22.2017 | Read More
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Today, prominent scientists throughout the country released a new research article on global patterns of drought recovery. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the experts who contributed to the report. Jain talked about the study’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian.

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SUPERCOMPUTING HELPS RESEARCHERS UNDERSTAND EARTH'S INTERIOR

Posted on 07.10.2017 | Read More
Researchers created a three-dimensional representation of predicted slab geometry and mantle flow
Geologists create model with potential to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic activity

Contrary to posters you may have seen hanging on the walls in science class, Lijun Liu, professor of geology at Illinois, knows that Earth’s interior is not like an onion.

While most textbooks demonstrate the outer surface of the Earth as the crust, the next inner level as the mantle, and then the most inner layer as the core, Liu said the reality isn’t as clear-cut.

“It’s not just in layers, because the Earth’s interior is not stationary,” Liu said.

PROFESSOR GIVES AWAY THOUSANDS OF BOOKS TO HIGH SCHOOLS

Posted on 07.10.2017 | Read More
“The Art of Yellowstone Science” includes many images from Yellowstone National Park, such as this tree encased in travertine. (Photo by Tom Murphy.)
Grants, strong sales, and an educational mission prompt decision by Bruce Fouke

“The Art of Yellowstone Science,” the recently published book by Bruce Fouke, professor of geology, affiliate professor of microbiology, and active member of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, is doing so well that thousands of students around the world will soon have access to free copies.

CHASING THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL THUNDERSTORMS

Posted on 07.10.2017 | Read More
The Center for Severe Weather Research‘s Doppler on Wheels mobile radar will play an important role in an Illinois-led study of thunderstorms in Argentina. (Herb Stein/CSWR.)

Illinois to lead $3 million atmospheric study in Argentina.

Scientists know a lot about weather.  However, there is still an aspect that isn't totally understood: the initiation and development of thunderstorms.

That's why atmospheric scientists at Illinois are soon heading to a small geographical area in western Argentina to study what are considered the most intense thunderstorms on the planet.

ONLINE COURSES HELP NEW MOM KEEP CAREER ON TRACK

Posted on 07.10.2017 | Read More
Emma Woods with her daughter, Addison, during 2016 commencement weekend.
Young alumna balanced motherhood and class to graduate on time

It was summer 2015, and the upcoming fall semester of college was heavy on Emma Woods’ mind. She would be a senior, and she wanted to both excel in class and find a job after graduation. She had no idea that a regular visit to the doctor’s office one day would turn her life upside down.