science

Illinois State Museum

The Tully Monster Mystery has been solved. New research published in the journal "Nature" sheds light on Illinois' state fossil.

It’s been about 300 million years since the strange creature known as the Tully Monster swam in the salty waters of central Illinois. The mystery of just what it was has been brewing since a fossil hunter discovered it near Morris in 1955.

KWMU

Women who are an unhealthy weight during their first pregnancy might have a false sense of security if their babies are born with no complications. But a new study out of Saint Louis University suggests complications can still arise when the women get pregnant for a second time — even if, by then, they have reached a healthy weight.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Wednesday was “change the world” day at Northern Illinois University. And since the students were away on Spring Break, it was a good opportunity to invite local high schoolers interested in medical careers to meet one of their own.  

Cancer May Be Caused By Bad Luck

Jan 5, 2015
MostlyScience.com

Most cancers can be attributed to bad luck rather than risk factors, like smoking. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Science.

Results show two thirds of the cancer types analyzed were caused by chance mutations. However, some of the most common and deadly cancers are still influenced by lifestyle.