blog postsLife SciencesEngineeringHealthWhat's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am361 views A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringStudy: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food securityJun 29, 2015 2:00 pm313 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Thirsty cities, fields and livestock drink deeply from aquifers, natural sources of groundwater. But a study of three of the most-tapped aquifers in the United States shows that overdrawing from these resources could lead to difficult choices affecting not only domestic food security but also international markets.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesNew technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focusJun 22, 2015 11:00 am271 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye could enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment for degenerative eye and neurological diseases.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm586 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.EngineeringLawLife SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am713 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesGenome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm165 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Searching a whole genome for one particular sequence is like trying to fish a specific piece from the box of a billion-piece puzzle. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have observed how one set of genome-editing proteins finds its specific targets, which could help them design better gene therapies to treat disease.EngineeringPhysical SciencesMission possible: This device will self-destruct when heatedMay 21, 2015 2:00 pm618 views Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components so that the material could be recycled?Physical SciencesEngineeringElectronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing methodApr 20, 2015 9:00 am141 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires has been developed by University of Illinois researchers, further opening the doors to a new transistor technology.Physical SciencesEngineeringUltrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosionsApr 2, 2015 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Giving new meaning to the term "sonic boom," University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesNew technique paints tissue samples with lightMar 24, 2015 9:00 am144 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University of Illinois researchers and clinical partners.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesUsing a little science in your March Madness picksMar 11, 2015 10:30 am436 views A Minute With...bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonExpert ViewpointsEngineeringHealthHow big data and engineering will change global health careFeb 5, 2015 4:15 pm42 views We are right now in the early stages of a revolutionary shift from a medical education and delivery model still rooted in the 19th century to one that will fully integrate the rapid advances of technology with human health improvement.Physical SciencesEngineeringSoftware teaches computers to translate words to mathJan 20, 2015 9:00 am203 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If Johnny has five apples and seven oranges, and he wants to share them with three of his friends, can a computer understand the text to figure out how many pieces of fruit each person gets?CampusEngineeringPhysical SciencesIllinois LED pioneers receive Draper PrizeJan 6, 2015 9:00 am142 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois professor and two of his former students are among the five pioneers of LED technology honored with the 2015 Draper Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in engineering.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesGetting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am470 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain noninvasively.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringNew method helps map species' genetic heritageDec 11, 2014 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo - the heron or the sparrow?Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesMicrotubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fastNov 11, 2014 9:00 am159 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve connections after injury.Physical SciencesEngineeringCharged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnasticsOct 9, 2014 9:00 am109 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringBioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am435 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In addition to providing renewable energy, grass crops like switchgrass and miscanthus could store some of the carbon they pull from the atmosphere in the soil, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.CampusAgricultureEngineeringIllinois engineer wins MacArthur fellowshipSep 17, 2014 9:00 am250 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant," from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBanked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am119 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers.Life SciencesEngineeringPhysical SciencesSeatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle upSep 2, 2014 9:00 am46 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Obesity is associated with many health risks, including heart disease and diabetes, but University of Illinois researchers have found a possible way to mitigate one often-overlooked risk: not buckling up in the car.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am279 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesNew material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencingAug 13, 2014 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Gene-based personalized medicine has many possibilities for diagnosis and targeted therapy, but one big bottleneck: the expensive and time-consuming DNA-sequencing process.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesCell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recursAug 6, 2014 9:00 am151 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according to new findings from researchers at the University of Illinois.Physical SciencesEngineeringShrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowiresJul 1, 2014 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesMuscle-powered bio-bots walk on commandJun 30, 2014 9:00 am1168 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle.Physical SciencesCampusEngineeringIllinois mechanical science and engineering professor wins Humboldt PrizeJun 3, 2014 9:00 am102 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor Naira Hovakimyan has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award (or Humboldt Prize) honoring a career of research achievements.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesFor the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take initial step toward developmentMay 30, 2014 9:00 am235 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first time this critical step has been demonstrated in a laboratory.Physical SciencesEngineeringRegenerating plastic grows back after damageMay 8, 2014 9:00 am955 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Looking at a smooth sheet of plastic in one University of Illinois laboratory, no one would guess that an impact had recently blasted a hole through it.HonorsArtsEngineeringLife SciencesThree Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesMay 1, 2014 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. Tere R. O'Connor, a professor of dance; John A. Rogers, the Swanlund Chair of Materials Science and Engineering; and Wilfred A. van der Donk, the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.EngineeringHealthPhysical SciencesOff the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringApr 3, 2014 1:00 pm3039 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.Life SciencesEngineeringPhysical SciencesTeam finds a better way to grow motor neurons from stem cellsMar 31, 2014 9:00 am321 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed. The finding, described in Nature Communications, will aid efforts to model human motor neuron development, and to understand and treat spinal cord injuries and motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesA perfect March Madness bracket? That's a long shot.Mar 13, 2014 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonEngineeringCampusPhysical SciencesIllinois professor elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 6, 2014 9:00 am171 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - J. Gary Eden, the Gilmore Family Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.EngineeringLife SciencesPhysical Sciences3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am191 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures - all with conventional microscopes and white light.EngineeringPhysical SciencesTiny swimming bio-bots boldly go where no bot has swum beforeJan 17, 2014 9:00 am407 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots.EngineeringPhysical SciencesNanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performanceNov 25, 2013 9:00 am125 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world's tiniest soldering iron.Physical SciencesCampusEngineeringJohn A. Rogers wins American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian MagazineNov 20, 2013 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John A. Rogers, a Swanlund Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been given a 2013 American Ingenuity Award by Smithsonian Magazine, the publishing arm of the Smithsonian Institution.Physical SciencesEngineeringTiny laser gives big boost to high-speed data transmissionNov 5, 2013 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High-speed communication just got a turbo boost, thanks to a new laser technology developed at the University of Illinois that transmits error-free data over fiber optic networks at a blazing fast 40 gigabits per second - the fastest in the United States.Physical SciencesEngineeringTiny antennas let long light waves see in infraredSep 23, 2013 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesModel developed to track eggs of Asian carp, an invasive speciesJul 29, 2013 9:00 am189 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Asian carp are knocking on the door of the Great Lakes, but managers now can better pinpoint strategies to control their rapidly increasing population, according to a new model for tracking carp eggs developed by researchers at the University of Illinois and the United States Geological Survey.CampusEngineeringAndreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of EngineeringJun 20, 2013 9:00 am624 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill - Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering. Physical SciencesEngineering3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, moreJun 18, 2013 9:00 am49 views 3-D printing now can be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet providing enough stored energy to power it.CampusEngineeringTwo U. of I. graduate students win Intel Ph.D. FellowshipsJun 14, 2013 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two graduate students at the University of Illinois have won Intel Ph.D. Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. Fifteen fellowships were awarded nationwide.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesCradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am690 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers and physicians in the field could soon run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, food safety and more with their smartphones.Physical SciencesEngineeringNanowires grown on graphene have surprising structureApr 22, 2013 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a team of University of Illinois engineers set out to grow nanowires of a compound semiconductor on top of a sheet of graphene, they did not expect to discover a new paradigm of epitaxy.Physical SciencesEngineeringSmall in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am4139 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery - and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am332 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.Physical SciencesEngineeringElectrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy conventionMar 18, 2013 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To engineers, it's a tale as old as time: Electrical current is carried through materials by flowing electrons. But physicists at the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania found that for copper-containing superconductors, known as cuprates, electrons are not enough to carry the current.