blog postsDetection of DNA on nanotubes offers new sensing, sequencing technologiesFeb 17, 2006 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who recently reported that DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes could serve as sensors in living cells now say the tiny tubes can be used to target specific DNA sequences. Potential applications for the new sensors range from rapid detection of hazardous biological agents to simpler and more efficient forensic identification.Digital fingerprints could combat multimedia piracyOct 5, 2006 9:00 am24 views While police use fingerprints to determine who stole a piece of property or handled a murder weapon, engineers may soon be able to use digital fingerprints to determine who pirated a multimedia file.Dislocation creates 'whirlpool' that pulls surface atoms into crystalJun 7, 2004 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Developing novel ways to control the motion of atoms on surfaces is essential for the future of nanotechnology. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found a phenomenon of dislocation-driven nucleation and growth that creates holes that spiral into a surface and pull atoms into crystalline solids.Disposable sensor uses DNA to detect hazardous uranium ionsFeb 13, 2007 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a simple, disposable sensor for detecting hazardous uranium ions, with sensitivity that rivals the performance of much more sophisticated laboratory instruments.Distinguished Berkeley astronomer to present public talkOct 9, 2002 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- William J. Welch, a professor of electrical engineering and of astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the fifth talk in the department of astronomy's Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The talk, "The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," is free and open to the public.Distinguished Cal-Tech astronomer to present public talkApr 1, 2002 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Wallace L.W. Sargent, the Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, will present the fourth talk in the department of astronomys Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship at 4 p.m. April 24 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The talk, "Large Optical Telescopes: The Next Generation," is free and open to the public.Distinguished German astrophysicist to present public talkNov 2, 2004 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Reinhard Genzel, director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, will discuss black holes during a talk Nov. 17 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Distinguished NASA scientist to present public talkOct 13, 2003 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - David Morrison, a senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, will present the sixth talk in the department of astronomy's Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The talk, "Cosmic Collisions: How Astronomers are Saving the World," is free and open to the public.Ditch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend trafficMay 26, 2010 9:00 am10 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonDNA catalysts do the work of protein enzymesMar 18, 2013 9:00 am167 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois chemists have used DNA to do a protein's job, creating opportunities for DNA to find work in more areas of biology, chemistry and medicine than ever before.DNA constraints control structure of attached macromoleculesJun 28, 2005 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new method for manipulating macromolecules has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The technique uses double-stranded DNA to direct the behavior of other molecules.DNA molecules directly interact with each other based on sequence, study findsMar 22, 2016 11:00 am1221 views Proteins play a large role in DNA regulation, but a new study finds that DNA molecules directly interact with one another in a way that’s dependent on the sequence of the DNA and epigenetic factors. This could have implications for how DNA is organized in the cell and even how genes are regulated in different cell types, the researchers say.DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes serve as sensors in living cellsJan 26, 2006 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Single walled carbon nanotubes wrapped with DNA can be placed inside living cells and detect trace amounts of harmful contaminants using near infrared light, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their discovery opens the door to new types of optical sensors and biomarkers that exploit the unique properties of nanoparticles in living systems.Don't let more frequent tornado warnings lull you into complacencyApr 3, 2006 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Ed Kieser, the chief meteorologist at WILL AM-FM-TVDual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displaysFeb 9, 2017 1:00 pm2345 views Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.Earth's core rotates faster than its crust, scientists sayAug 25, 2005 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists have ended a 9-year-old debate by proving that Earth's core rotates faster than its surface, by about 0.3 to 0.5 degree per year.Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner coreFeb 9, 2015 9:00 am1376 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world's deepest mystery: the planet's inner core.Efforts to 'control' the Mississippi River and modern floodingJun 3, 2011 9:00 am70 views A Minute With™... Marcelo Garcia, an expert in river hydrologyEight Illinois faculty members elected fellows of AAASDec 6, 2011 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eight University of Illinois faculty members have been elected fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Rashid Bashir, Debasish Dutta, K. Jimmy Hsia, Keith W. Kelley, Wilfred van der Donk, M. Christina White and James Whitfield.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6593 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cellsMay 14, 2018 6:00 am515 views A new technique that uses tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles aims to expand the understanding of the mechanical forces that exist between cells, researchers report. A University of Illinois-led team has demonstrated the quantification of 3-D forces within cells living in petri dishes as well as live specimens. This research may unlock some of the mysteries related to embryonic development and cancer stem cells, i.e., tumor-repopulating cells.Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing methodApr 20, 2015 9:00 am154 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.Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy conventionMar 18, 2013 9:00 am48 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.Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteriesMay 12, 2017 2:00 pm1662 views The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries.Electrostatic force takes charge in bioinspired polymersNov 2, 2017 7:00 am922 views Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have taken the first steps toward gaining control over the self-assembly of synthetic materials in the same way that biology forms natural polymers. This advance could prove useful in designing new bioinspired, smart materials for applications ranging from drug delivery to sensing to remediation of environmental contaminants.Eleven professors at Illinois elected as 2007 AAAS FellowsOct 25, 2007 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eleven faculty members of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Mark B. David, John A. Gerlt, Gregory S. Girolami, Steven C. Huber, Stephen P. Long, Yi Lu, Ken N. Paige, Edmund G. Seebauer, Scott K. Silverman, Gregory Timp and Donald J. Wuebbles.Emeritus professor wins top honor from Materials Research SocietyOct 3, 2002 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Howard K. Birnbaum, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the Von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society. The award will be presented Dec. 4 at the MRS meeting in Boston.'Encyclopedia of Stars' aimed at anyone who enjoys astronomyDec 7, 2006 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An astronomy expert looking for in-depth research about stars can consult the same new reference book that an undergraduate freshman with a limited knowledge of astronomy might use.Engineered strategies to mitigate global warming could influence biosphereDec 12, 2001 9:00 am5 views Engineering could give reconstructive surgery a face-liftJul 12, 2010 9:00 am236 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Facial reconstruction patients may soon have the option of custom-made bone replacements optimized for both form and function, thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois and the Ohio State University Medical Center.Engineering Open House at Illinois highlights creativityFeb 10, 2005 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robots launching mini basketballs, and more than 130 entertaining and educational exhibits are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 85th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Engineering Open House highlights ingenuityFeb 9, 2004 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robots fighting for possession of wooden blocks, and more than 120 fun-filled exhibits are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 84th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois.Engineering Open House set for March 3, 4Feb 2, 2000 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Remote-controlled robots rescuing "hostages" while running an obstacle course, wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, and more than 150 exhibits ranging from spacecraft design to shape-memory metals are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 80th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois.Engineering Open House showcases student talentFeb 10, 2003 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robots fighting for possession of helium balloons, and more than 130 fun-filled exhibits are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 83rd annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois.Engineering professor named Carnegie ScholarApr 8, 2003 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael Loui, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.Engineers find way to evaluate green roofsJul 5, 2017 9:45 am2428 views Green infrastructure is an attractive concept, but there is concern surrounding its effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using a mathematical technique traditionally used in earthquake engineering to determine how well green infrastructure works and to communicate with urban planners, policymakers and developers.Engineers on a roll toward smaller, more efficient radio frequency transformersMay 14, 2018 10:00 am1175 views The future of electronic devices lies partly within the “internet of things” – the network of devices, vehicles and appliances embedded within electronics to enable connectivity and data exchange. University of Illinois engineers are helping realize this future by minimizing the size of one notoriously large element of integrated circuits used for wireless communication – the transformer.Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On the road to smaller, high-performance electronics, University of Illinois researchers have smoothed one speed bump by shrinking a key, yet notoriously large element of integrated circuits.Engineers shine light on deadly landslideApr 26, 2017 12:30 pm649 views A new report by University of Illinois civil and environmental engineering professor Tim Stark and colleagues details the factors that led to the deadliest landslide on record in the continental United States, along with steps that can be taken to mitigate landslide consequences and risk in the Pacific Northwest.Etching holes in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers creates better beamFeb 10, 2004 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found a way to significantly improve the performance of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers by drilling holes in their surfaces. Faster and cheaper long-haul optical communication systems, as well as photonic integrated circuits, could be the result.European modernism and information society focus of U. of I. conferenceApr 18, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scholars representing disciplines as diverse as architecture, urban planning, science, technology, cultural studies and library and information science - will gather May 6-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a conference on "European Modernism and the Information Society: Informing the Present, Understanding the Past."Events explore how technology, creativity interact to imagine the futureOct 25, 2017 8:45 am642 views A series of events at the University of Illinois called Speculative Futures will bring artists together with technology innovators with the goal of sparking new creative projects at the intersection of computer science and science fiction.Evidence of carbon-silicon compound found in living colony of diatomsJan 4, 2002 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Evidence of a carbon-silicon compound found in a living colony of diatoms could lead to a variety of beneficial applications, from low-cost synthesis of high-performance materials to therapeutic treatments for osteoporosis.Evidence of macroscopic quantum tunneling detected in nanowiresMay 27, 2009 9:00 am166 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of researchers at the University of Illinois has demonstrated that, counter to classical Newtonian mechanics, an entire collection of superconducting electrons in an ultrathin superconducting wire is able to "tunnel" as a pack from a state with a higher electrical current to one with a notably lower current, providing more evidence of the phenomenon of macroscopic quantum tunneling.Evolutionary software to be released free of chargeSep 18, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New software developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign allows scientists to more effectively analyze and compare both sequence and structure data from a growing library of proteins and nucleic acids.Examination of radiation left from birth of universe could alter theoriesApr 2, 2007 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using relic radiation from the birth of the universe, astrophysicists at the University of Illinois have proposed a new way of measuring the fine-structure constant in the past, and comparing it with today.Exercise triggers stem cells in muscleFeb 6, 2012 9:00 am290 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers determined that an adult stem cell present in muscle is responsive to exercise, a discovery that may provide a link between exercise and muscle health. The findings could lead to new therapeutic techniques using these cells to rehabilitate injured muscle and prevent or restore muscle loss with age.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am161 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois English professor Ted Underwood recently wrapped up a research project involving more than 4,200 books. Since that work revealed dramatic shifts in the English language between the 18th and 19th centuries, he's now expanding his research to include more than 470,000 books - almost every English language book written during that era and preserved in a university library.Expert: Bracket seedings irrelevant after Sweet Sixteen roundMar 15, 2010 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the average college basketball fan looking for an edge in a March Madness office pool, a University of Illinois expert in statistics and data analysis has some advice on how to pick winners: After the Sweet Sixteen round of play, ignore a team's seeding, which is a statistically insignificant predictor of a team's chances of winning.Explosive growth of file-sharing groups not sure sign of success, scholar saysSep 28, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Online file-sharing communities have experienced explosive growth in recent years. YouTube, started in May 2005 so that people could share and download videos, now attracts 100 million visitors a day, while Gnutella and Kazaa, for music sharing, are attracting users at an increasing pace.