blog postsControlling heat flow with atomic-level precisionApr 23, 2012 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Through a combination of atomic-scale materials design and ultrafast measurements, researchers at the University of Illinois have revealed new insights about how heat flows across an interface between two materials.Copolymer helps remove pervasive PFAS toxins from environmentOct 29, 2020 9:00 am1437 views Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture and destroy PFAS – a group of federally regulated substances found in everything from nonstick coatings to shampoo and nicknamed “the forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the natural environment.Core curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2364 views Dr. Robert Good and professor Rashid Bashir have been named co-chairs of the 18-member group that will lead the effort to build the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s core curriculum. Corn better used as food than biofuel, study findsJun 20, 2017 9:00 am5544 views Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs.Crackling noise in cereal and magnets aids study of earthquakesMay 30, 2001 9:00 am18 views When Karin Dahmen hears the crackling noise in a bowl of crisped-rice cereal, her thoughts turn to earthquakes.Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am1250 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.CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasureApr 10, 2017 10:00 am1595 views In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes.Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detectorMar 24, 2020 6:00 am2380 views Graphene-based biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient’s blood or serum. But current designs need a lot of DNA. In a new study, crumpling graphene makes it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical “hot spots,” researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found.Crystallization clarified, researchers reportOct 28, 2019 11:00 am729 views Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have made it possible to observe and simulate the self-assembly of crystalline materials at a much higher resolution than before.Details on the 4/18 Midwest earthquakeApr 18, 2008 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... Amr S. Elnashai, the director of the Mid-America Earthquake CenterDiagnostic tool helps engineers to design better global infrastructure solutionsNov 15, 2018 7:45 am1183 views Designing safe bridges and water systems for low-income communities is not always easy for engineers coming from highly industrialized places. A new discipline called contextual engineering helps engineers think beyond personal values, expectations and definitions of project success when tackling global infrastructure problems.Disposable surgical masks best for being heard clearly when speaking, study findsDec 23, 2020 8:00 am5655 views Researcher Ryan Corey recently heard from a friend who teaches at a school where some of the students have hearing loss. The friend wanted to know if he had any ideas to help her communicate with these students while wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Corey, who also has hearing loss, did not know what to tell her. So, he headed to the Illinois Augmented Listening Laboratory to look for solutions.Ditch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend trafficMay 26, 2010 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonDNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpartJun 21, 2018 4:00 am2067 views A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. It is the first such synthetic enzyme to outperform its natural counterparts.DNA sensor quickly determines whether viruses are infectiousSep 22, 2021 1:00 pm608 views A new sensor can detect not only whether a virus is present, but whether it’s infectious – an important distinction for containing viral spread. Researchers demonstrated the sensor, which integrates specially designed DNA fragments and nanopore sensing, with two key viruses that cause infections worldwide: the human adenovirus and the virus that causes COVID-19. Do COVID-19 apps protect your privacy?Jun 8, 2020 1:00 pm1243 views Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don’t indicate the information will be secure.Does the Hawaiian quake make volcanic eruptions more likely?Oct 20, 2006 9:00 am30 views A Minute With™... Amr Elnashai, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United KingdomDriver behavior influences traffic patterns as much as roadway design, study reportsNov 17, 2020 8:00 am764 views Urban planners may soon have a new way to measure traffic congestion. By capturing the different routes by which vehicles can travel between locations, researchers have developed a new computer algorithm that helps quantify regions of congestion in urban areas and suggests ways around themDrug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cellsNov 27, 2017 10:15 am2693 views Researchers are sending tiny drug-laden nanoparticles on a mission to seek and destroy cancer stem cells.Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displaysFeb 9, 2017 1:00 pm2632 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.Eight Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 26, 2019 10:00 am4553 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eight professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6809 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 am840 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.Electric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study findsAug 6, 2020 9:30 am144409 views Owners of electric multicookers may be able to add another use to its list of functions, a new study suggests: sanitization of N95 respirator masks. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign study found that 50 minutes of dry heat in an electric cooker, such as a rice cooker or Instant Pot, decontaminated N95 respirators inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. This could enable wearers to safely reuse limited supplies of the respirators, originally intended to be one-time-use items. Electronic components join forces to take up 10 times less space on computer chipsAug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1480 views Electronic filters are part of the inner workings of our phones and other wireless devices. They eliminate or enhance specific input signals to achieve the desired output signals. They are essential, but take up space on the chips that researchers are on a constant quest to make smaller. A new study demonstrates the successful integration of the individual elements that make up electronic filters onto a single component, significantly reducing the amount of space taken up by the device.Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing methodApr 20, 2015 9:00 am182 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 am80 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 pm2376 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 am1062 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 Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 29, 2018 10:15 am10754 views Eleven faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Engineers find way to evaluate green roofsJul 5, 2017 9:45 am2608 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 am1532 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 am219 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 pm895 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.Fast-acting, color-changing molecular probe senses when a material is about to failMar 25, 2021 12:00 pm1131 views Materials that contain special polymer molecules may someday be able to warn us when they are about to fail, researchers said. Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have improved their previously developed force-sensitive molecules, called mechanophores, to produce reversible, rapid and vibrant color change when a force is applied.Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platformsJan 22, 2019 9:00 am2612 views Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study.First-round winners of business-plan competition announcedOct 18, 2000 9:00 am112 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the first-round winners in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.)Five finalists selected for technology entrepreneurial competitionNov 21, 2000 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the finalists in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.)Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatinAug 22, 2016 10:00 am1630 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.For CRISPR, tweaking DNA fragments before inserting yields highest efficiency rates yetDec 23, 2019 10:00 am2402 views University of Illinois researchers achieved the highest reported rates of inserting genes into human cells with the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, a necessary step for harnessing CRISPR for clinical gene-therapy applications. By chemically tweaking the ends of the DNA to be inserted, the new technique is up to five times more efficient than current approaches. The researchers saw improvements at various genetic locations tested in a human kidney cell line, even seeing 65% insertion at one site where the previous high had been 15%.For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take initial step toward developmentMay 30, 2014 9:00 am360 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.Four Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 23, 2021 8:30 am2639 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Education Dean James Anderson, physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Nancy Makri and materials science and engineering professor Kenneth Schweizer have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation.Gene expression altered by direction of forces acting on cellSep 29, 2020 8:00 am947 views Tissues and cells in the human body are subjected to a constant push and pull – strained by other cells, blood pressure and fluid flow, to name a few. The type and direction of the force on a cell alters gene expression by stretching different regions of DNA, researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and collaborators in China found in a new study.Genome-editing proteins ride a DNA zip lineAug 15, 2016 1:30 pm1014 views For gene-editing proteins to be useful in clinical applications, they need to be able to find the specific site they’re supposed to edit among billions of DNA sequences. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have found that one class of genome-editing proteins rapidly travels along a strand of DNA like a rider on a zip line – a unique behavior among documented DNA-binding proteins.Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm231 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.Genomics to surpass the biggest data producers, experts warnJul 7, 2015 1:00 pm793 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Each cell in the body contains a whole genome, yet the data packed into a few DNA molecules could fill a hard drive. As more people have their DNA sequenced, that data will require massive computational and storage capabilities beyond anything previously anticipated, says a new assessment from computational biologists and computer scientists at the University of Illinois and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am892 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.Gone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seasJun 14, 2012 9:00 am135 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Experienced anglers know that choppy waters make for difficult fishing, so they try not to rock the boat. Thanks to a new microscopy technique, cell biology researchers can heed that same advice.Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it getsNov 13, 2019 8:00 am2505 views New research by engineers at the University of Illinois combines atomic-scale experimentation with computer modeling to determine how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene – a question that has eluded scientists since graphene was first isolated. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Materials.Hand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am2974 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.