blog postsLet's do the twist: Spiral proteins are efficient gene delivery agentsDec 15, 2011 9:00 am60 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Clinical gene therapy may be one step closer, thanks to a new twist on an old class of molecules.First-round winners of business-plan competition announcedOct 18, 2000 9:00 am61 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.)Three Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesMay 1, 2014 9:00 am62 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.New method monitors semiconductor etching as it happens – with lightSep 28, 2012 9:30 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois researchers have a new low-cost method to carve delicate features onto semiconductor wafers using light – and watch as it happens.Seatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle upSep 2, 2014 9:00 am64 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.Small mechanical forces have big impact on embryonic stem cellsOct 19, 2009 9:00 am68 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Applying a small mechanical force to embryonic stem cells could be a new way of coaxing them into a specific direction of differentiation, researchers at the University of Illinois report. Applications for force-directed cell differentiation include therapeutic cloning and regenerative medicine.Illinois engineer receives Humboldt Research AwardJan 16, 2013 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a lifetime of research achievements.High-speed signal mixer demonstrates capabilities of transistor laserMar 19, 2009 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois have successfully demonstrated a microwave signal mixer made from a tunnel-junction transistor laser. Development of the device brings researchers a big step closer to higher speed electronics and higher performance electrical and optical integrated circuits.New 3-D photonic crystals have both electronic and optical propertiesJul 25, 2011 9:00 am73 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials and more, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal.New structures self-assemble in synchronized danceNov 21, 2012 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With self-assembly guiding the steps and synchronization providing the rhythm, a new class of materials forms dynamic, moving structures in an intricate dance.3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, moreJun 18, 2013 9:00 am75 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.U. of I. alumnus named Marshall ScholarNov 26, 2012 9:15 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Jonathan Naber, of Waterloo, Ill., has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. Each year, about 40 students from the United States are selected as Marshall Scholars for postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. Naber is the third U. of I. student in the last six years awarded this honor. Naber graduated from Illinois in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering.New plasma transistor could create sharper displaysFeb 4, 2009 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By integrating a solid-state electron emitter and a microcavity plasma device, researchers at the University of Illinois have created a plasma transistor that could be used to make lighter, less expensive and higher resolution flat-panel displays.Study looking at lighter, cooler equipment to reduce firefighter injuries, deathsOct 26, 2007 9:00 am76 views Firefighters battling wildfires like those devastating Southern California, or even a smaller structural fire, have to endure temperatures in the hundreds of degrees. A study at the Illinois Fire Service Institute on the U. of I.'s Urbana campus is examining an enhanced version of personal protective equipment that is lighter, less restrictive and uses a firefighter's exhaled breath to cool the body and help combat heat stress, which researchers believe contributes to many of the on-the-job deaths and injuries firefighters suffer each year.Six professors at Illinois named 2012 AAAS fellowsNov 29, 2012 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Six faculty members at the University of Illinois have been named 2012 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: animal biology professor Chi-Hing Christina Cheng, electrical and computer engineering professor Kent Choquette, psychology professor Neal Cohen, chemistry professor So Hirata, anthropology professor Lisa Lucero and physics professor Philip Phillips.Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factorJan 6, 2010 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.John A. Rogers elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois, is among the 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering.Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlandsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am79 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers could have a new method to rebuild wetlands of the Louisiana delta, thanks to a chance finding while monitoring severe flooding of the Mississippi River.New method helps map species' genetic heritageDec 11, 2014 9:00 am79 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?With increasing obesity, fuel consumption becomes weighty matterDec 16, 2008 9:00 am82 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Excess fuel consumption caused by excess driver and passenger weight has increased in the past two years, with no end in sight.Memory advance would extend mobile-device battery lifeMar 10, 2011 9:00 am90 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Technophiles who have been dreaming of mobile devices that run longer on lighter, slimmer batteries may soon find their wish has been granted.Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infraredSep 23, 2013 9:00 am92 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.Gone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seasJun 14, 2012 9:00 am99 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.New silver-based ink has applications in printed electronicsApr 13, 2009 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new ink developed by researchers at the University of Illinois allows them to write their own silver linings.Computing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue imagesApr 23, 2012 9:00 am103 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Real-time, 3-D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery and ophthalmology. University of Illinois researchers have developed a technique to computationally correct for aberrations in optical tomography, bringing the future of medical imaging into focus.U. of I. team is top U.S. finisher in Solar Decathlon competitionOct 16, 2009 9:00 am105 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of students from the University of Illinois won second place today (Oct. 16) in the 2009 Solar Decathlon design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am116 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.Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor wins Humboldt PrizeJun 3, 2014 9:00 am122 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.Tiny laser gives big boost to high-speed data transmissionNov 5, 2013 9:00 am122 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.Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuelDec 17, 2012 9:00 am133 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sulfur compounds in petroleum fuels have met their nano-structured match.Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosionsApr 2, 2015 9:00 am134 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Giving new meaning to the term "sonic boom," University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions.Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowiresJul 1, 2014 9:00 am138 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them.John A. Rogers wins American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian MagazineNov 20, 2013 9:00 am139 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.U. of I. Engineering Open House to take place March 10-11Mar 6, 2006 9:00 am140 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, "robot wars," and more than 160 fun-filled exhibits await visitors to "Beyond Imagination," the 86th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Team designs a bandage that spurs, guides blood vessel growthDec 15, 2011 9:00 am141 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers have developed a bandage that stimulates and directs blood vessel growth on the surface of a wound. The bandage, called a "microvascular stamp," contains living cells that deliver growth factors to damaged tissues in a defined pattern. After a week, the pattern of the stamp "is written in blood vessels," the researchers report.Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnasticsOct 9, 2014 9:00 am148 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.Illinois LED pioneers receive Draper PrizeJan 6, 2015 9:00 am151 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.New polymer coatings prevent corrosion, even when scratchedDec 9, 2008 9:00 am152 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Imagine tiny cracks in your patio table healing by themselves, or the first small scratch on your new car disappearing by itself. This and more may be possible with self-healing coatings being developed at the University of Illinois.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.New technique makes it easier to etch semiconductorsDec 22, 2011 9:00 am164 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Creating semiconductor structures for high-end optoelectronic devices just got easier, thanks to University of Illinois researchers.New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencingAug 13, 2014 9:00 am166 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.Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am169 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.New technique paints tissue samples with lightMar 24, 2015 9:00 am175 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.Nanowires grown on graphene have surprising structureApr 22, 2013 9:00 am185 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.Study estimates land available for biofuel cropsJan 10, 2011 9:00 am197 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world's current fuel consumption - without affecting food crops or pastureland.Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recursAug 6, 2014 9:00 am204 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.Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durabilityJul 5, 2012 9:00 am206 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A simple new improvement to an essential microscope component could greatly improve imaging for researchers who study the very small, from cells to computer chips.Study: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areasFeb 8, 2010 9:00 am209 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher.Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm211 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.Packaging expert sees a social revolution in the evolving barcodeOct 13, 2011 9:00 am213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - What if you could trace the history of everything you buy back to its origins? Using your smart phone camera, you could learn what factory made the ingredients in your heart medication, what country grew the corn in your breakfast cereal, or even how to recycle the phone. You could follow the whole life cycle of a product and everyone who handled it along the way to ensure that the medicine you're taking isn't counterfeit and the food you're eating is safe.