blog postsBioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am505 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.Illinois engineer wins MacArthur fellowshipSep 17, 2014 9:00 am331 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.Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am161 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.Seatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle upSep 2, 2014 9:00 am61 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.A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am384 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencingAug 13, 2014 9:00 am138 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.Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recursAug 6, 2014 9:00 am190 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.Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowiresJul 1, 2014 9:00 am122 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them.Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on commandJun 30, 2014 9:00 am1402 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle.Illinois mechanical science and engineering professor wins Humboldt PrizeJun 3, 2014 9:00 am115 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.For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take initial step toward developmentMay 30, 2014 9:00 am324 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.Regenerating plastic grows back after damageMay 8, 2014 9:00 am1441 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.Three Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesMay 1, 2014 9:00 am59 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.Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringApr 3, 2014 1:00 pm4252 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.Team finds a better way to grow motor neurons from stem cellsMar 31, 2014 9:00 am390 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).A perfect March Madness bracket? That's a long shot.Mar 13, 2014 9:00 am14 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonIllinois professor elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 6, 2014 9:00 am209 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.3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am235 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.Tiny swimming bio-bots boldly go where no bot has swum beforeJan 17, 2014 9:00 am476 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots.Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performanceNov 25, 2013 9:00 am221 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.John A. Rogers wins American Ingenuity Award from Smithsonian MagazineNov 20, 2013 9:00 am75 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.Tiny laser gives big boost to high-speed data transmissionNov 5, 2013 9:00 am117 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.Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infraredSep 23, 2013 9:00 am86 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.Model developed to track eggs of Asian carp, an invasive speciesJul 29, 2013 9:00 am362 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.Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of EngineeringJun 20, 2013 9:00 am1085 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. 3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, moreJun 18, 2013 9:00 am66 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.Two U. of I. graduate students win Intel Ph.D. FellowshipsJun 14, 2013 9:00 am31 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.Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am945 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.Nanowires grown on graphene have surprising structureApr 22, 2013 9:00 am174 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.Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronicsApr 16, 2013 9:00 am6865 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.A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am421 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy conventionMar 18, 2013 9:00 am46 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.Bracketology: Crunching the numbersMar 11, 2013 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonNick Holonyak Jr. elected a charter fellow of the National Academy of InventorsMar 8, 2013 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Holonyak Jr., a John Bardeen Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Illinois, has been chosen to be a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth itFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like turning coal to diamond, adding pressure to an electrical material enhances its properties. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have devised a method of making ferroelectric thin films with twice the strain, resulting in exceptional performance.New look at cell membrane reveals surprising organizationJan 28, 2013 9:00 am252 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sight would dramatically alter a blind man's understanding of an elephant, according to the old story. Now, a look directly at a cell surface is changing our understanding of cell membrane organization.Illinois engineer receives Humboldt Research AwardJan 16, 2013 9:00 am59 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.Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuelDec 17, 2012 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sulfur compounds in petroleum fuels have met their nano-structured match.Engineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am95 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.The dark side of kerosene lamps: High black carbon emissionsDec 10, 2012 9:00 am414 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The small kerosene lamps that light millions of homes in developing countries have a dark side: black carbon - fine particles of soot released into the atmosphere.Proteins that work at the end of DNA could provide cancer insightNov 29, 2012 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - New insights into a protein complex that regulates the very tips of chromosomes could improve methods of screening anti-cancer drugs.Six professors at Illinois named 2012 AAAS fellowsNov 29, 2012 9:00 am72 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.U. of I. alumnus named Marshall ScholarNov 26, 2012 9:15 am74 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 structures self-assemble in synchronized danceNov 21, 2012 9:00 am66 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.These bots were made for walking: Cells power biological machinesNov 15, 2012 9:00 am437 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - They're soft, biocompatible, about 7 millimeters long - and, incredibly, able to walk by themselves. Miniature "bio-bots" developed at the University of Illinois are making tracks in synthetic biology.Nick Holonyak Jr. and his work on visible LED to be feted at Illini Union eventOct 3, 2012 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifty years ago, Nick Holonyak Jr., then a consulting scientist at General Electric, demonstrated the first visible LED. Today, the light-emitting diode is used in everything from flashlights to spacecraft and countless applications in between.New method monitors semiconductor etching as it happens – with lightSep 28, 2012 9:30 am60 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.Next up: Environmentally safe electronics that also vanish in the bodySep 27, 2012 9:00 am629 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Physicians and environmentalists alike could soon be using a new class of electronic devices: small, robust and high performance, yet also biocompatible and capable of dissolving completely in water - or in bodily fluids.Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlandsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am70 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.Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durabilityJul 5, 2012 9:00 am168 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.