blog postsWhat can we learn from the first close-up look at Pluto via NASA's New Horizon probe?Jul 10, 2015 12:15 pm570 views A Minute With...™ Charles Gamme, a professor of astronomy and physicsAccess to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings, says U. of I. library and information science professorJul 10, 2015 9:00 am219 views Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper.Genomics to surpass the biggest data producers, experts warnJul 7, 2015 1:00 pm417 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.Study: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food securityJun 29, 2015 2:00 pm394 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.New technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focusJun 22, 2015 11:00 am332 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm781 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.Study: Crop rotation-resistant rootworms have a lot going on in their gutsJun 9, 2015 3:00 pm287 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm201 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.New anti-microbial compounds evade resistance with less toxicityJun 1, 2015 1:00 pm64 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — New compounds that specifically attack fungal infections without attacking human cells could transform treatment for such infections and point the way to targeted medicines that evade antibiotic resistance.Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous criticMay 26, 2015 9:00 am584 views Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. One immediate result of the controversy: There would be no mention of relativity in Einstein’s Nobel Prize. One long-term result: a split between science and the humanities. Science historian Jimena Canales tells the tale of that day and the debate that followed in a new book.Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heatedMay 21, 2015 2:00 pm800 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?Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mistMay 6, 2015 1:15 pm120 views Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois.Can 'fracking' and other human activities cause earthquakes?Apr 29, 2015 11:00 am378 views A Minute With...™ Robert Bauer, an engineering geologist with the Illinois State Geological SurveySix Illinois professors elected to National Academy of SciencesApr 28, 2015 12:45 pm466 views Six University of Illinois professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can garner. Renée Baillargeon, Gary Dell, Steve Granick, Taekjip Ha, Catherine Murphy and John A. Rogers are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates announced by the Academy on April 28.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.Two Illinois professors receive 2015 Guggenheim fellowshipsApr 10, 2015 9:00 am307 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 2015 Guggenheim fellowships to two University of Illinois faculty members: Wendy K. Tam Cho, professor of political science and of statistics, and Philip W. Phillips, professor of physics.Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosionsApr 2, 2015 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Giving new meaning to the term "sonic boom," University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions.New technique paints tissue samples with lightMar 24, 2015 9:00 am167 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.Molecule-making machine simplifies complex chemistryMar 12, 2015 9:00 am879 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new molecule-making machine could do for chemistry what 3-D printing did for engineering: Make it fast, flexible and accessible to anyone.Using a little science in your March Madness picksMar 11, 2015 10:30 am448 views A Minute With...bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonThree Illinois faculty awarded Sloan Research FellowshipsFeb 23, 2015 9:45 am90 views Three University of Illinois faculty members are recipients of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.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.Software teaches computers to translate words to mathJan 20, 2015 9:00 am247 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?A central Illinois carbon sequestration project hits a milestoneJan 12, 2015 9:00 am32 views One of the largest carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its goal of capturing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injecting it deep underground in the Mount Simon Sandstone formation beneath Decatur, Illinois. The project is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture and storage. IBDP director Robert Finley talked about the million-ton milestone with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg. Finley is director of the Advanced Energy Technology Institute at the Illinois State Geological Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.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.Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am735 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.New method helps map species' genetic heritageDec 11, 2014 9:00 am60 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?Now researchers can see how unfolded proteins move in the cellDec 9, 2014 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a large protein unfolds in transit through a cell, it slows down and can get stuck in traffic. Using a specialized microscope -- a sort of cellular traffic camera -- University of Illinois chemists now can watch the way the unfolded protein diffuses.Six Illinois faculty elected AAAS fellowsNov 25, 2014 9:00 am84 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Placid M. Ferreira, Brendan A. Harley, Joseph W. Lyding, Phillip A. Newmark, Dan Roth and William H. Sanders.Model evaluates where bioenergy crops grow bestNov 21, 2014 9:00 am108 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect.Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fastNov 11, 2014 9:00 am237 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.Sculpting solar systems: Magnetic fields seen for first timeOct 28, 2014 9:00 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Astronomers have caught their first glimpse of the invisible magnetic fields that sculpt solar systems.Rivers flow differently over gravel beds, study findsOct 15, 2014 9:00 am165 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - River beds, where flowing water meets silt, sand and gravel, are critical ecological zones. Yet how water flows in a river with a gravel bed is very different from the traditional model of a sandy river bed, according to a new study that compares their fluid dynamics.Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnasticsOct 9, 2014 9:00 am143 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.Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am511 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.Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 29, 2014 9:00 am155 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 29 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.What is a Global Carbon Budget?Sep 24, 2014 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Atul JainBanked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am162 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.Illinois considers rule changes on frackingSep 4, 2014 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... Robert Bauer, an engineering geologist with the Illinois State Geological SurveySeatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle upSep 2, 2014 9:00 am63 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.Study: Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thoughtAug 26, 2014 9:00 am97 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass - the total material in leaves, stems, roots, fruits, grains and other terrestrial plant parts - than previously thought.A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am398 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 am199 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.Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicatesJul 16, 2014 9:00 am361 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them - particularly the younger ones - suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowiresJul 1, 2014 9:00 am132 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them.Illinois chemist named Howard Hughes Medical Institute ProfessorJun 30, 2014 9:00 am114 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has named Jeffrey S. Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, an HHMI Professor.Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on commandJun 30, 2014 9:00 am1421 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle.Why did Illinois ban plastic microbeads?Jun 16, 2014 9:00 am24 views A Minute With™... B.K. Sharma and Nancy Holm, researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology CenterIllinois mechanical science and engineering professor wins Humboldt PrizeJun 3, 2014 9:00 am121 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.