blog postsTiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers findJan 25, 2017 1:30 pm1211 views Microscopic shifts in metabolism and increases in tiny transport vesicles out of tumor cells preface larger changes to the tumor environment and could prepare the way for cancerous cells to spread and metastasize, University of Illinois researchers report.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6573 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."Is Academia Waking Up to the Problem of Sexual Harassment?Sep 19, 2016 2:15 pm3389 views U. of I. anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy supports a federal legislative effort that would require universities to report – and federal funding agencies to consider – findings that any university professor engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex. Structural, regulatory and human error were factors in Washington highway bridge collapseAug 24, 2016 9:00 am2613 views When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur. A new analysis by a team of civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign outlines the many factors that led to the collapse, as well as steps that transportation departments can take to prevent such accidents on other bridges of similar design.Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatinAug 22, 2016 10:00 am1339 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.Genome-editing proteins ride a DNA zip lineAug 15, 2016 1:30 pm955 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.What are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am806 views Wynne Korr, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, discusses the challenges of diagnosing and providing treatment for this vulnerable population in light of the state's financial problemsMethod opens a window on how stress and strain affect battery performanceAug 1, 2016 12:15 pm1605 views Batteries that charge faster and have greater capacity could boost portable electronic devices and electric cars. A new method to simultaneously test stress and strain in battery electrodes gives researchers a window into the mechanical, electrical and chemical forces within lithium-ion batteries. The method revealed an unexpected point of stress in the charging cycle, which could guide development of better batteries.Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tallJul 25, 2016 10:15 am1233 views University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to etch very tall, narrow finFETs, a type of transistor that forms a tall semiconductor “fin” for the current to travel over.Measure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agricultureJul 25, 2016 8:00 am1700 views University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching.Reclaimed water could help power plants run more efficiently, study findsMay 12, 2016 10:00 am3488 views The water going down the drain could help keep the lights on, according to a new study showing that reclaimed water – municipal wastewater that has been treated or cleaned – could be more efficient for cooling power plants than water taken from the local environment.Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasizeApr 27, 2016 10:45 am2916 views Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study.Record-speed data transmission could make big data more accessibleMar 22, 2016 9:45 am5691 views With record-breaking speeds for fiber-optic data transmission, University of Illinois engineers have paved a fast lane on the information superhighway – creating on-ramps for big data in the process.Light illuminates the way for bio-botsMar 14, 2016 2:00 pm2505 views A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light – and is following where the light shines.Light helps the transistor laser switch fasterMar 9, 2016 8:30 am1879 views Light and electrons interact in a complex dance within fiber optic devices. A new study by University of Illinois engineers found that in the transistor laser, a device for next-generation high-speed computing, the light and electrons spur one another on to faster switching speeds than any devices available.Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 18, 2016 10:00 am5981 views A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer needed, eliminating the need for additional surgery to remove the monitors and reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage.Making the invisible visible: Color-changing indicators highlight microscopic damageJan 13, 2016 9:15 am2758 views Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched or stressed, allowing engineers to address problem areas before they become more problematic.Core curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2240 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. Nanostructured metal coatings let the light through for electrical devicesDec 8, 2015 9:15 am1672 views Light and electricity dance a complicated tango in devices like LEDs, solar cells and sensors. A new anti-reflection coating developed by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity, a step that could increase efficiency in such devices.Portable device can quickly determine the extent of an eye injuryDec 8, 2015 8:45 am2120 views An engineer and an ophthalmologist are working together to develop a portable sensor that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether an eye injury is mild or severe. The device, called OcuCheck, works by measuring levels of vitamin C in the fluids that coat or leak from the eye. The sensor could speed efforts to determine the extent of eye injuries at accident sites, in rural areas lacking ophthalmology specialists or on the battlefield, the researchers said.Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8528 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Nanopores could take the salt out of seawaterNov 10, 2015 1:45 pm7799 views University of Illinois engineers have found an energy-efficient material for removing salt from seawater that could provide a rebuttal to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lament, “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.”New life for EBICS project will create bio-machines to improve healthNov 6, 2015 3:30 pm261 views By studying the behavior of living cells and combining them with synthetic tissue, researchers are creating “biological machines” to deliver drugs more effectively, function as internal diagnostic tools or serve as contaminant sensors in the field.Carle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completedNov 2, 2015 9:00 am791 views Leaders of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System announced the completion of a set of agreements and policies related to joint research practices and governance of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2750 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2740 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016Is backscatter X-ray a safe tool for airport security?Sep 29, 2015 12:00 pm333 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on airport securitySurgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue beginsSep 15, 2015 12:00 pm3085 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A new surgical tool that uses light to make sure surgeons removing cancerous tumors “got it all” was found to correlate well with traditional pathologists’ diagnoses in a clinical study, showing that the tool could soon enable reliable, real-time guidance for surgeons.AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1897 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy.Industrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to useSep 15, 2015 9:30 am940 views University of Illinois researchers are taking the skin-mounted electronics developed on campus and making a wearable health-monitoring device that could measure a person’s vital signs and provide information to help his or her doctor better monitor the patient’s health.Paper tubes make stiff origami structuresSep 7, 2015 2:00 pm7424 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realisticAug 27, 2015 1:00 pm912 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tumors are notoriously difficult to study in their natural habitat – body tissues – but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior.Genomics to surpass the biggest data producers, experts warnJul 7, 2015 1:00 pm405 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.What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am509 views A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.Study: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food securityJun 29, 2015 2:00 pm386 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 am331 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 pm751 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am885 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.Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm193 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.Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heatedMay 21, 2015 2:00 pm793 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?Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing methodApr 20, 2015 9:00 am152 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.Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosionsApr 2, 2015 9:00 am125 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 am163 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.Using a little science in your March Madness picksMar 11, 2015 10:30 am448 views A Minute With...bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonHow big data and engineering will change global health careFeb 5, 2015 4:15 pm43 views We are right now in the early stages of a revolutionary shift from a medical education and delivery model still rooted in the 19th century to one that will fully integrate the rapid advances of technology with human health improvement.Software teaches computers to translate words to mathJan 20, 2015 9:00 am243 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?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 am681 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 am57 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?Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fastNov 11, 2014 9:00 am214 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.