blog postsTiny drug-delivering capsules could sustain transplanted insulin-producing cells for diabeticsFeb 12, 2018 9:15 am1255 views A drug-carrying microsphere within a cell-bearing microcapsule could be the key to transplanting insulin-secreting pig pancreas cells into human patients whose own cells have been destroyed by type I diabetes.Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tallJul 25, 2016 10:15 am1250 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.Shrimp-inspired camera may enable underwater navigationApr 4, 2018 1:00 pm1248 views The underwater environment may appear to the human eye as a dull-blue, featureless space. However, a vast landscape of polarization patterns appear when viewed through a camera that is designed to see the world through the eyes of many of the animals that inhabit the water. Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers findJan 25, 2017 1:30 pm1233 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.DNA molecules directly interact with each other based on sequence, study findsMar 22, 2016 11:00 am1232 views Proteins play a large role in DNA regulation, but a new study finds that DNA molecules directly interact with one another in a way that’s dependent on the sequence of the DNA and epigenetic factors. This could have implications for how DNA is organized in the cell and even how genes are regulated in different cell types, the researchers say.Researchers look to patterns to envision new engineering fieldOct 26, 2017 8:00 am1202 views The phenomenon that forms interference patterns on television displays when a camera focuses on a pattern like a person wearing stripes has inspired a new way to conceptualize electronic devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois are showing how the atomic-scale version of this phenomenon may hold the secrets to help advance electronics design to the limits of size and speed. What is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1193 views Scientists recently announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that made its way to Earth from an event that occurred 3.7 billion light-years away. Sensors buried within Antarctic ice detected the ghostly cosmic particle, called a neutrino, and traced its origin to a rapidly spinning galactic nucleus known as a blazar. Physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with physics professor Liang Yang about the significance of the discovery.Geologic imaging technique measures strength of Earth’s outer shellSep 29, 2016 1:00 pm1183 views An advanced imaging technique used to map Earth’s outer shell also can provide a measure of strength, finding weak spots and magma upwellings that could point to volcanic or earthquake activity, according to a new study by geologists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Adelaide in Australia.Study: Human wastewater valuable to global agriculture, economicsAug 15, 2018 12:45 pm1173 views It may seem off-putting to some, but human waste is full of nutrients that can be recycled into valuable products that could promote agricultural sustainability and better economic independence for some developing countries.Geologic formation could hold clues to melting glacier floodwatersDec 23, 2015 8:00 am1145 views Geologists investigating an unusual landform in the Wabash River Valley in southern Illinois expected to find seismic origins, but instead found the aftermath of rushing floodwaters from melting Midwestern glaciers after the last ice age. The finding could give clues to how floodwaters may behave as glacier melt increases today in places like Greenland and Iceland.Shutdown of circulation pattern could be disastrous, researchers sayDec 13, 2004 9:00 am1142 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If global warming shuts down the thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean, the result could be catastrophic climate change. The environmental effects, models indicate, depend upon whether the shutdown is reversible or irreversible.Structure of protein that forms fibrils in Parkinson's patients could lead to new diagnostic and treatment optionsMar 28, 2016 10:15 am1137 views Chemists have identified the complex chemical structure of the protein that stacks together to form fibrils in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. Armed with this knowledge, researchers can identify specific targets for diagnosis and treatment.Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists thinkFeb 19, 2018 10:00 am1134 views Geologic activity within stable portions of Earth’s uppermost layer may have occurred more recently than previously believed.Temperature inside collapsing bubble four times that of sunMar 2, 2005 9:00 am1133 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using a technique employed by astronomers to determine stellar surface temperatures, chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have measured the temperature inside a single, acoustically driven collapsing bubble.High-resolution climate models present alarming new projections for U.S.Dec 13, 2017 12:15 pm1133 views Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs will increase the demand on already-strained natural resources like water and energy. University of Illinois researchers have developed new, high-resolution climate models that may help policymakers mitigate these effects at a local level.Honey bee chemoreceptors found for smell and tasteOct 25, 2006 9:00 am1098 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Honey bees have a much better sense of smell than fruit flies or mosquitoes, but a much worse sense of taste, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Why you should factor driving into your weight loss planJan 8, 2016 10:00 am1051 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on data scienceChanges in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequencesSep 18, 2017 7:45 am1050 views Major floods and droughts receive a lot of attention in the context of climate change, but University of Illinois researchers analyzed over five decades of precipitation data from North America to find that changes in nonextreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized and larger than those in extreme precipitation. These changes can have a strong effect on ecosystems, agriculture, infrastructure design and resource management, and point to a need to examine precipitation in a more nuanced, multifaceted way.Study: Kidney stones have distinct geological historiesSep 13, 2018 4:00 am1037 views A geologist, a microscopist and a doctor walk into a lab and, with their colleagues from across the nation, make a discovery that overturns centuries of thought about the nature and composition of kidney stones. The team’s key insight, reported in the journal Scientific Reports, is that kidney stones are built up in calcium-rich layers that resemble other mineralizations in nature, such as those forming coral reefs or arising in hot springs, Roman aqueducts or subsurface oil fields.Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am1033 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.Are you vulnerable to newly discovered online security risks?Jan 8, 2018 3:15 pm1017 views Nearly everyone is. And the culprits, Meltdown and Spectre, could wreak havoc on personal security if ignored, says computer science professor Chris FletcherResearchers make headway in desalination technologyOct 12, 2017 2:00 pm1016 views Engineers at the University of Illinois have taken a step forward in developing a saltwater desalination process that is potentially cheaper than reverse osmosis and borrows from battery technology. In their study, the researchers are focusing on new materials that could make desalination of brackish waters economically desirable and energy efficient.Researchers develop new method of trapping multiple particles using fluidicsMar 28, 2016 2:15 pm990 views Precise control of an individual particle or molecule is a difficult task. Controlling multiple particles simultaneously is an even more challenging endeavor. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new method that relies on fluid flow to manipulate and assemble multiple particles. This new technique can trap a range of submicron- to micron-sized particles, including single DNA molecules, vesicles, drops or cells.New exhibit will provide look at giant ancient molluskSep 16, 2015 11:45 am976 views A giant mollusk measuring several feet across lived in shallow marine waters in southern Illinois long before the time of the dinosaurs. An exhibit will open Thursday at the Science Center of Southern Illinois in Carbondale, with an original, life-size model of Endolobus spectabilis – its first reconstruction – as well as a fossil shell of the mollusk.Can you analyze me now? Cell phones bring spectroscopy to the classroomOct 7, 2010 9:00 am970 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois chemistry professor Alexander Scheeline wants to see high school students using their cell phones in class. Not for texting or surfing the Web, but as an analytical chemistry instrument.Two Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 20, 2017 9:15 am967 views Two faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2017 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are chosen for their outstanding contributions to their field of study.Genome-editing proteins ride a DNA zip lineAug 15, 2016 1:30 pm961 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.Tool to map gene's ‘social network’ sheds light on function, interactions and drug efficacyJan 19, 2017 9:00 am956 views Although the human genome has been mapped, many questions remain about how genes are regulated, how they interact with one another, and what function some genes serve. A new tool developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology distills the huge amount of genomic data into gene networks that can point to the function of genes, highlighting relationships between genes and offering insights into disease, treatment and gene analogs across species.Team achieves two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, goldMay 15, 2018 8:30 am946 views Scientists report they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, bringing them one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels.Illinois chemist elected to National Academy of SciencesMay 1, 2018 1:30 pm944 views Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Denmark is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates recognized for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.Electrostatic force takes charge in bioinspired polymersNov 2, 2017 7:00 am942 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.Particle-free silver ink prints small, high-performance electronicsJan 12, 2012 9:00 am927 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois materials scientists have developed a new reactive silver ink for printing high-performance electronics on ubiquitous, low-cost materials such as flexible plastic, paper or fabric substrates.Molecule-making machine simplifies complex chemistryMar 12, 2015 9:00 am925 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.Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?May 17, 2017 9:30 am924 views Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realisticAug 27, 2015 1:00 pm922 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.Catalyst combining reactivity and selectivity could speed drug developmentOct 12, 2015 4:15 pm922 views Chemists have long believed that inserting nitrogen – a beneficial ingredient for making many pharmaceuticals and other biologically active molecules – into a carbon-hydrogen bond requires a trade-off between catalyst reactivity and selectivity. But a new manganese-based catalyst developed by University of Illinois chemists has given researchers both in one efficient, lower-cost package.Study: Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell developmentFeb 22, 2017 7:30 am916 views Researchers at the University of Illinois report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow.TSA could save money by waiving PreCheck fees for frequent travelers, study findsDec 5, 2016 8:45 am911 views There could be an easy way to reduce lines at the airport, increase security, and save the Transportation Security Administration money, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers: waive the $85 fee for frequent fliers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program, which allows pre-screened, verified travelers to go through expedited security at airports.How is Illinois contributing to gravitational wave research?Oct 6, 2017 8:45 am902 views Illinois research scientist, NCSA Gravity Group leader Eliu Huerta Escudero on what gravitational waves are, how they were discovered, and the huge data processing effort behind the breakthroughAre global carbon emissions increasing or decreasing?Nov 22, 2016 11:30 am897 views Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the Global Carbon Budget 2016, providing new data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. How to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness bracketMar 9, 2016 12:00 pm886 views A Minute With...™ bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonIs fusion energy around the corner?Dec 22, 2015 2:00 pm865 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. nuclear engineer Daniel AndruczykSurvey reveals widespread bias in astronomy and planetary scienceJul 10, 2017 10:00 am848 views In an online survey about their workplace experiences, 88 percent of academics, students, postdoctoral researchers and administrators in astronomy and planetary science reported hearing, experiencing or witnessing negative language or harassment relating to race, gender or other physical characteristics at work within the last five years. Of the 423 respondents, 39 percent reported having been verbally harassed and 9 percent said they had suffered physical harassment at work.New model reveals rips in Earth’s mantle layer below southern TibetJul 30, 2018 2:00 pm848 views Seismic waves are helping researchers uncover the mysterious subsurface history of the Tibetan Plateau, possibly lending insight to future earthquake activity in the region.Four Illinois professors named Sloan Research FellowsFeb 21, 2017 9:00 am839 views Four Illinois researchers are recipients of 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.” Awardees receive $60,000 to be used as they wish to further their research.What can be learned from 3-D mapping of groundwater?Jun 27, 2016 10:00 am837 views A Minute With...™ Illinois State Geological Survey director Richard BergReport proposes standards for sharing data and code used in computational studiesDec 8, 2016 1:00 pm827 views A new report by prominent leaders in computational methods and reproducibility lays out recommendations for ways researchers, institutions, agencies and journal publishers can work together to standardize sharing of data sets and software code.Interdisciplinary theater piece gives glimpse into world of quantum physicsMar 28, 2018 8:45 am825 views “Quantum Voyages,” an interdisciplinary theater piece created by University of Illinois physics and theatre professors, gives a glimpse into the strange world of quantum physics.Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heatedMay 21, 2015 2:00 pm811 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?Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm807 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.