blog postsRegenerating plastic grows back after damageMay 8, 2014 9:00 am1388 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.Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on commandJun 30, 2014 9:00 am1376 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle.Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matterMar 14, 2018 1:00 pm1358 views Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first experimental findings to validate this theory.Self-healing tech charges up performance for silicon-containing battery anodesMay 15, 2017 8:30 am1341 views Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to apply self-healing technology to lithium-ion batteries to make them more reliable and last longer.Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatinAug 22, 2016 10:00 am1317 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.Researchers develop transistors that can switch between two stable energy statesMay 9, 2017 8:30 am1316 views Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds – the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly. CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasureApr 10, 2017 10:00 am1254 views In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes.New methods tackle a perplexing engineering conceptOct 9, 2017 2:00 pm1248 views Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to turn a complex materials design problem into an intuitive concept, understandable to engineers from novice to advanced experience levels. The group developed guidelines to help understand materials engineered to become thicker when stretched. This highly useful property, which is not commonly found in nature, has applications for protective sports equipment, body armor and biomedical devices.Science at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1225 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.A little support from their online friends calms test-anxious studentsApr 27, 2017 10:00 am1222 views Reading supportive comments, “likes” and private messages from social media friends prior to taking a test may help college students who have high levels of test-anxiety reduce their nervousness by 21 percent and improve their scores, researchers at the University of Illinois found.Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tallJul 25, 2016 10:15 am1219 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.Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers findJan 25, 2017 1:30 pm1192 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.Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancerApr 12, 2017 10:00 am1181 views Detecting cancer early, just as changes are beginning in DNA, could enhance diagnosis and treatment as well as further our understanding of the disease. A new study by University of Illinois researchers describes a method to detect, count and map tiny additions to DNA called methylations, which can be a warning sign of cancer, with unprecedented resolution.Tiny aquariums put nanoparticle self-assembly on displayOct 2, 2017 8:15 am1180 views Seeing is believing when it comes to nanoparticle self-assembly. A team of University of Illinois engineers is observing the interactions of colloidal gold nanoparticles inside tiny aquariumlike sample containers to gain more control over the self-assembly process of engineered materials.Researchers look to patterns to envision new engineering fieldOct 26, 2017 8:00 am1126 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. Shape-shifting agent targets harmful bacteria in the stomachNov 13, 2017 2:00 pm1095 views A new shape-shifting polymer can target and kill Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach without killing helpful bacteria in the gut.Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of EngineeringJun 20, 2013 9:00 am1076 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. Changes in nonextreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequencesSep 18, 2017 7:45 am1026 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.Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they growMar 12, 2018 8:45 am966 views A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers. Industrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to useSep 15, 2015 9:30 am935 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.Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am930 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.Genome-editing proteins ride a DNA zip lineAug 15, 2016 1:30 pm927 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.New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realisticAug 27, 2015 1:00 pm905 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.Electrostatic force takes charge in bioinspired polymersNov 2, 2017 7:00 am892 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am877 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.Tiny drug-delivering capsules could sustain transplanted insulin-producing cells for diabeticsFeb 12, 2018 9:15 am850 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.Particle-free silver ink prints small, high-performance electronicsJan 12, 2012 9:00 am835 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.Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am835 views Melanoma is a particularly difficult cancer to treat once it has metastasized, spreading throughout the body. University of Illinois researchers are using chemistry to find the deadly, elusive malignant cells within a melanoma tumor that hold the potential to spread.What are the challenges of providing services for children with mental illnesses?Aug 12, 2016 9:00 am798 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 problemsMission possible: This device will self-destruct when heatedMay 21, 2015 2:00 pm785 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?Carle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completedNov 2, 2015 9:00 am785 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.Researchers make headway in desalination technologyOct 12, 2017 2:00 pm758 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm720 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.Stemlike cells at tumor perimeter promote new blood vessels to feed tumor growthOct 25, 2017 1:00 pm655 views Stemlike cells at the edge of melanoma tumors secrete factors to promote blood-vessel growth, allowing the cancer to grow and spread.Large, crystalline lipid scaffolds bring new possibilities to protein, drug researchOct 2, 2017 8:00 am653 views Proteins and drugs are often attached to lipids to promote crystallization or ensure delivery to targeted tissues within the body, but only the smallest proteins and molecules fit within these fat structures. A new study reveals a lipid structure that can support much larger proteins and molecules than before, potentially increasing the variety of drugs that can be attached to these fat molecules.Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am623 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.Engineers shine light on deadly landslideApr 26, 2017 12:30 pm616 views A new report by University of Illinois civil and environmental engineering professor Tim Stark and colleagues details the factors that led to the deadliest landslide on record in the continental United States, along with steps that can be taken to mitigate landslide consequences and risk in the Pacific Northwest.Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics productionJun 5, 2017 9:15 am597 views Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical properties of certain metals and how they react with hydrogen peroxide.Silver pen has the write stuff for flexible electronicsJun 28, 2011 9:00 am594 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it's challenging wires and soldering irons.Next up: Environmentally safe electronics that also vanish in the bodySep 27, 2012 9:00 am590 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.Researchers put new spin on old technique to engineer better absorptive materialsNov 13, 2017 8:15 am521 views A team of University of Illinois bioengineers has taken a new look at an old tool to help characterize a class of materials called metal organic frameworks – MOFs for short. MOFs are used to detect, purify and store gases, and could help solve some of the worlds most challenging energy, environmental and pharmaceutical challenges – they can even pull water molecules straight from the air to provide relief from droughts.Batteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structureMar 21, 2011 9:00 am512 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside.Research: Graphene grows better on certain copper crystalsOct 27, 2011 9:00 am503 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New observations could improve industrial production of high-quality graphene, hastening the era of graphene-based consumer electronics, thanks to University of Illinois engineers.Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce wasteDec 20, 2011 9:00 am497 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When one tiny circuit within an integrated chip cracks or fails, the whole chip - or even the whole device - is a loss. But what if it could fix itself, and fix itself so fast that the user never knew there was a problem?Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am481 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.What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am479 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.Tiny swimming bio-bots boldly go where no bot has swum beforeJan 17, 2014 9:00 am467 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots.Using a little science in your March Madness picksMar 11, 2015 10:30 am442 views A Minute With...bracketology expert Sheldon JacobsonThese bots were made for walking: Cells power biological machinesNov 15, 2012 9:00 am426 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.Nowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrumMay 29, 2012 9:00 am423 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Doctors can now get a peek behind the eardrum to better diagnose and treat chronic ear infections, thanks to a new medical imaging device invented by University of Illinois researchers. The device could usher in a new suite of non-invasive, 3-D diagnostic imaging tools for primary-care physicians.