blog posts Contest to give student teams chance to launch a business Aug 25, 2000 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A contest at the University of Illinois that gets under way Aug. 30 will give student teams the opportunity to compete for $20,000 in prizes by drafting a plan for developing a technological idea into a viable commercial venture. First-round winners of business-plan competition announced Oct 18, 2000 9:00 am121 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the first-round winners in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.) Five finalists selected for technology entrepreneurial competition Nov 21, 2000 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the finalists in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.) Crackling noise in cereal and magnets aids study of earthquakes May 30, 2001 9:00 am18 views When Karin Dahmen hears the crackling noise in a bowl of crisped-rice cereal, her thoughts turn to earthquakes. Tiny superconductors withstand stronger magnetic fields Feb 4, 2005 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ultrathin superconducting wires can withstand stronger magnetic fields than larger wires made from the same material, researchers now report. This finding may be useful for technologies that employ superconducting magnets, such as magnetic resonance imaging. U. of I. students to build solar home for contest in Washington, D. C. Feb 15, 2006 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of 20 universities selected to participate in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, a competition in which teams of students from colleges and universities in the United States, Europe and Canada compete to design, build and operate homes powered exclusively by solar energy. U. of I. Engineering Open House to take place March 10-11 Mar 6, 2006 9:00 am203 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, "robot wars," and more than 160 fun-filled exhibits await visitors to "Beyond Imagination," the 86th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. What you need to know about the spike in Illinois electric rates Jul 14, 2006 9:00 am13 views A Minute With™... George Gross, a professor of electrical and computer engineering Does the Hawaiian quake make volcanic eruptions more likely? Oct 20, 2006 9:00 am30 views A Minute With™... Amr Elnashai, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom What you need to know about the spike in Illinois electric rates Jan 30, 2007 9:00 am114 views George Gross is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He discusses the higher electric rates that went into effect on January 1, 2007. He was interviewed by the News Bureau's business and law editor Mark Reutter. A civil engineer reflects on the I-35 bridge collapse and its aftermath Aug 3, 2007 9:00 am67 views A Minute With™... Robert H. Dodds Jr., a professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineering Ways to alleviate India's water shortages, even as global warming adds to pollution problems with the Ganges Aug 23, 2007 9:00 am34 views A Minute With™... Prasanta Kalita, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering Study looking at lighter, cooler equipment to reduce firefighter injuries, deaths Oct 26, 2007 9:00 am98 views Firefighters battling wildfires like those devastating Southern California, or even a smaller structural fire, have to endure temperatures in the hundreds of degrees. A study at the Illinois Fire Service Institute on the U. of I.'s Urbana campus is examining an enhanced version of personal protective equipment that is lighter, less restrictive and uses a firefighter's exhaled breath to cool the body and help combat heat stress, which researchers believe contributes to many of the on-the-job deaths and injuries firefighters suffer each year. How can better pre-screening make airports safer? Feb 14, 2008 9:00 am14 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson Details on the 4/18 Midwest earthquake Apr 18, 2008 9:00 am14 views A Minute With™... Amr S. Elnashai, the director of the Mid-America Earthquake Center New polymer coatings prevent corrosion, even when scratched Dec 9, 2008 9:00 am278 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Imagine tiny cracks in your patio table healing by themselves, or the first small scratch on your new car disappearing by itself. This and more may be possible with self-healing coatings being developed at the University of Illinois. With increasing obesity, fuel consumption becomes weighty matter Dec 16, 2008 9:00 am166 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Excess fuel consumption caused by excess driver and passenger weight has increased in the past two years, with no end in sight. Lack of thermoelectric effect is cool feature in carbon nanotubes Jan 13, 2009 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Metallic carbon nanotubes have been proposed as interconnects in future electronic devices packed with high-density nanoscale circuits. New plasma transistor could create sharper displays Feb 4, 2009 9:00 am138 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By integrating a solid-state electron emitter and a microcavity plasma device, researchers at the University of Illinois have created a plasma transistor that could be used to make lighter, less expensive and higher resolution flat-panel displays. Carbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles current Feb 9, 2009 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By pushing carbon nanotubes close to their breaking point, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated a remarkable increase in the current-carrying capacity of the nanotubes, well beyond what was previously thought possible. Scientists prove graphene's edge structure affects electronic properties Feb 16, 2009 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, holds remarkable promise for future nanoelectronics applications. Whether graphene actually cuts it in industry, however, depends upon how graphene is cut, say researchers at the University of Illinois. New imaging technique reveals the atomic structure of nanocrystals Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new imaging technique developed by researchers at the University of Illinois overcomes the limit of diffraction and can reveal the atomic structure of a single nanocrystal with a resolution of less than one angstrom (less than one hundred-millionth of a centimeter). High-speed signal mixer demonstrates capabilities of transistor laser Mar 19, 2009 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois have successfully demonstrated a microwave signal mixer made from a tunnel-junction transistor laser. Development of the device brings researchers a big step closer to higher speed electronics and higher performance electrical and optical integrated circuits. New silver-based ink has applications in printed electronics Apr 13, 2009 9:00 am137 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new ink developed by researchers at the University of Illinois allows them to write their own silver linings. Rethinking Brownian motion with the emperor's new clothes Jul 27, 2009 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the classic fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," Hans Christian Andersen uses the eyes of a child to challenge conventional wisdom and help others to see more clearly. In similar fashion, researchers at the University of Illinois have now revealed the naked truth about a classic bell-shaped curve used to describe the motion of a liquid as it diffuses through another material. Ultrathin LEDs create new classes of lighting and display systems Aug 20, 2009 9:00 am2135 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new process for creating ultrathin, ultrasmall inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and assembling them into large arrays offers new classes of lighting and display systems with interesting properties, such as see-through construction and mechanical flexibility, that would be impossible to achieve with existing technologies. U. of I. team is top U.S. finisher in Solar Decathlon competition Oct 16, 2009 9:00 am185 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of students from the University of Illinois won second place today (Oct. 16) in the 2009 Solar Decathlon design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factor Jan 6, 2010 9:00 am206 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer. Study: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areas Feb 8, 2010 9:00 am330 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher. Ditch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend traffic May 26, 2010 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Pediatric vaccine stockpile policies need to be revisited, researcher says Sep 9, 2010 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Vaccine manufacturers and public health decision-makers need to collaborate in a more efficient and effective manner not only to reduce the likelihood of supply shortages for pediatric vaccines but also to maximize community immunity by using vaccine doses to increase coverage, according to research published by a University of Illinois researcher who specializes in statistics and data analysis. Are there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11? Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am27 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. Jacobson Newly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonar Jan 5, 2011 9:00 am3248 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't. Study estimates land available for biofuel crops Jan 10, 2011 9:00 am233 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world's current fuel consumption - without affecting food crops or pastureland. Self-assembling structures open door to new class of materials Jan 13, 2011 9:00 am70 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated bio-inspired structures that self-assemble from simple building blocks: spheres. John A. Rogers elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 8, 2011 9:00 am211 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois, is among the 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Physicists isolate bound states in graphene superconductor junctions Feb 14, 2011 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois researchers have documented the first observations of some unusual physics when two prominent electric materials are connected: superconductors and graphene. Stretchable balloon electronics get to the heart of cardiac medicine Mar 7, 2011 9:00 am730 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cardiologists may soon be able to place sensitive electronics inside their patients' hearts with minimal invasiveness, enabling more sophisticated and efficient diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. Memory advance would extend mobile-device battery life Mar 10, 2011 9:00 am140 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Technophiles who have been dreaming of mobile devices that run longer on lighter, slimmer batteries may soon find their wish has been granted. Radiation exposure: How much is too much Mar 14, 2011 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... James F. Stubbins, professor and head of the department of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering Radiation exposure: How much is too much Mar 18, 2011 9:00 am457 views A Minute With™... James F. Stubbins, professor and head of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering Batteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structure Mar 21, 2011 9:00 am805 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside. Why has it been so difficult to stabilize Japan's damaged nuclear reactors? Mar 28, 2011 9:00 am129 views A Minute With™... Rizwan Uddin, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering Self-cooling observed in graphene electronics Apr 4, 2011 9:00 am417 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the first observation of thermoelectric effects at graphene contacts, University of Illinois researchers found that graphene transistors have a nanoscale cooling effect that reduces their temperature. Silver pen has the write stuff for flexible electronics Jun 28, 2011 9:00 am977 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it's challenging wires and soldering irons. New 3-D photonic crystals have both electronic and optical properties Jul 25, 2011 9:00 am123 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials and more, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal. Vascular composites enable dynamic structural materials Jul 25, 2011 9:00 am392 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Taking their cue from biological circulatory systems, University of Illinois researchers have developed vascularized structural composites, creating materials that are lightweight and strong with potential for self-healing, self-cooling, metamaterials and more. Smart skin: Electronics that stick and stretch like a temporary tattoo Aug 11, 2011 9:00 am5690 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Engineers have developed a device platform that combines electronic components for sensing, medical diagnostics, communications and human-machine interfaces, all on an ultrathin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with the ease, flexibility and comfort of a temporary tattoo. New theory may shed light on dynamics of large-polymer liquids Aug 23, 2011 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new physics-based theory could give researchers a deeper understanding of the unusual, slow dynamics of liquids composed of large polymers. This advance provides a better picture of how polymer molecules respond under fast-flow, high-stress processing conditions for plastics and other polymeric materials. New sensors streamline detection of estrogenic compounds Aug 25, 2011 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers have engineered new sensors that fluoresce in the presence of compounds that interact with estrogen receptors in human cells. The sensors detect natural or human-made substances that alter estrogenic signaling in the body.