blog posts 100 years of relativity: How has Einstein's theory shaped modern physics, astronomy? Nov 24, 2015 9:45 am1406 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. physicist Stuart Shapiro 2020 a bad year in many respects, but what about global carbon emissions? Dec 15, 2020 9:45 am975 views The Global Carbon Project recently published the Global Carbon Budget 2020, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was part of an international team of scientists that contributed data to the report. Jain talked about the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian. 2020 deadlier than previous five years, even with COVID-19 numbers removed, study finds Jul 19, 2021 1:30 pm1913 views An upswing in death rates from non-COVID-19 causes in 2020 hit hard for men ages 15-64, according to a new study by computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and internal medicine professor Janet Jokela. 3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye required Jan 21, 2014 9:00 am352 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures - all with conventional microscopes and white light. 3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body's immune response to obesity Feb 17, 2021 1:00 pm1140 views Researchers who focus on fat know that some adipose tissue is more prone to inflammation-related comorbidities than others, but the reasons why are not well understood. Thanks to a new analytical technique, scientists are getting a clearer view of the microenvironments found within adipose tissue associated with obesity. This advance may illuminate why some adipose tissues are more prone to inflammation – leading to diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disorders – and help direct future drug therapies to treat obesity. 3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing May 23, 2018 2:00 pm5093 views University of Illinois engineers built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can’t: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges. The water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structures have multiple applications in biomedical engineering, cancer research and device manufacturing. 3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, more Jun 18, 2013 9:00 am99 views 3-D printing now can be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet providing enough stored energy to power it. AAAS Fellows elected Nov 7, 2001 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Four University of Illinois researchers Paul D. Coleman, Richard I. Gumport, Jean-Pierre Leburton and Bruce R. Schatz are among 288 scientists elected as 2001 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brain Apr 11, 2013 9:00 am1128 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain. Access to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings, says U. of I. library and information science professor Jul 10, 2015 9:00 am271 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. A central Illinois carbon sequestration project hits a milestone Jan 12, 2015 9:00 am498 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. Advanced polymers help streamline water purification, environmental remediation Jan 21, 2020 8:00 am1352 views It takes a lot of energy to collect, clean and dispose of contaminated water. Some contaminants, like arsenic, occur in low concentrations, calling for even more energy-intensive selective removal processes. Advanced techniques yield new insights into ribosome self-assembly Feb 12, 2014 9:30 am189 views Ribosomes, the cellular machines that build proteins, are themselves made up of dozens of proteins and a few looping strands of RNA. A new study, reported in the journal Nature, offers new clues about how the ribosome, the master assembler of proteins, also assembles itself. A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring Aug 25, 2014 9:00 am605 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. A large asteroid will pass by Earth this week – should we worry? Nov 10, 2021 9:30 am873 views Recent weeks have witnessed a series of medium-to-large-sized asteroids cross paths with Earth’s orbit. The largest of the pack – asteroid 2004 UE – is on track to make its closest approach to the planet Nov. 13. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign astronomy professor and chair Leslie Looney spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about what researchers refer to as near Earth objects and how much of a threat they are to the planet. Aluminum foil lamps outshine incandescent lights Jun 4, 2007 9:00 am311 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing panels of microcavity plasma lamps that may soon brighten people's lives. The thin, lightweight panels could be used for residential and commercial lighting, and for certain types of biomedical applications. Aluminum-oxide nanopore beats other materials for DNA analysis Jun 2, 2009 9:00 am179 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fast and affordable genome sequencing has moved a step closer with a new solid-state nanopore sensor being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois. Alumnus Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO and chairman, dies at 84 Mar 2, 2020 1:45 pm5069 views John Francis “Jack” Welch Jr., 84, the former CEO and chairman of General Electric Co., has died. He was a chemical engineer who earned a Ph.D. in 1960 in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amtrak official to speak on future of high-speed rail initiative Feb 2, 2001 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Michael Franke, assistant vice president and program director of AmtrakÕs Midwest Regional Rail Initiative, will discuss the initiative at a talk at noon Feb. 8 in Room 3269 of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana. Ancient extinct sloth tooth in Belize tells story of creature’s last year Feb 27, 2019 1:00 pm1447 views Some 27,000 years ago in central Belize, a giant sloth was thirsty. The region was arid, not like today’s steamy jungle. The Last Glacial Maximum had locked up much of Earth’s moisture in polar ice caps and glaciers. Water tables in the area were low. The sloth, a beast that stood up to 4 meters tall, eventually found water – in a deep sinkhole with steep walls down to the water. That is where it took its final drink. An economic model to reform pricing of pediatric vaccines Jun 21, 2011 9:00 am28 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and collaborator Ruben A. Proano, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology A new set of building blocks for simple synthesis of complex molecules Aug 22, 2011 9:00 am114 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Assembling chemicals can be like putting together a puzzle. University of Illinois chemists have developed a way of fitting the pieces together to more efficiently build complex molecules, beginning with a powerful and promising antioxidant. A new way to measure winter's severity Mar 3, 2014 9:00 am82 views A Minute With™... Steve Hilberg, the senior climatologist/meteorologist for the Midwestern Regional Climate Center Answers to huge wind-farm problems are blowin' in the wind Dec 15, 2008 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While harnessing more energy from the wind could help satisfy growing demands for electricity and reduce emissions of global-warming gases, turbulence from proposed wind farms could adversely affect the growth of crops in the surrounding countryside. Antimicrobials, perfumes, drugs pose challenges for sewage treatment Dec 19, 2011 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Think of it like sourdough. Or beer. Or yogurt. These popular products are all created through a process that involves using bacteria to systematically break down organic matter. Even though the process relies on living microorganisms, it can be mechanized or industrialized for large-scale production. Anxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accurately Jul 7, 2006 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adults who are highly anxious can perceive changes in facial expressions more quickly than adults who are less anxious, a new study shows. By jumping to emotional conclusions, however, highly anxious adults may make more errors in judgment and perpetuate a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in their relationships. A perfect March Madness bracket? That's a long shot. Mar 13, 2014 9:00 am82 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson A professor not afraid to cross academic boundaries Aug 23, 2018 11:30 am922 views Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall is focused on issues of poverty, inequality and violence, but crosses many academic boundaries in search of answers. Are droughts becoming more extreme and severe? Aug 9, 2017 12:00 pm269 views "Because future climate projections exhibit 'more extreme extremes,' drought recovery times will be critical for assessing ecosystem resilience." Are global carbon emissions increasing or decreasing? Nov 22, 2016 11:30 am1001 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. Are global CO2 emissions rebounding to pre-COVID-19 levels? Nov 9, 2021 11:45 am291 views The Global Carbon Project recently published its 2021 Global Carbon Budget report, providing data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. University of Illinois Urban-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain was part of an international team of scientists that contributed data to the report. Jain discussed the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian. Are global warming, recent Midwest cold snap related? Feb 12, 2019 8:15 am3301 views Last month, the Midwest experienced record-breaking cold temperatures and many are wondering how, when the climate is experiencing an unprecedented warming trend, we can still experience such frigid cold. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian asked University of Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles to explain. Are there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11? Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am26 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. Jacobson Are there still holes in aviation security, ten years after 9/11? Jan 7, 2010 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Are there still holes in aviation security, ten years after 9/11? Sep 11, 2011 9:00 am45 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson 'Are We Alone?' to be topic of astronomy's Icko Iben Distinguished Lecture Sep 15, 2000 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Steven Beckwith, the director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will present the third talk in the department of astronomy's Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The talk, "Are We Alone?," is free and open to the public. Are we sure that asteroid will miss Earth? Won't it get pulled in by gravity? Feb 13, 2013 9:00 am943 views A Minute With™... astronomy professor Leslie Looney Are you ready for the solar eclipse? Aug 11, 2017 8:30 am507 views Astronomy professor Leslie Looney on what will it look like on – and off – the "path of totality." Are you vulnerable to newly discovered online security risks? Jan 8, 2018 3:15 pm1079 views Nearly everyone is. And the culprits, Meltdown and Spectre, could wreak havoc on personal security if ignored, says computer science professor Chris Fletcher Artificial intelligence could help air travelers save a bundle Aug 1, 2019 8:00 am3226 views Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help airlines price ancillary services such as checked bags and seat reservations in a way that is beneficial to customers’ budget and privacy, as well as to the airline industry’s bottom line. Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the future Nov 13, 2019 7:30 am1330 views A new proof-of-concept study details how an automated system driven by artificial intelligence can design, build, test and learn complex biochemical pathways to efficiently produce lycopene, a red pigment found in tomatoes and commonly used as a food coloring, opening the door to a wide range of biosynthetic applications, researchers report. Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels May 22, 2019 12:30 pm4331 views Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting carbon dioxide into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess CO2 to store solar energy – in the form of chemical bonds – for use when the sun is not shining and in times of peak demand. A shot to the heart: Nanoneedle delivers quantum dots to cell nucleus Sep 27, 2010 10:00 am63 views Getting an inside look at the center of a cell can be as easy as a needle prick, thanks to University of Illinois researchers who have developed a tiny needle to deliver a shot right to a cell’s nucleus. Aspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understands Apr 3, 2014 9:00 am236 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Communicating the relevance of one's scientific research to general audiences and developing educational outreach programs are critical to the career success of college professors and researchers, but graduate curricula often fail to help students cultivate these essential skills. Asteroid named for U. of I. astronomy professor Aug 3, 2004 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James B. Kaler, professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, now has even more reason to be gazing at the night sky. He has had an asteroid named after him. Astronomers find stellar cradle where planets form Nov 29, 2007 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Astronomers at the University of Illinois have found the first clear evidence for a cradle in space where planets and moons form. The cradle, revealed in photographs taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, consists of a flattened envelope of gas and dust surrounding a young protostar. Astronomers look to neighboring galaxy for star formation insight Nov 30, 2011 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An international team of astronomers has mapped in detail the star-birthing regions of the nearest star-forming galaxy to our own, a step toward understanding the conditions surrounding star creation. Asymmetric feature shows puzzling face for superconductivity Jul 30, 2004 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The weird behavior of electrons tunneling across an atomically flat interface within a cuprate superconductor has defied explanation by theories of high-temperature superconductivity. At molecular scale, vibrational couplings define heat conduction Sep 23, 2004 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Too much heat can destroy a sturdy automobile engine or a miniature microchip. As scientists and engineers strive to make ever-smaller nanoscale devices, from molecular motors and switches to single-molecule transistors, the control of heat is becoming a burning issue. Atoms in a nanocrystal cooperate, much like in biomolecules Dec 16, 2013 9:00 am180 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have long thought that biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals were similar only in size. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have found that they can add reactivity to the list of shared traits. Atoms in a nanocrystal can cooperate with each other to facilitate binding or switching, a phenomenon widely found in biological molecules.