blog posts3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am254 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.3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturingMay 23, 2018 2:00 pm3579 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, moreJun 18, 2013 9:00 am75 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.A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am469 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.A civil engineer reflects on the I-35 bridge collapse and its aftermathAug 3, 2007 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... Robert H. Dodds Jr., a professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineeringA glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am417 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.Ag robot speeds data collection, analyses of crops as they growMar 12, 2018 8:45 am2847 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. A little support from their online friends calms test-anxious studentsApr 27, 2017 10:00 am1292 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.Alumnus wins fellowship, will work on prosthesis project in GuatemalaJun 13, 2012 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent University of Illinois graduate has received a Whitaker International Fellow Grant to fund overseas bioengineering research during the 2012-13 academic year.AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1918 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.Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of EngineeringJun 20, 2013 9:00 am1092 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. A perfect March Madness bracket? That's a long shot.Mar 13, 2014 9:00 am15 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonAre there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11?Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am10 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. JacobsonA scientist's view of NCAA tournament bracketsMar 16, 2012 9:00 am23 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonBacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2870 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.Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am169 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers.Basar named College of Engineering interim deanDec 19, 2017 1:30 pm3835 views Tamer Basar has been named the interim dean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Engineering effective Jan. 16, subject to approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Batteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structureMar 21, 2011 9:00 am582 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside.Bioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am528 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am925 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 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.Bracketology: Crunching the numbersMar 11, 2013 9:00 am16 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonBragg named interim dean of College of EngineeringJul 3, 2012 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael B. Bragg has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Carbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles currentFeb 9, 2009 9:00 am34 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.Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activityNov 17, 2017 9:45 am1926 views Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.Carle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completedNov 2, 2015 9:00 am805 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.Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recursAug 6, 2014 9:00 am204 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according to new findings from researchers at the University of Illinois.Changes 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.Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnasticsOct 9, 2014 9:00 am148 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics.Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am885 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.Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tallJul 25, 2016 10:15 am1251 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.Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause foulingJul 25, 2018 7:30 am1542 views Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to new research, these additives may amplify the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip that bacteria – like those responsible for Legionnaires’ disease – have on pipe interiors. Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robotsSep 25, 2017 8:30 am2627 views Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they are rendered almost useless. A team of University of Illinois mechanical engineers and entomologists are looking to click beetles, who can right themselves without the use of their legs, to solve this robotics challenge.Color-changing sensor detects signs of eye damage in tearsAug 31, 2018 8:00 am1765 views A new point-of-care rapid-sensing device can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes – a time frame crucial to treating eye trauma. University of Illinois researchers developed a gel laden with gold nanoparticles that changes color when it reacts with a teardrop containing ascorbic acid, released from a wound to the eye. In a new study published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the researchers used the sensor, called OjoGel, to measure ascorbic acid levels in artificial tears and in clinical samples of fluid from patients’ eyes. Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2756 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 2016Computing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue imagesApr 23, 2012 9:00 am103 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Real-time, 3-D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery and ophthalmology. University of Illinois researchers have developed a technique to computationally correct for aberrations in optical tomography, bringing the future of medical imaging into focus.Congressional redistricting less contentious when resolved using computer algorithmSep 11, 2017 8:30 am2807 views Concerns that the process of U.S. congressional redistricting may be politically biased have fueled many debates, but a team of University of Illinois computer scientists and engineers has developed a new computer algorithm that may make the task easier for state legislatures and fairer for their constituents.Contest to give student teams chance to launch a businessAug 25, 2000 9:00 am21 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.Controlling heat flow with atomic-level precisionApr 23, 2012 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Through a combination of atomic-scale materials design and ultrafast measurements, researchers at the University of Illinois have revealed new insights about how heat flows across an interface between two materials.Core curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2266 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. Corn better used as food than biofuel, study findsJun 20, 2017 9:00 am4259 views Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs.Crackling noise in cereal and magnets aids study of earthquakesMay 30, 2001 9:00 am9 views When Karin Dahmen hears the crackling noise in a bowl of crisped-rice cereal, her thoughts turn to earthquakes.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.CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasureApr 10, 2017 10:00 am1325 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.Details on the 4/18 Midwest earthquakeApr 18, 2008 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Amr S. Elnashai, the director of the Mid-America Earthquake CenterDitch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend trafficMay 26, 2010 9:00 am10 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonDNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpartJun 21, 2018 4:00 am1734 views A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. It is the first such synthetic enzyme to outperform its natural counterparts.Does the Hawaiian quake make volcanic eruptions more likely?Oct 20, 2006 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... Amr Elnashai, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United KingdomDrug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cellsNov 27, 2017 10:15 am2485 views Researchers are sending tiny drug-laden nanoparticles on a mission to seek and destroy cancer stem cells.Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displaysFeb 9, 2017 1:00 pm2377 views Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.