blog posts Zukoski named next vice chancellor for research May 21, 2002 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Charles F. Zukoski, professor and head of the chemical engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next vice chancellor for research of the Urbana campus. Wrinkled membranes create novel drug-delivery system Feb 13, 2006 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois scientist studying how membranes wrinkle has discovered a novel system for on-demand drug delivery. Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security? May 17, 2017 9:30 am971 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. World's fastest transistor approaches goal of terahertz device Dec 11, 2006 9:00 am777 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have again broken their own speed record for the world's fastest transistor. With a frequency of 845 gigahertz, their latest device is approximately 300 gigahertz faster than transistors built by other research groups, and approaches the goal of a terahertz device. With increasing obesity, fuel consumption becomes weighty matter Dec 16, 2008 9:00 am177 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. Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media? Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am1720 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects. Why you should factor driving into your weight loss plan Jan 8, 2016 10:00 am1075 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on data science Why we can expect to see more activity like the recent solar flares Mar 14, 2012 9:00 am18 views A Minute With™... Jonathan Makela, a professor of electrical and computer engineering Why reducing black carbon is an essential - and relatively easy - first step in the fight against global warming May 15, 2009 9:00 am58 views A Minute With™... civil and environmental engineering professor Tami Bond Why is the use of hypersonic missiles in the Russia-Ukraine conflict significant? Mar 22, 2022 8:15 am9239 views The U.S. recently confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defence fired a hypersonic ballistic missile to destroy an underground arms depot in western Ukraine. This event marks Russia’s first use of the Kinzhal ballistic missile in this war and the first known use of a hypersonic missile in combat. Mechanical science and engineering professor Kelly Stephani spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about the significance of this technology. Why does atmospheric chemistry research matter? Aug 29, 2016 12:15 pm1143 views On Aug. 26, the National Academy of Sciences released a report on the future of atmospheric chemistry research in the U.S. Illinois civil and environmental engineering professor Tami Bond was among the contributors Why did Illinois ban plastic microbeads? Jun 16, 2014 9:00 am191 views A Minute With™... B.K. Sharma and Nancy Holm, researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Why are there so many potholes this year? Mar 6, 2014 9:00 am454 views A Minute With™... Imad Al-Qadi, the director of the Illinois Center for Transportation and a professor of civil and environmental engineering Why are global CO2 emissions on the rise again? Nov 21, 2017 12:00 pm609 views The annual Carbon Budget report found that fossil fuel emissions are on the rise again in 2017, says atmospheric sciences professor and report contributor Atul Jain What's in the Paris climate agreement? Dec 15, 2015 2:00 pm664 views A Minute With...™ Atul Jain, expert on atmospheric carbon and climate change What’s in the global carbon budget? Dec 9, 2019 1:45 pm666 views The Global Carbon Project recently released its 2019 annual report, giving decision-makers access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain is among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the report. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Jain about this year’s findings. What should be done about long delays for security checks at airports? May 17, 2016 2:15 pm1046 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on aviation security What makes Merapi such a dangerous volcano? Jun 14, 2006 9:00 am1848 views A Minute With™... Midwest volcanologist and geology professor Susan W. Kieffer What is place-based adaptation to climate change? Oct 10, 2022 1:30 pm2151 views A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll states that roughly half of registered voters say climate change is either “very important” or “one of the most important issues” in their vote for Congress this year. However, many citizens struggle to understand their place in this global issue. Applied Research Institute senior research scientist Ann-Perry Witmer, also a lecturer in agricultural and biological engineering, spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a more digestible approach to the climate crisis and encouraged readers to participate in a public panel discussion this week. What is on the horizon for global carbon emissions? Dec 5, 2018 11:45 am584 views On Dec. 5, the Global Carbon Project published the Global Carbon Budget 2018, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the report. Jain talked about the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian. What is a neutrino and why do they matter? Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1968 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. What is a Global Carbon Budget? Sep 24, 2014 9:00 am45 views A Minute With™... Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain What happens if the US does not replace aging weather satellites? May 9, 2012 9:00 am49 views A Minute With™... Larry Di Girolamo, a professor of atmospheric sciences What does it mean that July 2012 was the hottest month on record? Aug 10, 2012 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... atmospheric sciences professor Don Wuebbles What caused the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Could it happen here? Mar 11, 2011 9:00 am472 views A Minute With™... Steve Marshak, a professor of geology What can we learn from the first close-up look at Pluto via NASA's New Horizon probe? Jul 10, 2015 12:15 pm582 views A Minute With...™ Charles Gamme, a professor of astronomy and physics What can be learned from 3-D mapping of groundwater? Jun 27, 2016 10:00 am854 views A Minute With...™ Illinois State Geological Survey director Richard Berg What are the big implications of the tiny Nobel Prize-winning particle? Oct 8, 2013 9:00 am32 views A Minute With™... physics professor Tony Liss, a member of the ATLAS project at CERN Weird, warm winter weather: What does it portend? Feb 14, 2012 9:00 am180 views A Minute With™... Eric Snodgrass, an atmospheric sciences instructor Weight gain of U.S. drivers has increased nation's fuel consumption Oct 24, 2006 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As American waistlines have expanded since 1960, so has their consumption of gasoline, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Commonwealth University say. Weather forecasts may be predictors for prevalence of West Nile virus Mar 29, 2005 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Weather forecasts could become barometers for predicting the potential threat of West Nile virus to humans and wildlife, according to scientists at two state agencies based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water theory is watertight, researchers say Jan 17, 2007 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There may be tiny bubbles in the wine, but not at the interface between water and a waxy coating on glass, a new study shows. Water is 'designer fluid' that helps proteins change shape, scientists say Aug 6, 2008 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - According to new research, old ideas about water behavior are all wet. Water filtration membranes morph like cells Feb 23, 2022 1:00 pm1160 views Morphogenesis is nature’s way of building diverse structures and functions out of a fixed set of components. While nature is rich with examples of morphogenesis – cell differentiation, embryonic development and cytoskeleton formation, for example – research into the phenomenon in synthetic materials is scant. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers are taking a step forward using electron tomography, fluid dynamics theories and machine learning to watch soft polymers as the polymers learn from nature. Water droplets direct self-assembly process in thin-film materials Nov 23, 2009 9:00 am293 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - You can think of it as origami. - very high-tech origami. Watching rocks grow: Theory explains landscape of geothermal springs Jul 5, 2006 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have successfully modeled the spectacular landscapes seen at geothermal hot springs. Virtual predator is self-aware, behaves like living counterpart Mar 1, 2018 8:30 am2650 views Scientists report in the journal eNeuro that they’ve built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, “Cyberslug,” reacts to food and responds to members of its own kind much like the actual animal, the sea slug Pleurobranchaea californica, does. Vascular composites enable dynamic structural materials Jul 25, 2011 9:00 am399 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. Using a little science in your March Madness picks Mar 11, 2015 10:30 am478 views A Minute With...bracketology expert Sheldon Jacobson Urban flooding is rising in frequency and cost. What can you do? Aug 4, 2015 6:30 am308 views A Minute With...™ Sally McConkey of the Illinois State Water Survey Urbana campus faculty members named University Scholars Sep 29, 2014 9:00 am213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 29 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Uranium isotope ratios are not invariant, researchers show Oct 23, 2007 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For years, the ratio of uranium's two long-lived isotopes, U-235 and U-238, has been considered invariant, despite measurements made in the mid-1970s that hinted otherwise. Now, with improved precision from state-of-the-art instrumentation, researchers at the University of Illinois unequivocally show this ratio actually does vary significantly in Earth materials. U of I to lead two of seven new national artificial intelligence institutes Aug 26, 2020 8:00 am9123 views The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture are announcing an investment of more than $140 million to establish seven artificial intelligence institutes in the U.S. Two of the seven will be led by teams at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The USDA-NIFA will fund the AI Institute for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management and Sustainability at the U. of I. Illinois computer science professor Vikram Adve will lead the AIFARMS Institute. The NSF will fund the AI Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing, also known as the Molecule Maker Lab Institute. Huimin Zhao, a U. of I. professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, will lead this institute. U. of I. to host state finals of Science Olympiad April 29 Apr 13, 2006 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The state finals of the Illinois Science Olympiad will be held April 29 at the University of Illinois. The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is part of a national competition in which middle and high school students compete in 23 events involving science concepts and engineering skills. The public is invited to attend. U. of I. to host state finals of Science Olympiad April 26 Apr 21, 2008 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The state finals of the Illinois Science Olympiad will be held April 26 at the University of Illinois. The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is part of a national competition in which middle and high school students compete in 23 events involving science concepts and engineering skills. The public is invited to attend. U. of I. to host state finals of Science Olympiad April 21 Apr 9, 2007 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The state finals of the Illinois Science Olympiad will be held April 21 at the University of Illinois. The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is part of a national competition in which middle and high school students compete in 23 events involving science concepts and engineering skills. The public is invited to attend. U. of I., Singapore establishing information technology center Oct 21, 2008 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, or A*STAR, a Singapore government agency that oversees 22 research institutes, consortia and centers, are establishing a major research center in Singapore. The Advanced Digital Sciences Center will be focused on breakthrough innovations in information technology that are expected to have a major impact in transforming human beings' utilization of information technology. U. of I. signs commitment to combat climate degradation Feb 28, 2008 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois has promised to achieve climate neutrality by joining a nationwide consortium of concerned colleges and universities that are signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. By signing the commitment, Chancellor Richard Herman pledged that the U. of I. is developing a long-range plan for reducing and neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions on campus and is accelerating its research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize Earth's climate and help the U.S. achieve energy independence. U. of I. senior wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship Feb 13, 2014 9:00 am285 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the recipients of this year's prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. U. of I. scholars elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Apr 27, 2005 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Frederick K. Lamb and Ralph G. Nuzzo, professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.