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Breast tissue is computationally stained using data from infrared imaging without actually staining the tissue, enabling multiple stains on the same sample. From left, the image shows a Hematoxylin and Eosin stain (pink-blue), molecular staining for epithelial cells (brown color) and Massons trichrome(blue, red at right).

New technique paints tissue samples with light

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 24, 2015

One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University of Illinois researchers and clinical partners.

Published Date: March 24, 2015

A machine in University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke's lab assembles complex small molecules out of simple chemical building blocks, like a 3-D printer on the molecular level.

Molecule-making machine simplifies complex chemistry

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2015

A new molecule-making machine could do for chemistry what 3-D printing did for engineering: Make it fast, flexible and accessible to anyone. Chemists at the University of Illinois, led by chemistry professor and medical doctor Martin D. Burke, built the machine to assemble complex small molecules at the click of a mouse, like a 3-D printer at the molecular level.

Published Date: March 12, 2015

Three Illinois faculty awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

Author: Austin Keating, News Bureau intern

Published Date:February 23, 2015

Three University of Illinois faculty members are recipients of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Published Date: February 23, 2015

Illinois geology professor Xioadong Song led a research team that used seismic waves to look at the Earths inner core. They found that the inner core has surprisingly complex structure and behaviors.

Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 9, 2015

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core. Earth's inner core Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet.

Published Date: February 9, 2015

llinois graduate student Subhro Roy (left) and professor Dan Roth developed software to help computers understand math concepts expressed in text. This will improve data accessibility, search and education.

Software teaches computers to translate words to math

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 20, 2015

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education.

Published Date: January 20, 2015

Illinois emeritus professor Nick Holonyak Jr., who developed the first visible-light LED, was honored with the Draper Prize, the highest honor in engineering, along with two of his former students.

Illinois LED pioneers receive Draper Prize

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 6, 2015

A University of Illinois professor and two of his former students are among the five pioneers of LED technology honored with the 2015 Draper Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in engineering.

Published Date: January 6, 2015

Illinois professor Kyekyoon Kevin Kim, graduate student Elizabeth Joachim and research scientist Hyungsoo Choi developed tiny gelatin nanoparticles that can carry medication to the brain, which could lead to longer treatment windows for stroke patients.

Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brain

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 23, 2014

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.

Published Date: December 23, 2014

Professor Tandy Warnow developed a new statistical method that sorts genetic data to construct better species trees detailing genetic lineage.

New method helps map species' genetic heritage

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 11, 2014

Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo – the heron or the sparrow? These questions seem simple, but are actually difficult for geneticists to answer. A new, sophisticated statistical technique developed by researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas at Austin can help researchers construct more accurate species trees detailing the lineage of genes and the relationships between species.

Published Date: December 11, 2014

Professor Martin Gruebele led a team that developed a way to watch how unfolded proteins move through a cell using a fluorescent microscope and three-dimensional diffusion modeling.

Now researchers can see how unfolded proteins move in the cell

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 9, 2014

When a large protein unfolds in transit through a cell, it slows down and can get stuck in traffic. Using a specialized microscope -- a sort of cellular traffic camera -- University of Illinois chemists now can watch the way the unfolded protein diffuses.

Published Date: December 9, 2014

Illinois researchers used a land-surface model to determine regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best. L-R: Atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, graduate student Yang Song, and agricultural and consumer economics professor Madhu Khanna.

Model evaluates where bioenergy crops grow best

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 21, 2014

Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect. Researchers at the University of Illinois have published a study identifying yield zones for three major bioenergy crops.

Published Date: November 21, 2014