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A 1922 clash between Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson, both celebrated thinkers of the early 20th century, caused a split between science and the humanities that has never healed, says science historian Jimena Canales, in a new book.

Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous critic

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 26, 2015

Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. Their dispute, before a learned audience, was about the nature of time – mostly in connection with Einstein’s most famous work, the theory of relativity, which marks its centennial this year.

Published Date: May 26, 2015


A device is remotely triggered to self-destruct. A radio-frequency signal turns on a heating element at the center of the device. The circuits dissolve completely.

Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 21, 2015

University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.

Published Date: May 21, 2015


Illinois chemists developed a method to make tiny silicone microspheres using misting technology found in household humidifiers. The spheres could have applications in targeted medicine and imaging.

Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mist

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 6, 2015

Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 6, 2015


Electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do led a research team to develop a new method of soldering gaps between carbon nanotubes, a new type of transistor.

Electronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing method

Author: Austin Keating, News Bureau Intern

Published Date:April 20, 2015

A more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires has been developed by University of Illinois researchers, further opening the doors to a new transistor technology.

Published Date: April 20, 2015


Ken Suslick led a team of Illinois chemists who developed an ultrasonic hammer to help explore how impact generates hotspots that trigger explosive materials.

Ultrasonic hammer sets off tiny explosions

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 2, 2015

Giving new meaning to the term “sonic boom,” University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions.

Published Date: April 2, 2015


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