blog postsEngineeringContest to give student teams chance to launch a businessAug 25, 2000 9:00 am12 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.EngineeringFirst-round winners of business-plan competition announcedOct 18, 2000 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the first-round winners in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.)EngineeringFive finalists selected for technology entrepreneurial competitionNov 21, 2000 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the finalists in the first annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition. (Editors: See list.)EngineeringCrackling noise in cereal and magnets aids study of earthquakesMay 30, 2001 9:00 am6 views When Karin Dahmen hears the crackling noise in a bowl of crisped-rice cereal, her thoughts turn to earthquakes.EngineeringTiny superconductors withstand stronger magnetic fieldsFeb 4, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ultrathin superconducting wires can withstand stronger magnetic fields than larger wires made from the same material, researchers now report. This finding may be useful for technologies that employ superconducting magnets, such as magnetic resonance imaging.EngineeringCampus LifeU. of I. students to build solar home for contest in Washington, D. C.Feb 15, 2006 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of 20 universities selected to participate in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, a competition in which teams of students from colleges and universities in the United States, Europe and Canada compete to design, build and operate homes powered exclusively by solar energy.EngineeringU. of I. Engineering Open House to take place March 10-11Mar 6, 2006 9:00 am79 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, "robot wars," and more than 160 fun-filled exhibits await visitors to "Beyond Imagination," the 86th annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringWhat you need to know about the spike in Illinois electric ratesJul 14, 2006 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... George Gross, a professor of electrical and computer engineeringExpert ViewpointsEngineeringDoes the Hawaiian quake make volcanic eruptions more likely?Oct 20, 2006 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... Amr Elnashai, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United KingdomExpert ViewpointsEngineeringWhat you need to know about the spike in Illinois electric ratesJan 30, 2007 9:00 am5 views George Gross is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He discusses the higher electric rates that went into effect on January 1, 2007. He was interviewed by the News Bureau's business and law editor Mark Reutter.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringA civil engineer reflects on the I-35 bridge collapse and its aftermathAug 3, 2007 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Robert H. Dodds Jr., a professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineeringExpert ViewpointsEngineeringWays to alleviate India's water shortages, even as global warming adds to pollution problems with the GangesAug 23, 2007 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Prasanta Kalita, a professor of agricultural and biological engineeringSocial SciencesEngineeringStudy looking at lighter, cooler equipment to reduce firefighter injuries, deathsOct 26, 2007 9:00 am31 views Firefighters battling wildfires like those devastating Southern California, or even a smaller structural fire, have to endure temperatures in the hundreds of degrees. A study at the Illinois Fire Service Institute on the U. of I.'s Urbana campus is examining an enhanced version of personal protective equipment that is lighter, less restrictive and uses a firefighter's exhaled breath to cool the body and help combat heat stress, which researchers believe contributes to many of the on-the-job deaths and injuries firefighters suffer each year.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringHow can better pre-screening make airports safer?Feb 14, 2008 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon JacobsonExpert ViewpointsEngineeringDetails on the 4/18 Midwest earthquakeApr 18, 2008 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Amr S. Elnashai, the director of the Mid-America Earthquake CenterPhysical SciencesEngineeringNew polymer coatings prevent corrosion, even when scratchedDec 9, 2008 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Imagine tiny cracks in your patio table healing by themselves, or the first small scratch on your new car disappearing by itself. This and more may be possible with self-healing coatings being developed at the University of Illinois.Physical SciencesEngineeringWith increasing obesity, fuel consumption becomes weighty matterDec 16, 2008 9:00 am53 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringLack of thermoelectric effect is cool feature in carbon nanotubesJan 13, 2009 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Metallic carbon nanotubes have been proposed as interconnects in future electronic devices packed with high-density nanoscale circuits.Physical SciencesEngineeringNew plasma transistor could create sharper displaysFeb 4, 2009 9:00 am51 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By integrating a solid-state electron emitter and a microcavity plasma device, researchers at the University of Illinois have created a plasma transistor that could be used to make lighter, less expensive and higher resolution flat-panel displays.Physical SciencesEngineeringCarbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles currentFeb 9, 2009 9:00 am26 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringScientists prove graphene's edge structure affects electronic propertiesFeb 16, 2009 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, holds remarkable promise for future nanoelectronics applications. Whether graphene actually cuts it in industry, however, depends upon how graphene is cut, say researchers at the University of Illinois.Physical SciencesEngineeringNew imaging technique reveals the atomic structure of nanocrystalsFeb 18, 2009 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new imaging technique developed by researchers at the University of Illinois overcomes the limit of diffraction and can reveal the atomic structure of a single nanocrystal with a resolution of less than one angstrom (less than one hundred-millionth of a centimeter).Physical SciencesEngineeringHigh-speed signal mixer demonstrates capabilities of transistor laserMar 19, 2009 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists at the University of Illinois have successfully demonstrated a microwave signal mixer made from a tunnel-junction transistor laser. Development of the device brings researchers a big step closer to higher speed electronics and higher performance electrical and optical integrated circuits.Physical SciencesEngineeringNew silver-based ink has applications in printed electronicsApr 13, 2009 9:00 am73 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new ink developed by researchers at the University of Illinois allows them to write their own silver linings.Physical SciencesEngineeringRethinking Brownian motion with the emperor's new clothesJul 27, 2009 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the classic fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," Hans Christian Andersen uses the eyes of a child to challenge conventional wisdom and help others to see more clearly. In similar fashion, researchers at the University of Illinois have now revealed the naked truth about a classic bell-shaped curve used to describe the motion of a liquid as it diffuses through another material.EngineeringUltrathin LEDs create new classes of lighting and display systemsAug 20, 2009 9:00 am1121 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new process for creating ultrathin, ultrasmall inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and assembling them into large arrays offers new classes of lighting and display systems with interesting properties, such as see-through construction and mechanical flexibility, that would be impossible to achieve with existing technologies.EngineeringU. of I. team is top U.S. finisher in Solar Decathlon competitionOct 16, 2009 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A team of students from the University of Illinois won second place today (Oct. 16) in the 2009 Solar Decathlon design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.EngineeringSmall mechanical forces have big impact on embryonic stem cellsOct 19, 2009 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Applying a small mechanical force to embryonic stem cells could be a new way of coaxing them into a specific direction of differentiation, researchers at the University of Illinois report. Applications for force-directed cell differentiation include therapeutic cloning and regenerative medicine.Life SciencesEngineeringHealthTeam finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factorJan 6, 2010 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.Social SciencesAgricultureEngineeringStudy: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areasFeb 8, 2010 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesDitch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend trafficMay 26, 2010 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonSocial SciencesEngineeringPediatric vaccine stockpile policies need to be revisited, researcher saysSep 9, 2010 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Vaccine manufacturers and public health decision-makers need to collaborate in a more efficient and effective manner not only to reduce the likelihood of supply shortages for pediatric vaccines but also to maximize community immunity by using vaccine doses to increase coverage, according to research published by a University of Illinois researcher who specializes in statistics and data analysis.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesAre there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11?Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. JacobsonPhysical SciencesEngineeringNewly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonarJan 5, 2011 9:00 am2697 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't.EngineeringPhysical SciencesStudy estimates land available for biofuel cropsJan 10, 2011 9:00 am144 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world's current fuel consumption - without affecting food crops or pastureland.Physical SciencesEngineeringSelf-assembling structures open door to new class of materialsJan 13, 2011 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated bio-inspired structures that self-assemble from simple building blocks: spheres.Physical SciencesEngineeringJohn A. Rogers elected to National Academy of EngineeringFeb 8, 2011 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois, is among the 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering.Physical SciencesEngineeringPhysicists isolate bound states in graphene superconductor junctionsFeb 14, 2011 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois researchers have documented the first observations of some unusual physics when two prominent electric materials are connected: superconductors and graphene.HealthEngineeringPhysical SciencesStretchable balloon electronics get to the heart of cardiac medicineMar 7, 2011 9:00 am176 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cardiologists may soon be able to place sensitive electronics inside their patients' hearts with minimal invasiveness, enabling more sophisticated and efficient diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.Physical SciencesEngineeringMemory advance would extend mobile-device battery lifeMar 10, 2011 9:00 am50 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Technophiles who have been dreaming of mobile devices that run longer on lighter, slimmer batteries may soon find their wish has been granted.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesRadiation exposure: How much is too muchMar 14, 2011 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... James F. Stubbins, professor and head of the department of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineeringExpert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesRadiation exposure: How much is too muchMar 18, 2011 9:00 am11 views A Minute With™... James F. Stubbins, professor and head of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineeringPhysical SciencesEngineeringBatteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structureMar 21, 2011 9:00 am371 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringWhy has it been so difficult to stabilize Japan's damaged nuclear reactors?Mar 28, 2011 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Rizwan Uddin, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineeringPhysical SciencesEngineeringSelf-cooling observed in graphene electronicsApr 4, 2011 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the first observation of thermoelectric effects at graphene contacts, University of Illinois researchers found that graphene transistors have a nanoscale cooling effect that reduces their temperature.Physical SciencesEngineeringSilver pen has the write stuff for flexible electronicsJun 28, 2011 9:00 am469 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it's challenging wires and soldering irons.Physical SciencesEngineeringNew 3-D photonic crystals have both electronic and optical propertiesJul 25, 2011 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials and more, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal.Physical SciencesEngineeringVascular composites enable dynamic structural materialsJul 25, 2011 9:00 am114 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.EngineeringPhysical SciencesSmart skin: Electronics that stick and stretch like a temporary tattooAug 11, 2011 9:00 am2367 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Engineers have developed a device platform that combines electronic components for sensing, medical diagnostics, communications and human-machine interfaces, all on an ultrathin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with the ease, flexibility and comfort of a temporary tattoo.Physical SciencesEngineeringNew theory may shed light on dynamics of large-polymer liquidsAug 23, 2011 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new physics-based theory could give researchers a deeper understanding of the unusual, slow dynamics of liquids composed of large polymers. This advance provides a better picture of how polymer molecules respond under fast-flow, high-stress processing conditions for plastics and other polymeric materials.