blog postsEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical Sciences3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am166 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.Physical SciencesEngineering3-D printing could lead to tiny medical implants, electronics, robots, moreJun 18, 2013 9:00 am44 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am295 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringA civil engineer reflects on the I-35 bridge collapse and its aftermathAug 3, 2007 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Robert H. Dodds Jr., a professor and head of the department of civil and environmental engineeringPhysical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am246 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesA perfect March Madness bracket? That's a long shot.Mar 13, 2014 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonExpert ViewpointsEngineeringA scientist's view of NCAA tournament bracketsMar 16, 2012 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonCampusEngineeringAlumnus wins fellowship, will work on prosthesis project in GuatemalaJun 13, 2012 9:00 am8 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.ArtsEngineeringAmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1831 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.CampusEngineeringAndreas C. Cangellaris to lead U. of I. College of EngineeringJun 20, 2013 9:00 am498 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. Expert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesAre there still holes in aviation security, 10 years after 9/11?Nov 22, 2010 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... aviation security expert Sheldon H. JacobsonPhysical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesBacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2296 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.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBanked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am112 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringBatteries charge very quickly and retain capacity, thanks to new structureMar 21, 2011 9:00 am305 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringBioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am401 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.EngineeringLawLife SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am667 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.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm513 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.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringBracketology: Crunching the numbersMar 11, 2013 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonEngineeringBragg named interim dean of College of EngineeringJul 3, 2012 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michael B. Bragg has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Physical SciencesEngineeringCarbon nanotube avalanche process nearly doubles currentFeb 9, 2009 9:00 am23 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.EngineeringCampusCarle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completedNov 2, 2015 9:00 am740 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesCell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recursAug 6, 2014 9:00 am146 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringCharged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnasticsOct 9, 2014 9:00 am99 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.EngineeringPhysical SciencesChemical etching method helps transistors stand tallJul 25, 2016 10:15 am1047 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.CampusEngineeringHealthCommittee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2674 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 2016Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesComputing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue imagesApr 23, 2012 9:00 am57 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.EngineeringContest to give student teams chance to launch a businessAug 25, 2000 9:00 am9 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringControlling heat flow with atomic-level precisionApr 23, 2012 9:00 am35 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.EducationEngineeringCore curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2075 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. EngineeringCrackling noise in cereal and magnets aids study of earthquakesMay 30, 2001 9:00 am2 views When Karin Dahmen hears the crackling noise in a bowl of crisped-rice cereal, her thoughts turn to earthquakes.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesCradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensorMay 23, 2013 9:00 am624 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.Expert ViewpointsEngineeringDetails on the 4/18 Midwest earthquakeApr 18, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Amr S. Elnashai, the director of the Mid-America Earthquake CenterExpert ViewpointsEngineeringPhysical SciencesDitch the gadgets while driving in Memorial Day weekend trafficMay 26, 2010 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonExpert 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 KingdomEngineeringPhysical SciencesDual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displaysFeb 9, 2017 1:00 pm1745 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.HonorsAgricultureAnnouncementsEngineeringHealthLife SciencesPhysical SciencesEight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am5989 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Physical SciencesEngineeringElectronic device performance enhanced with new transistor encasing methodApr 20, 2015 9:00 am131 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringElectrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy conventionMar 18, 2013 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To engineers, it's a tale as old as time: Electrical current is carried through materials by flowing electrons. But physicists at the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania found that for copper-containing superconductors, known as cuprates, electrons are not enough to carry the current.Physical SciencesEngineeringEngineers roll up their sleeves - and then do same with inductorsDec 13, 2012 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On the road to smaller, high-performance electronics, University of Illinois researchers have smoothed one speed bump by shrinking a key, yet notoriously large element of integrated circuits.EngineeringFirst-round winners of business-plan competition announcedOct 18, 2000 9:00 am28 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.)Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesFor the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take initial step toward developmentMay 30, 2014 9:00 am205 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first time this critical step has been demonstrated in a laboratory.Life SciencesEngineeringPhysical SciencesForce triggers gene expression by stretching chromatinAug 22, 2016 10:00 am1131 views A new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression.Life SciencesEngineeringPhysical SciencesGenome-editing proteins ride a DNA zip lineAug 15, 2016 1:30 pm877 views For gene-editing proteins to be useful in clinical applications, they need to be able to find the specific site they’re supposed to edit among billions of DNA sequences. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have found that one class of genome-editing proteins rapidly travels along a strand of DNA like a rider on a zip line – a unique behavior among documented DNA-binding proteins.Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesGenome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm151 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Searching a whole genome for one particular sequence is like trying to fish a specific piece from the box of a billion-piece puzzle. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have observed how one set of genome-editing proteins finds its specific targets, which could help them design better gene therapies to treat disease.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesGenomics to surpass the biggest data producers, experts warnJul 7, 2015 1:00 pm124 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Each cell in the body contains a whole genome, yet the data packed into a few DNA molecules could fill a hard drive. As more people have their DNA sequenced, that data will require massive computational and storage capabilities beyond anything previously anticipated, says a new assessment from computational biologists and computer scientists at the University of Illinois and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesGetting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am409 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringGone fishing: Researchers' imaging technique trolls in quiet cellular seasJun 14, 2012 9:00 am66 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Experienced anglers know that choppy waters make for difficult fishing, so they try not to rock the boat. Thanks to a new microscopy technique, cell biology researchers can heed that same advice.AgricultureEngineeringHand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am1631 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.Physical SciencesEngineeringHigh-speed signal mixer demonstrates capabilities of transistor laserMar 19, 2009 9:00 am38 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.