blog postsExpert ViewpointsPhysical Sciences100 years of relativity: How has Einstein's theory shaped modern physics, astronomy?Nov 24, 2015 9:45 am586 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. physicist Stuart ShapiroEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical Sciences3-D imaging provides window into living cells, no dye requiredJan 21, 2014 9:00 am193 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 am50 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 SciencesAAAS Fellows electedNov 7, 2001 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Four University of Illinois researchers Paul D. Coleman, Richard I. Gumport, Jean-Pierre Leburton and Bruce R. Schatz are among 288 scientists elected as 2001 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brainApr 11, 2013 9:00 am335 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.HumanitiesPhysical SciencesAccess to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings, says U. of I. library and information science professorJul 10, 2015 9:00 am170 views Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper.Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesA central Illinois carbon sequestration project hits a milestoneJan 12, 2015 9:00 am9 views One of the largest carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its goal of capturing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injecting it deep underground in the Mount Simon Sandstone formation beneath Decatur, Illinois. The project is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture and storage. IBDP director Robert Finley talked about the million-ton milestone with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg. Finley is director of the Advanced Energy Technology Institute at the Illinois State Geological Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.Physical SciencesLife SciencesAdvanced techniques yield new insights into ribosome self-assemblyFeb 12, 2014 9:30 am59 views Ribosomes, the cellular machines that build proteins, are themselves made up of dozens of proteins and a few looping strands of RNA. A new study, reported in the journal Nature, offers new clues about how the ribosome, the master assembler of proteins, also assembles itself.Physical SciencesEngineeringLife SciencesA glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoringAug 25, 2014 9:00 am283 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.Physical SciencesAluminum foil lamps outshine incandescent lightsJun 4, 2007 9:00 am30 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing panels of microcavity plasma lamps that may soon brighten people's lives. The thin, lightweight panels could be used for residential and commercial lighting, and for certain types of biomedical applications. Physical SciencesAluminum-oxide nanopore beats other materials for DNA analysisJun 2, 2009 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fast and affordable genome sequencing has moved a step closer with a new solid-state nanopore sensor being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois.Physical SciencesAmtrak official to speak on future of high-speed rail initiativeFeb 2, 2001 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Michael Franke, assistant vice president and program director of AmtrakÕs Midwest Regional Rail Initiative, will discuss the initiative at a talk at noon Feb. 8 in Room 3269 of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana.Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesAn economic model to reform pricing of pediatric vaccinesJun 21, 2011 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and collaborator Ruben A. Proano, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the Rochester Institute of TechnologyPhysical SciencesA new set of building blocks for simple synthesis of complex moleculesAug 22, 2011 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Assembling chemicals can be like putting together a puzzle. University of Illinois chemists have developed a way of fitting the pieces together to more efficiently build complex molecules, beginning with a powerful and promising antioxidant.Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesA new way to measure winter's severityMar 3, 2014 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Steve Hilberg, the senior climatologist/meteorologist for the Midwestern Regional Climate CenterPhysical SciencesAnswers to huge wind-farm problems are blowin' in the windDec 15, 2008 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While harnessing more energy from the wind could help satisfy growing demands for electricity and reduce emissions of global-warming gases, turbulence from proposed wind farms could adversely affect the growth of crops in the surrounding countryside.Life SciencesPhysical SciencesAntimicrobials, perfumes, drugs pose challenges for sewage treatmentDec 19, 2011 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Think of it like sourdough. Or beer. Or yogurt. These popular products are all created through a process that involves using bacteria to systematically break down organic matter. Even though the process relies on living microorganisms, it can be mechanized or industrialized for large-scale production.Physical SciencesSocial SciencesAnxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accuratelyJul 7, 2006 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adults who are highly anxious can perceive changes in facial expressions more quickly than adults who are less anxious, a new study shows. By jumping to emotional conclusions, however, highly anxious adults may make more errors in judgment and perpetuate a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in their relationships.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 ViewpointsPhysical SciencesAre global carbon emissions increasing or decreasing?Nov 22, 2016 11:30 am634 views Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was among the many scientists worldwide who contributed data to the Global Carbon Budget 2016, providing new data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. 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. JacobsonExpert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesAre there still holes in aviation security, ten years after 9/11?Jan 7, 2010 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesAre there still holes in aviation security, ten years after 9/11?Sep 11, 2011 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... computer science professor Sheldon H. JacobsonPhysical Sciences'Are We Alone?' to be topic of astronomy's Icko Iben Distinguished LectureSep 15, 2000 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Steven Beckwith, the director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will present the third talk in the department of astronomy's Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The talk, "Are We Alone?," is free and open to the public.Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesAre we sure that asteroid will miss Earth? Won't it get pulled in by gravity?Feb 13, 2013 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... astronomy professor Leslie LooneyPhysical SciencesA shot to the heart: Nanoneedle delivers quantum dots to cell nucleusSep 27, 2010 10:00 am16 views Getting an inside look at the center of a cell can be as easy as a needle prick, thanks to University of Illinois researchers who have developed a tiny needle to deliver a shot right to a cell’s nucleus.Social SciencesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesAspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understandsApr 3, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Communicating the relevance of one's scientific research to general audiences and developing educational outreach programs are critical to the career success of college professors and researchers, but graduate curricula often fail to help students cultivate these essential skills.Physical SciencesAsteroid named for U. of I. astronomy professorAug 3, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James B. Kaler, professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, now has even more reason to be gazing at the night sky. He has had an asteroid named after him.Physical SciencesAstronomers find stellar cradle where planets formNov 29, 2007 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Astronomers at the University of Illinois have found the first clear evidence for a cradle in space where planets and moons form. The cradle, revealed in photographs taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, consists of a flattened envelope of gas and dust surrounding a young protostar.Physical SciencesAstronomers look to neighboring galaxy for star formation insightNov 30, 2011 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An international team of astronomers has mapped in detail the star-birthing regions of the nearest star-forming galaxy to our own, a step toward understanding the conditions surrounding star creation.Physical SciencesAsymmetric feature shows puzzling face for superconductivityJul 30, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The weird behavior of electrons tunneling across an atomically flat interface within a cuprate superconductor has defied explanation by theories of high-temperature superconductivity.Physical SciencesAt molecular scale, vibrational couplings define heat conductionSep 23, 2004 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Too much heat can destroy a sturdy automobile engine or a miniature microchip. As scientists and engineers strive to make ever-smaller nanoscale devices, from molecular motors and switches to single-molecule transistors, the control of heat is becoming a burning issue.Physical SciencesAtoms in a nanocrystal cooperate, much like in biomoleculesDec 16, 2013 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have long thought that biological molecules and synthetic nanocrystals were similar only in size. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have found that they can add reactivity to the list of shared traits. Atoms in a nanocrystal can cooperate with each other to facilitate binding or switching, a phenomenon widely found in biological molecules.Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesBacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2407 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 am124 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 am372 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun's lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside.Physical SciencesBattery technology could charge up water desalinationFeb 1, 2016 11:15 am2632 views The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study by University of Illinois engineers. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions out of the water.Physical SciencesBaym wins Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical SocietyJan 11, 2002 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Gordon A. Baym, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois, has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society.Physical SciencesBeneficial effects of no-till farming depend upon future climate changeOct 12, 2005 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - By storing carbon in their fields through no-till farming practice, farmers can help countries meet targeted reductions in atmospheric carbon dioxide and reduce the harmful effects of global warming.HonorsPhysical SciencesBill Hammack, U. of I. engineering professor, named Jefferson Science FellowMar 10, 2005 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bill Hammack, a professor of chemical and of biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow by the U.S. Department of State.Physical SciencesCampus LifeBill Nye the Science Guy among attractions at Engineering Open House March 8, 9Feb 7, 2002 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robots fighting for possession of a bowling ball, lively talks by Bill Nye the Science Guy, and more than 150 fun-filled exhibits are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the 82nd annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringBioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am440 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.Physical SciencesBiologically inspired sensors can augment sonar, vision system in submarinesFeb 21, 2007 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To find prey and avoid being preyed upon, fish rely on a row of specialized sensory organs along the sides of their bodies, called the lateral line. Now, a research team led by Chang Liu at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has built an artificial lateral line that can provide the same functions in underwater vehicles.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm594 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.Physical SciencesBiosphere is source, not sink, for carbon dioxide emissions, study showsApr 25, 2005 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Converting forests into croplands and pastures reduces carbon storage, say scientists who studied the impacts of human-induced change on terrestrial ecosystems. The study results have important implications for predicting carbon dioxide levels, and will help provide a more complete understanding of Earth's carbon cycle.Expert ViewpointsPhysical SciencesBlack carbon's huge contribution to global warmingJan 15, 2013 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineeringCampus LifePhysical SciencesBook Corner: Emeritus professor chronicles his quest for a black swanOct 3, 2013 9:00 am13 views The history of nuclear energy research from the height of the Cold War into space colonization of the future is detailed through one man's career in the new book "Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis: A Technologist's Search for a Black Swan," published by World Scientific.Physical SciencesBoppart named one of the world's top young innovators by Technology ReviewMay 23, 2002 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Stephen A. Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen as one of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, the world's oldest technology magazine.CampusPhysical SciencesBTN to premiere 'A Brilliant Idea: Nick Holonyak and the LED' July 28Jul 18, 2011 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Holonyak Jr. is called the godfather of the light-emitting diode. His scientific career, spanning more than 50 years, has changed the world and is the subject of a program to premiere on the Big Ten Network July 28 at 7 a.m. (CDT).Physical SciencesCampus ceremony will celebrate new stamp for physicist John BardeenFeb 28, 2008 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A stamp commemorating the achievements of former University of Illinois faculty member and two-time Nobel Prize-winner John Bardeen will be unveiled at a ceremony on campus March 6 (Thursday).