blog posts New material can perform different tasks depending on temperature Nov 28, 2023 1:45 pm U of I-led research produced the new temperature dependent 3D-printed polymer composite. These materials are poised to be part of the next generation of autonomous robotics that will interact with the environment. Unprecedented compound takes a step toward breast cancer clinical trials Nov 27, 2023 10:30 am TEQ103 targets estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) positive breast cancer cells and kills only the cells with an activated stress response, the so-called a-UPR. New antifungal molecule kills fungi without toxicity in human cells, mice Nov 8, 2023 10:15 am A new antifungal molecule, devised by tweaking the structure of prominent antifungal drug Amphotericin B, has the potential to harness the drug’s power against fungal infections while doing away with its toxicity. Innovative teaching tackles climate change and health Nov 1, 2023 11:00 am Students in various health-related disciplines – from medicine to veterinary medicine to public health – work together to examine how climate change affects health across species and ecosystems and then offer possible solutions. Climate-smart cows could deliver 10-20x more milk in Global South Oct 31, 2023 11:00 am U of I animal scientists are set to deliver a potential game changer for subsistence farmers in Tanzania: cows that produce up to 20 times the milk of indigenous breeds. Professor’s book uses design research process to reimagine racialized design Oct 30, 2023 10:00 am Design professor Lisa Mercer has written a book, 'Racism Untaught: Revealing and Unlearning Racialized Design,' that examines how racism is perpetuated through design and how to use anti-racist approaches to counter it. Researchers propose unified framework to measure ag greenhouse gas emissions Sep 27, 2023 3:00 pm U of I researchers propose a supercomputing solution to help measure individual field-level greenhouse gas emissions that can also be scaled up to national, global levels and help the industry develop best practices for reducing emissions. What would it take for O'Hare International Airport to run on hydrogen? Sep 14, 2023 2:15 pm Aerospace engineering professor Phil Ansell conducted a case study using the electrolyzed hydrogen fuel needs of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport with today’s electric grid mix. New paper points to better way to assess noncognitive abilities Sep 5, 2023 9:00 am 'Almost everyone one has the motivation to fake, and almost all (job) applicants know how to exaggerate their fit for a job, for example. If you’re a recruiter, that’s a serious problem ,' says researcher Bo Zhang. New U of I center to develop autonomous construction systems, ecosystem Sep 1, 2023 11:30 am With a fleet of self-driving vehicles, U of I is developing a new research center that will focus on some of the most pressing questions related to autonomous construction technologies. Researchers: It's possible to close the circle on plastic recycling using renewable energy Aug 11, 2023 11:00 am U of I researchers show for the first time how to use electricity to recycle a prevalent form of thermoplastic so it can be reformed for various high value uses. 'It’s possible. It’s very challenging. There are limitations. ...But it’s possible.' Future of underwater geolocalization: Polarization patterns enable new technology Jul 11, 2023 9:30 am The search and rescue operation for the missing Titan submersible pointed to a significant problem: pinpointing a location underwater, where GPS doesn't work. U of I researchers have created a new promising new solution. Fast, automated, affordable test for cement durability Jul 5, 2023 12:45 pm Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new test that can predict the durability of cement in seconds to minutes – rather than the hours it takes using current methods. Potential breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis enters clinical trials Jun 26, 2023 2:00 pm This promising inhalable molecular prosthetic is intended to improve lung function in people with Cystic Fibrosis who cannot benefit from current therapies. Changing police culture with stories of wrongful convictions Jun 8, 2023 9:15 am The Wrongful Conviction Awareness and Avoidance course first introduced as an elective class at the Police Training Institute at U of I has been mandated for all Illinois police recruits as part of their standard training. Mechanical engineers lend fresh insight into battery-based desalination technology Jun 7, 2023 4:15 pm Using fluid movement rather than new materials, mechanical engineers were able to increase the extent of seawater desalination five times over their non-channeled counterparts to reach salinity levels below the freshwater threshold. Imaging agents light up two cancer biomarkers to give more complete picture of tumor Jun 5, 2023 12:45 pm 'If you want to find all the cancer, imaging one biomarker is not enough. It could miss some tumors. If you introduce a second or a third biomarker, the likelihood of removing all cancer cells increases,' says Professor Viktor Gruev. Illinois researchers develop a new framework for super-resolution ultrasound May 25, 2023 10:45 am Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology hope that speeding up the higher-resolution technology will make it a useful option for clinicians. Watch it now: BTN COVID-19 documentary showcases Illinois innovation May 22, 2023 11:15 am 'The New Normal' documentary highlights the development of a quick, saliva-based coronavirus test, and the process that made the University of Illinois campus one of the safest places to be during the pandemic. Smart surgical implant coatings provide early failure warning, prevent infection May 5, 2023 12:45 pm New “smart” coatings for surgical orthopedic implants, developed at Illinois, can monitor strain on the devices to provide early warning of implant failures while killing infection-causing bacteria. How AI can be used to aid learning and teaching May 3, 2023 10:15 am AI is rapidly advancing, with no signs of slowing down. It is impacting our lives in every facet—including education, where the field has evolved from the raw mining of mountains of data to pinpointing what is relevant and useful in that data. New metric allows researchers to better understand soft material behavior Apr 27, 2023 10:45 am U of I researchers have developed a new metric for understanding how soft materials yield to stress – an advancement that will help solve various materials engineering challenges, such as how to formulate better 3D printing inks. Simple addition to corn bran could boost grain's nutritional value 15-35% Apr 19, 2023 11:00 am U of I scientists show it’s possible to increase iron up to 35% and zinc up to 15% by adding cell layers in the bran. 'For us to show increases like this with just a single trait, it's like, why didn't we do this a long time ago? It's so simple.' Illinois and U of I System commit $50 million to support NCSA services for campus researchers Apr 5, 2023 11:45 am The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois System have announced significant new investments in world-class computing and data resources for campus researchers and students. New AI tool predicts enzyme function better than leading tools Mar 31, 2023 8:30 am Better understanding of enzymes and their functions would be a boon for research in genomics, chemistry, industrial materials, medicine, pharmaceuticals and more. The tool is being made available online for the use of researchers everywhere. Mimicking biological enzymes may be key to hydrogen fuel production Mar 29, 2023 1:00 pm Researchers say nickel-iron hydrogenase may be key to producing hydrogen for a renewable energy economy. U of I chemists have designed a synthetic molecule that mimics the hydrogen gas-producing chemical reaction performed by the enzyme. Launch of new Amazon-Illinois Center on AI for Interactive Conversational Experiences Mar 27, 2023 11:15 am 'To begin AICE will focus on a multimodal form of knowledge acquisition. Some tools intake only textual data, but a multimodal interface can continually learn and update knowledge from users through voice, text, image and video interactions...' U of I's ballbot wheelchair may be the future of mobility assistance Mar 22, 2023 9:45 am The ballbot wheelchair may be the future of mobility assistance. Researchers from across the U of I have created a robotic wheelchair that uses a single, rolling ball to provide a handsfree, intuitive, and flexible device for users. Designing AI software to improve student learning Mar 17, 2023 1:30 pm Can artificial intelligence be used to improve students’ learning—while keeping their data private and being fair and effective for students from all demographic backgrounds? Nigel Bosch and Dong Wang aim to find out. Five more years of funding for U of I's Bioenergy Research Center Mar 17, 2023 1:15 pm 'Continuing to fund the important scientific work conducted at our Bioenergy Research Centers is critical to ensuring these sustainable resources can be an efficient and affordable part of our clean energy future,' said Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. CI MED students' anti-fatigue vest helps surgeons operate at their best Feb 23, 2023 10:45 am Studies indicate that between 50 and 85% of surgeons regularly experience discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders. The students' solution combines both monitoring functions and supportive features in one product. Students' app helps parents visualize their child's heart disorder Feb 15, 2023 2:30 pm An app developed by students at Carle Illinois College of Medicine leverages 3D images to help parents visualize their child’s congenital heart condition, so they’re better equipped to make important treatment decisions. Geothermal 'battery' repurposes abandoned oil and gas well in Illinois Jan 25, 2023 2:00 pm Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have successfully demonstrated efficient geothermal heat storage while simultaneously repurposing an abandoned oil and gas well. Physician innovators' new bedside table keeps comfort, safety close at hand Jan 25, 2023 2:00 pm Carle Illinois College of Medicine students have redesigned the common bedside table to make it more stable, flexible, and easier to use. It hopes to improve both patient care and medical professional's workspace. Click beetle-inspired robots jump using elastic energy Jan 23, 2023 3:30 pm U of I professor Sameh Tawfick led a new study introducing click beetle-sized robots small enough to fit into tight spaces, powerful enough to maneuver over obstacles and fast enough to match an insect’s rapid escape time. Microelectronics provide a remote control for biological robots Jan 18, 2023 12:15 pm Rashid Bashir’s research group pioneered the development of biobots - tiny biological robots powered by mouse muscle tissue. They demonstrated walking biobots in 2012 and light-activation in 2016. Now they're introducing remote control. U of I researchers working to convert biowaste into pavement Jan 17, 2023 12:00 pm '(Our process) mimics petroleum formation in nature, where biowaste buried deep underground gradually turns into crude oil over millions of years. In the HTL reactor, the process takes less than an hour,' says principal investigator Yuanhui Zhang. Team streamlines DNA collection, analysis for elephant conservation Jan 12, 2023 9:00 am U. of I. researchers developed a new, more efficient approach to obtaining DNA from wild animals without disturbing the animals or putting researchers’ lives at risk. Center based at U of I will develop distributed computing tech for 2030 and beyond Jan 5, 2023 3:00 pm Illinois will lead the ACE Center for Evolvable Computing, which will advance distributed computing technology, from cloud-based datacenters to edge nodes, so it operates with orders of magnitude more energy efficiency than today. How to harvest an untapped source of fresh water Dec 6, 2022 8:45 am A new study from Illinois is the first to suggest an investment in new infrastructure capable of harvesting oceanic water vapor as a solution to limited supplies of fresh water Organizing nanoparticles into pinwheel shapes offers new twist on engineered materials Nov 28, 2022 11:00 am These pinwheel-shaped structures self-assemble from nanoparticles and exhibit a characteristic called chirality – one of nature’s strategies to build complexity into structures at all scales, from molecules to galaxies. Magic lamps: Microcavity plasma devices Nov 10, 2022 11:15 am The most prominent application of microcavity plasma devices to date has been producing ozone for drinking water disinfection. Microcavity plasmas developed in Eden’s lab overcome raditional barriers of cost and power consumption. Previously unseen processes reveal path to better rechargeable batteries Nov 9, 2022 11:00 am This U of I study is the first to map out altered domains inside rechargeable ion batteries at the nanoscale – a 10-fold or more increase in resolution over current X-ray and optical methods. Artificial intelligence and molecule machine join forces to generalize automated chemistry Oct 28, 2022 12:45 pm By combining powerful artificial intelligence and a molecule-making machine created at Illinois, researchers are finding the best conditions for automated complex chemistry. U of I's new Center for Sustainable Aviation: Not just about reducing carbon emissions Oct 19, 2022 2:30 pm Conversations about making aviation more sustainable typically land on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuel resources. Those are primary factors, but Center director Phillip Ansell is taking a more holistic approach. U of I joins five tech industry leaders in new Speech Accessibility Project Oct 3, 2022 10:30 am 'This task...requires a lot of infrastructure, ideally the kind that can be supported by leading tech companies, so we’ve created a(n) interdisciplinary team with expertise in linguistics, speech, AI, security, and privacy to help us meet this challenge.' Wearable tech offers up-close look at infant development Sep 28, 2022 10:00 am Illinois researchers have developed a tool to measure stress regulation and parent-child bonding in young children. The device enables infants as young as one month to provide useful information from the comfort of their own home. Experimental composer headlines events examining art-science connections Sep 27, 2022 11:45 am David Rosenboom, a pioneer in experimental music, will lecture, perform and conduct workshops with students during a two-week series of events, 'Experimental Arts & Sciences at UIUC,' beginning Oct. 3. New digital ag degree prepares candidates for highly skilled technology careers Sep 14, 2022 10:30 am 'Agriculture is entering a transformative age, where advanced technology will change how we support a growing healthy population and will serve as a catalyst for collaborative work across engineering and agricultural disciplines.' Illinois lands finalist spot in U.S. DOE prize Sep 2, 2022 1:45 pm The Grainger College of Engineering and Xerion Battery Corps.' team, SelectPureLi, is a finalist in the U.S. DOE's American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize.