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UI professor develops flexible, adaptive camouflaging material

Intrigued by the camouflaging capabilities of animals like the cuttlefish and certain types of octopus and squid, Materials Science and Engineering Professor John Rogers and his team have developed a flexible material that also has the potential to change color in the blink of an eye.

Office windows can improve sleep and overall health, study suggests

Windows in offices can help workers sleep better and live healthier lives, according to a study co-authored by Dr. Mohamed Boubekri, associate professor in Architecture.

Engineering professor receives ASC Fellowship

Dr. Harry Hilton, professor emeritus in Aerospace Engineering, has recently been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society for Composites (ASC).

Computers: Now and Then

We cannot survive without computers in the 21st century. College students in particular rely on their computers or laptops for almost everything from entertainment to studying to connecting with friends. But do you even know when computers were developed or what they were used for before they became so commercialized and such an integral part of our lives?

Dude, where's my flying car?

Who hasn't sat frustrated in traffic, daydreaming of engaging that little, red button on the steering wheel and flying home? Since the airplane became a prominent means of transportation, there have been visions of combining aviation and automobile technology to create the ultimate vehicle: the flying car. For decades this idea has pervaded society through all forms of media and fiction. The question is: Why hasn't it been made a reality?

I never thought it'd go so far...

Computers are ubiquitous.  You don't need to be a genius to know that.  This article was typed on a computer.  A computer was used to print the magazine.  The internet was used for research.  Maybe you'll read this story on the Technograph's website, and you'll probably share it on Facebook and Twitter too.  While you're online, you'll check your email, get instantaneous sports updates, share information with people via the click of the mouse, and sync your calendar (and your friends') to your phone.  You might pay your bills and buy a song or two while video chatting with a friend halfway around the world.  She asks you a question, and in about ten seconds, you can find the answer. Our lives revolve around computers - but how did this technological explosion take place and when?

Researchers use ‘quantum dots' to screen for diseases

Researchers at the University are working to make your next doctor visit much more colorful. They are adapting quantum dot nanoparticles, which are tiny fluorescent crystals, to screen for diseases from heart disease to cancer with the hopes of literally highlighting such ailments for diagnosis.

After impact

Water is not the only tool some firefighters across the country are using to battle fires.

Targeting a virus and its stigma

Every day, nearly 6,300 people contract HIV — that’s approximately 260 people every hour, reports the American Foundation for AIDS Research. In the United States, about 1 in 5 people with HIV are undiagnosed.

The social media universe

Consequences spawned from student use of social media are not limited to the college world.

The next step

Algorithmic fit for prosthesis design.

Seeking a clearer picture

Breakdown of technologies to assist in electronic buying.

Out of this world

Mars One announced in May 2012 it would establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2023. So far, over 200,000 people have applied to settle on the neighboring Red Planet. Interest in the Martian world has pushed many countries and institutions to explore different planets, regions of space and improved methods of space travel. Students, faculty and alumni at the University are contributing to this stellar trend. Recently, space travel and study has gained some acute attention at the University.

Precious liquid

Engineers Without Borders deliver clean water to Nigerian village.

Probable discovery of Higgs Boson illuminates some areas of physics, brings more questions to others

The discovery of the Higgs-like boson, to some physicists, means the end of an era. The Higgs boson, named after theoretical physicist Peter Higgs, is the last missing piece of the Standard Model, which accounts for the electromagnetic, weak and strong forces in the universe. But to University faculty who have been a part of the search for the Higgs boson, discovering this final piece is only the start to understanding the universe.

Looking at CITES

CITES balances network security and students’ privacy.

Data mining the English Language

To see the larger picture of changes in the English language, one professor data mines hundreds of thousands of books.

Ready for lift-off

The encouraging phrase “shoot for the stars” takes on a literal meaning for NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, a ’91 University alumnus. Hopkins will head to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft with two crewmates Sept. 25.

In case of emergency

Volunteer-based Illini Emergency Medical Services provides care during campus events.

Technology by University student takes caring for plants to a new level

When most people see plants start to wither, they respond in one of a few different ways. Typically they will pour a little extra water on it or take it out of the sunlight. But when Eduardo Torrealba, recent winner of the Lemelson-Illinois prize for engineering, student co-founder of OSO Technologies and graduate student, found his basil plant in the same condition, he set to work on a very different solution.

Weathering the storm: changes in climate intrigue, might devastate

Climate change has been hyped up in the media, and it has become political issue often debated. But what is it?

University researchers create heart cell-powered robots

It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction book, but scientists have created a “bio-bot,” a walking biological machine powered by heart cells. Before you start preparing for the upcoming robot apocalypse, bear in mind that these bio-bots are only 7 mm in length. Resembling small springboards, the machines rest on a thick supporting leg while being propelled forward by a thin leg covered with rat cardiac cells. Each time the heart cells beat, the bio-bot takes a step.

Circuit jungle: breaking down the technology CITES maintains at the University

In a typical day, a student might use the Wi-Fi on a laptop, check email on a smartphone and log in countless times to computer labs and course websites. But behind the monotonous login screen is a huge operation of employees and physical infrastructure we take for granted. CITES handles thousands of wireless connections, many devices and the WebStore and connects the campus to the world.

E-motions: using facial recognition technology to build interactive avatars

University researchers are exploring innovative ways for people to interact with computers, such as reading and responding to users’ emotions, automatically identifying the elements of multimedia and reducing the amount of data transfer in video communications.

How CheckLight helps detect head impact in football and other sports

Concussions and other head injuries aren’t an exact science. Consider this example: A football player takes an 80g hit and shows concussion-like symptoms. That same player next week takes a 120g hit, but he’s fine. So what gives?

Drone journalism brings reporting into the future

Thanks to modern news media conditioning, whenever one hears the word “drone,” one invariably associates the word with military-operated wraiths of the night, waging covert warfare against terrorist groups. However, not all drones are weapons of war. The emerging field of drone journalism aims to use remote-controlled and autonomous robots to aid journalists in collecting information and in reporting the news.

You can ignore conspiracy theorists, but pay attention to UN meeting on internet

This week in the sunny and extravagantly wealthy Dubai, the United Nations brought together delegates from around the world in secret to discuss how exactly they will destroy the Internet and change life on earth forever. Whoa, scary! Right?

Researchers study learning through patent race game

The economics and psychology departments at the University of Illinois teamed up to learn how people think competitively. Their findings help explain strategic behavior and potential causes of neurological disorders; their experience provides a taste of what it is like to conduct multidisciplinary research.

UI professor lights up the future with continued development of LEDs

Nick Holonyak Jr. couldn’t care less about receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics — or any prize for that matter. For him, his achievements are symbolized through what we see, how we communicate and how we solve some of our toughest challenges. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his historic invention: the visible LED, or light-emitting diode.

Lending a helping hand: nonprofit design studio provides inexpensive prosthetic arms to those in need

As a subsistence farmer, Maranio Acensio Aragon has to grow and harvest enough crops every year to feed himself and his family. However, ever since the Guatemalan farmer lost his right hand in a machete attack, he has found it very hard to do so. But in October 2011, he was able to return to work in his fields using a cheap and reliable prosthetic arm designed by several engineering students from the University.

University alumni found startup to reform web education

There stands a house in Palo Alto, Calif., which until recently held 10 people in thier low- to mid-20s. Many of them had college experience, but you wouldn’t have said a college education was their primary interest. The nine-bedroom house and its residents were really no different from any other home and its inhabitants in the heart of Stanford University country.

Why video games can predict how well, quickly you learn

Kyle Mathewson, post-doctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute, has been researching the neural activity that occurs when completing a complex task, such as a video game, and the learning curve that accompanies doing something new.

Fingertip sensors pave the way to high-tech surgical techniques

Doctors may soon be able to quantify temperature, measure movement, perform more accurate surgical operations and monitor internal organ health — all with the touch of a finger.

Self-healing circuits could pave way to longer-lasting computers, phones

Smartphones make a particular sound when they die. Perhaps it’s the tinny clatter of an iPhone as it hits the ground. Or the creak of overbent plastic from the Blackberry you sat on.

University professor's statistical analysis predicts Obama's reelection likely

Forecasting elections has long been a popular pastime for political pundits and news junkies. But a group at the University thinks they can do it better, with hard statistics backing up every claim.

How it works | Breaking down Karsch's image manipulation system

Kevin Karsch pulls up two photos on his Macbook. The first shows an unremarkable living room with light spilling through partially shaded windows.

How it Works: Breaking down Karsch's image-manipulation system

Kevin Karsch pulls up two photos on his Macbook. The first shows an unremarkable living room with light spilling through partially shaded windows.

Theater updates decades-old projector

A favorite way for Champaign-Urbana residents to harken back to a bygone era is making drastic changes in the very near future.

Blackouts were just the opinions column on internet law

On January 18, 2012, the Internet went dark in protest of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The participating websites were not necessarily supporting online piracy; in fact, most of them currently support anti-piracy legislation. What many creators on the Internet wanted lawmakers to see on January 18th was that the laws being pushed through did more harm in their current state than good in the grand scheme of Internet legislation.

Thank you, Technograph! But your music is in another castle...

As video games have made their way into mainstream culture, so have the memorable melodies that accompany them. This issue, Technograph is pleased to introduce you to some of the ways in which video game music has made it off the console and into popular culture.

Art De Triomphe: Video games gaining a foothold in the art world

Video games have long been the black sheep of a store’s electronics section, shunned by shoppers who opt for cinema and musical compositions because, well, they are just games. To some, video games are simply entertainment, whereas movies and music have transcended this title and earned the exclusive, more enlightened title of art.

East beats West: The RPG war rages on

There appears to be a growing divide amongst gamers as of late. With the seemingly endless influx of new releases and a majority of them role playing games, it’s hard to not notice the growing gap between Western and Eastern RPGs.

A Smarter TV

Like it or not, we are living in the age of ‘the smart phone,’ and it is an age full of apps, QR codes and things that I, a proud owner of a simple flip phone, still don’t fully understand. I’m working on it but unfortunately for me, it looks like phones aren’t the only devices getting ‘smarter’. Smart TVs are starting to make their ways into our lives as well.

Sing-a-Long Home: The Karaoke Bus

Karaoke is just one of those things you have to try at least once. It’s the chance to put that song you’ve been practicing in the shower to the test, and no matter how good or bad or embarrassing your performance may be, it is always entertaining.

The Continuum Continues

From Green Street to your Radio: The Techie Side of WPGU

Radio is something that many people may take for granted. Turn it on in your car or at home and the music or the talk show just plays. In reality, the process that brings the sound from the radio station to listeners’ ears is incredibly complex. Kenji Nanto explained just how much technology and work goes into producing WPGU 107.1 FM, the student-run radio station that is part of Illini Media Company.

Why Entertainment is going Viral: An opinions column

In a world where Rebecca Black has over 2,000,000 hits on Youtube, and people spend countless hours watching videos like Charlie bit my finger, the question has to be asked: has our taste for entertainment worsened over the years? Has bad become the new good? How is it that given two minutes, someone from our generation will decide to watch a guy mesmerized by a double rainbow instead of something of better quality?

Experimental music studios reinvent the listening experience

For over 50 years, the School of Music’s Experimental Music Studios (EMS) have been at the forefront of electroacoustic music technology. Advances made at the studios have influenced the ways in which music is both created and performed as it has progressed into a more digital setting. One notable achievement of past studio workers is their contribution to the invention of modular voltage-controlled synthesizers, made famous and commercially available by Moog Music.

Fire Station: Adding tech, subtracting losses

It’s a Friday night. You and your friends walk into Fire Station and the first thing that catches your eye, after the glow of the LCD flat screens, is the fact that the liquor bottles on the bar are lighting up. No, you’re not going crazy; it’s just another way technology is invading your night out.

My God, it's full of stars...

Got some spare time? Of course not, you’re a college student.

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