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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?