Reclaimed water could help power plants run more efficiently, study finds

The water going down the drain could help keep the lights on, according to a new study showing that reclaimed water – municipal wastewater that has been treated or cleaned – could be more efficient for cooling power plants than water taken from the local environment. University of Illinois professor of civil and environmental engineering … Read more…

Crowdsourcing algorithms aim to lift people from poverty

Crowdsourcing algorithms developed by a research team at the University of Illinois are helping lift people out of poverty—one perfectly placed job at a time. In collaboration with Samasource, researchers led by Lav Varshney, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Coordinated Science Lab at Illinois, have built algorithms that more efficiently … Read more…

University of Illinois researchers create one-step graphene patterning method

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and subsequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates. Graphene, a two-dimensional carbon allotrope, has received immense scientific and technological interest. Combining exceptional mechanical properties, superior carrier mobility, high thermal … Read more…

University of Illinois researchers transmit data through animal tissues at HD rates via ultrasound

Using animal tissue samples (store-bought pork loin and beef liver), researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue for in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices. “Using ultrasonic signals, we envision the ability to not only control implanted medical devices in the body but … Read more…

Crumpling approach enhances photodetectors’ light responsivity

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new approach to modifying the light absorption and stretchability of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials by surface topographic engineering using only mechanical strain. The highly flexible system has future potential for wearable technology and integrated biomedical optical sensing technology when combined with flexible light-emitting … Read more…

First MOOC-based Master’s Degree in Data Science presents a new model for meeting market demand

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is partnering with Coursera to provide a data science track within the on-campus or online professional Master of Computer Science degree, giving learners access to the world-class Illinois curriculum through the affordable, flexible massive open online course (MOOC) environment. “Data science has quickly … Read more…

Researchers develop new method of trapping multiple particles using fluidics

Precise control of an individual particle or molecule is a difficult task. Controlling multiple particles simultaneously is an even more challenging endeavor. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new method that relies on fluid flow to manipulate and assemble multiple particles. This new technique can trap a range of submicron- … Read more…

New study offers efficient alternative for Ebola screening program for travelers

As of January 31, 2016, a total of 28,639 cases and 11,316 deaths have been attributed to Ebola, figures that are assumed to significantly underestimate the actual scope of the 2014 Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak in West Africa. In the United States, there were also two imported cases and two locally acquired cases reported in … Read more…

Sequence Features Accurately Predict Genome-wide MeCP2 Binding in vivo

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California-Davis (UC Davis) are combining in vivo experimentation with computation for highly accurate prediction of the genome-wide binding pattern of a key protein involved in brain disorders. “The MeCP2 gene is critical for proper brain development and expressed at near-histone levels in neurons, … Read more…