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UI researchers design enzyme to transform harmful chemical

UI researchers design enzyme to transform harmful chemical

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Showcase, Top Stories

Researchers at the University have designed an enzyme that helps decrease harmful chemical compounds and contaminants in the environment. The research was published on Sept. 14 and focuses on how the newly designed enzyme can transform sulfite, a chemical compound that can be harmful for the environme...

Graphene improves ancient gilding technique

Graphene improves ancient gilding technique

By Karen Liu, News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

Most people might assume not much can be done with a single carbon atom, since over 70 million are needed to form a single inch; however, University researchers have found a way to renew a 2,000-year-old technique using a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in the structure of graphene. A research team ...

Chirp app encourages a balanced social life

Chirp app encourages a balanced social life

By Zihan Wang, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Campus Life, News, Science & Technology

Many students may cite their busy schedules as the leading challenge to making plans with friends in college. A group of University students is trying to combat that by developing a new social media app, Chirp. The app, the testing version was launched Thursday, is specifically designed to help students...

University professor receives $250,000 award

University professor receives $250,000 award

By Samantha Boyle, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

Frances "Ming" Kuo, associate professor in ACES, was awarded $250,000 as a recipient of the 23rd annual Heinz Family Foundation grants on Wednesday. The Heinz Awards, as the grants are called, were established to honor the late Sen. John Heinz and those who have contributed to the five areas that ...

Professor creates extension to curate Facebook content

Professor creates extension to curate Facebook content

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 18, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Top Stories

Facebook is a popular platform for people to receive gratification through likes, posts and shares. However, the social media app has been under fire for privacy infringement and users posting viral misinformation in recent years. Since the 2016 elections, viral misinformation has been a vital topic...

New earpieces could prevent hearing damage

New earpieces could prevent hearing damage

By Eric Rzeszutko, Staff Writer

September 10, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Science & Technology

A team of three researchers from the University is developing hollowed-out earpieces that deliver a noise-canceling signal to the outer part of the ear without covering the ear canal, which could protect against hearing damage and discomfort. “Today, we use headphones or earbuds that all block our e...

Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds

Infants can distinguish between leaders and bullies, study finds

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 8, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

Renee Baillargeon, University psychology professor, found that 21-month-old infants can distinguish between respect-based power leaders have and fear-based power bullies have, in a recently published study. The experiment consisted of 21-month-old infants who watched different animated scenarios, all with...

University joins $25 million software institute to promote discoveries

University joins $25 million software institute to promote discoveries

By Therese Pokorney, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology

The University is part of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High-Energy Physics. This new $25 million software-focused institute was announced by the National Science Foundation on Tuesday. Physics professor Mark Neubauer, along with a faculty affiliate with the National Cen...

Workplace wellness study makes strides

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, News, Science & Technology

To increase gym use and decrease health care spending, employers often implement workplace wellness programs to promote healthier lifestyles. However, a large, randomized control trial conducted by two professors in finance found these programs might not work as advertised. David Molitor and Julian Reif, co-authors of...

Professor advances flood prediction research

Professor advances flood prediction research

By Zihan Wang, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under News, Science & Technology, Uncategorized

Murugesu Sivapalan, University professor in Engineering, has been awarded the Creativity Prize by the eighth Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. The prize rewards scientists, inventors and research organizations around the world for their contributions in the fight against global wat...

Researchers, police caution sharing exercise routes online

By Heather Schlitz, Assistant News Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Science & Technology

People who regularly post their workout routes online through fitness apps may be putting their privacy and safety at risk, according to  recently published research about privacy features on fitness-tracking apps. Tens of millions of users post their running, walking or biking routes online through S...

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