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Self-healing batteries generate advancements in technology

Self-healing batteries generate advancements in technology

By Samantha Schrage, Staff writer

March 12, 2017


Filed under Spring Technograph

Many may notice that over time, a cell phone's battery life slowly decreases. Although this is often attributed to the phone's age, the decrease in battery life is caused by a much more scientific process. As is the case with almost all electronics, as time progresses the lithium-ion batteries that...

Aerospace students engage younger students

Aerospace students engage younger students

By Megan Bradley, Staff writer

March 12, 2017


Filed under Spring Technograph

When most people hear of aerospace they think of a daunting, extremely technical field. Students at the University are working to dissolve these presupposed thoughts and get more incoming students interested in pursuing this major. Illini Aerospace Outreach (IAO) works to help nearby students who...

University students and professors create satellite family

By Madeline Galassi, Supplements Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Spring Technograph

While University students are known for having their heads in the clouds, some engineering students and professors have theirs even higher. IlliniSat-2 is a family of satellites that is being created by University students and professors. There are five satellites total: LAICE, CubeSail, Sassi2, Space...

UI creates robotic drone bat to study biological bat movement

By Mara Shapiro, Staff Writer

March 12, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Spring Technograph

For the past two years the Engineering department at the University has been striving to create a robotic bat, a drone that recreates a biological bat’s flight. As of this year, what once started off as a 1.5 million dollar grant became a reality for Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor...

University researchers develop technology that could provide alternative way to treat cancer

By Emily Scott, Staff writer

March 12, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Spring Technograph

For nearly 10 years, University professor Jianjun Cheng had an idea. He wanted to use click chemistry, a specialized type of chemistry that involves joining substances to biomolecules, which are molecules present in living organisms, in order to target cancer cells. This process is used in targeted c...

Finding shows extra calories being consumed in coffee and tea

By Jillian Kaehler, Supplements writer

March 12, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Spring Technograph

Coffee on a college campus seems like a no-brainer. Whether it’s early mornings, or late night pick-me-ups, caffeine tends to deliver, and makes dreaded all-nighters bearable for University students. But many people don't realize what they are putting into their bodies while chugging caffeinated...

Researchers work to change inanimate object’s inability to self-heal

By Jessica Potempa, Supplements writer

February 26, 2017


Filed under Spring Technograph

As living beings, we have the ability to heal on our own and recuperate from our injuries. This process of self-healing is one that is unique to living things. Researchers at the University’s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to give inanimate objects the same ability...

New app makes its debut for University students

By Kyra Kirsh, Supplements writer

February 26, 2017


Filed under Spring Technograph

"Neighbormate" is a start-up company in the form of a mobile application made so that students or employees in a specific community can connect online through the buying and selling of goods. Neighbormate recently made their application available to the University, and some students have been recruited...