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Microplastics found to infiltrate Illinois groundwater

Microplastics found to infiltrate Illinois groundwater

By Zack Fishman, Technograph Writer

March 7, 2019

Samuel Panno is concerned about plastic pollution in the environment. He recalled clusters of water bottles in the ocean while in North Carolina and described images of washed-up whale carcasses full of plastic as “shocking.” The geochemist said 8 million tons of the petroleum-based material is added to the ocean every year, and the statistic elicited a sigh of exaspera...

Urban planning research targets Chicago heat vulnerability

Urban planning research targets Chicago heat vulnerability

By Molly Zupan, Technograph Editor

March 7, 2019

When we think about climate change, immediate thoughts jump to extreme storms or rising sea levels. But the repercussions of excessive greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of natural ecosystems are much greater than the average person acknowledges, particularly in metropolitan regions where residents a...

University experts warn of false information regarding vaccinations

University experts warn of false information regarding vaccinations

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Writer

March 7, 2019

In a time where health sciences are more advanced than they have ever been in human history, many health issues remain highly politicized. One of the most hotly debated issues in modern times is vaccinations. Whether or not to get vaccinated in today’s society has become a hot-ticket issue and has re...

Researchers invent ‘microbubblers’ to destroy harmful bacteria

Researchers invent ‘microbubblers’ to destroy harmful bacteria

By Zack Fishman, Technograph Writer

November 15, 2018

Biofilms, or surface-sticking clusters of bacteria, cover everything from bathroom floors to medical devices and are a major cause of hospital infections. These collections of dangerous cells are tough to crack and require thorough scrubbing to be removed, but what if they live in spaces too small to ...

Tap water filter aims to remove potentially harmful pharmaceuticals

Tap water filter aims to remove potentially harmful pharmaceuticals

By Rachael Bolek, Managing Editor for Online

November 15, 2018

Tap water: It’s a norm in households around the world, and people don’t often give it a second thought after turning on the faucet. However, what happens when the water that comes out is contaminated? Dipanjan Pan, associate professor in bioengineering at the University, is working on a way to remove those...

Capturing an absence of light: First black hole to be imaged in 2019

Capturing an absence of light: First black hole to be imaged in 2019

By Molly Nguyen, Technograph Writer

November 15, 2018

It's an exciting time for astrophysicists as our working knowledge of outer space expands and our ability to visually capture its greatest wonders grows as well. The first image of a black hole is soon to be captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, which is a large collaboration of nearly 200 scientists...

Study reveals climate change, hurricane size go hand-in-hand

Study reveals climate change, hurricane size go hand-in-hand

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Writer

November 15, 2018

Florence, Helene, Leslie and Michael: These are the names of the four hurricanes that have occurred in 2018. The rate of severe weather occurrences has appeared to be on the rise over the past few years. The rapidly growing danger is becoming a concern for more and more people, and society is desperat...

Infants show ability to recognize distinctions between social powers

Infants show ability to recognize distinctions between social powers

By Serina Taluja and Serina Taluja

November 15, 2018

Every single person on the planet begins his or her life the same way: as babies. As adults, we can look at babies and describe them as sweet, innocent or cute. However, we unfairly overlook the intelligence that babies possess. In a recent study done by Dr. Renée Baillargeon, a professor of psychology at the Un...

CAPSat revolutionizes space research

CAPSat revolutionizes space research

By Aayush Aggarwal, Technograph Writer

November 15, 2018

We live in a world where space research has become a goal for multiple corporations. From Elon Musk’s SpaceX project to Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft, unravelling the mysteries of the world beyond the exosphere has taken precedence over other scientific research, and justifiably so. Earth ...

‘Women in Microbiology’: breaking into STEM

‘Women in Microbiology’: breaking into STEM

By Serina Taluja, Assistant Special Sections Editor

September 20, 2018

Women in STEM-related fields have faced various forms and degrees of discrimination since the beginning of coed universities. In many cases, women have been told they simply aren’t good at math by nature, or that only men should want to go out and collect microbe samples from the dirt, or that the...

A CRISPR approach to gene editing

A CRISPR approach to gene editing

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018

here seems to be a divide between what can be changed in the world and what cannot. For much of science, broadening the horizons of knowledge involves defining and redefining this divide. For genetics, in recent years, the divide has become increasingly blurred. Enter CRISPR-Cas9, a still-developing proces...

University study shows benefits from recycling human wastewater

University study shows benefits from recycling human wastewater

By Serina Taluja, Special Sections Assistant Editor

September 20, 2018

Water and food are two necessities that human life is directly dependent on. Humans can survive roughly five days without food and only three days without water. As essential as they are, a striking number of people struggle to access both of these resources on a daily basis, especially in developing ...

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