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CU Hack Night aims to solve community problems

CU Hack Night aims to solve community problems

By Meral Aycicek, Assistant Special Sections Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

The web has, from its founding, been a source of knowledge. Now, it is more than that — it is a source of data. Open data websites and computerized public records provide free, raw data to any interested party. Additionally, open source software, like Hadoop and WEKA, supplies anyone with an internet...

Q&A: Illinois student by day, satellite engineer by night

Q&A: Illinois student by day, satellite engineer by night

By Mike O’Neill, Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Dawn Haken is a junior studying electrical engineering at the University. While many students spend their time outside of class as leisurely as they can, Haken and a small team of engineering students strategize the best way to power their NASA-funded satellite, which is set to launch in 2018. Haken and h...

InSPIRE aims to make long-term impact with solar energy

InSPIRE aims to make long-term impact with solar energy

By Mike O’Neill, Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

During Welcome Week in August, thousands of students went to Quad Day to find the RSOs that were right for them. Booths ranged from club sports to professional fraternities, religious groups to social clubs. As engineering students pushed through the swarms of people, they may have missed a small booth for...

Space Anchor: UI team challenged to design tools to use in space

Space Anchor: UI team challenged to design tools to use in space

By Brooke Eberle, Special Sections Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Designing tools that could one day be used in space is quite a lofty goal, but one small group on campus aims to do this every year. The Illinois Space Society has six different projects that an interested student can join. One of these projects is a yearly NASA challenge called Micro-g. Students are ...

Illini EcoConcept aims to rank nationally in car competition

Illini EcoConcept aims to rank nationally in car competition

By Brooke Eberle, Special Sections Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Each year, an RSO called Illini EcoConcept builds a new car in six to seven months to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon competition. It’s not just any car: one that is eco-friendly and does not run on traditional gas. Illini EcoConcept submits their car into the hydrogen fuel cell class of the Urban Co...

Research shows similar responses in honeybees and individuals with autism

Research shows similar responses in honeybees and individuals with autism

By Isra Rahman, Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

At first glance, honeybees and humans could not be more different. However, new research indicates that there may be similarities between the behavioral traits of the two. In a study conducted by the Institute for Genomic Biology, researchers studied reaction trends in honeybees after they were exposed t...

Student Space Systems aims to launch rocket into space

Student Space Systems aims to launch rocket into space

By Brooke Eberle, Special Sections Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

When Student Space Systems say they aim high, they mean it literally. SSS is an engineering organization with the single goal of building a rocket that can launch into space. The closest they have gotten so far was when they launched a Phase III rocket in 2016 that went up 36,000 feet – around the...

Futurists find home at Illinois

Futurists find home at Illinois

By Ashley Miller

April 20, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

H.G. Wells was a writer obsessed with the future; he wrote books and essays drafting out his ideas for what reality was, what it wasn’t and what it one day could be. Alan Craig is a man you can tell spends most his time in a different reality than the rest of us. He writes books and essays drafti...

Parkinson’s disease shows links to depression

Parkinson’s disease shows links to depression

By Dixita Limbachia, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

Depression is becoming more prevalent in those who have Parkinson’s disease. About 30-40 percent of people will experience depression, but about 20 percent will seek out treatment, according to the National Library of Medicine. The National Parkinson’s Foundation found that some variation of depress...

University libraries are going digital to preserve specimens

University libraries are going digital to preserve specimens

By Emily Scott, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

On the south side of campus, a wealth of knowledge sits in dark rooms, stored away in jars and drawers. This knowledge is in the form of specimens — over 9 million to be exact — including insects, fungi, fossils, reptiles and more, all housed in collections owned by the Illinois Natural History...

Traditional polling methods not adding up

Traditional polling methods not adding up

By Charlotte Collins, Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

The 2016 presidential election revealed the true extent of American political division, but it also showed another troubling divide: the gap in methods and subsequent results between traditional and modern polling. Sheldon Jacobson, computer science professor at the University and one of the leaders...

H2Grow aims to feed hungry in CU

H2Grow aims to feed hungry in CU

By Brooke Eberle, Speical Sections Editor

April 19, 2017


Filed under Special Sections, Technograph

A University group has been working on a project called H2Grow that strives to feed the hungry in the Champaign-Urbana area. The project is part of Enactus, a registered student organization at the University. Enactus began about 10 years ago and develops social entrepreneurship in business. Natalie ...

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