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Voice exercise with singing rats show hope for age-related voice problems

By Maja Bosanac
26 June 2013

johnson_aaron-bResearchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin showed that the vocal training of older rats led to the reduction of some of the voice problems associated with aging, such as the loss of vocal intensity that accompanies changes in the muscles of the larynx. The results hold promise that voice therapy… »

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Bio-bots – miniaturized walking biological machines

By Damir Beciri
17 November 2012

bio-bot-groupResearchers from the University of Illinois are making tracks in synthetic biology by designing non-electronic biological machines. They used a 3D printer to combine hydrogel and heart cells to create bio-robots. These functional machines are biocompatible and soft, and they are able to move by themselves. Once perfected, these bio-bots could be altered and specialized… »


Self-healing electronics capable to regain conductivity

By Damir Beciri
20 December 2011

sottos-white-mooreCurrent electronic devices are becoming faster and denser, but such complex circuitry is prone to reliability problems, and once one tiny circuit within an integrated chip breaks, the whole chip or even whole device is unusable. A team of University of Illinois engineers has developed a self-healing system capable to repair a cracked circuit by… »

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Skin electronics that stick and stretch like temporary tattoo stickers

By Damir Beciri
One Comment13 August 2011

ees-epidermal-electronic-systemA multi-disciplinary team of researchers, led by researchers from the University of Illinois, came up with epidermal electronic system (EES) – a device platform based on a thin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with ease and flexibility of a temporary tattoo sticker. The technology could be used in electronic components for sensing,… »


First optoelectronically active 3D photonic crystal developed

By Damir Beciri
25 July 2011

3d-photonic-crystal-ledPrevious attempts at making 3D photonic crystals have resulted in devices that are only optically active (they can’t turn electricity to light or vice versa). A group of researchers, led by researchers from the University of Illinois, have managed to develop the first optoelectronically active 3D photonic crystal. The development could enable new advancements for… »


Research led to faster charging batteries capable to retain capacity

By Rob Aid
One Comment26 March 2011

battery-braun-paulA group of researchers from University of Illinois developed a three-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes that allows dramatically faster charging and discharging without sacrificing energy storage capacity. Aside from quick-charge consumer electronics, batteries that can store a lot of energy, release it fast and recharge quickly are desirable for electric vehicles, medical devices, lasers and… »


Carbon nanotubes used to lower energy consumption used for memory

By Damir Beciri
One Comment12 March 2011

carbon-nanotubes-memoryIn our previous articles, we sporadically mention the need for breakthroughs in energy storing technology and the folks from the University of Illinois have developed a form of ultra-low-power digital memory that is faster and uses 100 times less energy than a similar memory available today. The technology could give future portable devices much longer… »


Geckos biomimicry used for new method in electronics printing

By Damir Beciri
One Comment23 September 2010

geckoInspired by geckos, a team of engineers has developed a reversible adhesion method for printing electronics on a variety of tricky surfaces such as clothes, plastic and leather. Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign designed a  square polymer stamp that allows them to vary its adhesion strength. The stamp can… »