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2014-06-17 12:32:58

Next-Generation Learning Environment Will Support Over 40,000 Students WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has reaffirmed their partnership with Blackboard to power the university's primary centrally-supported learning management platform, Illinois Compass, the company announced today. Blackboard's comprehensive learning environment will support over 2,000 courses for over 40,000 students. Blackboard has worked with the University...

Electronic Tattoo Monitors Brain, Heart and Muscles
2012-01-30 09:52:29

[ Watch the Video ] Elastic electronics offer less invasive, more convenient medical treatment Imagine if there were electronics able to prevent epileptic seizures before they happen. Or electronics that could be placed on the surface of a beating heart to monitor its functions. The problem is that such devices are a tough fit. Body tissue is soft and pliable while conventional circuits can be hard and brittle--at least until now. "We're trying to bridge that gap, from silicon,...

New Self-Healing Fluids Could Prevent Cracks In Material
2011-09-29 12:32:48

University of Illinois researchers have found a way to pump self-healing fluids around a material similar to an animal's blood circulation. Self-healing materials have been the focus of many scientists for close to a decade, all hoping to reduce the risks and costs of cracking and damage in a wide range of materials. Researchers have taken different approaches in creating self-healing materials, but this is the first that took a page out of nature itself. Professor Nancy Sottos and...

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2010-07-19 08:54:23

Researchers are developing a new kind of DNA sequencer that will make the dream of "reading" a person's genetic code for less than $1,000 a reality The first human genome took 13 years and $3 billion to sequence. Today, geneticists can generate the same information in a matter of months, for a fraction of the cost. As "next-generation" gene sequencers begin to make their mark on the life sciences, teams around the world are racing to develop new and improved DNA sequencers that can ingest a...

2010-02-26 07:10:27

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign recently reported a new technique for directly writing composites of nanoparticles and polymers. Recent years have seen significant advances in the properties achieved by both these materials, and so researchers have begun to blend these materials into nanocomposites that access the properties of both materials. Forming these nanocomposites into structures has been tricky since each nanocomposite would...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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