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Magnetic Charge Crystals Imaged In Artificial Spin Ice Material
2013-08-28 14:04:18

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A team of scientists, led by University of Illinois physicist Peter Schiffer, has reported direct visualization of magnetic charge crystallization in an artificial spin ice material, a first in the study of a relatively new class of frustrated artificial magnetic materials-by-design known as “Artificial Spin Ice.” These charges are analogs to electrical charges with possible applications in magnetic memories and devices. The research team's...

2013-07-10 12:43:31

Using a new analytical methodology--a coupled micro-computed X-ray tomography (MicroCT) and microfluidic-based electrochemical analysis--researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are gaining new insights into electrode structure-performance relationships for energy conversion and storage devices. “Electrodes play a vital role in all devices based on heterogeneous electrochemical reactions for energy conversion, energy storage, and chemical...

2013-07-09 21:12:42

University of Illinois professor discussed barriers and opportunities to meeting food and bioenergy demands in 2030 at the AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture. Global atmospheric change, stagnation of yield increases, uncertain societal acceptance, and government policies are some of the greatest barriers to meeting the growing demand for food, feed and fuel from our major crops said guest lecturer Stephen Long at the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science...

2013-07-03 11:07:47

A new study indicates that aerobic exercise can lessen – or worsen – the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, depending on the circumstances under which the exercise is undertaken. The researchers found that, in contrast to their sedentary peers, mice allowed to run freely on an exercise wheel for six weeks had fewer symptoms of colitis after exposure to a chemical agent that induces colitis symptoms in mice. However, mice...

2013-06-20 23:03:34

Athletico Physical Therapy and University of Illinois Athletics announce a new partnership naming Athletico as the exclusive and Official Athletic Training Provider of the University of Illinois. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 20, 2013 Athletico Physical Therapy and University of Illinois Athletics announce a new partnership naming Athletico as the exclusive and Official Athletic Training Provider of the University of Illinois. With this partnership, Athletico will support the University´s...

3D Printer Sand Grain Size Battery
2013-06-19 09:42:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have successfully used 3D printing to make lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The team said the printed microbatteries could eventually power tiny devices in fields ranging from medicine to communications, enabling the development of miniaturized medical implants, compact electronics, tiny robots and more. To make the...

Is Yoga Better For Your Brain Than More Rigorous Exercise?
2013-06-08 09:48:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Spending twenty minutes in one popular form of yoga is better for your brain than participating in vigorous exercise over the same amount of time, researchers at the Exercise Psychology Laboratory (EPL) at the University of Illinois have discovered. According to Glamour.com Health Writer Lexi Petronis, the researchers had 30 female participants go through a single 20-minute Hatha yoga session, and then spend 20 minutes...

Twenty-minute Yoga Session Stimulates Brain Function Immediately After
2013-06-06 15:17:18

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of...

Toolbox For Nanoparticle Manipulation Expanded With New Microfluidic Method
2013-06-06 14:03:40

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new flow-based method for manipulating and confining single particles in free solution, a process that will help address current challenges faced by nanoscientists and engineers. “This method is a first-of-its-kind tool for manipulation and trapping of small nanoparticles in solution,” explained Charles M. Schroeder, an assistant professor in the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'