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Released: 12-May-2021 2:35 PM EDT
UChicago scientists wrestle with the apocalypse in new course
University of Chicago

A new UChicago course titled “Are We Doomed?” grapples with topics surrounding the apocalypse

Newswise: University of Chicago scientists design “Nanotraps” to catch and clear coronavirus from tissue
Released: 27-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
University of Chicago scientists design “Nanotraps” to catch and clear coronavirus from tissue
University of Chicago

Researchers at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago have designed a completely novel potential treatment for COVID-19: nanoparticles that capture SARS-CoV-2 viruses within the body and then use the body’s own immune system to destroy it.

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26-Apr-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Icy clouds could have kept early Mars warm enough for rivers and lakes, study finds
University of Chicago

A new study led by University of Chicago planetary scientist Edwin Kite finds Mars could have had a thin layer of icy, high-altitude clouds that caused a greenhouse effect, allowing rivers and lakes to flow.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Nation’s first quantum startup accelerator, Duality, launches at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center and the Chicago Quantum Exchange
University of Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange today announced the launch of Duality, the first accelerator program in the nation that is exclusively dedicated to startup companies focused on quantum science and technology—a rapidly emerging area that is poised to drive transformative advances across multiple industries.

Newswise: Exploiting cancer cells to aid in their own destruction
23-Mar-2021 6:15 PM EDT
Exploiting cancer cells to aid in their own destruction
University of Chicago

Researchers at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago have developed a new therapeutic vaccine that uses a patient’s own tumor cells to train their immune system to find and kill cancer.

Newswise: There might be many planets with water-rich atmospheres
Released: 15-Mar-2021 10:45 AM EDT
There might be many planets with water-rich atmospheres
University of Chicago

A new study by University of Chicago and Stanford University researchers suggests that hot, rocky exoplanets could not only develop atmospheres full of water vapor, but keep them for long stretches.

Newswise: UChicago scientists invent material inspired by bone that can strengthen from vibration
Released: 10-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
UChicago scientists invent material inspired by bone that can strengthen from vibration
University of Chicago

Our bones adapt to strain and get stronger, and now robots could do the same. New research from Aaron Esser-Kahn demonstrates how a soft gel can become harder when exposed to vibration

Newswise: Bacteria know how to exploit quantum mechanics, UChicago study finds
Released: 8-Mar-2021 5:40 PM EST
Bacteria know how to exploit quantum mechanics, UChicago study finds
University of Chicago

Photosynthetic organisms harvest light from the sun to produce the energy they need to survive. A new paper published by University of Chicago researchers reveals their secret: exploiting quantum mechanics.

Newswise: Scientists confirm third-nearest star with a planet—and it’s rocky like Earth
4-Mar-2021 11:20 AM EST
Scientists confirm third-nearest star with a planet—and it’s rocky like Earth
University of Chicago

MAROON-X instrument built by UChicago team measures its first planet, Gliese 486 b, which is located just over two dozen light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Virgo, and is also made out of rock—though it is hotter and three times larger than our home.

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Released: 10-Feb-2021 4:25 PM EST
Ceramic chips inside meteorites hint at wild days of the early solar system
University of Chicago

A new analysis of ceramic chips embedded in meteorites suggests the formation of our solar system was not as quiet and orderly as we once thought.

Newswise: COVID-19 cases in India underreported by more than 20 million, according to new study
Released: 4-Feb-2021 12:55 PM EST
COVID-19 cases in India underreported by more than 20 million, according to new study
University of Chicago

A new study, led by professors at the University of Chicago and Duke University, found that COVID-19 cases in the southern state of Karnataka, India, are nearly 95 times greater than reported.

Newswise: Remdesivir disrupts COVID-19 virus better than other similar drugs
Released: 25-Jan-2021 3:35 PM EST
Remdesivir disrupts COVID-19 virus better than other similar drugs
University of Chicago

Using advanced computational simulations, researchers at the University of Chicago have revealed just how remdesivir works at the molecular level, and also found that two drugs that work in a similar manner, ribavirin and favilavir, do not bind as effectively to the virus.

Newswise: UChicago scientists design stretchable electronics, perform better under strain
Released: 25-Jan-2021 2:10 PM EST
UChicago scientists design stretchable electronics, perform better under strain
University of Chicago

Recent technological advances have made stretchable sensors possible, but their changes in shape can affect the data produced, and many sensors cannot collect and process the body’s faintest signals. A new sensor design from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago helps solve that problem.

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Released: 22-Jan-2021 11:40 AM EST
New self-assembly method creates bioelectronics out of microscopic structures
University of Chicago

Bringing together soft, malleable living cells with hard, inflexible electronics can be a difficult task. UChicago researchers have developed a new method to face this challenge by utilizing microscopic structures to build up bioelectronics rather than creating them from the top down - creating a highly customizable product.

Newswise: UChicago receives $1.2 million grant to tackle lack of internet access across Chicago
Released: 20-Jan-2021 2:35 PM EST
UChicago receives $1.2 million grant to tackle lack of internet access across Chicago
University of Chicago

In a new project funded by a $1.2 million grant from data.org, University of Chicago Computer Science Professor Nick Feamster will lead a team of UChicago researchers pinpointing gaps in digital infrastructure, from the lack of cable or fiber connectivity to a spotty video streaming session.

Newswise: University of Chicago’s Polsky Center Launches New Deep Tech Accelerator
Released: 19-Jan-2021 1:10 PM EST
University of Chicago’s Polsky Center Launches New Deep Tech Accelerator
University of Chicago

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has launched the Compass, a first-of-its-kind deep tech accelerator program for early-stage startups and technologies created by researchers at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Released: 14-Jan-2021 3:35 PM EST
University of Chicago undergrads discover bright lensed galaxy in the early universe, despite pandemic barriers
University of Chicago

A class of undergraduate astrophysics students at the University of Chicago helped discover a galaxy that dates back to a time when the universe was only 1.2 billion years old, about one-tenth of its current age.

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Released: 8-Jan-2021 12:35 PM EST
UChicago scientists create first computational model of entire virus responsible for COVID-19
University of Chicago

Researchers at the University of Chicago have created the first usable computational model of the entire virus responsible for COVID-19—and they are making this model widely available to help advance research during the pandemic.

Released: 22-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression
University of Chicago

A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality. Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design.

Newswise: Study shakes up sloth family tree
Released: 6-Jun-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Study shakes up sloth family tree
University of Chicago

A pair of studies published June 6 have shaken up the sloth family tree, overturning a longstanding consensus on how the major groups of sloths are related. According to the results, the three-toed sloth is more closely related to a large family that included ancient elephant-sized ground sloths; meanwhile, the two-toed sloth appears to be the last survivor of an ancient lineage previously thought extinct.

Newswise: Scientists levitate particles with sound to find out how they cluster together
Released: 5-Mar-2019 11:05 AM EST
Scientists levitate particles with sound to find out how they cluster together
University of Chicago

Scientists from the University of Chicago and the University of Bath used sound waves to levitate particles, revealing new insights about how materials cluster together in the absence of gravity—principles which underlie everything from how molecules assemble to the very early stages of planet formation from space dust.

Newswise: Citizen scientists help discover new exoplanet in ‘habitable zone’
Released: 14-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Citizen scientists help discover new exoplanet in ‘habitable zone’
University of Chicago

A new planet roughly twice the size of Earth has been discovered located within the “habitable zone”—the range of distances from a star where liquid water may exist on the planet’s surface. A research team that included a UChicago graduate student confirmed the finding after volunteer citizens flagged a crucial piece of evidence in data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.

Newswise: UChicago researchers find simple way to massively improve crop loss simulations
20-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST
UChicago researchers find simple way to massively improve crop loss simulations
University of Chicago

Researchers with NASA, the University of Chicago and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research found that by adding data on when each specific region plants and harvests its crops, they could double the accuracy of crop prediction. This could improve the information available for policymakers and markets to brace for the impacts of crop loss.

Newswise: Quantum Network to Test Unhackable Communications
24-Oct-2018 4:45 AM EDT
Quantum Network to Test Unhackable Communications
University of Chicago

Scientists are creating a network in the Chicago area that taps the principles of quantum physics to send information. Such a link could one day form the basis for a truly secure network, which would have wide-ranging impact on communications, computing and national security. Stretching between Argonne and Fermi national laboratories, the connection will "teleport" information across 30 miles and is expected to be among the longest in the world to send secure information using quantum physics.

Newswise: In 5-10 Years, Gravitational Waves Could Accurately Measure Universe’s Expansion
Released: 22-Oct-2018 3:45 PM EDT
In 5-10 Years, Gravitational Waves Could Accurately Measure Universe’s Expansion
University of Chicago

In a new paper published in Nature, three University of Chicago scientists estimate that given how quickly LIGO researchers saw the first neutron star collision, they could have a very accurate measurement of the rate of the expansion of the universe within five to ten years.

Newswise: Cellular clean-up crews linked to how body handles sugar
Released: 16-Oct-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Cellular clean-up crews linked to how body handles sugar
University of Chicago

How our bodies handle glucose—the simple sugar that provides energy from the food we eat—appears to be intertwined with how cells keep themselves functioning normally, according to new University of Chicago research.

Newswise: Water Worlds Could Support Life, Study Says
30-Aug-2018 3:50 PM EDT
Water Worlds Could Support Life, Study Says
University of Chicago

The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University.

Newswise: Better Model of Water Under Extreme Conditions Could Aid Understanding of Earth's Mantle
Released: 20-Jun-2018 3:30 PM EDT
Better Model of Water Under Extreme Conditions Could Aid Understanding of Earth's Mantle
University of Chicago

A team of University of Chicago scientists ran quantum simulations to develop a new model of the behavior of water at extremely high temperatures and pressures. The computational measurements, published June 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, should help scientists understand water’s role in the makeup of the mantle and potentially in other planets.

Released: 4-Jun-2018 3:20 PM EDT
Study Suggests Earth Could Have Supported Continental Crust, Life Earlier Than Thought
University of Chicago

The early Earth might have been habitable much earlier than thought, according to new research from a group led by University of Chicago scientists.

Newswise: Less Is More When It Comes to Predicting Molecules’ Conductivity
30-May-2018 12:30 PM EDT
Less Is More When It Comes to Predicting Molecules’ Conductivity
University of Chicago

Forward-thinking scientists in the 1970s suggested that circuits could be built using molecules instead of wires, and over the past decades that technology has become reality. The trouble is, some molecules have particularly complex interactions that make it hard to predict which of them might be good at serving as miniature circuits. But a new paper by two University of Chicago chemists presents an innovative method that cuts computational costs and improves accuracy by calculating interactions between pairs of electrons and extrapolating those to the rest of the molecule.

Newswise: New Theory Finds “Traffic Jams” in Jet Stream Cause Abnormal Weather Patterns
22-May-2018 3:30 PM EDT
New Theory Finds “Traffic Jams” in Jet Stream Cause Abnormal Weather Patterns
University of Chicago

A study in Science offers an explanation for a mysterious and sometimes deadly weather pattern in which the jet stream, the global air currents that circle the Earth, stalls out over a region. Much like highways, the jet stream has a capacity, researchers said, and when it’s exceeded, blockages form that are remarkably similar to traffic jams—and climate forecasters can use the same math to model them both.

Newswise: Nationwide Program Launches to Train New Generation of Quantum Engineers
Released: 9-May-2018 4:05 PM EDT
Nationwide Program Launches to Train New Generation of Quantum Engineers
University of Chicago

Funded by a $1.6 million award from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and Harvard University will head a new nationwide graduate student training program for quantum science and engineering.

Newswise: Most Americans Look to Research Universities for Innovation Leadership, Finds Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UChicago
Released: 2-May-2018 4:05 PM EDT
Most Americans Look to Research Universities for Innovation Leadership, Finds Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UChicago
University of Chicago

An overwhelming majority of Americans are looking to research universities to be the foremost drivers of innovation at a time of anxiety over global competition, according to a new Innovation Indicator survey from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.

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Released: 30-Apr-2018 6:05 PM EDT
Researchers Lay Out How to Control Biology with Light—Without the Help of Genetics
University of Chicago

Over the past five years, University of Chicago chemist Bozhi Tian has been figuring out how to control biology with light. In a paper published April 30 in Nature Biomedical Engineering, Tian’s team laid out a system of design principles for working with silicon to control biology at three levels—from individual organelles inside cells to tissues to entire limbs. The group has demonstrated each in cells or mice models, including the first time anyone has used light to control behavior without genetic modification.

Newswise: Scientists Use Quantum “Spooky Action” to Entangle Objects You Can Actually See
20-Apr-2018 4:00 PM EDT
Scientists Use Quantum “Spooky Action” to Entangle Objects You Can Actually See
University of Chicago

A group of researchers announced April 26 in Nature that they had managed to entangle perhaps the largest items yet, at a whopping 20 microns across—about the diameter of a single human hair.

Newswise: New Technique More Accurately Reflects Ponds on Arctic Sea Ice
Released: 6-Apr-2018 6:05 PM EDT
New Technique More Accurately Reflects Ponds on Arctic Sea Ice
University of Chicago

This one simple mathematical trick can accurately predict the shape and melting effects of ponds on Arctic sea ice, according to new research by UChicago scientists. The study, published April 4 in Physical Review Letters by researchers with UChicago and MIT, should help climate scientists improve models of climate change and perhaps plug a gap between scientific predictions and observations over the past decade, they said.

Newswise: Researchers Sew Atomic Lattices Seamlessly Together
7-Mar-2018 5:00 PM EST
Researchers Sew Atomic Lattices Seamlessly Together
University of Chicago

Scientists with the University of Chicago and Cornell revealed a technique to "sew" two patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to create atomically-thin fabrics. This could lead to better solar cells and other electronics with new functions, like flexibility.

Newswise: First Look at Jupiter’s Poles Show Strange Geometric Arrays of Storms
Released: 7-Mar-2018 5:05 PM EST
First Look at Jupiter’s Poles Show Strange Geometric Arrays of Storms
University of Chicago

With NASA’s Juno spacecraft, scientists have gotten a good look at the top and bottom of the planet for the first time. What they found astounded them: bizarre geometric arrangements of storms, each arrayed around one cyclone over the north and south poles—unlike any storm formation seen in the universe.

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Released: 28-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST
Obama Foundation and University of Chicago Announce Obama Foundation Scholars Program for Emerging Leaders from Around the World
University of Chicago

Today, the Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago announced the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, a new program at the Harris School of Public Policy to support the next generation of leaders making an impact on issues in their communities and around the world.

Newswise: Scientists Use Tiny Diamond Anvils to Put Squeeze on Materials
Released: 21-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST
Scientists Use Tiny Diamond Anvils to Put Squeeze on Materials
University of Chicago

Scientists have turned tiny bits of diamond and super-hard specks into “molecular anvils” that squeeze and twist molecules until chemical bonds break and atoms exchange electrons. They believe the method­ offers a new way to perform chemistry research at the molecular level that is greener, more efficient and much more precise.

Newswise: Researchers Invent Tiny, Light-Powered Wires to Modulate Brain's Electrical Signals
Released: 20-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST
Researchers Invent Tiny, Light-Powered Wires to Modulate Brain's Electrical Signals
University of Chicago

A new University of Chicago study shows how tiny, light-powered wires could be fashioned out of silicon to manipulate electrical signaling between neurons. Published Feb. 19 in Nature Nanotechnology, the study offers a new avenue to shed light on—and perhaps someday treat—brain disorders.

Released: 16-Feb-2018 11:00 AM EST
University of Chicago to Host 11th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting
University of Chicago

The University of Chicago and President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation’s 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting October 19-21, 2018.

Released: 14-Feb-2018 11:20 AM EST
Universal Basic Income Policies Don’t Cause People to Leave Workforce, Study Finds
University of Chicago

New research from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy suggests that a universal basic income would not cause people to leave the workforce.

Released: 6-Feb-2018 1:45 PM EST
Experts Available - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to Speak at University of Chicago
University of Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an event on Wednesday, February 7 featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who will discuss the importance of youth engagement in public service. The 60-minute long event will be streamed on the IOP website at politics.uchicago.edu, at 4:30-5:30pm Central Time. Trudeau will give remarks and then field questions from director David Axelrod. University of Chicago experts can address several topics related to the event.


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