Paul Braun, of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, and graduate student Chunjie Zhang developed a continuous glucose-monitoring system that changes color when glucose levels rise.
Two Beckman research teams have received Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable new technologies to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of brain circuits.
Scientists, led by John Rogers from Beckman's 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, have developed a color-changing device inspired by octopuses and their natural camouflaging techniques. The research, carried out at the University of Houston and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, looked at how the skins of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish can change color so rapidly. From there, researchers were able to design a heat-sensitive sheet that quickly changes color when detecting light.
Kate Clancy, from the Cognitive Science Group at Beckman, refutes a recent paper that states premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Clancy writes that there is little evidence to support that conclusion.
Led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman, Beckman postdoctoral researcher in the Human Perception and Performance Group, a team of researchers found greater aerobic fitness is associated with more fibrous and compact white matter, a type of nerve tissue connected to learning and brain function. Previous research has shown more compact white matter fibers can lead to improved cognitive performance.
Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults’ performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, researchers from the University of Illinois report. Beckman faculty members Edward McAuley and Arthur Kramer contributed to the study.
Illinois researchers, led by Beckman faculty member Narayana Aluru, found that the material molybdenum disulfide could be the most efficient yet found for DNA sequencing, making personalized medicine more accessible.
Optical coherence tomography work done in the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory, led by Beckman full-time faculty member Stephen Boppart, can improve the accuracy of surgical treatment for cancer in animals at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Bee, snake, or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs, Illinois scientists, led by Beckman faculty member Dipanjan Pan, report. They have devised a method for targeting venom proteins specifically to malignant cells while sparing healthy ones, which reduces or eliminates side effects that the toxins would otherwise cause.
In an effort to identify how the elasticity of the arteries in the brain correlates with aging well, researchers at the Beckman Institute used optical methods developed in their lab to map out the pulse pressure of the entire brain’s cortex.
The molecular dynamics and visualization programs NAMD and VMD, which serve over 300,000 registered users in many fields of biology and medicine, are pushing the limits of extreme scale computational biology, according to Klaus Schulten, a Beckman full-time faculty member in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group. Schulten is known for his expertise in how these fields and programs are enabled by petascale computing.
You use a whole lot more than 10 percent of your brain—but a common fallacy that says otherwise is nonetheless the central premise of a new movie, Lucy. “We were a nutritionally marginal species early on,” the late William Greenough, a Beckman original and psychology professor, said in the mid-2000s. “A synapse is a very costly thing to support.”
Klara Nahrstedt, Beckman affiliate in the Image Formation and Processing Group at Beckman, and the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, is one of six new members selected to the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium Council.
Aron Barbey, full-time faculty member in Cognitive Neuroscience, and colleagues found that brain regions that contribute to social problem solving also play a role in general intelligence.
Onyeama Osuagwu, a doctoral student working in Stephen Levinson's Language Acquisition and Robotics Lab, received an invitation to attend Google I/O, an annual event that displays Google's latest technological advances.