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Scientists plant tobacco seedlings by hand to test alternate photorespiratory pathways in real-world field conditions. They found that these synthetic shortcuts boost productivity by 40 percent, and will now apply this breakthrough to boost the yield of food crops.

Scientists hack plant photosynthesis to boost crop yields by 40%

Photosynthesis is a process in which plants convert light energy into chemical energy, is not a wholly efficient process. A key stage in the photosynthesis process...
Coyotes on Stockton Island, Wisconsin, in 2015. Photo courtesy Max Allen/Erik Olson/Tim Van Deelen

Camera trap study reveals the hidden lives of island carnivores

In order to see carnivores lives in the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin, scientists captured almost 200,000 photos by placing 160 cameras. From the...
Researchers developed a rapid-sensing gel to measure a molecular marker of eye injury in a teardrop. From left: Carle opthamologist Dr. Leanne Labriola, Illinois visiting scholar Ketan Dighe and professor Dipanjan Pan.

Color-changing sensor detects signs of eye damage in tears

University of Illinois researchers developed a new point-of-care rapid-sensing device that can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes. The device is...
How polymers relax after stressful processing?

How polymers relax after stressful processing?

The polymers that make up engineered materials require time to relax after processing. A new examination by Illinois scientists has discovered that entangled, long-chain...
Illinois researchers developed a tissue-imaging microscope that can image living tissue in real time and molecular detail, allowing them to monitor tumors and their environments as cancer progresses. Image courtesy of Stephen Boppart

New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progression

Illinois researchers have developed a new microscope system that holds the potential of capturing living tissue in real time and in molecular detail. The most fascinating...
Freeform printing allows the researchers to make intricate structures, such as this model of a heart, that could not be made with traditional layer-by-layer 3-D printing. The structures could be used as scaffolds for tissue engineering or device manufacturing. Photo by Travis Ross, Beckman Institute

3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering

Engineers at the University of Illinois devised a 3D printer that can print detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can’t. The printer can efficiently produce...
Twenty-four hour time-elapsed video shows melanoma tumor cells of mice squeezing and rotating an elastic microgel sphere filled with fluorescent nanoparticles

Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cells

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a new technique that uses tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles aims to expand the understanding...
University of Illinois researchers Philippe Geubelle, left, Scott White, Nancy Sottos and Jeffrey Moore have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the amount of time and energy consumed compared with the current manufacturing process. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

New polymer manufacturing process saves 10 orders of magnitude of energy

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer manufacturing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with...
smiling infant

Infants track others’ mental states, study

Infants cannot explain their perceptions of external events, and some psychologists think that very young children cannot grasp other people’s mental states until they...