In The News Archive
This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools. This collection of recent stories focuses on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.
Scientific American (Aug. 16) -- Even if the WannaCry hackers can exchange their ransom in bitcoins, which they have converted to monero, the criminals will have a hard time accessing their digital money anonymously. Cybersecurity experts will likely discover more ways to de-anonymize downstream monero transactions. Andrew Miller, a professor of computer science at Illinois, points to a flaw in earlier versions of monero in which addresses with balances of zero would be included in transaction mixes, effectively reducing the number of participants.
Futurism (Aug. 15) -- Graphene’s ability to conduct electricity 250 times better than silicon, a rate faster than any other known substance, has led a team of researchers, including some from Illinois, to consider developing a graphene-based transistor.
Science Daily (Aug. 16) -- As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced 'wonder' material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind, the research group has developed a cleaner and more environmentally friendly method to isolate graphene using carbon dioxide in the form of carbonic acid as the electrolyte solution.
News-Gazette (Aug. 15) -- Rashid Bashir, a professor and the department head of bioengineering at the University of Illinois, will be the permanent executive associate dean at The Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
News-Gazette (Aug. 13) -- Q&A with Professor Derek Hoiem, computer science professor and co-founder and CTO of Reconstruct, which uses new computer techniques to improve efficiency and reduce risk in construction.
Photonics (Aug. 9) -- Researchers from Illinois recently tested gradient light interference microscopy, which produces images from multiple depths of a sample that can then be composited into a single 3-D image. It was tested on various samples, including live bovine embryos. Researchers believe that the technique could be used to help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in humans.
MIT Technology Review (Aug. 8) --Whether humans can see single photons sounds like a relatively simple question to answer, but the problem is turning out to be more thorny and convoluted than anybody suspected. Professor of physics Paul Kwiat and colleagues at Illinois say the data do not support such a robust conclusion that humans can detect a single-photon incident on the cornea with a probability slightly above chance.
Daily Energy Insider (Aug. 4) -- Efforts to create recommendations on a 21st Century utility regulatory model for Illinois are to be led by the Power and Energy System Area of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC/ECE).