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Donated blood gets stiffer with age (Inside Science TV)
December 4, 2014 -- "What we found is that their stiffness is steadily increasing, the cells are getting stiffer as they are stored longer in the bank," said ECE Professor Gabriel Popescu. Go to article

Mousr: the first artificiallyintelligent cat toy (ECN)
December 3, 2014 -- Dave Cohen (MSEE '13), Michael Friedman (MSEE'?13), and David Jun (BSEE '08, MSEE '10, PhD '14) have created Mousr, a robotic toy for cats that's taken the Internet by storm. Go to article

Four U of I professors design robotic bats (The Daily Illini)
December 3, 2014 -- The visualization of these "robot bats" began this August, when Seth Hutchinson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Soon-Jo Chung, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, Timothy Bretl, associate professor in aerospace engineering and Mani Golparvar-Fard, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, began designing what they deemed "the next generation robot." Go to article

New UI president cut his teeth studying earth's upper atmosphere (The News-Gazette)
November 23, 2014 -- Listening to Killeen's speech Wednesday was Farzad Kamalabadi, a UI electrical and computer engineering professor. "I was delighted by his selection because I am closely acquainted with his scholarly and leadership accomplishments," said Kamalabadi, who also works in space physics and remote sensing. Go to article

IL Water Purification Startup That Removes Harmful Chemicals From Laundry Wins $300K (Chicago Inno)
November 13, 2014 -- An Illinois startup that wants to make commercial laundry greener was one of nine U.S. clean tech businesses to receive funding from the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. Go to article

EPA grant to help Champaign firm (The News-Gazette)
November 13, 2014 -- CHAMPAIGN ? A Champaign company plans to use nearly $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop and commercialize ozone generators for purifying water. Go to article

Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow (R&D)
November 11, 2014 -- Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve connections after injury. Go to article

Buy your cat a robot: Mousr acts like real prey (CNET)
November 10, 2014 -- We already have video evidence of cats catching rides on Roombas, so we know cats like robots. It was only a matter of time before the feline crowd got a robot of its very own. The Mousr from Petronics on Kickstarter is a sensor-laden bot built for high-tech cat entertainment. Go to article

Smell-canceling odors are like white noise for your nose (
November 6, 2014 -- Ever wished you could have your broccoli taste like macaroni and cheese, watch movies in true Smell-O-Vision, and be able to quickly neutralize any bad smell you?ve ever come across? A new study by researchers at IBM and the University of Illinois could help translate this, and much more, into reality. Go to article

Low-cost 3-D-printed prosthetic hand to be tested on amputees in Ecuador (
November 5, 2014 -- A PhD candidate and six undergraduate students, including several ECE students, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a low-cost, programmable, 3-D-printed prosthetic hand that may soon change the lives of amputees in Ecuador. Go to article

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