Category: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alum Michael Hopkins commands the SpaceX Crew Dragon, launching on Halloween

LEBANON, Mo. (KY3) – Michael Hopkins, a NASA astronaut and Lebanon, Missouri native, is set for a special mission on Halloween. Hopkins is a mission commander of SpaceX Crew Dragon,…

Metropolitan farming offers surprise opportunities for U of I junior

URBANA, Ill. – Where and how we grow up influence what we decide to do for a living. Maggie Furr grew up in the rural community of Shelbyville, Illinois. Her…

Did the presidential debates matter?

Stock image. Let’s rewrite a little bit of recent history. Let’s pretend that the first presidential debate on September 29 was a picture of civil discourse, and that President Donald…

Rare Book and Manuscript Library event explores history of witchcraft

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Images of witches often evoke Halloween stories of green-skinned figures standing over a bubbling cauldron. But in medieval Europe, ideas about witches were the products of fear…

Sapora Symposium: Lou Henson's work to integrate collegiate sports

Join us here on Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. CST to view a livestream of the Zoom session! Coach Lou Henson: Portrait of a Quiet Icon A panel discussion…

Instability of school re-openings taking a toll on students' ability to learn, mental health

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios Schools across the country have flip-flopped between in-person and remote learning — and that instability is taking a toll on students’ ability to learn and their mental…

Racial disparity in jobless aid grows as Congress stalls on COVID-19 stimulus

CLOSE Here’s why there’s a backlog of claims for unemployment and why it’s only getting worse. USA TODAY As millions of people lost jobs in the coronavirus-induced recession, the extra $600…

Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality, researchers report

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical and chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the nanostructures that help cicada wings repel water…

The 100 year history of the Altgeld Chimes

Former University of Illinois President Edmund James poses with the Altgeld Chimes before they were installed in 1920. (University of Illinois Archives.) Perhaps it’s coincidence—and perhaps not—that two of the…

Robots deciding their next move need help prioritizing

As robots replace humans in dangerous situations such as search and rescue missions, they need to be able to quickly assess and make decisions—to react and adapt like a human…