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UChicago study offers way to test whether water flowed deep underground on Mars

August 21, 2019

A new study by UChicago researchers shakes up the picture of Martian salt—and offers new ways to test what Mars’ water would have looked like. Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite’s team analyzed salt deposits and built models to help determine how and why Mars dried out. 

Astronomers may have detected gravitational waves from a new type of event

August 19, 2019

Prof. Daniel Holz discusses the detection of gravitational waves that may have been from a black hole swallowing a neutron star with Science News Magazine. 


​Prof. Daniel Holz discusses black hole mergers in Quanta interview

August 19, 2019

Prof. Daniel Holz discusses research on black hole pairing and tripling and explains how this research can help scientists measure the eccentricities of black holes' orbits in the near future.  

UChicago grad student joins Fermilab panel promoting diversity in science at Wakandacon

August 19, 2019


Cutting the Carbon Footprint in UChicago Labs

August 12, 2019

Student-driven changes in laboratories at UChicago, including a Shut the Sash program, yield energy and cost savings.

Argonne receives go-ahead for $815 million upgrade to X-ray facility

August 9, 2019

For the past quarter-century, the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has helped scientists and engineers make groundbreaking discoveries—providing extremely bright X-rays to investigate everything from dinosaur bones and lunar rocks to materials for new solar panels and new pharmaceutical drugs. Now Argonne, which is operated by the University of Chicago, has been cleared to begin building a massive, $815 million upgrade to its kilometer-long X-ray facility. 

Scientists create new method to interrogate connection between cell protein structure and function

August 9, 2019

Raymond Moellering’s lab reports a new method to identify and interrogate the biophysical properties of tens of thousands of modified proteins simultaneously in live cells. This method, called “Hotspot Thermal Profiling,” therefore enables efficient selection of functionally important modifications for further study, as well as insight into the network of proteins and biomolecules that are interacting with that particular modification site in cells. 

Astrophysicist finds stellar streams linked to galactic collision from 100 million years ago

August 8, 2019


DOE grants awarded to UChicago faculty in photosynthetic systems and geosciences research

August 5, 2019

Congratulations to Greg Engel, professor in the Department of Chemistry, Mark Rivers, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), and research professors, Peter Eng and Yanbin Wang, for earning grants from the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Read more about their projects.

Physics Prof. Sidney Nagel discusses principles of universality in Quanta interview

August 2, 2019

Nagel explains how his findings in droplet and bubble experiments affect universality. 

Visiting Research Asst. Prof. Brian Nord awarded UChicago grant to bring AI to cosmology

August 2, 2019

The awarded grant will help Nord, utilize AI to design an experiment optimized to measure the expansion rate of the universe. Nord will also be working with Asst. Prof. Yuxin Chen. 

New exoplanet is smallest to be precisely measured

August 2, 2019

Assoc Prof. Frabrycky's research group noticed a star's irregular dimming pattern, leading to the discovery and precise measurement of a new exoplanet's mass. 

Prof. Freedman contributes to the universe expansion debate 

August 2, 2019

Prof. Wendy Freedman discusses the possibility of systematic errors in Hubble constant calculations with Science News.

PhD student Adina Feinstein co-authors paper on the discovery of three new exoplanets

August 2, 2019

Feinstein and her colleagues have discovered one exoplanet slightly larger than Earth and two exoplanets of a type not typically found in our solar system. 

UChicago and Sony CSL researchers create muscle stimulators designed to speed up human reflexes

August 2, 2019

Through the precise timing of  electrical muscle stimulators, UChicago scientists Pedro Lopes, Jun Nishida, and Shunichi Kasahara of Sony CSL have found a method to accelerating human reaction time.