News: Research

2020

UChicago scientists reveal new clues into how Earth got its oxygen

October 23, 2020

In a new study published Oct. 23 in Science, UChicago graduate student Andy Heard, Prof. Dauphas and their colleagues used a pioneering technique to uncover new information about the role of oceanic iron in the rise of Earth’s atmosphere. The findings reveal more about Earth’s history, and can even shed light on the search for habitable planets in other star systems.


UChicago scientists teach a neural net to find baby star flares

October 23, 2020

Scientists with the University of Chicago and the University of New South Wales taught a type of artificial intelligence called a neural network to detect the telltale light patterns of a stellar flare, then asked it to check the light curves of thousands of young stars; it found more than 23,000 flares.


How one scientist reshaped what we know about tornadoes

October 23, 2020

UChicago Prof. Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita shaped the field of meteorology in the 20th century. His scale for classifying the strength of a tornado is still used today (F scale), half a century after its introduction; he made pioneering contributions to our understanding of tornadoes as well as to the use of satellites; and he is responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives through the discovery of microbursts—a breakthrough that helped transform airline safety.


David Uminsky brings data science education experience to UChicago initiatives

October 22, 2020

David Uminsky Brings Data Science Education Experience to UChicago Initiatives


NSF announces $3 million award to expand FABRIC cyberinfrastructure globally

October 21, 2020

A new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will expand FABRIC, a project to build the nation’s largest cyberinfrastructure testbed, to four preeminent scientific institutions in Asia and Europe. The expansion represents an ambitious effort to accelerate scientific discovery by creating the networks needed to move vast amounts of data across oceans and time zones seamlessly and securely.


The scientists who are hoping for a supernova

October 19, 2020

The scientists who are hoping for a supernova: If star on Orion’s shoulder goes supernova, Fermilab experiment will collect data bonanza


Researchers discover how a small molecule is the key to HIV forming capsules

October 19, 2020

Researchers discover how a small molecule is the key to HIV forming capsules


From outdoor art to laboratory COVID-19 research, a look at UChicago’s Autumn Quarter

October 13, 2020

From outdoor art to laboratory COVID-19 research, a look at UChicago’s Autumn Quarter


KICP Fellow Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil star of Science Friday documentary

October 12, 2020

KICP Fellow Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil is the star of a Science Friday film documentary, Breakthrough. It recounts the Turkish-born astrophysicists journey through STEM and breakthrough galaxy discovery.


Andrea Ghez, UChicago Laboratory Schools alum, wins Nobel Prize in Physics

October 6, 2020

Andrea Ghez, UChicago Laboratory Schools alum, wins Nobel Prize in Physics


“Bracelet of Silence” Named Finalist in 2020 Fast Company Design Awards

October 2, 2020

“Bracelet of Silence” Named Finalist in 2020 Fast Company Design Awards


New nanotechology design provides hope for personalized vaccination for treating cancer

October 2, 2020

A new study, published in Science Advances, demonstrates the use of charged nanoscale metal-organic frameworks for generating free radicals using X-rays within tumor tissue to kill cancer cells directly. Furthermore, the same frameworks can be used for delivering immune signaling molecules known as PAMPs to activate the immune response against tumor cells. By combining these two approaches into one easily administered “vaccine,” this new technology may provide the key to better local and systemic treatment of difficult-to-treat cancers.


Possibility of dark bosons entices physicists

September 30, 2020

Possibility of dark bosons entices physicists like Elina Fuchs of Enrico Fermi Institute. Hints of anomalous activity in heavy isotopes could be clues to new physics


UChicago chemists invent way to customize compounds just a few atoms thick

September 30, 2020

UChicago chemists invent way to customize compounds just a few atoms thick
 


Two $5 million gifts to support Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, name directorship for Prof. David N. Schramm

September 29, 2020

The University of Chicago's Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) has secured $10 million in new funding through two gifts: a $5 million gift from an anonymous alumnus and his wife and a match of $5 million from The Kavli Foundation. The first gift will name the directorship of the Institute in memory of Prof. David N. Schramm, a legendary professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Chicago.