News: Research


New understanding of oobleck-like fluids contributes to smart material design

December 1, 2023

image of ripples in water

Research led by postdoctoral scholar Hojin Kim, Prof. Stuart Rowan in Chemistry and PME, and Prof. Heinrich Jaeger in Physics and JFI on the science behind non-Newtonian fluids could lead to applications ranging from clump-free paint to wearable protective gear.

A star with six planets that orbit perfectly in sync

November 30, 2023

An artist’s illustration of the six newly discovered planets circling their star in resonance.

Dozens of articles feature Astrophysics postdoc Rafael Luque's study describing the discovery of six planets orbiting a bright star in perfect resonance 100 light-years from Earth. Explore a few of those articles sampled here.

Decoding quantum origins of the universe with next-gen telescopes

November 30, 2023

John Carlstrom

In a Forbes article, Astro Prof. John Carlstrom discusses the significance of the international CMB-S4 telescope project being designed to examine and map ancient cosmic microwave background radiation involving 400 scientists from more than 20 countries.

Scientists discover rare 6-planet system that moves in strange synchrony

November 29, 2023

An artist’s illustration of the six newly discovered planets circling their star in resonance.

Scientists, including Rafael Luque and Jacob Bean, have discovered a rare sight in a nearby star system: Six planets orbiting their central star in a rhythmic beat. The planets move in an orbital waltz that repeats itself so precisely it can be readily set to music. A rare case of an “in sync” gravitational lockstep, the system could offer deep insight into planet formation and evolution.

Image by Roger Thibaut (NCCR PlanetS)

A crack at solving the asymmetry mystery

November 10, 2023

David DeMille

APS Ramsey Prize winner David DeMille describes his groundbreaking ACME experiment and how it puts the Standard Model to the test.

NASA telescopes discover record-breaking black hole

November 8, 2023

Irina Zhuravleva article reviews a paper describing the most distant black hole ever seen in X-rays, on which Astro Asst. Prof. Irina Zhuravleva is an author.

What happens to illustrators when robots can draw robots?

November 8, 2023

Ben Zhao

New York Times article highlights CS Prof. Ben Zhao's "Nightshade," a tool that aims to “poison” A.I. models by allowing artists to upload their images with code intended to mislead A.I. art generators.

UChicago undergrad analyzes machine learning models used by CPD, uncovers lack of transparency about data usage

November 3, 2023

Anika Vyas

Fourth-year student Anika Vyas utilized her time in Computer Science Asst. Prof. Raul Castro Fernandez’s ethics in data science course to investigate the successes and failures of the Chicago Police Department’s crime surveillance technology; the research suggests citizens aren’t getting the full story.

AxLab features multidisciplinary works at world’s largest art and technology festival

November 3, 2023

Actuated Experience Lab members

Computer Science Assistant Professor Ken Nakagaki and a group of undergraduate students from the University of Chicago displayed three research prototypes at this year’s Ars Electronica Festival. The work played off of the festival’s theme, “Who Owns the Truth?”.

UChicago chemists make breakthrough in drug discovery chemistry

November 2, 2023

Mark Levin and Jisoo Woo at blackboard

For years, if you asked the people working to create new pharmaceutical drugs what they wished for, at the top of their lists would be a way to easily replace a carbon atom with a nitrogen atom in a molecule. But two studies from chemists at the University of Chicago, published in Science and Nature, offer two new methods to address this wish. The findings could make it easier to develop new drugs.

NSF awards up to $21.4M for design of next-gen telescopes to capture earliest moments of universe

October 27, 2023

photograph of the current radio telescopes at NSF’s South Pole Station

The National Science Foundation has awarded $3.7 million to the University of Chicago for the first year of a grant that may provide up to $21.4 million for the final designs for a next-generation set of telescopes to map the light from the earliest moments of the universe—the Cosmic Microwave Background.

Storm signals

October 26, 2023

Mid-latitude cyclone on the first day of summer

Climate scientist Tiffany Shaw will study whether climate predictions were right, for the right reasons.

This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI

October 24, 2023

Ben Zhao

In an MIT Technology Review article, CS Prof. Ben Zhao discusses his new tool "Nightshade," which messes up training data in ways that could cause serious damage to image-generating AI models. 

Crystals from Apollo mission find moon is 40 million years older than scientists thought

October 24, 2023

The moon rises over the Earth, photographed from the International Space Station

New UChicago, Field Museum study finds lunar crystals formed at least 4.46 billion years ago.

The moon is 40 million years older than thought, ancient crystal suggests

October 23, 2023

Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt works beside a boulder during the Apollo 17 mission to the moon in 1972

The moon’s surface formed at least 40 million years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study of an ancient crystal embedded in rock collected by Apollo 17 astronauts. Washington Post article features GeoSci alumna Jennika Greer and professor Philipp Heck.