News: Research


Inside the He Lab: Using the science of RNA to feed the world

May 15, 2024

From left: Guanqun Wang, Chuan He, and Haoxuan Li

Travel inside Prof. Chuan He’s lab and meet the scientists working on new ways to boost plant growth and drought resistance with a technique based on RNA.

NASA to launch UChicago undergraduates’ satellite

May 13, 2024

Members of the UChicago PULSE-A leadership team.

A team of UChicago undergraduates is building a communications satellite smaller than a paper towel roll that will be launched into orbit courtesy of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. 

PULSE-A was designed and will be built by a group of 53 University of Chicago undergraduates from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Physics Department, the Computer Science Department, and the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. 

UChicago scientists use machine learning to turn cell snapshots dynamic

May 13, 2024

cancer cells

Researchers from the University of Chicago have developed a new method to use machine learning to turn static snapshots of cells into better pictures of how cells and genes change dynamically over time.

How artificial intelligence can transform U.S. energy infrastructure

May 13, 2024

Rick Stevens

Groundbreaking report by leading energy researchers, including UChicago computer scientist Rick Stevens, provides ambitious framework for accelerating clean energy deployment while minimizing risks and costs in the face of climate change.

Szostak lab learns the dance of RNA replication process

May 13, 2024

Origins of life

The Szostak lab's latest research highlights RNA replication dynamics, revealing competition between primers and competitors that challenges assumptions about genetic fidelity. This exploration not only aids our understanding of life's origins but also holds promise for applications in gene regulation and genetic stability.

UChicago scientists tap the power of collaboration to address the biggest challenges

April 26, 2024

Chuan He in greenhouse

Partnering across fields of study can lead to advances from medicine to climate change. Chuan He, the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, frequently collaborates with scientists across the University of Chicago to expand the reach of his work.

Q&A: How AI and big data can go green

April 18, 2024

Andrew A. Chien

CS Prof. Andrew Chien is exploring ways to help big electricity users tap clean energy.

Machine learning could help reveal undiscovered particles within data from the Large Hadron Collider

April 18, 2024

ATLAS event display

Scientists used a neural network, a type of brain-inspired machine learning algorithm, to sift through large volumes of particle collision data.

Non-unital noise adds a new wrinkle to the quantum supremacy debate

April 11, 2024

Bill Fefferman

CS PhD Student Soumik Ghosh and Assistant Professor Bill Fefferman find that random circuit sampling problems that incorporate non-unital noise do not anticoncentrate, breaking every easiness and hardness result to date.

Meteorites may be lost to Antarctic ice as climate warms, study says

April 11, 2024

Snowy mountains in Antarctica

In a CNN article, Geophysical Sciences postdoc Maria Valdes states that as the climate continues to warm, Antarctic rocks are sinking into the ice at an increasing rate, making many meteorites inaccessible to scientists and causing the loss of "precious time capsules that hold clues to the history of our Solar System."

University of Chicago chemists discover a key protein in how lysosomes work

April 11, 2024

Sourajit Mukherjee in lab

Protein lets calcium ions into cell; finding could open new avenues for therapies.

A tantalizing ‘hint’ that astronomers got dark energy all wrong

April 5, 2024

millions of galaxies mapped using coordinate data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument

NYT article: Scientists may have discovered a major flaw in their understanding of that mysterious cosmic force. That could be good news for the fate of the universe. Wendy Freedman praises the new survey data as "superb," and Michael Turner says the possible evidence that dark energy is not constant is the best news since cosmic acceleration was established.

The dream machine

April 4, 2024

muon collider illustration

An accelerator known as a muon collider could revolutionize particle physics—if it can be built. Physicists, like UChicago's Karri Dipetrillo, are advocating for one to be built at Fermilab.

This tool makes AI models hallucinate cats to fight copyright infringement

April 4, 2024

Stable Diffusion XL generated these images after being fed the “nightshaded” photo of Brian Cheung

SAND Lab's Nightshade aims to help artists prevent image generators from easily reproducing their work, but the researchers behind it warn more intellectual property safeguards are needed.

First results from BREAD experiment demonstrate a new approach to searching for dark matter

April 4, 2024

A rendering of the BREAD design

UChicago, Fermilab research uses coaxial “dish” antenna to scan for mysterious particles.