—This week, engineers report on their invention of stretchable surfaces with programmable 3-D texture morphing, a synthetic “camouflaging skin” inspired by studying and modeling the real thing in octopus and cuttlefish.
—The Argonne-led Multiscale Coupled Urban Systems project aims to help city planners better examine complex systems, understand the relationships between them and predict how changes will affect them. The ultimate goal is to help officials identify the best solutions to benefit urban communities.
—Forrest Stuart’s current project—working title “Hashtags and Handguns”—focuses on poverty, violence, social media, and hip-hop on Chicago’s South Side. During a year of intense fieldwork, Stuart discovered that music and social media play a significant part in the city’s “balkanized gang violence.”
—An innovative new partnership between the Computation Institute/Argonne National Laboratory, Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will combine rich epidemiological and biological data with agent-based modeling to test hepatitis C prevention and treatment strategies in silico, simulating the activity of 32,000 people who inject drugs in the Chicagoland area.
—With a $4.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, the University of Chicago’s Globus and leading cancer researchers at University of Chicago Medicine will build new protected cancer research networks that enable collaborations while keeping sensitive health data secure and private.