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Volunteers building 'Fab Lab' to teach fabrication skills

URBANA – Volunteers are creating a "Fab Lab" on the University of Illinois campus where school kids and area residents alike can learn fabrication skills.

When completed in a couple months, the lab will join about 40 other Fab Labs around the world where people can design and build their own projects.

The labs are typically equipped with laser cutters, sign cutters and milling machines, as well as electronic assembly and test equipment, power supplies, resistors, capacitors and circuit boards.

iCyt founder predicts work force will greatly expand

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology could employ hundreds of people within five years if expectations for global opportunities pan out, company founder Gary Durack said Wednesday.

At an event heralding Sony Corp.'s acquisition of iCyt, Durack said it's difficult to predict the future. But he supposed iCyt's employees "could be measured in the hundreds within that time frame."

Sony acquires Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology

CHAMPAIGN – Sony Corp.'s acquisition of Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology brings a big player on the global stage into the fast-growing field of biological instrumentation.

Sony announced Tuesday that it has acquired iCyt (pronounced like "eyesight"), a maker of flow cytometry equipment that employs about 30 in the University of Illinois Research Park.

PBL grad coming home for speech about flying cars

Chamber to host Terrafugia exec at annual meeting

Paxton-Buckley-Loda graduate Samuel Schweighart will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18 at Lakeview Country Club in Loda.

Schweighart is vice president for engineering of Terrafugia, a company he co-founded with several fellow students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Terrafugia's goal is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing personal aviation.

Sony acquires local firm iCyt

CHAMPAIGN — Sony Corp. has acquired Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology and will operate it as a wholly owned subsidiary, the global electronics and entertainment giant announced Tuesday.

Gary Durack, the founder and president of iCyt, called the acquisition a “win” for his company and its customers.

The local company, which makes cell sorters used for stem cell and disease research, employs about 30 in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Updated: Vote now unlikely on Big Broadband; consultant is ill

Updated 5:15 p.m. CHAMPAIGN – As council members continue to weigh the benefits of the proposed Big Broadband network and the doubts about its feasibility, a Maryland consultant who audited the proposal was to return to Champaign this week to field questions from the city council. But on Monday, the consultant told city officials he won't be here because he's ill.

Local developers adding to iPhones list of apps aplenty

You finally got around to asking her out. You landed a sitter for Saturday night. Your BFF is back in town for one night.

What are you going to do? Music concert? Dance performance? Gallery opening?

Tech approach already seeing results at Danville High

Editor's note: This is the fourth story in an occasional series on new, innovative programs at Danville High School aimed at boosting achievement, increasing the graduation rate and reducing the high dropout rate. The first three, focusing on the Freshman House small learning environment, ran between August 2008 and May 2009.

Three minutes before third period starts, Dawn Stewart hurries to her intro to chemical science class, shrugs out of her pink and purple backpack and drops it on the floor by her seat.

The Danville High School sophomore heads to a computer cupboard, grabs a stack of mini-laptops, then hands them to classmates as they shuffle in.

Three weeks into their second semester of the Danville New Tech High School program, students know the drill. When the bell rings, they log on to their computers, review the daily class agenda and delve into writing their daily journal assignments, which they must submit online to their teacher.

UI unveils Web site on budget

The University of Illinois launched a new budget Web site today to give students and employees input on how to best use scarce university resources.

Champaign council looks at new forms of communication

CHAMPAIGN – As technology evolves, so does the way city officials keep their constituents informed.

Ideas of how to get information to city residents better were presented to the city council this week, and officials are discussing how to balance old media – like newspapers and written correspondence – with new media like Twitter and Facebook.