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Antique specimens pose challenge for project

A wall-sized depiction of a plesiosaurus, a large carnivorous marine reptile from the Jurassic period, greets visitors to the Natural History Building.

It's not a true fossil, but the plaster cast is itself an antique, dating back more than a century, said Steven Marshak, geology professor and director of the UI's School of Earth, Society and the Environment.


Quinn visits trustees' meeting, backs UI Labs

In a rare appearance at a University of Illinois board meeting, Gov. Pat Quinn visited with trustees Thursday afternoon to voice support for a major new university-led institute called UI Labs.


Chicago-based UI Labs gaining backing

CHICAGO — City and state officials are endorsing the University of Illinois' plans for a multimillion-dollar research institute that backers say has the potential to drive economic growth in the region.


Updated: Volition chief sees 'very positive' future

Updated 6:04 p.m. Wednesday.

CHAMPAIGN — Koch Media was the winning bidder for Volition Inc., the Champaign-based video game studio, according to court documents filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.


MTD starts using newer hybrids in fleet

URBANA — Within a few months more than half of the 102-bus fleet of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will be made up of low-emissions, improved mileage diesel-electric hybrid buses.


Former UI student arrested in computer incidents, building damage

URBANA — An investigation that involved bomb squads, falsified emails, computer hacking and damage to a campus building resulted in the arrest of a former University of Illinois engineering student over the weekend.


Teacher helps raise money for laptops

ROYAL — A seventh/eighth-grade math teacher at Prairieview Ogden Junior High has helped raise $3,345 to buy 28 Chromebook laptops for the school.

The PVO school board recognized Bryan Hartman at its monthly meeting this week for his efforts to raise funds for the purchase.


Rich Warren: Interesting developments at CES

When I began covering the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in the late 1970s, no newspapers expressed an interest in it. Now called International CES, every media outlet lavishes ink and bytes on it.


UI officially announced for $30 million computing research center

URBANA — It's official: A research center based at the University of Illinois will get $30 million to figure out ways to accommodate the next generation of computing.

The center — known as SONIC — will focus on increasing the information processing power and storage capacity of integrated circuits.


Gibson City council OKs purchase of iPads

GIBSON CITY — This small Ford County town is going high tech as council members and department heads will soon receive iPads to access all meeting documents, ordinances and zoning maps.