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Anyone who knows even just a little about contemporary art realizes that more artists and craftsters are using recycled materials. Some call it green art; some, "trashformation."
THOMASBORO — A new fiber-optic system that will provide high-speed Internet, telephone and cable television service will be installed in Thomasboro this year.
The village board approved a franchise agreement with Volo Broadband, a Champaign-based company, at its monthly meeting this week.
DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is gearing up for its third annual 365 Club donor breakfast.
The breakfast will be held at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 24 at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane.
"We have over 140 people signed up, but there's room for more," Executive Director Bob Richard said, adding the breakfast is free and open to the community.
URBANA — It's too late to interview T.J. Tabasco, but we know everything about her genome and something about her personality.
The pig's head hangs on a wall in Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook's office in Edward Madigan Laboratory. She looks happy to be there.
Samples of T.J. Tabasco also reside in a nearby Dewar flask chilled by liquid nitrogen.
Labs worldwide are asking for and getting cell samples from a spicy Urbana sow, the first female pig to have a full genetic record on file.
"We send her around the world," University of Illinois Vice President of Research Lawrence Schook said of the sow's cells.
URBANA — A northwest Urbana neighborhood will be getting new, whiter street lights this year to replace older lights that give off a yellow hue.
Lights lining the streets on 19 residential blocks immediately to the west and south of King Park have long outlived their usable life, said Assistant City Engineer Gale Jamison.
CHAMPAIGN — Got an old 35-mm film camera stuffed in a drawer somewhere? Don't junk it just yet.
Some enterprising students have come up with a potential way to convert it to a digital camera.
Or turn a computer scanner into an inexpensive microscope that can diagnose skin cancer and other diseases.
Cue Alan Cumming to introduce this PBS "Masterpiece" Mystery. While you're at it, send a cup of strong coffee to the Federal Trade Commission. This is one of the more unusual letters we've ever received from a reader, edited to fit:
"I bought a 32-inch Samsung high-definition LCD TV from Best Buy in 2008. The model number is LN32A330J1DXZA C.
CHAMPAIGN — Nuvixa, a start-up company at the University of Illinois, has changed its name to Personify.
The company, formed in 2009, provides technology that allows people making presentations to put live images of themselves into the content. The technology can be used in video calls and online meetings, such as Web conferences.
URBANA — Carl Woese thought about things a lot.
And when a question or problem drew his attention, he would ponder it not for weeks or months, but for years.