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CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Engineering has launched a new research institute that aims to partner with companies and federal agencies to conduct applied research such as designing and testing products.
CHAMPAIGN — While pleased about the prospect of a solar farm at the University of Illinois, some sustainability advocates and community residents are questioning the UI's choice of a site.
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois plans to build a solar farm along Windsor Road west of First Street that could supply about 2 percent of campus energy needs.
URBANA — A proposal for a research center based at the University of Illinois has been awarded $30 million over the next five years, with $12.5 million of that expected to flow to the local campus.
The new SONIC center — short for Systems on Nanoscale Information fabriCs — will be directed by Naresh Shanbhag, a UI professor of electrical and computer engineering.
SAVOY — The former president of Argus Systems Group in Savoy has taken a new job as president and chief executive officer of a company based in Silicon Valley.
Andrew Jones has taken the helm of Orchestral Networks, a Redwood City, Calif.-based company that develops software for wireless network providers.
Belly up to the sound bar boys (and girls). A reader asked if the sound bars being marketed for TVs would improve upon the interior speakers:
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CHAMPAIGN — Scammers looking to steal information from unsuspecting telephone users have begun contacting residents of central Illinois. Busey has received numerous reports from customers and non-customers of recent attempts to get personal or financial information from consumers using telephones.
CHAMPAIGN — How likely is it that aliens have visited Earth? Join University of Illinois physicist Kevin Pitts for a discussion of the possibilities in the next William M. Staerkel Planetarium "World of Science" lecture.
His presentation, "The Physics of UFOs," will be given at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the planetarium at Parkland College.
CHAMPAIGN — When Jim Rowland dressed as a green-faced witch with a hooked nose and protruding chin for a Halloween office party last year, he didn't wear a mask he'd purchased.
He created the horrifying visage himself, using two prosthetic devices that he glued onto his face and silicone rubber to hide the seams. He covered that with a ghoulish shade of Ben Nye creme makeup.
Spinlight in Spotlight: New Toys R Us tablet features local apps; products also catch eye of Barnes & Noble
CHAMPAIGN — When Toys R Us launched its Tabeo computer tablet for kids this month, it included three Web applications developed in Champaign.
The apps — "AlphaTots," "Operation Math" and "Swapsies" — were all developed by Champaign-based Spinlight Studio. They're among 50 apps preloaded on the Tabeo.