UI officially launches Blue Waters

URBANA — "Wouldn't it be great to be able to put the universe in a bottle and do experiments?" asked Thom Dunning as he stood before a group of mostly scientists and politicians at the University of Illinois on Thursday afternoon.

Rich Warren: Comcast representatives offer a friendly, personal response

Comcast bought me lunch. One of the largest and most powerful companies in America paid for my tuna wrap. Representatives of the company read your frequent letters printed here and my often less-than-charitable responses regarding Comcast. Two very pleasant and concerned public relations people wanted to know how they could improve our relationship.

Blue Waters' official launch set

A ceremony marking the official launch of the Blue Waters supercomputer will take place Thursday on campus.

Blue Waters

Images from public tours of NCSA's Blue Waters facility on the UI campus in Champaign, IL. on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Gearhead of the Week: Brian Cordes

Brian Cordes has it bad for the late 1980's Dodge 2.2 liter turbo engine. And he has the Dodge Daytona Shelby version to prove it.

Field Museum exhibit shedding light on a living world

Glowing can get you dates, hide you from a predator or snare you prey — depending on which species you hang out with.

Rich Warren: Will latest lawsuit improve cable menu options?

An enticing new restaurant opens in town. With high hopes you sit down at the table to peruse the menu. The plank-roasted red snapper served with basmati rice catches your eye.

UI uses hundreds of cameras to investigate crime; more on the way

URBANA — Be sure to smile the next time you walk through the University of Illinois campus.

There's a good chance you are being watched on a UI police camera.

UI police have increased the number of surveillance cameras monitoring activity in the campus area from 13 in 2008 to 900 today, and the police department plans on adding another 200 cameras before the end of 2013.

Rich Warren: Sometimes, the answers just aren't all that encouraging

If I sent an email to my doctor telling her that I have a pain in my chest, she probably would advise me to head over to the emergency room sooner rather than later.

Your humble technology correspondent is no physician, but similarly, diagnosing electronic problems via email can be risky. For example, this reader query:

UI staffer objects to mass email; Davis' office says message was approved by House panel, not political

CHAMPAIGN — A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said that a mass email sent to thousands of residents of the 13th Congressional District last week had been approved by the House franking commission and was not of a political nature.

But a University of Illinois staff member said that he objected to receiving the personal message on his UI account.