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UI prof leading project on material that can better withstand reactor accident

URBANA — University of Illinois researchers have won a $3.5 million grant to develop cladding for nuclear fuel rods that can better withstand a reactor accident.

Brent Heuser, UI professor of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering, is principal investigator for the grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs.

Medical devices that dissolve in water nearer to tests on humans

URBANA — Safe, implantable medical devices that will dissolve rather than be cut out could begin human trials in as little as two years, a University of Illinois professor said Thursday.

The materials could also create compostable electronics such as cellphones, and noncontaminating sensors for water systems.

DACC board to vote on retaining bond counsel

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday could begin the process of issuing about $1 million in technology and equipment bonds to continue upgrading technology on campus.

Gearhead of the Week: Gary Haton

Gary Haton of rural Danville talks about his 1957 Chevy 210 Bel Air.

Electronics-collection event to be held Saturday

DANVILLE — A free electronics-collection event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Advantage Recycling, 14 S. Henning Road, Danville.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Vermilion County Health Department, Mervis Industries and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

NASA grant to UI aims at general principles of life

URBANA — Do you ever look up into the sky and wonder, "Is there life beyond earth?" or "Why does life exist at all?"

Researchers at the University of Illinois do.

'Project of year' to Big Broadband

URBANA — A national group that promotes community-level telecommunications on Thursday named the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband initiative as its "community broadband project of the year."

RTHS board OKs phone system upgrade

RANTOUL — Make a phone call to Rantoul Township High School, and chances are, that call will cut out or end up disconnected.

The RTHS board this week approved 7-0 to fix the current phone system and make efforts to ensure dropped calls or disconnected calls don't happen in the future.

Pavlov upgrades free wireless in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has upgraded the Wi-Fi network in downtown Champaign, improving the system's download speed to 10 megabits per second.

The Champaign-based company began offering free Wi-Fi downtown in 2007 through a partnership with the city of Champaign. The upgrade was completed a few weeks ago, Pavlov spokesman Christopher Hunt said.

Vermilion County Board picks electric aggregator, won't seek bids

DANVILLE — By a unanimous vote, the Vermilion County Board decided Tuesday night to contract with Integrys Energy Services for the next phase of the county's electric aggregation program rather than seeking bids from alternative electric suppliers.