Technology

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.


Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Visiting artist will share love of trashformation

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 to get fiber-optic Internet service

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 Public School Foundation's 365 Club breakfast set Jan. 24

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.


Everybody wants a piece of T.J. Tabasco

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.


Biography of a pig

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.


UI-based competition brings ideas for technology reuse, recycling

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.


Urbana neighborhood to get new, brighter street lights

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.


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