Technology

Plant-covered BIF roof a hub for green research

CHAMPAIGN — A living laboratory atop the University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility is providing scientists with data on how green roofs can help communities better manage storm water.

A 1,200-foot-section of the roof on the fourth floor of the BIF, as it's popularly known, is covered with plants and serves as a field lab for engineering researchers.


Firm tries to find why wind turbine blade broke

ARMSTRONG — The firm that operates the recently built California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion and Champaign counties said it is looking into how a wind turbine's blade broke on Tuesday night.


Rich Warren: Service switch causing consternation about DVR contents

This reader worries about making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list:

"We exchanged DISH for DirecTV to the consternation of our 39-year-old school teacher still living at home. She gave me static for considering such a thing. She had not mentioned she had many programs and movies saved on the DISH receiver/DVR. The debris hit the fan!


Scientific surveys set 'lightning' talks

A "Lightning Symposium" — as in quick, not thunder — will showcase the diverse work of the state scientific surveys later this week.


No word yet on UC2B competition

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are still waiting for word on whether Champaign-Urbana will be selected for an expensive high-speed Internet build-out while nearly $400,000 hangs in the balance.


Internet lets mentors keep contact after moving

CHAMPAIGN — In a town known for people moving in and out, it's often hard for a mentor moving away to part with a student.

Now, at Champaign's two high schools, Central and Centennial, mentors who move can still talk face-to-face to the students they mentor with a little help from modern technology.


Rich Warren: Plasma TV owner isn't warming up to a switch to LCD

Just when plasma televisions looked like a reflection in the rearview mirror, the following reader email arrived:


PBL expects $1 million boost from wind farm

PAXTON — The school district should see a $1 million spike in revenue next year, while homeowners in the district should see a savings on their property tax bills next summer, thanks to the construction of a wind farm near Paxton.


40 North has redesigned website

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council, has launched a redesigned and updated website at 40North.org.

It offers a clean and contemporary look with interactive features for users, according to a news release from the council.


Staerkel Planetarium asks for your vote on top astronomical discovery

CHAMPAIGN — To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College wants local folks to vote on what they believe is the most fascinating astronomical discovery of the last quarter century.


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