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Scientists conduct electricity along wire too small for human eye

For a sensing device small enough to travel through the human blood stream, AAA batteries, or even those little round button cell batteries you put in your watch, are way too big.

But some University of Illinois researchers are showing that it may be possible to make a power source with a length around five times smaller, or less, than a strand of hair is round.

Passage of farm bill likely in 2008

BLOOMINGTON – When Congressional leaders and the White House settle differences about farm legislation, they're likely to end up with a bill that's greener – but not leaner – than current farm programs.

On the front (shopping) line

CHAMPAIGN – I'm not sure what possessed me to go. Maybe the lure of glossy sales fliers in my Thursday paper enticed me.

Or it could be the lore surrounding Black Friday. It's the loved (and hated) first official shopping day of the holiday season. I know diehards who treat it like a sport.

Westville falls short of title for second straight year

CHAMPAIGN — For the second consecutive year, Westville fell one win short of a state championship.

That didn't make it any less special for coach Guy Goodlove.

"They kept fighting until the end," said Goodlove, who was quick to point out how proud he was of the Tigers reaching back-to-back Class 2A title games.

Students make pro bono visits to New Orleans

CHAMPAIGN – The week Austin Kaplan started law school at the University of Illinois, a hurricane was ravaging the Gulf Coast.

The devastation done by Katrina in August 2005, it turns out, would provide learning opportunities for him and fellow law school students that they could not have received in a lecture hall in Champaign.

Science projects are successful collaborations

RANTOUL – Sam Paris-Cheaton's prize-winning project started with a question in chemistry class at Rantoul Township High School.

Teacher Tom Gelsthorpe said Sam, then a sophomore, took an interest in the organic LED lights lesson he was teaching and asked if they would work with plastic. Together they tackled that electronic and molecular challenge as a project for the NAACP's ACT-SO program.

Galena ends Tuscola's bid to repeat as champs

CHAMPAIGN – The folks at Schlarman can breathe easier now. The Hilltoppers of 1980 and '81 are still the only area football teams to repeat as state champions.

Tuscola's bid to make it two in a row ended with today's 35-7 loss to unbeaten Galena at a frigid Class 1A state championship game at Memorial Stadium.

UI clerical union ratifies new 4-year contract

A union representing clerical workers at the University of Illinois approved a new contract on Tuesday.

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3700 ratified a four-year contract that calls for a 2.5 percent raise and reduced parking rates and maintains anniversary raises for employees.

Mathematica's maker plans to add jobs

CHAMPAIGN – Wolfram Research plans to add as many as 75 jobs in the next few months – and in areas that may seem uncharacteristic for the maker of Mathematica software.

"We're bringing in people who are in academic disciplines not normally associated with a computational software ... company," said Marcus Wynne, Wolfram's public relations manager. "We'll be actively recruiting disciplines like agriculture, food science, veterinary medicine."

UI law students pay pro bono visits to New Orleans

CHAMPAIGN – The week Austin Kaplan started law school at the University of Illinois, a hurricane was ravaging the Gulf Coast.

The devastation done by Katrina in August 2005, it turns out, would provide learning opportunities for him and fellow law school students that they could not have received in a lecture hall in Champaign.