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Instagram co-founders resigning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation.

Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram's chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off "to explore our curiosity and creativity again."

2 UI profs among White House group looking at quantum frontier

It sounds like something straight out of Marvel's "Ant Man."

This quantum realm, however, pertains to the next frontier in computing.

About 30 experts from government, industry and academia — including two professors from the University of Illinois — were invited to a summit Monday at the White House on "Advancing American Leadership in QIS," or Quantum Information Science.

SiriusXM buying Pandora Media in $3.5 billion deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it's buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that'll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas.

SiriusXM Holdings Inc. has more than 36 million subscribers in North America, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users.

Implant, rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three people whose legs were paralyzed for years can stand and take steps again thanks to an electrical implant that zaps the injured spinal cord — along with months of intense rehab, researchers reported Monday.

Chicago State gets grant to increase minorities in science

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago State University is receiving a $1.3 million federal grant to increase minority participation in science, technology, engineering and math.

Rich Warren | Shinola rolls out impressive speakers

In a world of declining fidelity, the new Shinola Bookshelf Speakers reproduce sound for sore ears.

Admittedly, Detroit-based Shinola chose a name too clever by a half, but product quality compensates.

Wired In: Yi Lu

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech leader. This week, meet Professor YI LU, a chemistry researcher at the University of Illinois. His team has found a novel way to help clean up contaminants that are destroying our environment, as laid out in their report published in the journal Science.

UI rededicates Everitt Lab after $55M renovation: 'It will be an epicenter of discoveries'

URBANA — To students and faculty at the University of Illinois, Everitt Lab is a birthplace of the electrical-engineering advances that revolutionized technology, named for a visionary in the engineering world.

To the Everitt family, it is that and much more — a living memorial to William Everitt, who donated his body to science when he died in 1986.

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.

Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried.

Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant.