Wired In: Emma Mercier

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet EMMA MERCIER, a University of Illinois curriculum and instruction professor with a doctorate from Stanford. A native of Ireland, Mercier, 37, still eats meat sometimes, but teaches children about its impact on our environment, in terms of both the carbon and water it takes to produce.

Rich Warren: Phones come with limitations

The phone is not the answer. Choose the best individual tool for every purpose. Call it the Swiss Army knife fallacy. A Swiss Army knife modestly serves many basic functions. However, you wouldn't use its best blade for preparing a full meal, open a bottle of wine if a better corkscrew was at hand or use those tiny scissors to cut a dress pattern.

I3 Broadband to start expanding fiber-optic network by August

CHAMPAIGN — I3 Broadband is planning to expand its fiber-optic network to 2,500 new homes this year, with construction beginning no later than Aug. 1.

Construction should take less than three months, said Mike Whitaker, i3 vice president of sales and business development.

UI grad student hopes new statue engineers change in attitudes

URBANA — It's taken some time, but Sakshi Srivastava's determination to get a statue honoring women in engineering on the University of Illinois campus is finally paying off.

The life-size statue, a gift from Texas Instruments, is scheduled to be unveiled at its home on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright St., with a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. today.

#TheMJs, April 28, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



"If women are going to wear low cut dresses that show cleavage don't be harassed when men look. Or shld we sue for sexual arousal?"

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

Twitter sees first revenue drop since IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — You'd think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump's megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestor: County maps back on library's website

Chicago's Newberry Library has added the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (1629-2000) back to its website at These interactive maps show how the boundaries of each states' counties have changed over time. (Be sure to click on Boundary Animations.)

Fiat Chrysler, Google offering public rides in self-driving vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership.