Robots prowling grocery stores' aisles in search of spills

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise.

But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes.

Iran satellite fails to reach orbit in U.S.-criticized launch

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian satellite-carrying rocket blasted off into space on Tuesday, but scientists failed to put the device into orbit in a launch previously criticized by the United States as helping the Islamic Republic further develop its ballistic missile program.

Netflix raising prices as costs rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago.

Champaign library's Girls Who Code class aims to reformat gender gap

CHAMPAIGN — After launching several services geared toward entrepreneurs in 2018, the Champaign Public Library is turning its attention to another major issue in the tech community: the gender gap.

Women represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Killeen remains optimistic about DPI after talk with Pritzker over holidays

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen remains optimistic about the future of the Discovery Partners Institute under newly inaugurated Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Rich Warren | Highlights from 2019 CES in Las Vegas

In 1979, Sony's large exhibit at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show featured the interconnected home. In this home of the future, interconnected entertainment devices and appliances communicated with each other for an automated and immersive experience.

Of course, at the time, it resembled a Potemkin City, a facade of wishful technology.

Wired In: Donald Ort

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet DONALD ORT, the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Science and Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is the principal researcher in a project to see if yields can be greatly increased by getting around a chemical glitch in plants.

China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface.

Poland charges Huawei manager, ex-spy with spying for China

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has arrested a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former counter-espionage officers and charged them with spying on Poland for China, state television and officials reported Friday.

UI selected as recipient of ninth annual Climate Leadership Award

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois was selected for the ninth annual Climate Leadership Award from the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.