The Future Five, July 13, 2015


Engineering-based medical school plans moving forward

URBANA — Negotiators are wrapping up work on an affiliation agreement for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, a critical step toward winning accreditation and donor support for the new medical school.

Rich Warren: Wide band of possible reasons for AM interference

AM radio remains a technology we love to hate. We love its programming found nowhere else, but it sounds dreadful, even when broadcasting talk radio. In a mere five years, commercial AM broadcasting celebrates its centennial. How many other technologies survive that long?

Faraway flyby coming to Parkland

Three years ago, even though it would be in the wee hours of a morning, Dave Leake opened Staerkel Planetarium to star-gazers to watch the NASA feed on the Mars rover landing.

"I thought there would be three or four insomniacs here at 2 a.m., but we had standing room only," he remembered.

Joan Griffis: 'Evidence Explained' is essential reference

There probably are no other technical genealogical guides that begin by stating, "Step 1. Smile." Author Elizabeth Shown Mills continues, "This manual is hefty. Don't sweat the size. What you are about to learn will help you resolve many research problems."

It's Your Business: Karaoke club coming to A-Plus VIP Lounge

A-Plus VIP Lounge in downtown Urbana plans to open a karaoke club and cafe on the second floor of its building, owner Di Yu said last week.

Remodeling work has been going on this summer, and Yu said he hopes the rooms will be ready when University of Illinois students return in August.

UI, Carle researchers test new brain imaging process

URBANA — Researchers at the Carle health system and the University of Illinois have begun testing a new brain imaging technology on local patients — initially those with epilepsy and brain tumors — that they hope could make a big impact on medicine.

The core technology, magnetic resonance elastography, or MRE for short, isn't available in mainstream medical centers yet.

Rich Warren: Unlocking smartphone prices

Pity poor Clark Kent searching for a phone booth. The origin of phrases such as "It's your nickel" become lost in obsolescent obscurity. After nearly a century of relatively unchanged telephone service, the cellphone turned everything upside down in the past 20 years.

Joan Griffis: Take a study break — and smile

Genealogists need not be serious all the time. In fact, most researchers find that a change of outlook can sometimes be more productive than one might think.

Thus it is appropriate to take time to read the current issue of the Library of Congress Magazine (May/June 2015, Vol. 4, No. 3), "Collecting Comedy."

Graduation speech will be worth hearing

URBANA — When 5-year-old Makenzie Rivera delivers her speech at today's 2015 Carle Auditory and Oral School promotion ceremony, the crowd will never be able to tell that just a few short months ago, she couldn't say more than two words at a time.