Just Askin' | Electronics recycling event

Q: When is the next electronics recycling event in Champaign County?

A: On Saturday, May 18.

Registration opened last week for the event at

The event runs from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Parkland College, where volunteers will help unload items.

Automation helping to cut costs, stirring debate over effect on jobs

URBANA — For the past couple weeks, a new food truck has showed up on the University of Illinois campus serving coffee.

Unlike other food trucks, however, this one is staffed by a robot.

"Each cup of coffee takes 40 seconds to make," said Guangzhe Cui, a grad student in electrical and computer engineering and co-founder of the company behind the food truck, Yummy Future.

Stage set for epic extradition fight over WikiLeaks' Assange

LONDON (AP) — What is expected to be an epic legal and political battle over whether to extradite Julian Assange to the U.S. began to take shape, with Britain's opposition Labour Party urging the government Friday not to hand the WikiLeaks founder over to the Americans.

Hawaiian creation chant used to name black hole

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.

University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said Thursday they plan more diggings and called for better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the remains were unearthed.

UI team played major role in black-hole breakthrough

The worldwide Event Horizon Telescope Project has captured the first-ever image of a black hole, at the center of a giant galaxy in the constellation Virgo, 55 million miles away.

Mechanodontics' behind-the-teeth braces capture 2019 Cozad Challenge

CHAMPAIGN — A startup that makes braces placed behind the teeth took first place in the 20th annual Cozad New Venture Challenge.

Mechanodontics received $25,000 and plans to use that money to outsource less of the manufacturing of the braces.

New settlement over Yahoo data breach valued at $117.5 million

SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential restitution in a legal settlement valued at $117.5 million.

Amazon says it will soon accept cash at cashless stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, facing backlash from critics who say cashless stores discriminate against the poor, will soon accept cash at all its stores.

The online shopping giant has more than 30 stores that don't accept cash, including its book shops and Amazon Go convenience stores.

Amazon confirmed it is working to accept cash, but wouldn't say when that would happen.

Scientists reveal first image made of a black hole

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss.