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CHAMPAIGN — A living laboratory atop the University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility is providing scientists with data on how green roofs can help communities better manage storm water.
A 1,200-foot-section of the roof on the fourth floor of the BIF, as it's popularly known, is covered with plants and serves as a field lab for engineering researchers.
CHAMPAIGN — The view out the upper-floor windows at Champaign's I Hotel got a little greener this fall.
About 3,000 square feet of the flat black roof over the adjacent University of Illinois Conference Center is now covered with a colorful mixture of hardy sedum plants, in shades of red, green and yellow.
ARMSTRONG — The firm that operates the recently built California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion and Champaign counties said it is looking into how a wind turbine's blade broke on Tuesday night.
This reader worries about making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list:
"We exchanged DISH for DirecTV to the consternation of our 39-year-old school teacher still living at home. She gave me static for considering such a thing. She had not mentioned she had many programs and movies saved on the DISH receiver/DVR. The debris hit the fan!
A "Lightning Symposium" — as in quick, not thunder — will showcase the diverse work of the state scientific surveys later this week.
CHAMPAIGN — Spinlight Studio has released its latest app, Geography Drive USA, a game that helps kids learn more about the 50 states.
It's the ninth app launched by the Champaign-based company, whose previous releases included "Alpha Tots," "Tally Tots" and "Operation Math."
URBANA — Rudy Frasca has been chosen as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Parkland College Foundation.
Frasca is the founder and former president of Frasca International, the Urbana-based flight-simulator manufacturer that sells products internationally.
CHAMPAIGN — Officials are still waiting for word on whether Champaign-Urbana will be selected for an expensive high-speed Internet build-out while nearly $400,000 hangs in the balance.