Woman's online magazine aimed at young adults with cancer, other health concerns

CHAMPAIGN — By the time she'd reached her mid-20s, Mallory Casperson had taken care of her mom with cancer and become a cancer patient herself.

So she knows a thing or two about what young adults can go through dealing with the disease at a time life tends to be in transition and the kind of support they need can be hard to find.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From radio-controlled airplanes to sunset sounds - and a demolition derby - Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.

Regulators look at increased drone use

By Claire Everett and Robert Holly/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

DECATUR — Rather than a field of dreams, it looks like the future of farms is a field of drones.

Experts predict that the agriculture industry may soon account for roughly half of all drone flights in the United States.

Rich Warren: Channeling thoughts on antennas

Queries continue about antennas for TV reception. Usually we refer readers to Jesse Swinderman.

Recently, Jesse discussed his involvement with antennas, referring to erecting TV antennas as a thankless task.

Illinois Ancestors: Mennonite ancestry in database

The California Mennonite Historical Society has created The GRANDMA database (Genealogical Registry And Database of Mennonite Ancestry) with information on over a million individuals, "most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Prussia (now Poland) and South Russia (now Ukraine.)" For more information on this project, visit

UI institute represents 'next step' for research

CHAMPAIGN — Say you invented a new coating for airplanes — a de-icer, for example.

To take the next step and put it on a plane, you would have to integrate it into the design of the plane itself, consider factors like weight, durability, quality control, environmental impacts, how it will fit into the fabrication process, how it fits in your company's economic model and more.

Rich Warren: Apple's again worming in on the fun

Internet sites recently leaked plans from the darling of technology to forsake the world standard headphone jack for a proprietary headphone jack.

Just over a year ago Apple changed its proprietary 30-pin jack to a new proprietary micro "Lightning" connector. This forced consumers who bought new Apple products to buy $29 adapters to continue using their legacy accessories.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy's top 2 sites hit by attacks

According to an article in the online Genealogy in Time Magazine Newsletter (June 21, 2014), and Find A Grave both experienced extended website outages recently. They were flooded with fake traffic in what is known as a distributed denial of service attack, a method popular with Internet pirates.

Top of the Morning, June 30, 2014: From the archives

There used to be a ballpark here.

And Strawberry Fields, but not forever.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman gave the University of Illinois $40 million and, Sinatra and the Beatles notwithstanding, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology will turn 25 this year.

Camp at UI aims to get girls focused on computing

URBANA — Calla Carter, then an excited 14-year-old, arrived at a computer science camp in Connecticut, checked in to the girls cabin and wondered, where is everyone?

Turns out she was the single girl out of 60 campers attending the camp.

"I was all on my own," she said of the experience from several years ago.