NCSA awards eight fellowships to UI faculty members

URBANA — When you think "supercomputing" or "big data," gun crimes may not necessarily come to mind.

But that's one of the wide-ranging issues that will be studied with seed grants awarded to eight University of Illinois professors selected for the 2017-18 Faculty Fellowships from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Wired In: Rishabh Anand

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet RISHABH ANAND, our youngest high tech innovator thus far at 18.

Rich Warren: Explore the wonderful world of podcasts

Become a pod person, but not like in a sci-fi movie. Join me as a podhead. Think of podcasts as radio on demand, but with a whole new attitude.

The non-intuitive name derives from the original Apple iPod. Listeners downloaded these capsule audio programs from the internet, usually from iTunes, to store on and listen to from their iPod.

Playing Critic: Latest 'Cooking Mama' missing key ingredients

As someone who loves food more than is necessarily healthy, I've always been drawn to the premise of the "Cooking Mama" series, where you mimic the kitchen arts by playing thematic minigames.

"Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop" will supposedly be the last iteration of the series to be released on the Nintendo 3DS — and that might be a good thing.

Entertainment listings, May 25-June 1, 2017


This weekend


What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Hosted by local players from Bridge at Ginger Creek community bridge club.

When:9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily May 25-29.

Where: Hawthorn Suites, Champaign.

Soil tests at Chanute turn up no evidence of chemical agents

RANTOUL — No evidence of formal chemical-warfare training was found during an extensive investigation of a site on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Mystery girl dug up in S.F. identified

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter had reported on the search for information about a little girl whose unidentified casket was recently found by workers in San Francisco. A more recent article by Joseph Serna in The Los Angeles Times includes the entire story.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Uni alum as fluid as the compounds she worked on

CHAMPAIGN — When Chelsea Edwards moved to Boston for college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she had to get used to a few things.

Rich Warren: When it comes to computer security, be thorough

Apologies for sounding like a nagging parent: Take computer (tablet, smartphone and router) security seriously. While the media breathlessly and continuously report the latest computer hack and malware, most users obliviously continue about their business. Then again, many drivers text, assuming it won't cause an accident.

Playing Critic: New sandbox game comes with structure

In so-called sandbox games, the player gets to run amok — molding the world into whatever they please as their imagination goes wild — like a little kid playing in a giant sandbox.

"Minecraft" is, perhaps, the most popular example.

And now there's "Portal Knights."