Camp takes students beyond computer science

CHAMPAIGN — A day camp for middle-school girls on the University of Illinois campus is centered around computer science, but that doesn't mean the students involved are only concerned with computers.

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Firefighting robot helps extinguish blaze from inside of ruined building

HOOPESTON — At 400 pounds and only 2 feet tall, one steel-clad firefighter got some curious looks, arriving at the scene of a fire in a used-tire processing facility in Hoopeston on Wednesday.

UI hires new dean for College of Engineering

CHAMPAIGN — The head of one of the most prestigious engineering departments at the University of Illinois will be the next dean of the UI College of Engineering.

Andreas Cangellaris, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, was named Thursday as the successor to Ilesanmi Adesida, who is now provost of the campus.

Rich Warren: New Comcast platform promises to be major upgrade

The cable box: You can't live with it, and you can't live without it. In this digital age, if you want more than the local channels a cable or satellite box joins your home furnishings. Earlier this month, Comcast debuted a box that not only makes choosing and recording your favorite programs easier, but you might just fall in love with it.

Concrete examples of engineering

UI hosting engineering event this week which pits custom-made craft from all over the world

URBANA — The word "concrete" is not often followed by "canoe."

It seems rather counterintuitive: Concrete shouldn't float, right?

Tell that to the engineers.

CUB: Watch over cellphone bills

CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois consumer watchdog group says Champaign residents are overpaying on their cellphone bills by as much as $9 million per year and more than $1.4 billion statewide.

Network hub in Piatt office building requires rezoning

MONTICELLO — The Piatt County Office Building could serve as a hub for a fiber optic network being constructed in Monticello, but the county will need a zoning change before that happens.

"We're not zoned to collect rent," said county board member Randy Keith at a public meeting Tuesday to get input from residents adjacent to the building, which once housed Kirby Hospital.

Champaign's computer network to go down for upgrade

CHAMPAIGN — Some city services and online features will be inaccessible this week as officials upgrade their computer network to fiber.

The network will be down at all city facilities beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday and should remain that way until Monday.

During the outage, the following services are expected to be unavailable when residents visit the Champaign City Building:

UI Solar Decathlon team taking home to away game

URBANA — Designing a "net zero" solar-powered house is challenging enough without trying to do it in two languages across two continents with a 13-hour time difference.

The latest University of Illinois solar house, dubbed "Etho," is being built in conjunction with a team at Peking University for the first-ever Solar Decathlon China competition in early August.