Rich Warren: A stereo quirk on some stations with 'legacy' TV

Pop stars "twerk;" technology quirks. Here's a quirky question:

"I have two televisions, one with a digital converter box, the other without.

UI installs cameras to watch cows

A roundup of agricultural news:

URBANA — Fair warning to those on the hoof: What happens in the cow barn won't necessarily stay there.

The University of Illinois has installed video cameras in the cattle barn at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in southern Illinois.

UI physicists share in Nobel celebration

URBANA — Three University of Illinois physicists shared in the celebration over Tuesday's announcement of the Nobel Prize in physics.

Clinton plant shut down for refueling

CLINTON — Exelon Generation's Clinton nuclear plant began a scheduled refueling outage Monday — its 14th since the plant went into operation 26 years ago.

With the unit offline, maintenance is scheduled to be performed and thousands of inspections made on various components and systems.

Supercomputer to be open for tours on Petascale Day

CHAMPAIGN — If you haven't checked out the supercomputer on campus yet, public tours will be available later this month as part of Petascale Day.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois has invited the public to celebrate Petascale Day, which marks big computing and big data.

Firm buys Watchfire Signs

DANVILLE — A New York-based private equity firm has bought Watchfire Signs, a long-time Danville electronic sign company that has grown into a leading manufacturer of LED signs and digital billboards.

UI scientist studies spread of harmful plant

CHAMPAIGN — Horseweed is the bane of soybean farmers, straying into their neatly planted fields and in some cases drastically reducing yields.

That's one reason Junming Wang, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Illinois State Water Survey's climate-science section, is using balloons — yes, balloons — to study the spread of this pesky plant, also known as marestail.

Rich Warren: Comparing and contrasting Nook and Kindle

I support the underdog. Thus, when the time arrived two years ago to switch from paper books to e-books, I headed over to Barnes & Noble to buy a Nook e-reader. Amazon rates as the 900-pound gorilla of Internet retailing. I studied the online reviews, which ultimately reported that the most basic Nook and Amazon Kindle were about the same.

Champaign company buys Fisher firm, changes name

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based HL Precision Machining has acquired Design & Manufacturing Inc. in Fisher.

Going forward, the company will be known as HL Precision Manufacturing and will operate manufacturing facilities in both communities, said company President Steve Hillard.

HL has hired 17 employees at the 36,000-square-foot facility at 302 W. Division St., Fisher.

Library events, Sept. 29-Oct. 6

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.