Food-farm initiative has momentum in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Plans for development of a Rantoul food and farm initiative and a renewable energy research center are making the most progress as part of the Rantoul Re-Imagination Project on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

And the food and farm initiative appears to be leading the pack in terms of readiness.

Profs also started firm that makes lamps using microplasma technology

CHAMPAIGN — EP Purification isn't the first commercial venture from University of Illinois professors J. Gary Eden and Sung-Jin Park.

In 2007, they founded Eden Park Illumination, which makes lamps using microplasma technology. Their goal at the time was to displace fluorescent lights with lightweight, energy-efficient lighting.

Final cost in for fiber optic system in Monticello

MONTICELLO — The total installation cost for Monticello's recently installed fiber optic system has come in at $306,074. That means each of the four entities that combined to bring the high speed data lines to town will pay about $76,500 each.

UI: One computer likely browsing at Crimea website

CHAMPAIGN — Wrong place, wrong time?

A University of Illinois computer security official said someone using a desktop computer on the university network to visit the Crimea referendum website almost a week ago was likely just "browsing," not launching a cyberattack.

Deere expanding tech center at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — John Deere is expanding its Technology Innovation Center in the University of Illinois Research Park, nearly doubling its space there.

The company has enlarged its facility at 2021 S. First St., C, from 7,500 square feet to 13,500 square feet, according to company spokesman Eric Hodson.

Rich Warren: Comcast taking Wi-Fi hot spots to the next level

In utopia, everyone connects for free. Just about everywhere you are there would be free Wi-Fi.

But short of someone like Warren Buffett with the resources to pay for all of us to enjoy free Wi-Fi wherever we go, Comcast now offers the next-best thing, at least for Comcast customers.

UI 'dream team' developing project mapping

CHAMPAIGN — Three University of Illinois students — each of whom has won impressive prizes for technological innovation — have combined forces to form a new company, Lumenous.

Brett Jones, Rajinder Sodhi and Kevin Karsch are blending their talents to develop software and hardware that will help advertisers, artists and designers create fantastic visual illusions.

Rich Warren: A little technological advice from readers

Two weeks ago, we featured reader questions. This week, we offer reader answers to those questions. Some are quite fascinating.

First, this response from Robert Culkeen, the station manger of the WILL stations. A reader questioned the audio dropouts on the WILL TV secondary digital channels.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy series looks at court records

The Genealogy at a Glance series, begun in 2011 by the Genealogical Publishing Co., and offering guidance on principal record sources in a handy format — four laminated 8-by-11-inch pages — has added "Court Records" to its list of dozens of such guides.

Astronaut: 'It's amazing how it feels to be under 1G again'

NASA videos:

Hear Hopkins and his crewmates discuss their experience in space.

Watch the search and recovery team unload the crew from the Soyuz capsule.