Technology

Technology

Energy secretary indicates that FutureGen has a future

CHAMPAIGN – Local officials were encouraged Thursday by news that the Department of Energy may revive the FutureGen project in Mattoon.

If built, FutureGen would be the world's first clean-coal power plant. The $1.8 billion experimental plant would store its carbon dioxide emissions 7,500 feet below the surface.

UI student's facial-recognition technology wins $30,000

URBANA – For two years, John Wright has worked on ways to improve facial-recognition systems.

On Wednesday, those efforts paid off as the 26-year-old doctoral student won the Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize and the $30,000 that goes with it.

Eight UI engineering graduate students up for award

URBANA – Eight finalists have been selected for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, the winner of which will be announced Wednesday.

The finalists, all graduate students in the University of Illinois College of Engineering, are:

Danville school officials seek public input on technology plan

DANVILLE – Danville school officials are getting ready to update the district's technology plan, and they're asking for the public's help.

Community members are being asked to fill out a survey on the district's Web site at www.danville.k12.il.us. There's a 24-question survey for parents and another with 15 questions for community members without children in the district.

Schools flex scientific muscles at Olympiad; 4 going to state

CHAMPAIGN – By 4 p.m. Saturday, the gym at Franklin Middle School – maximum occupancy 900 – teemed with screams, cheers and the screech of tennis shoes running across the floor.

Up until then, the competition was fierce.

Author: Focus on waste should shift back to manufacturing

CHAMPAIGN – So you recycle your cans, plastic and paper waste. You take your reusable cloth bags to the grocery store, instead of getting plastic bags for your groceries.

It's a good start.

"It matters what we do. It matters that we take our bags to the grocery store. But that's not enough," said Heather Rogers, an author and filmmaker who writes about environmental issues and mass consumption.

Recycling deals with waste after it's been made, she said, but she is calling for deeper changes that start with looking at what is manufactured.

Westville educators praise new online testing service

WESTVILLE – School administrators had unanimous praise Wednesday for the online testing service that Westville schools began using this school year.

In 2008, Westville school board members approved a one-year agreement with the North West Evaluation Association of Lake Oswego, Ore., to provide online testing to kindergarten through 10th-grade students three times per school year to gauge their understanding and abilities in math and reading.

Group considers pursuing Internet funding

CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois might pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana.

Local groups to pursue stimulus money for broadband network

CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois appears ready to pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana to bring advanced broadband service to residents.

The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama Tuesday includes $7 billion in funding to improve bandwidth and the availability of broadband service in underserved areas.

Tech upgrade will bring Urbana schools up to speed

URBANA – Erin Lodes dreams of a day when her music students can use class time to watch videos.