Blue Waters' official launch set

A ceremony marking the official launch of the Blue Waters supercomputer will take place Thursday on campus.

Rich Warren: Will latest lawsuit improve cable menu options?

An enticing new restaurant opens in town. With high hopes you sit down at the table to peruse the menu. The plank-roasted red snapper served with basmati rice catches your eye.

Pavlov set to acquire Shouting Ground

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Pavlov Media announced Wednesday it is acquiring Shouting Ground Technologies, a local provider of managed information-technology and network-technology solutions.

Shouting Ground will keep its name and operations and stay in Champaign, according to a Pavlov release. Shouting Ground's customers should see no change in service, the release added.

Field Museum exhibit shedding light on a living world

Glowing can get you dates, hide you from a predator or snare you prey — depending on which species you hang out with.

UI uses hundreds of cameras to investigate crime; more on the way

URBANA — Be sure to smile the next time you walk through the University of Illinois campus.

There's a good chance you are being watched on a UI police camera.

UI police have increased the number of surveillance cameras monitoring activity in the campus area from 13 in 2008 to 900 today, and the police department plans on adding another 200 cameras before the end of 2013.

Rich Warren: Sometimes, the answers just aren't all that encouraging

If I sent an email to my doctor telling her that I have a pain in my chest, she probably would advise me to head over to the emergency room sooner rather than later.

Your humble technology correspondent is no physician, but similarly, diagnosing electronic problems via email can be risky. For example, this reader query:

UI staffer objects to mass email; Davis' office says message was approved by House panel, not political

CHAMPAIGN — A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said that a mass email sent to thousands of residents of the 13th Congressional District last week had been approved by the House franking commission and was not of a political nature.

But a University of Illinois staff member said that he objected to receiving the personal message on his UI account.

Rich Warren: A few more odds and ends about batteries

My recent battery column elicited a few sparks, but I cannot confirm the veracity of the two emails I received concerning exploding lithium batteries. These emails won't be printed until I can be sure of their honesty and objectivity.

Bill restricting government use of drones clears Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD — Despite opposition from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, a bill restricting law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, cleared an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday.

Turbine blade breaks caused by isolated issue, manufacturer says

ARMSTRONG — An "isolated manufacturing issue" caused two wind turbines in East Central Illinois to break last year, the manufacturer of the towers said Monday.