Wired In: Dario Aranguiz

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet 20-year-old DARIO ARANGUIZ, a University of Illinois graduate student working as an intern at Petronics, which makes robotic animals, beginning with cat toy Mousr. He's also a competitive strength athlete.

Rich Warren: Narrowing list of sites for reviews

Finances and time restrict product reviews in this column. When I reviewed audio and video components between 1978-2007 for national magazines and a big-city newspaper, companies eagerly loaned gear for reviews. Various electronics would visit for a month while I subjectively reviewed them.

South Farms: Despite racing's demise, standardbreds stay

Established in 1903, the University of Illinois horse farm has ties to athletics dating back to its founding.

The draft horses initially housed there, or so the story goes, helped with the construction of Memorial Stadium, said Kevin Kline, an animal sciences professor who has worked on the farm since 1974 as a student and faculty member.

South Farms: Planning around pigs a perennial problem

It's been a perennial issue at the UI Research Park since its founding in 2000: what to do about the pigs.

More specifically, hundreds of hogs and piglets at the swine research facility on the east side of First Street, north of Windsor Road and just south of where four new research park buildings have sprouted up in the last few years.

#TheMJs, Aug. 4, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.



Entertainment listings, Aug. 3-10, 2017


This weekend


Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Group plans cemetery restoration project

The New France Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century has scheduled two dates for the continuation of its project of cleaning and restoring headstones at Scogin Hill Cemetery, 2311 West Oakland, Bloomington.

The two dates will be (weather-permitting) from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 3, and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

Rich Warren: Take 5G ads with a grain of salt

Brace yourself for the force of 5G. We're not talking gravity but rather the next advance in cellphone technology. The excessive hype will bring you right back down to earth. The cellphone companies have yet to implement all of the 4G standards.

Here's the easy part; the "G" simply is short for "generation." First-generation (1G) cellphones were analog. Remember those bagphones?

Wired In: Ethan Wisniewski

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference-maker. Meet ETHAN WISNIEWSKI, a student and Medical Device Design Engineer at Cast21. The company makes sleeves to replace traditional fiberglass casts. They are breathable, lightweight and inexpensive. Their open design means you can scratch your itch.

#TheMJs, July 28, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.