$70 million for Digital Lab for Manufacturing brings $250 million more

CHAMPAIGN — How do you design and make a product quickly using high-quality materials? How can you get that product quickly to your customers? And how do you make the best use of your company's resources, like the employees?

Artificial intelligence; tasty real-world results

New UI professor's computer 'dreams up' some interesting flavor combinations

Lav Varshney is one of those people who eat food on a daily basis.

One of Varshney's recent research projects was to test if a human trait — creativity — can be encoded on a computer.

It can, and it makes darn good food.

From the 'kitchen' of the silicon chef

Here is a recipe for Swiss-Thai Asparagus Quiche that comes from the mind of Chef Watson, a computer.

It yields 14 quiches and requires some special equipment: tart molds 2 inches in diameter and 1 inch tall.

Pastry dough

8 ounces sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg yolk

2.5 ounces water

Rich Warren: A sad day: Sony getting out of TV business

Long before the Walkman, long before the compact disc, even before Betamax, Sony established its reputation with the Trinitron TV.

Prussing, others want state to raise cellphone 911 fee

URBANA — Mayor Laurel Prussing hopes she can make some headway for state legislation that would increase cellphone 911 surcharges — money which local officials say is desperately needed to keep the lights on and the phones ringing at the county's emergency dispatch center.

Illinois Ancestors: Article traces Irish ancestors in New Jersey

The January 2014 issue of the free online genealogy magazine Irish Lives Remembered focuses on New Jersey in the first of a series of American resources for tracing Irish ancestors. Joe Buggy's sites and sources may even be helpful for "seasoned researchers."

Reddit co-founder: Entrepreneurs should focus on users, not competitors

URBANA — The Internet is a wonderful technology that can help people fulfill what they imagine, the co-founder of Reddit said.

But to succeed, they'll have to plunge ahead with their ideas, even if things aren't letter-perfect, even if they have "no idea what they're doing," according to Alexis Ohanian.

Getting Personal: Sanford Hess

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 42-year-old Champaign resident Sanford Hess. He has just been hired as the information technology director for the city of Urbana, but is better known as the former operator of the Art Theater.

So ... what's new with you?

Melissa Merli: There's an app for that dance

The University of Illinois dance department's dances tend to be hyper-conceptual. But that wasn't the case last week.

February Dance, presented over three nights at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, featured solid movement without the usual postmodern twists.

And the dance majors — there are more young men than usual — were solid.

Smarr to be honored for Web browser work

CHICAGO — A former University of Illinois physicist and supercomputing expert will be honored with an award for his early work in developing Web browsers.

The Golden Goose Award honors those whose federally funded research may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted but has resulted in major economic or other benefits to society.