UI lab aims to change how we look at medicine

URBANA — It's a scene straight out of Star Trek: a doctor uses a hand-held device to track molecular changes in your body to find out if the medicine you just took is working.

Striking gold: 50 things about Super Bowl 50

In honor of the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary, staff writer Paul Wood unearthed 50 nuggets about the big game


Dr. Sally Foote: Pet behavior gadgets backfire

If you look through any pet catalog or pet store, you will see plenty of ultrasonic/electronic devices that are designed to stop naughty, unwanted pet behaviors.

Scat mats, clip-on transmitters for your stairs, couch or front door area, and direct anti-barking collars are a few devices.

Wired In: Eric Minnick

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ERIC MINNICK, 28, CEO of AE Machines. A computer science graduate of Stanford University, he earned an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Cleared for takeoff

CHAMPAIGN — Radio-controlled planes, helicopters and drones will share airspace at the University of Illinois Armory this weekend — but there's one brave little drone that doesn't worry about crashing.

Record number of UI applicants will get admission news today

URBANA — More than 37,000 students applied to the University of Illinois' flagship campus this year — a new record — and about 22,000 of them will be very happy later today.

Today is Decision Day, when applicants learn whether they've been admitted to the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Rich Warren: Auxiliary channels offer viewing bonanza

The FCC gifted broadcasters with additional channels during the conversion to digital in the summer of 2009. Digital television (DTV) far more efficiently uses broadcast bandwidth than the analog TV it replaced. Thus, in addition to a full-bandwidth HD primary channel, it permits a pair of additional lower definition channels. Generally these still look superior to the former analog TV system.

Research focuses on women and 'silent killer'

CHAMPAIGN — Dr. Jennifer Ash knows a potentially deadly ballooning in part of the body's largest artery is way more common in men than it is in women. She also knows this condition, called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, has tended to be more fatal in women.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Conference to focus on female ancestors

Unnamed women in a family tree can be one of a genealogist's greatest challenges. To help researchers with this task, this year's conference of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS) will have a special focus on historical and genealogical records that pertain to women.

Many districts biding time on carbon-monoxide detector purchases

Following the recommendation of the state superintendent of education, many area school districts are putting off buying carbon-monoxide detectors, now required by law, as the state fire marshal's office decides on rules for the devices.