UI 'dream team' developing project mapping

CHAMPAIGN — Three University of Illinois students — each of whom has won impressive prizes for technological innovation — have combined forces to form a new company, Lumenous.

Brett Jones, Rajinder Sodhi and Kevin Karsch are blending their talents to develop software and hardware that will help advertisers, artists and designers create fantastic visual illusions.

Rich Warren: A little technological advice from readers

Two weeks ago, we featured reader questions. This week, we offer reader answers to those questions. Some are quite fascinating.

First, this response from Robert Culkeen, the station manger of the WILL stations. A reader questioned the audio dropouts on the WILL TV secondary digital channels.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy series looks at court records

The Genealogy at a Glance series, begun in 2011 by the Genealogical Publishing Co., and offering guidance on principal record sources in a handy format — four laminated 8-by-11-inch pages — has added "Court Records" to its list of dozens of such guides.

Astronaut: 'It's amazing how it feels to be under 1G again'

NASA videos:

Hear Hopkins and his crewmates discuss their experience in space.

Watch the search and recovery team unload the crew from the Soyuz capsule.


Jet Propulsion Lab engineer to speak about Saturn mission at UI

URBANA — A senior engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who has led explorations to Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will deliver a talk Tuesday on the University of Illinois campus.

Todd Barber will present "Lord of the Rings: The Cassini Mission to Saturn" at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1404 in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, 201 N. Goodwin Ave., U.

High-tech help

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Deppen and Nishana Ismail were determined to do something after a friend of theirs was mugged in January 2013.

At the time, both Deppen and Ismail were mechanical engineering students at the University of Illinois.

50 years after its debut, Ford's Mustang is still kickin'

The first Ford Mustang rolled off a Michigan assembly line 50 years ago Sunday. The News-Gazette's PAUL WOOD talked to some committed 'Stang fans to find out what endears them to the iconic car.

Peter Alexander of Peter B's Automotive in Urbana owns a Mustang 2011 California Special and is redoing a 1967.

Rich Warren: Reader asks me to bark up the subwoofer tree

Home theater confuses people with its nomenclature. Dolby Laboratories established the 5.1 home standard about 30 years ago. Now we also have 6.1 and 7.1.

Illinois Ancestors: Illinois Archives' 2013 acquisitions are announced

Genealogists, historians, attorneys and others are indebted to the Illinois State Archives for continuing to house and make accessible state and local government records that document various activities within the state.

C-U from space

Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins posted a photo of Champaign-Urbana today from space.

Hopkins is aboard the International Space Station.