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Technology

Oso Technologies prepping product for delivery

CHAMPAIGN — Oso Technologies has won plenty of acclaim for its idea of a system that monitors how much water your lawn, garden or houseplant needs.

Now it's time to provide the actual product to customers.

For the last couple weeks, the company's five full-time employees have been programming PlantLink base stations and links in their office in downtown Champaign.

Better tech makes fake IDs harder to detect

Ease of access to forgeries has prompted police to step up their enforcement efforts

Bouncers in Campustown are veterans at spotting fake IDs.

They know the signs — the logo isn't quite right, the color is off, the card just doesn't have the right feel.

C-U among most promising tech hubs

Techie.com selected the 10 most promising tech hubs to watch for 2014:

Among the criteria: physical infrastructure such as fiber-optic rings; high-tech industrial parks and incubators; startup culture with meet-ups and co-working spaces; presence of a university; supportive programs.

UI: Sugarcane could become oil-producing crop for biodiesel

A roundup of agriculture news:

URBANA — A team of researchers led by the University of Illinois recently reported that it can increase sugarcane's geographic range and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.

UI part of $62.5 million effort to improve medical-training devices

URBANA — A fever raging, blood pressure dropping and heart rate speeding up, the patient goes into septic shock.

What should the doctors and nurses do? Administer antibiotics and other medicines? Add fluids? Resuscitate?

Champaign launches email newsletter

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone can now sign up for a monthly, electronic newsletter from the city.

The first issue of The Champaign Insider will be emailed to subscribers on March 1, according to a press release. It will highlight different city services, projects and events.

Rich Warren: Some questions and answers

Questions. We have questions:

"We have a lot of VHS tapes (like the Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show). Is there any way to copy these tapes onto a DVD? They don't make a VCR any more that plays them. I have one now but when it goes south we can't watch them any more."

Production recreates nascent tech from late '60s

URBANA — Bill Gates and Steve Jobs brought personal computing into our lives — but they weren't the ones who pioneered the technology.

Much of the credit for that goes to Douglas Engelbart and others at the Stanford Research Institute.

UI engineers making cells easier to see

New product lets researchers get images of them without killing them in process

CHAMPAIGN — Biological researchers can get faster, more sensitive images of live cells and tissues thanks to a company building on technology developed at the University of Illinois.

UI Extension has resources online for health care law

URBANA — With a little more than a month left before Affordable Care Act open enrollment closes, the University of Illinois Extension says it's providing an unbiased resource to help people make their health insurance choices.