UI part of 'Midwest I-Corps Node' launching in January

A faculty-student research team at the University of Illinois creates a startup company called Rithmio to improve missile guidance and satellite control systems.

But through a federal program that helps businesses bring research to market, engineering Professor Prashant Mehta and postdoctoral student Adam Tilton discover they'll have limited customers for that application.

Wired In: Sayan Mitra

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, SAYAN MITRA, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois. He and Mahesh Viswanathan are founders of start-up company Rational CyPhy, which soon could be part of your safe-driving experience.

Ask 'Mimi,' Oct. 30, 2016

Did Ben Grosser speak recently overseas?

Yes, in Portugal, Paris and Berlin. A leader in digital art, he was the invited artist at the PLUNC New Media and Digital Art Festival in Lisbon — and this is ironic — PLUNC obtained funding for his trip from the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Music scene

The Chorale to open 35th season

Craig Jessop, former director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will return to the area to guest conduct The Chorale's "Celebration of Life," the first concert of its 35th season, at 7 p.m. next Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Playing Critic: Excellent world building keeps 'Mafia III' out of open-world doldrums

I'll begin at the end: "Mafia III" is an excellent game where the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Novel presentation, complex characterizations and an unflinching look at the American South's turbulent racial history buoy an experience that easily could have been dragged down by its trope-filled storyline and overly familiar open-world gameplay mechanics.

Rich Warren: One thumbs up and one down for Comcast, AT&T cable

Friend Jim, the electronics wizard, recently dumped AT&T U-verse for Comcast. From his ecstatic comments it sounded akin to waking up and discovering your Chevy Sonic morphed into a Nissan Maxima. He raves about the better picture quality, more versatile RF remote control, higher Internet speed and the courteous, knowledgeable installation crew.

Yahoo Employee Foundation hands out $4 million in grants

CHAMPAIGN — Three nonprofit organizations and a local school are sharing in nearly $4 million in grants from the Yahoo Employee Foundation, a philanthropic organization funded by donations from Yahoo employees and interest from investments.

Champaign council OKs next step on UC2B assets

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward on designating a service provider to buy the assets of a local fiber-optic infrastructure originally constructed by the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Intergovernmental Consortium.