Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery, cable work

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts tackled battery and cable work outside the International Space Station on Monday.

It was the third spacewalk in just 2 1/2 weeks for the space station crew.

Comptroller orders IT contract progress reports

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza has suspended $5.7 million in payments on an online state-employee health insurance program, a project so botched it also prompted her to begin ordering performance reports for all large state technology contracts.

Rich Warren | Breaking down Apple's latest offerings

Take another bite out of the Apple with me. Before revealing all the March 25 introductions, here's a reflection. When Sony opened its gallery on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago in the early 1990s, one of the first, if not the first in the country, it was a rather sedate affair showcasing Sony products.

CERL designs, 3D-prints nation's first reinforced-concrete bridge

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign lab has designed and 3D-printed the first reinforced-concrete bridge in the country.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Construction Engineering Research Laboratory was testing the 3-foot-wide foot bridge last week, hoping it would be able to withstand the 15,000 pounds it was designed for.

Just Askin' | Emmy-winning Champaign business

Q: Why is a Champaign-based firm receiving an Emmy today?

A: Because the company, Cobalt Digital, helps deliver HD video over the internet.

The company is receiving a technology and engineering Emmy for "Pioneering Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution and Distribution TV Links."

Wired In: Erik Johnson

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a different high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ERIK JOHNSON, an associate professor of astronomy at Parkland College. He's also a leader in Parkland's regional Science Olympiad tournament for middle and high school students.

M-S Junior High students learn how to be 'Internet Awesome' from Google

MAHOMET — As hundreds of Mahomet-Seymour Junior High students ran, jumped and yelled their way inside the school's gym, they found on their seats signs with a red 'X' on one side and a green check mark on the other.

EU says BMW, Daimler, VW colluded to limit emissions tech

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities said Friday that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars.

Japan spacecraft drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the way for the collection of underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system.

Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims

NEW YORK (AP) — Like health officials facing measles outbreaks, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short.