Jim Dey: Wolfram's hat trick

Hear more from Dey Thursday at 10 on WDWS.

It's been a long time since Stephen Wolfram was a child prodigy.

Wired In: Scott Daigle

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week: IntelliWheels CEO Scott Daigle talks about the ways his business, in the University of Illinois Research Park, makes using wheelchairs more efficient.

The team

She thought she could — and did

URBANA — Inspired by her father and uncle, both West Point graduates, France Cordova planned as a child to attend the U.S. military academy.

Her father's West Point degree still hangs on the wall of her Washington, D.C., apartment.

But West Point didn't admit women when Cordova graduated from high school in the 1960s.

POETS may change the world

URBANA — You've felt it in your phone or laptop: the heat that builds up as the processor handles all those texts, emails and streaming videos.

Every electrical device, no matter how efficient, gives off heat, a process known as "thermal buildup." And if the temperature builds up too much, electronics stop working and things tend to melt.

Rich Warren: Reduced prices on radios, tablets sound good

Bose recently improved the versatility of its SoundTouch WiFi Internet radios while lowering prices and adding a budget $199 mono model. Bose dropped the battery-powered model because it lacked sufficient battery life.

Joan Griffis: Genealogy societies provide varied resources

Years ago (before computers and the Internet — as some may recall) genealogical researchers would consider joining a genealogical society by first writing a letter (and enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope) to inquire about the advantages of a membership: cost, whether volunteers can answer mail inquiries, what unique resources the society has, whether that society has published material

Wired In: Tim Sinclair

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high tech difference maker. This week, Tim Sinclair, 37, CEO of RINGR, an app that lets you connect on the phone, record your conversation and instantly download it for editing, playback and sharing — with impressive sound quality.

Growing pains or gains?

By by mediaplayer"> ROBERT HOLLY/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting 

Since their introduction in the 1990s, genetically engineered corn seeds have indirectly led to higher yields

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

Daily Bread fundraiser

Benefit performances for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Renovation Fund for the new building at 118 N. First St., C, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. next Sunday at the Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., C.

Meet one of the most influential minds in tech

Internet freedom activist SASCHA MEINRATH, back in town today for the 15th anniversary of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, was named to Newsweek's 2012 Digital Power Index Top 100 influencers for his efforts to develop open-source, low-cost community wireless networks and for his role in fighting the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts.