EpiWorks plans Friday event to help fill 120 jobs


CHAMPAIGN — EpiWorks, a Champaign technology company with plans to expand, is holding a recruitment event Friday afternoon to help fill 120 new jobs.

The event, billed as an “informal meet-and-greet” to provide an inside track on the new jobs, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at Big Grove Tavern, 1 E. Main St., C.

Magnetic show at Staerkel Planetarium

CHAMPAIGN — How’s this for a light show: flares on the surface of the sun, waves of electrified gas 62,000 miles high, creating brilliant auroras in the Earth’s skies — and dangerous effects on technology.

Rich Warren: Zeroing in on interference, network speed

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"I enjoy AM radio when I drive (news, talk, traffic/weather, etc). Leaving Chicago recently, I was able to get WILL 580 as clearly as I can in Champaign for the entire trip! How is that possible?"

Countywide electronics-recycling event full

CHAMPAIGN — Every available slot — all 675 of them — for the Oct. 15 countywide electronics-recycling event at Parkland College has been claimed.

That means that those without a reservation are out of luck until at least next spring, said Kris Koester, spokesman for Champaign's public-works department.

"If they just show up, they'll be turned away," Koester said.

"Oceanhorn" a polished, playable "Zelda" clone

I’m not going to mince words: “Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas” blatantly rips off the structure, concepts and mechanics of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.”

From the heart motif of the health bar to the main character’s sailboat voyage around his island world, the awkwardly named “Oceanhorn” is a “Zelda” clone through and through.

Core degree for new UI med school up for approval Monday

URBANA — The next step in the launch of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine could come Monday, with campus approval of the core medical degree for the school.

The campus Academic Senate will consider a proposal to establish the curriculum for a doctor of medicine degree to be awarded to graduates of the new college.

City of Urbana's newest ride is electric

URBANA — The city is changing lanes with its recent fleet vehicle purchase.

Urbana's environmental sustainability division recently purchased its first electric vehicle, a 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It's the sixth environmentally friendly vehicle to join the division's fleet — the others are hybrids.

#TheMJs, Sept. 16, 2016

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A continuing crescendo

The Pygmalion Festival started as a music showcase but has grown every year since 2005. This year, there's a Food Fest for the first time, says organizer Seth Fein, and more bands than ever, along with literature, arts and crafts, and high tech.

NCSA's founding director returning to mark 30th anniversary

URBANA — Larry Smarr, who brought the first supercomputer to the University of Illinois, is impressed by how the NCSA's work led to giant outcomes and tiny smartphones.

From those beginnings, he said Wednesday, "a modern smartphone is more powerful than the NCSA's first Cray supercomputer."