CHAMPAIGN — On an ozone action day, when air quality levels are unhealthy, especially for people with conditions like asthma, even plants feel the stress.
Recently I mocked the new ultra-high-definition televisions, which deliver twice the resolution of existing HDTV, meaning UHDTV is comparable to movie theater quality. My barb concerned the lack of ultra-high-definition videos and movies for UHDTVs.
Sometimes your questions beg obvious answers rather than complex replies. I devoted a column to readers unable to clearly hear the dialog of British television shows. I suggested a modest home theater system.
CHAMPAIGN — If your cellphone bill looks a bit higher than it should, take a closer look, consumer advocates advise.
The number of fraudulent fees third-party companies have charged to Illinois cellphone bills — a practice known as "cramming" — has nearly doubled in a year, according to Citizens Utility Board, a consumer advocate group based in Chicago.
If you're the shopper who downloads coupons while standing in line or composes Christmas lists on your smart phone, here's another handy tool.
The next time you're book-shopping for that special teen or child in your life, you can download the free annual gift guide from the University of Illinois Center for Children's Books on your mobile phone.
CHAMPAIGN — A living laboratory atop the University of Illinois Business Instructional Facility is providing scientists with data on how green roofs can help communities better manage storm water.
A 1,200-foot-section of the roof on the fourth floor of the BIF, as it's popularly known, is covered with plants and serves as a field lab for engineering researchers.
CHAMPAIGN — The view out the upper-floor windows at Champaign's I Hotel got a little greener this fall.
About 3,000 square feet of the flat black roof over the adjacent University of Illinois Conference Center is now covered with a colorful mixture of hardy sedum plants, in shades of red, green and yellow.
ARMSTRONG — The firm that operates the recently built California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion and Champaign counties said it is looking into how a wind turbine's blade broke on Tuesday night.
This reader worries about making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list:
"We exchanged DISH for DirecTV to the consternation of our 39-year-old school teacher still living at home. She gave me static for considering such a thing. She had not mentioned she had many programs and movies saved on the DISH receiver/DVR. The debris hit the fan!