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Technology shatters crystal balls. So the glassmaker Corning Corp. invented flexible, nearly indestructible Willow Glass as mentioned last year. You'll be seeing it in and on current and future smartphones, tablets, TVs and possibly even car windows.
CHAMPAIGN — Playing video games has paid off handsomely for 21-year-old Trevor Martin of Champaign.
Martin parlayed his expertise from playing "Call of Duty" games into a career as a video game commentator on YouTube.
In the process, he's built a following of nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers and taken in streams of revenue from corporate advertisers.
CHAMPAIGN — For a local robotics team made up of middle and high schoolers, build season is a six-week scramble.
Last year, the challenge was to build a robot that fired Frisbees, could move offensively in matches against other robots (including forward, backward and sideways) and could climb a jungle-gym like structure. It will start next year's season Jan. 4.
It was a year populated with food-truck startups and crowd-funding schemes. A year in which IMAX came to Savoy.
A year in which Flex-N-Gate's Shahid Khan leapfrogged Oprah on Forbes magazine's rankings of the 400 richest Americans.
Ah, 2013 — how much we'll remember, how much we'll forget.
DANVILLE — The Danville Family YWCA and University of Illinois 4-H are teaming up to sponsor a tech fair for middle school and high school students.
The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the YMCA, 1111 N. Vermilion St., Danville. It is free, and registration isn't required.
When you think of elementary school, you think of reading, writing and arithmetic — but probably not computer programming.
'Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house the creatures are stirring with no rest for a mouse (or touchscreen).
URBANA — Over the last few weeks, A.J. Christensen has been exploring technology straight out of a Robert Downey Jr. superhero flick.
URBANA — The miles of cable strung through this building would rival any on campus.
As its name implies, the $95 million Electrical and Computer Engineering Building going up on Wright Street, just south of the Beckman Institute, will require some serious power.