#TheMJs, June 10, 2016


Starting today and continuing every Friday, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Erika Harold

Just 1 question: How does it feel to help improve lives?

Four University Laboratory High School students are helping others see the future a little more clearly.

Painting an ugly picture

When Melissa Heil heard that Lutheran Social Services of Illinois was cutting jobs — hundreds of them, more casualties of the state budget impasse — she wanted to do something to help.

So in March, the University of Illinois geography grad student got cracking on her big idea.

Rich Warren: Many factors can influence TV reception

Sometimes you might as well visit Dallas & Co. for answers about television reception as much as relying on the laws of physics since the conversion to digital TV answers to reception problems seem to involve as much magic as science.

Volition plans 'Agents of Mayhem' for '17 release

Champaign-based game developer Volition plans on bringing its "Agents of Mayhem" to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017, the company's publisher, Deep Silver, announced.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Google guide explains Internet terms

Many genealogists have found resources on the Internet that have been most helpful. However, genealogists as well as other Internet users may be faced with terms that need a further explanation. For example, "how do our browsers and the web actually work?"

Simulated crash provokes real response

CHAMPAIGN — Parents are just as guilty of texting and driving as their kids, mother and Parkland College student Sarah Harden confesses.

But after sitting through the "It Can Wait" texting and driving simulator at the school Tuesday, there's at least one less adult in the world who will get distracted behind the wheel.

Wired-In: Hanze Ying

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, Hanze Ying, 26, co-founder of Hindered Polyurea Technology, which makes inexpensive polymers — long chains of molecules — that are useful in business and medicine.

Rich Warren: 'Ghost image' could scare potential OLED TV buyers

The eye-candy OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, the newest TV display technology, delivers stunning picture quality. Perfection hovers just out of reach.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Writer touched by Ellis Island event

Annie Moore, a 15-year old girl from Ireland, was the first person to enter Ellis Island when it was opened to immigrants in 1892. After visiting there himself, Irish songwriter and novelist Brendan Graham wrote "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," a poignant presentation of that young girl's experience.