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Dow to open 'innovation center' at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — Dow Chemical Co. plans to open an "innovation center" in the University of Illinois Research Park, the company announced Monday.

The center will develop data management solutions for research and development organizations throughout the company.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Visiting artist will share love of trashformation

Anyone who knows even just a little about contemporary art realizes that more artists and craftsters are using recycled materials. Some call it green art; some, "trashformation."

Thomasboro to get fiber-optic Internet service

THOMASBORO — A new fiber-optic system that will provide high-speed Internet, telephone and cable television service will be installed in Thomasboro this year.

The village board approved a franchise agreement with Volo Broadband, a Champaign-based company, at its monthly meeting this week.

Danville Public School Foundation's 365 Club breakfast set Jan. 24

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is gearing up for its third annual 365 Club donor breakfast.

The breakfast will be held at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 24 at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane.

"We have over 140 people signed up, but there's room for more," Executive Director Bob Richard said, adding the breakfast is free and open to the community.

Volition could be sold separately in THQ auction

CHAMPAIGN — The Volition video-game studio and some of its game titles could be sold off separately as the result of a scheduled auction of THQ Inc.'s assets later this month.

Bids on the assets are due Jan. 22, and Volition and some of its games — namely "Saints Row" and its sequels — are considered among the most highly prized assets.

Firm uses Kickstarter to bring water-sensor system to market

CHAMPAIGN — Local business start-up Oso Technologies has turned to the Kickstarter "crowdfunding" website in hopes of raising $75,000.

That money would help the company make sensors that tell people when their plants need watering.

The Champaign-based company was started in 2011 by five University of Illinois graduate students.

Biography of a pig

URBANA — It's too late to interview T.J. Tabasco, but we know everything about her genome and something about her personality.

The pig's head hangs on a wall in Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook's office in Edward Madigan Laboratory. She looks happy to be there.

Samples of T.J. Tabasco also reside in a nearby Dewar flask chilled by liquid nitrogen.

Everybody wants a piece of T.J. Tabasco

Labs worldwide are asking for and getting cell samples from a spicy Urbana sow, the first female pig to have a full genetic record on file.

"We send her around the world," University of Illinois Vice President of Research Lawrence Schook said of the sow's cells.

Urbana neighborhood to get new, brighter street lights

URBANA — A northwest Urbana neighborhood will be getting new, whiter street lights this year to replace older lights that give off a yellow hue.

Lights lining the streets on 19 residential blocks immediately to the west and south of King Park have long outlived their usable life, said Assistant City Engineer Gale Jamison.

UI-based competition brings ideas for technology reuse, recycling

CHAMPAIGN — Got an old 35-mm film camera stuffed in a drawer somewhere? Don't junk it just yet.

Some enterprising students have come up with a potential way to convert it to a digital camera.

Or turn a computer scanner into an inexpensive microscope that can diagnose skin cancer and other diseases.