Tech fair for middle, high school students set Jan. 3

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.

At Kenwood, programming students to succeed

When you think of elementary school, you think of reading, writing and arithmetic — but probably not computer programming.

That's changing.

Rich Warren: Welcome to era of affordability

'Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house the creatures are stirring with no rest for a mouse (or touchscreen).

Vision of the future: Two UI institutes experimenting with Google Glass

URBANA — Over the last few weeks, A.J. Christensen has been exploring technology straight out of a Robert Downey Jr. superhero flick.

New UI building taking energy efficiency to whole new level

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.

Champaign's website flunks audit for 'online transparency'

CHAMPAIGN — The city is failing when it comes to providing information on its website, a conservative research institute says.

Apple cites Gray's Disney iPad app as 2013's best

URBANA — All Theodore Gray wanted this Christmas was for the Apple store to feature the Disney app he helped develop.

Apple went a few steps further, this week honoring the Urbana native's work as "the iPad app of the Year 2013."

Illinois Ancestors: Book tells how not to research family ancestry

Bookstores and websites offer a multitude of guides and instructions for doing genealogical research. However, there are many pitfalls that can hinder such research, whether they are untrue family stories or false family trees found online.

Illini alum stepping out to fix space station

Hopkins' first spacewalk is set for this Saturday

Illinois' favorite astronaut will strap on a spacesuit and go for a 6-hour walk outside of the International Space Station on Saturday.

10 companies launching pilot projects today

CHICAGO — University and state officials today (Friday, Dec. 13) will officially launch an initiative designed to spur advancement in the manufacturing sector.

The Illinois Manufacturing Laboratory was to kick off Friday morning with 10 different pilot projects at companies that make everything from gasoline additives to bronze tools and garage-door openers.