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Danville Area Community College is set to host 20 high schools and 170 competitors on Saturday as it hosts an IHSA esports sectional for the second year in a row.

The pride of Champaign County’s youth robotics team Ctrl-Z is a 123-pound, four-wheeled contraption with a prehensile arm. Next week, more than 30 of its student creators will join 600 teams in Houston for their equivalent of the Super Bowl. 

Beware of ghost legacy brands. You may fondly remember names such as RCA, GE, Toshiba, Motorola and others. The original companies sold off their names decades ago as they dissolved, cast off consumer electronics divisions or went completely bankrupt.

The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative welcomed 11 students, all underclassmen with autism, ADHD, and other mental differences into its first cohort this academic year. Organizers plan to accept 15 students next fall — the deadline for those admitted to the UI to apply is April 15.

In the “Frazz” comic strip of March 10, the opening frame finds Frazz saying: “I like streaming music, but I wonder if radio was better.” He justifies this by mentioning possible new discoveries heard on the radio. On the same day this strip appeared, the website Ars Technica ran a story abo…

The University of Illinois Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) will receive more than $120 million from the Department of Energy through 2027 to continue researching ag-based energy alternatives. 

With researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, University of Illinois faculty at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Chicago will develop tiny, advanced sensors to understand human tissue at a cellular level.

“It can’t think creatively, it can’t make judgement calls — not yet anyway,” said Mendoza, who studies the intersection of technology and accounting. “It can’t do the complex tasks yet.”

What's to come of the Illinois Virtual Partnership with Schools? Learning content and tutoring resources for local schoolchildren, wrapped in the familiar guise of a social media platform, University of Illinois Chief of Staff Chris Span said. 

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