Obama addresses the state of American democracy in heartfelt farewell speech

Tonight in Chicago, President Obama bid his final goodbye. The 44th president’s political career began in the city, soaring with his election to the Illinois State Senate, and he fittingly addressed a mournful audience in the place he still calls home. “Every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.” —@POTUS… Read More

In farewell speech, Obama urges Americans to step outside online ‘bubbles’

Tonight in Chicago, President Obama bid his final goodbye. The 44th president’s political career began in the city, soaring with his election to the Illinois State Senate, and he fittingly addressed a mournful audience in the place he still calls home. “Every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.” —@POTUS… Read More

Your Television Upgrade May Come With Copyright Confusion

The race is on to get the latest and greatest electronics at deep discounts. But as technology advances, so, too, does confusion over what devices are now compatible with each other. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Chicago was well-represented in Obama’s final crop of Presidential Medal recipients

Of the 21 celebrities, academics and philanthropists awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, several have, at one time or another, had close ties to the Windy City. Michael Jordan (or as President Obama described him, “the guy from Space Jam”), Chicago attorney and former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow, architect Frank Gehry, and former University of Chicago professor Richard Garwin were among those honored who are credited with making lasting contributions to the city of Chicago. Perhaps the most well known of the group, Jordan was described by the president as a man who epitomized greatness. Jordan helped the Chicago Bulls win six championships in the 1990s, earned five MVP awards, and went on to be the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. “[Jordan] is more than the best player on the two greatest teams of all time, the Dream Team and the 1996 Chicago Bulls,” Obama said during the ceremony. “Michael Jordan is the Michael Jordan of great..

Crystal Lake Central High School pilots robotics, drone technology class

CRYSTAL LAKE – Standing outside the tennis courts at Crystal Lake Central High School, students in John Dominici’s robotics and drone technology class watched as one drone flew nearly 50 feet into the air and then crashed.

Harvard School District 50 one-to-one technology program up and running

Teachers call initiative a success

Can America’s Companies Survive America’s Most Aggressive Investors?

WILMINGTON, Del.—Ron Ozer was thrilled to get a job with DuPont, the two-centuries-old chemical company, when he finished his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1990. It was the place to go for young, ambitious chemists; it offered salary and benefits so generous that some people called it “Uncle Dupey.” For 26 years, he invented things for DuPont, filing patent after patent, working on renewable plastic bottles and polymers from the company’s Experimental Station, a research lab where Kevlar, Neoprene, and nylon were all invented. Then, in January of this year, he was abruptly fired, along with hundreds of other employees at the Experimental Station, part of a company-wide wave of 1,700 layoffs, one-third of DuPont’s Delaware workforce. Globally, DuPont cut 10 percent of its workforce, or 5,000 people in early 2016. The cuts came as DuPont prepared to merge with another legacy chemical behemoth, Dow Chemical Co., by early 2017. The merger, which is awaiting approval from regulators, was prompted, ..

Virtual reality, art and music collide at Sub Chroma

When faced with a white canvas, there are countless materials an artist can choose from. But Sub Chroma, an event organized by Chicago production group Canvas, celebrates creative individuals that attempt to transcend what conventional art can do by using the blank space of the experience as a medium. Equal parts art show, electronic music concert and party, Sub Chroma is a multi-sensory celebration that combines art, technology and music to convey human expression. Entering its third year, the annual event takes place this Saturday, November 19 at the 12,000 square-foot Moonlight Studios, putting a larger emphasis on technology than ever before. House music legend Derrick Carter and electronic producer the Range will headline the Performance Room while local street artist Lefty Out There uses Google’s Tilt Brush virtual reality app to paint the stage in perfect harmony, with the assistance of projection mapping by new media artist DrmBt. Attendees are encouraged to dress in white so..

Naperville embarking on technology upgrades to boost community service

Naperville is improving its technology with an eye toward making it easier for residents to conduct more city business online.

Huntley High student lauded for tech prowess

Where others see numbers and coding, Kyle Ockerlund sees hope for changing the world one program at a time. The Huntley High School senior was among 10 Illinois high school students to receive the 2015 Fifty for the Future Award from the Illinois Technology Foundation earlier this year.

Blue Man Group celebrates 10,000 Chicago shows in typical fashion

CHICAGO — Blue Man Group has been bringing bald, blue, and bold performances to Chicago for 25 years, as the unique wordless show celebrates its 10,000th performance. Saturday’s show at the Briar Street Theatre on Halsted had a few extra surprises to celebrate the milestone, including special gifts for audience members. The multi- sensory entertainment combines music, comedy and technology for a unique experience. In 10,000 shows, Blue Man Group Chicago has used 44,000 drum heads, 34,000 bald caps, and 45,000 twinkies.

Palombi teacher uses technology for math

Joshua Coon loves teaching math and works hard to pass along that passion to his students.