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Scientific American

Mark Roman Miller, an assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, sees augmented reality devices as extraordinary tools, but he warns that they also carry enormous potential for counterproductive distraction. He says he “treats his smartphone like his shoes” by leaving it at the door when he comes home. Augmented and mixed-reality devices could further exacerbate the problem of divided attention that many smartphone users already encounter, he says.

WGN Radio

“I know a lot of people use water filters at home, and I’m someone who doesn’t because I trust in the water, that we’re doing a good job treating it and that it’s safe,” said David Lampert, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. “The EPA has lots standards that are required from any sort of a public water system, and I know that Chicago works really hard to make sure that we’re meeting those standards and that the water is safe to drink. I personally always make sure that I drink water straight out of the tap just as my way of advertising that that’s one of our products that we believe in.”

Texas Tribune

“The constitutional provisions that protect your right to travel from, for example, Texas to Washington, include some provisions that may not protect your right to travel within the state of Texas,” said Noah Smith-Drelich, law professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. “I think it’s a reflection of just how important, how fundamental travel is, that there are multiple different constitutional protections that say you can't limit travel without a really good reason.”

Block Club Chicago

Illinois Tech’s efforts to restore one of its oldest buildings and one of its most acclaimed designs will get a boost from the city’s Adopt-A-Landmark program. The campus’s Main Building, 3300 S. Federal St., and Crown Hall, 3360 S. State St., will be awarded $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, to help with restoration efforts.

Court Watch

“I think (the Supreme Court) can issue an opinion (on whether Trump can stay on the ballot) very quickly. They did that in Bush v. Gore in 2000 in a matter of days. And they certainly want to do that,” said Professor Carolyn Shapiro of the Chicago-Kent College of Law. “There are ways the court could punt, and I think that would be a big mistake. They need to resolve the underlying question now so that everybody knows whether or not Trump is elegible to be president again.”