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2010-03-11 13:44:00

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolfram Alpha LLC, creator of the breakthrough Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine, today announced the appointment of Barak Berkowitz as Managing Director. Berkowitz--a well-known industry veteran--brings to Wolfram|Alpha 30 years of experience in introducing world-changing technologies to the marketplace. "Wolfram|Alpha has experienced explosive growth since we launched last May--and with every passing month I become more convinced that...

2010-02-05 13:45:24

On Tuesday, representatives of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank shared results of a national study sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The study is completed every four years by nearly 200 food banks and analyzes the effectiveness of emergency food distribution throughout the United States. Craig Gundersen, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, is a member of the Technical...

2009-09-28 10:52:00

HOUSTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of Illinois alumnus and NASA astronaut Lee Archambault returned from an out-of-this-world experience in March. Archambault, who was the STS-119 space shuttle commander, spent 13 days in space giving the International Space Station a final power up. Now he's back on Earth returning to his alma mater to pump up fans at the University of Illinois versus Penn State football game. (Logo:...

2009-08-10 23:54:43

Psychological wealth may do more than financial wealth to get people through tough times, two U.S. psychologists suggest. Ed Diener of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Robert Biswas-Diener of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology in Milwaukee said people should avoid the trap of over-emphasizing financial matters and consider a complete portfolio of resources. Essentially, we have two forms of prosperity: economic and psychological, Diener said in a statement. I don't...

2009-06-24 12:59:07

Miami Dolphins rookie Vontae Davis says a person arrested this month in Illinois under his name and address isn't him. A Champaign, Ill., police report indicated that someone with Davis' name and Washington address was arrested June 9 and charged with unnecessary vehicular noise and driving without a valid license. The only problem is Davis says he was in Miami attending Dolphins activities at the time, and team officials back him up, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday. Davis...

2009-06-23 17:55:39

Ex-Wilco musician Jay Bennett died after an accidental overdose from a prescription painkiller, the Champaign County coroner in Illinois announced Tuesday. Bennett, the band's former keyboardist-guitarist, died May 24 at his home. He was 45. E! News quoted Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup as attributing his death to a lethal amount of fentanyl. Bennett posted a message on his MySpace blog shortly before his death telling fans he planned to have hip-replacement surgery to correct...

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2009-04-23 19:53:02

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz have donated $1 million to his alma mater, the University of Illinois, the famed film critic announced. The Chicago Tribune said the Chicago Sun-Times film reviewer's gift will go toward establishing the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies Fund. The donation was announced during the 11th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Champaign, which is organized by the university's College of Media. The University of Illinois is deep in my heart as a great institution,...

2009-04-20 07:00:00

First System To Allow Global SMS Support And Serve Approx. 200,000 People Including University Students, Faculty, Staff, Public Officials and Surrounding Citizenry. BOISE, Idaho, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- MyStateUSA, innovators in secure, scalable and flexible emergency communication and notification systems, today disclosed its deployment of what is believed to be the industry's first such Global Notification system, and the successful deployment of AlertSense with the University of...

2009-03-30 12:41:45

An Illinois man who helped create a car that transforms into an airplane said the vehicle will be available for public purchase within about two years. Sam Schweighart, 31, of Paxon, Ill., said the Terrafugia Transition, which took its first flight March 5, is expected to retail for about $194,000, the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette reported Monday. He said about 50 people have already put down $10,000 deposits on the transformable vehicles. Schweighart, who holds a Ph.D. from the...

2009-01-13 12:46:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, the world's largest provider of cars on demand by the hour or day, has partnered with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD), the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to bring car sharing to the community as an environmentally-friendly transportation alternative. The partnership continues the cities' and university's commitment to invest in sustainable solutions and marks Zipcar's...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.