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2009-11-02 15:20:00

NIU scientists: Young tyrannosaurs did serious battle against each other We all know adolescents get testy from time to time. Thank goodness we don't have young tyrannosaurs running around the neighborhood. In a new scientific paper, researchers from Northern Illinois University and the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford report that adolescent tyrannosaurs got into some serious scraps with their peers. The evidence can be found on Jane, the museum's prized juvenile Tyrannosaurus...

2009-08-27 09:00:00

DALLAS, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FRI 2009 - (Booth 2925) -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) will be leading a panel with the DeKalb, IL Fire Department at FRI 2009 on Friday, August 28, 2009, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM in room A128-129. Fire Chief Bruce Harrison and Retired Chief Lanny Russell will be presenting their "lessons learned" from the Northern Illinois University (NIU) shootings that took place on February 14, 2008, to the attendees of the FRI 2009 in Dallas, Texas. For the first...

2009-08-20 15:30:00

WEST CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center (NIPTRC) announced today that Cherilyn Murer has been named Chair of its board of directors. Murer, who previously served as vice-chair of NIPTRC is also a Northern Illinois University Trustee and concluded a two year term as Chair of the NIU Board of Trustees on June 30, 2009. "I am honored to lead this distinguished group of board members who are charged with bringing the Northern...

2009-06-05 08:00:00

Northern Illinois Program Receives Top Honors at Annual PR Event NEW YORK, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2009 Best of Silver Anvil Award was presented by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) to the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Office of Public Affairs for successfully managing all aspects of crisis communication within minutes, hours and days following a campus shooting in February 2008. The announcement was made last night during PRSA's annual Silver Anvil Awards...

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2008-11-20 09:11:42

Agents bind to different targets than conventional drugs A new class of compounds called phosphaplatins can effectively kill ovarian, testicular, head and neck cancer cells with potentially less toxicity than conventional drugs, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The compounds could be less harmful than current cancer treatments on the market such as cisplatin and carboplatin because they don't penetrate the cell...

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2008-11-06 16:16:07

A new study by Northern Illinois University scientists underscores the danger of nighttime tornadoes and suggests that warning systems that have led to overall declines in tornado death rates might not be adequate for overnight events, which occur most frequently in the nation's mid-South region. Over the past century, the tornado death rate has declined, in large part because of sophisticated forecasting technology and warning systems. But the researchers found that the nighttime tornado...

2008-11-06 11:17:54

WEST CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF) will supply radiation oncologists to provide proton cancer treatment services at the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center (NIPTRC), according to an agreement announced by NIPTRC and NMFF officials today. NIPTRC, which is under construction 30 miles west of Chicago in the DuPage National Technology Park, will be a world-class, state-of-the-art proton cancer treatment and research...

2008-08-22 21:00:12

By Jon Campbell Daily Herald Correspondent Less than 24 hours after the shootings at Northern Illinois University, "domain prospectors" went to work registering various Web site addresses they hoped to sell later for a profit. Among the addresses snapped up just after the attacks were several sites using words in conjunction with NIU that could come up through Google or another search engine. One of them currently features several paid advertisements and a photograph of a black- jacketed...

2008-08-22 21:00:09

By Burt Constable Two days before the fatal shootings at Northern Illinois University, our state's mental health advocates urged the state to release money to extend mental health services to nearly 17,000 people - including young people struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. We are still waiting. And it's not as if we can drag our feet. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill gave Illinois a grade of F when it comes to treating people with serious mental...

2008-08-21 21:00:19

By Lisa Balde lisa@@beepcentral.com NIU concert fundraiser Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine; (847) 358-9150; durtynellies.com Tickets: $10 at the door Lineup: Mer; Dave Tamkin; Stellar Road; Dot Dot Dot; Modern Day Romeos; Mr. Myers; Mr. Blotto; Hello Dave; Sixteen Candles; Washro It took Chicago musician Mer more than a day to locate his Northern Illinois University buddies after news of the Feb. 14 shooting came down through a flurry of text messages. In the end, no...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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