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Technology

Presentation on aliens scheduled for Nov. 2 at Staerkel Planetarium

CHAMPAIGN — How likely is it that aliens have visited Earth? Join University of Illinois physicist Kevin Pitts for a discussion of the possibilities in the next William M. Staerkel Planetarium "World of Science" lecture.

His presentation, "The Physics of UFOs," will be given at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the planetarium at Parkland College.

As a 'stage manager' of medical theater, he's ... scary good

CHAMPAIGN — When Jim Rowland dressed as a green-faced witch with a hooked nose and protruding chin for a Halloween office party last year, he didn't wear a mask he'd purchased.

He created the horrifying visage himself, using two prosthetic devices that he glued onto his face and silicone rubber to hide the seams. He covered that with a ghoulish shade of Ben Nye creme makeup.

Spinlight in Spotlight: New Toys R Us tablet features local apps; products also catch eye of Barnes & Noble

CHAMPAIGN — When Toys R Us launched its Tabeo computer tablet for kids this month, it included three Web applications developed in Champaign.

The apps — "AlphaTots," "Operation Math" and "Swapsies" — were all developed by Champaign-based Spinlight Studio. They're among 50 apps preloaded on the Tabeo.

UI students use homecoming game to analyze, improve event traffic

CHAMPAIGN — In an ideal world, you will be able to drive with ease toward Memorial Stadium on game day and grab an optimal spot for tailgating with few traffic glitches.

The reality is not always that case, and most major events like football games, marathons and concerts cause traffic headaches in big and small cities across the globe.

St. Joseph-Ogden joins school broadcasting program

ST. JOSEPH — The high school will begin broadcasting school events in the near future.

St. Joseph-Ogden agreed to enter into a contract with PlayOn! Sports, which provides individual schools with an education-based broadcasting program that enables students and faculty to capture, edit and publish original content.

Rich Warren: Satellite providers consider local channels bonus coverage

Readers wonder why certain channels appear on satellite or cable, but not all of their favorites. For example, WICD now is carried by DISH, but a reader wanted to know, why not DirecTV? Or that Mediacom doesn't carry Fox Sports Midwest, which covers the St. Louis Cardinals.

LEDs will dominate lighting, expert predicts at Holonyak symposium

CHAMPAIGN — Energy-conscious consumers who've made the switch to fluorescent replacement bulbs may be swapping them out for a more efficient lighting system in a few years.

LED art exhibit part of 50th anniversary events

CHAMPAIGN — An LED Art Exhibition featuring work by artist Emil Schult will take plce all day Thursday at the iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Teacher to present program for Michelle Obama showcase

SAVOY — A local teacher is heading to Washington this week to give a presentation on how her school uses technology to get kids moving.

Wendy Starwalt, a physical education teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy, will give a presentation Friday at Michelle Obama's second Let's Move in School Showcase.

Chicago lab idea gaining ground

Faced with a depressing state funding picture, an uncertain federal research funding outlook and slowly recovering state and regional economy, University of Illinois officials sat down with Chicago business and political leaders in the last year and asked the following question: