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Northern Today - November 23, 2009

MarsNew computer-developed map shows more extensive
valley network on Mars

Findings add to evidence
for ancient Martian ocean

New research adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting the Red Planet once had an ocean.

In a new study, scientists from NIU and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston used an innovative computer program to produce a new and more detailed global map of the valley networks on Mars.


Terrence McClellanProfessor creates worlds inside worlds

Friday marks the official start of the Christmas shopping season, but its arrival comes weeks after stores of all sorts transformed part of their spaces into junior-grade North Pole workshops.

It’s a holly jolly facade that Terrence McClellan knows well.


Danica BillingslyNIU audiologist ready to teach parents
about loud toys that can damage hearing

Even in a down economy, the day after Thanksgiving is a crazy one for retailers as they roll out their Christmas specials and shoppers seem to forget about bleak sales forecasts.

But for the parents and grandparents who will cram the aisles of toys and electronics that day and for the rest of the holiday season, their thoughts should focus on more than avoiding crowds and comparing prices to the sizes of their wallets.


Image of a snowman in the meadow‘Winter Wonderland’ named
Carol of the Year for 2009

Song kicked off era of modern classics

America might have been in the depths of The Great Depression in 1934, but it was the start of a golden age for Christmas music, says noted Christmas carol expert Bill Studwell.

As a tip of the stocking cap to that era, Studwell has named “Winter Wonderland,” which was released in 1934, his 2009 Carol of the Year