Making robots more human
A team from UT Arlington's Research Institute in Fort Worth could
help humans get one step closer to more intelligent, and more
human-like, robots -- complete with soft skin and high-tech sensors,
according to KERA/90.1 FM.
The story said the four-year project headed by electrical engineering
professor Dan Popa aims to develop robots with more advanced functions
that can interact with humans in a variety of settings. Popa’s team
works with manufacturers to allow robots to do more advanced tasks by
implanting sensors and giving them more delicate motor functions.
Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry
at UT Arlington, will receive the American Chemical Society Division of
Analytical Chemistry Award for Young Investigators in Separation
Science, according to the Houston Chronicle, Lab Manager magazine
and other outlets. The award will be presented during a symposium in
March at Pittcon 2013, a prestigious international conference.
A research collaboration that included UT Arlington assistant biology
professor Jorge Rodrigues and a team from UT Southwestern Medical
Center examined the role of unique viruses called bacteriophages in the
digestive system, according to ScienceDaily, Bio-Medicine and other outlets. They found that a bacteriophage unique to Enterococcus faecalis strain V583 acts as a predator, infecting and harming other similar, competing bacterial strains.
Teaming up with Arlington
The Dallas Observer’s Unfair Park
blog featured a post on a joint plan by the city of Arlington and The
University of Texas at Arlington for a bus service connecting the
Trinity Railway Express' CentrePort station to the university. The site
said the limited scope has the obvious benefit of limiting cost, but it
also means it won't require a public referendum.