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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Generating power efficiencies

A UT Arlington-inspired business has created a new power generator that could bring electricity to so many areas of the world who live beyond the grid, Ship & Bunker reported. The Afthon process harnesses pressure gain combustion, also known as detonation, which the team has termed “Fire 2.0.” Afthon's patented technology will be able to replace conventional engines in cars, boats, ships, trains, airplanes, rockets and power plants, researchers said.

Laser detection

Weidong Zhou, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering professor, has won a $600,000 grant to build a small laser for detection systems that will more efficiently spot chemical and biological agents used for weapons, AZO Nano, BioSpace, Congoo News, Semiconductor Today and CompoundSemi.com reported. The grant is part of an overall, three-year $4.3 million Defense Advance Research Projects Agency grant to make ultraviolet laser detection more available in the field.

Big companies choose big cities

Harvard Companies’ Downtown Uptown blog quoted Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics at UT Arlington, on the substantial number of insurance industry jobs headed to North Texas. “For a large employer they want a big city,” Meiners said. “They could go to Amarillo — it would be cheaper — but it’s too small, and nobody wants to live there. You don’t have enough people to draw on. A company that’s going to be hiring a lot of people wants to be in a big labor pool.” The article initially appeared in the Dallas Business Journal.