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Fall 2015

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.


Flea Finding

New study sheds light on how water fleas ensure future generations’ survival 

close-up photo of a flea

Turns out, human and water flea parents have something in common: Both understand the importance of sacrifice.

Biology Assistant Professor Matthew Walsh is studying a phenomenon known as “phenotypic plasticity,” an organism’s ability to change its own and its offspring’s trait expressions or physical characteristics in response to external factors (e.g., predatory threat). He recently found that, contrary to the prevailing theory, water fleas can either strengthen their own fitness and survival or do something to strengthen that of future generations—but not both.

Dr. Walsh believes this finding is especially important given the increasing threats to biodiversity globally: “Plasticity is widespread across the tree of life,” he says. “These non-genetic responses to environmental signals may represent a key mechanism that allows organisms to persist in the face of ongoing climate change.”

Photograph By Dr. Martin Oeggerli/Visuals Unlimited/Corbis

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