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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Watching hypersonic tests

Dora Musielak, a UT Arlington adjunct professor of physics, was featured on CNN’s Security Clearance blog discussing hypersonic flight after the Air Force test Tuesday of the hypersonic X-51A Waverider vehicle. The technology is significant because a hypersonic aircraft breaths oxygen, like a regular jet engine, but reaches speeds five times that of commercial aircraft. To get similar results, the only other option is rocket power. "Hypersonic technology only requires the aircraft to stay in the atmosphere and is much lighter and efficient," Musielak said.

Smart Care for the future

KTVT/CBS 11 aired a report on Smart Care, a research collaboration between the UT Arlington College of Engineering and College of Nursing. The program is funded by nearly $1 million in federal grants and aims to improve the health and longevity of seniors and disabled veterans by installing health-monitoring technologies in the home. Several undergraduates worked with Manfred Huber, associate professor of computer science, and Kathryn Daniel, assistant professor of nursing, this summer on Smart Care projects.

New restaurants coming

Several new restaurants will be opening this fall as part of the College Park District, alongside a dormitory, apartments and parking garage, the website noted. Pie Five Pizza has already announced a scheduled Aug. 22 opening for a location in the development, and Cool Berry Frozen Yogurt plans to open a store there in early September. Others are planning openings in October and November.

Car care advice

A story on the Metro Canada website credited a 2007 UT Arlington study with answering the question: Does the TLC of a hand wash in the driveway outweigh the convenience and ease of the automatic/drive-thru wash? Not a chance, the paper said. It indicated automatic/drive-thru car washes are the safest.