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UTA In The News — Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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The power of a micro-windmill system

Two UT Arlington researchers have designed a micro-windmill system that could make emergency recharges for cell phones as easy as blowing on your phone, Wired reported. Professor J.C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao of UT Arlington have developed a new windmill technology that could shake up the power industry and make emergency recharges possible. Unlike the industrial giants that sit in off-shore windfarms, these diminutive devices measure just 1.8 millimeters at their widest point and 10 could fit on a grain of rice.

High-speed rail plans in Texas

KHOU/Channel 11 in Houston reported on high-speed rail plans in Texas and quoted Stephen Mattingly, UT Arlington civil engineering associate professor, who said there is an increasing likelihood of developing such a system. "There is a strong chance that we could see it within 10 years. However, there is no guarantee... and I would not like to see any public money committed to an endeavor like this until we see that it really is going to happen," he said. The story initially appeared on WFAA/ABC 8.

Fighting the spread of zebra mussels on Texas lakes and rivers

Boaters on more Texas lakes and rivers will not be required to drain their watercrafts to help fight the spread of the invasive zebra mussels following a vote last week by state officials, The Republic of Columbus, Ind. reported. The Associated Press story quoted UT Arlington biologist Bob McMahon who said the mussel is by far the most costly aquatic freshwater invasive species ever introduced into U.S. waters.

Music graduate to perform new work with Irving Symphony Feb. 8

Jesus Martinez, a UT Arlington graduate, will perform with the Irving Symphony on Feb. 8, Dallas Art News reported. Martinez will perform his new work, Harmonic Tremor, with the symphony.