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UTA In The News — Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Increasing capacity

The University of Texas at Arlington hopes that a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant helps the school provide computer networking capacity 10 times faster to campus researchers, the Fort Worth Business Press and BioNews Texas reported. The funding, recently awarded from the NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, is to expected aid science and engineering investigations.

Possible water scarcity solution

A simple device, inspired by the beaks of shorebirds, can harvest drops of water from fog and dew, PDDNet.com and the Tasnim News Agency (Tehran) reported. The artificial beak developers say the device could help drought-stricken areas around the world or deserts meet their need for drinkable water. University of Texas at Arlington engineering professor Cheng Luo and his doctoral student Xin Heng came up with their design after noting how long-billed shorebirds with thin beaks get water.

Gubernatorial debate

KLIF/550 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about tonight’s first televised debate between the two leading candidates for Texas governor – Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate is being held in the Rio Grande Valley, the first time such a debate has been held there since 1998. “It shows the importance of the Hispanic vote, I think both to state Sen. Davis and to Attorney General Abbott,” Saxe said. “Obviously some of the issues that are important to that part of the state are going to be brought up: water resources and of course, the issue of immigration.”