Rest stops are a common place for sex trafficking.This app aims to fight that.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 - 9:42am

by Joy Diaz

The only state in the nation with more reported cases of human trafficking than Texas is California, and the majority of cases are not for labor, but sex trafficking.

With those grim facts in mind, a University of North Texas student Lisa Mercerdecided to create an app that helps combat human trafficking.

Mercer says because of the common misconception that human trafficking happens with people coming into America, she was shocked at how many children in our...

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Why kids take physical fitness tests at school

Fri, Nov 27, 2015 - 3:00am

by Sonali Kohli

Remember that test you had to take in fifth grade, when you stretched your legs under a table and your arms over it, reaching as far as possible?

Yeah, kids are still doing a version of that.

It’s called the “back-saver sit and reach,” and it’s part of the annual physical fitness test the state administers to students to test whether children are healthy enough or need improvement in the areas of aerobic capacity, muscle and skeletal function and body composition. 

The back-saver sit and reach is an optional item in the six-part test, meant to measure flexibility—students...

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We're hearing a lot about the 'kissing bug.' How can we identify it?

Sat, Nov 28, 2015 - 11:17am

by Peggy Heinkle-Wolfe

According to Jim Kennedy, insect expert at the University of North Texas, the kissing bug, or Tiatoma, can be easily confused with other true bugs in its insect order, Hemiptera. A “wheel bug,” or Arilus cristatus, for example, looks somewhat similar and is common in this area. Wheel bugs aren’t aggressive, but they will bite. Its bite is painful, but it doesn’t carry the parasite the kissing bug carries.

The parasite, Trypanosome, causes Chagas disease as it buries itself in the heart muscle and the gut. The disease can be life-...

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Time to ride wave of renewable energy

Sat, Nov 14, 2015 - 10:06pm

by Devin Taylor and Adam Briggle

The recently proposed Renewable Denton Plan would increase our use of solar and wind power from 40 percent of our electricity portfolio to 70 percent. And it would nearly eliminate our dependence on coal. This is the right kind of thinking. Denton should be on the road to 100 percent renewables.

But the plan also calls for spending $220 million to build two natural gas power plants in Denton. This is where it goes wrong.

In this decade, we are witnessing massive changes in renewable energy that rival the kinds of impacts from fracking in the past decade. Now is not the time to...

Gallery walls turned over to UNT faculty, staff

Thu, Nov 12, 2015 - 8:55am

The University of North Texas’ annual College of Visual Arts and Design Faculty and Staff Exhibition opens tonight with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 10, includes ceramics, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and fashion design by 34 faculty and staff members.

Two new faculty members, assistant professor of studio arts and sculpture Alicia Eggert and senior lecturer in figure drawing Christian Fagerland, will display their art in the show.

Eggert will display her piece The Sun, which...