Vietnam veterans discuss war and relativity to modern conflicts during symposium at A&M-Central Texas

Sun, Oct 4, 2015 - 4:30am

by David Bryant

Vietnam War veterans and military history experts gathered to discuss the war and the 40-year anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the official ending of American involvement in the conflict, during a Central Texas Military History Symposium held Saturday at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen.

History students, military veterans and Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets listened to back-to-back panels consisting of retired officer and enlisted personnel who served in Vietnam before hearing from keynote speaker Dr. Lewis “Bob” Sorley, a West Point graduate who served in Vietnam with tank...

Portable generator on hand at UNT’s GAB

Mon, Oct 5, 2015 - 5:25am

by Alejandro Medellin

Despite recent renovations on campus, the University of North Texas’ General Academic Building is experiencing power failures that have prompted the university to seek alternative solutions.

UNT has rented a portable generator from Cummins Power to power the building in case of emergency.

A permanent generator failed to power the building during an outage earlier in the semester. Vincent Stippec, utilities manager at the facilities department, said UNT installed the portable generator on Sept. 11 and ran it for five days.

The portable generator is not running now, but is on hand...

Becca Dickstein: Azure sage catches eyes

By Rebecca Dickstein

Azure sage (Salvia azurea), also called sky blue sage, blue sage and pitcher sage, is a prairie plant from the mint family, native to the grasslands of the Great Plains. Both its common and Latin names give clues to azure sage’s flowers, which come in sky blue to light blue, and (rarely) white, appearing in late summer and early fall. The flowers are two-lipped bell-shaped calyxes, a quarter-inch to half-inch long.

After pollination, seeds form, which can be collected in mid- to late fall. Azure sage is easy to propagate from seed, which may be sown in the fall as well as the spring....

8 surprising health advantages you have as a morning person

by Lauren Gelman

Whether you are or not, your body was designed to make you a morning person.

Atlanta-based psychiatrist Tracey Marks, author of Master Your Sleep, told USNews.com, “We are supposed to be awake when it's light outside and asleep when it’s dark outside.” Not an early bird? Your chronotype—what time you're active—is determined in large part by your genes, but it can be influenced. Read on to see all the benefits. (Note: It's fine if you can’t force change, according to sleep medicine expert and psychologist Michael Breus, who...

New OECD report slams computers — and actually says why they can hurt learning

By Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) just released a comprehensive study of the use of computers in the classrooms in 70 countries. The data in the study looked at the performance, in 2012, of 15 year-olds on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. The test asks questions in science, reading and mathematics. Answering these questions requires thinking...