Iron-gallium alloy shows promise as a power-generation device

Tue, Sep 29, 2015 - 5:00am

An alloy first made nearly two decades ago by the U. S. Navy could provide an efficient new way to produce electricity. The material, dubbed Galfenol, consists of iron doped with the metal gallium. In new experiments, researchers from UCLA, the University of North Texas (UNT), and the Air Force Research Laboratories have shown that Galfenol can generate as much as 80 megawatts of instantaneous power per square meter under strong impacts. The team describes the findings, which could lead to the development of wireless impact detectors and other applications, in a paper in the Journal of Applied Physics.


What Is Your Most Significant "What If...?" Moment?

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 - 12:09pm

Do you ever wonder whether things would be different if a specific event or decision happened differently or not at all? Perhaps you’ve thought of alternative versions of your life where you never met your significant other, ended up in a different job or lived on the other side of the world.

We’ve all looked back on our lives and reimagined important moments unfolding in different ways. This tendency to mentally simulate past events while tweaking some critical details is known as counterfactual (“contrary to fact”) thinking.

Counterfactual thinking has its benefits. A 2008 paper published in the Journal of...

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Civil-rights history project gets $200,000 grant

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 - 10:19am

An oral-history project that documents the experiences of Mexican-Americans, African-Americans and white activists during the civil-rights era in Texas is getting $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project is called “Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas.” It will capture first-person accounts of activists involved with two civil-rights movements from 1954 to the mid-1970s in Texas.

“One of the main purposes of the oral histories is to document and preserve the voices of people who otherwise would be left out of the record,” said...

Undeveloped Rowlett park opening after projected date

Thu, Jul 23, 2015 - 2:12pm

Undeveloped, tended to by nearby residents and under construction are just a few ways to describe Scenic Point Park.


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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and Dallas native, will be in residence in 2015-16 at the University of North Texas.

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 - 11:29am

Doug Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Dallas native who graduated from Highland Park High School, will be the 2015-16 artist-in-residence for the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts at the University of North Texas. He will visit UNT three weeks this fall and two in the spring, and is working on a project about Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who founded the Ballets Russes.

Wright grew up working at Theatre Three, appearing in his first...