Flooding Could Spread Invasive Zebra Mussels

Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 11:28am


Experts fear the recent floods and subsequent release of water from several North Texas lakes could mean the spread of zebra mussels to new spots they had not yet reached.

Denton County Game Warden Stormy McCuiston said it's likely an inevitability in his mind.

"The zebra mussels are going to thrive and they're going to thrive in places we don't have them," said McCuiston.

To prevent flood waters from causing major property damage, leaders with the U.S. Army Corps of...

Walter P Moore and HKS Architects to Present on Sustainable Stadia Design at the 2015 green Sports Alliance Summit

Tue, Jun 30, 2015 - 8:11am

The 2015 Green Sports Alliance Summit takes place at McCormick Place Chicago,  where more than 800 industry stakeholders and leaders in the sports community  gather to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in  greening operations, advancing the supply chain, and engaging fans.

Wednesday, July 1st at 2:15 p.m. CST, features a panel discussion entitled  “Collegiate Sports Greening Lessons: Case Studies of Successful Initiatives,  Projects & Partnerships.” Walter P Moore’s Dirk Kester (Principal and  Director of Sustainable Design) together with HKS Architects’ Greg...

Studies from University of North Texas Yield New Data on Obesity

Tue, Jun 16, 2015 - 1:29pm

Researchers detail new data in Diet and Nutrition Disorders. According to news reporting originating inDenton, Texas, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Short-term consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa has been demonstrated to improve various facets of vascular health. The purpose of the present study was to determine the effect of 4 weeks of natural cocoa consumption on selected cardiovascular disease (CVD) biomarkers in young (19-35 years) women of differing body mass indices (BMI; normal, overweight or obese)."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of North Texas, "Subjects (n=24)...

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Texas Instruments engineers develop smart sprinkler system

Thu, Jun 4, 2015 - 11:12am

Urmil Shah, a software engineer for Texas Instruments Inc. wanted to do something to help people save water in drought-prone Texas.

So, he and fellow TI employee Michael Erdahl spent 12 weeks developing a smart sprinkler system and app that uses weather information, water usage, soil conditions, city water restrictions and other data to prevent over watering and avoid fines.

“Last year, Texas was in drought conditions and I thought, ‘How can I help save water,’ ” Shah said. He calls their system Google’s Nest smart thermostat for sprinklers.

The system can save people 20 percent to 30 percent of...

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Israel-Texas researchers win top desalination award

Wed, May 27, 2015 - 12:20pm

Texas is no stranger to droughts, a fact that long ago prompted local leaders to seek technologies that ensure a steady supply of water. With Israel a world leader in water technology, it was only natural that the longhorn state would team up with the Jewish state.

One of the fruits of that collaboration — a joint desalination project involving researchers from the Technion in Haifa and the University of North Texas — has won the $125,000 Desal Prize competition sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge, with support from Sida, the Swedish...

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