Mike Nasi, guest columnist: EPA’s Clean Power Act is all pain, no gain for Texas economy, energy production

Thu, May 14, 2015 - 12:37pm

Texas’BALANCED energy portfolio is what drives our state’s economic growth and provides job security to millions. Texas energy jobs aren’t just in oil fields, mines and power plants. The affordable electricity rates provided by our diverse energy supply ensure that other employers, such as those in our vast manufacturing and technology industries, maintain and grow their operations in Texas. Our diverse energy mix keeps...

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UNT looking for participants for Gray Pride study

Wed, May 13, 2015 - 12:27pm

University of North Texas’ Center for Psychosocial Health Research is looking for 120 more participants in its Project Gray Pride.

A research study, which examines health and psychosocial issues in LGBT folks 50+ years old, is looking for participants. The study is intended to advance research on health and quality of life of the aging LGBT community (50+ years), an under-represented group in current research.

We hope to identify needs for the community in the areas of mental health, healthcare, social services, and legislation. All information we collect is kept strictly confidential, and the results of our study...

Odd bunch of quasars is really chowing down

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 12:21pm

According to new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a group of unusual giant black holes seems to be eating up excessive amounts of matter.

This new finding may help astronomers understand how the largest black holes were able to grow so rapidly in the early universe.

It also suggests that some quasars are even more adept at devouring material than scientists previously knew.

“Even for famously prodigious consumers of material, these huge black holes appear to be dining at enormous rates, at least five to ten times faster than typical quasars,” says study leader Bin Luo, a postdoctoral researcher...

2015 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design Kicks Off

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 12:20pm

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) are joining the National Science Foundation (NSF); the American Society of Civil Engineers, Committee of Cold-Formed Members; and the University of North Texas as co-sponsors of the fifth International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design. Cold-formed steel refers to products made by rolling or pressing thin...

Novel catalyst used to make styrene in one step

Tue, May 5, 2015 - 10:15pm

Styrene is an important industrial chemical. It is the precursor to polystyrene which is used in various every day plastic products, like disposable cups, packaging, and insulation. Over 18.5m tons of styrene is produced industrially around the world. Typically, styrene synthesis begins with benzene and ethylene, and involves a multi-step process under harsh reaction conditions and often leads to unwanted by-products.


In research that aims to streamline and optimize styrene synthesis Benjamin A. Vaughan, Michael S. Webster-Gardiner, Thomas R. Cundari, and T. Brent Gunnoe from the Department of Chemistry at the...