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Expedia for camping is here

By Brittany Nunn

Ah, hear that? That’s the great outdoors calling your name. And Woodrow grad Ryan Douglas is about to launch a website that will make it cheaper and more convenient for you to answer that call.

OK, that sounds cheesy, but this is for real. Douglas is the co-founder of, an online travel company that’s basically Expedia + camping, and the full website is launching later this week.

“We work with the campgrounds to put them on our site,” Douglas...

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People: Honors & Awards

University of North Texas Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon earned the Phytochemical Society of North America’s Phytochemical Pioneer Award for his significant contributions to phytochemical research over his career. Dixon’s work includes basic studies on enzymes and metabolic pathways; researching the invention of a new, stronger plant-based carbon fiber; researching the impact of grape seed extract on Alzheimer's disease, and developing more digestible and cattle-friendly alfalfa and improved bioenergy crops.

Drone-based Wi-Fi network gives vital real-time information

A massive wildfire rages. Firefighters and other emergency responders need aerial images and other data to fight the fire, but there are no operational networks for cellular phone and Wi-Fi service.

The Smart Emergency Response System being developed by the University of North Texas College of Engineering gives emergency responders the efficient communications and data-sharing capabilities they need amid such circumstances.

SERS uses drones to form ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi signals are relayed from one drone to another, and then on to a command center. That enables emergency response leaders to quickly get...

Safety: When is my kid old enough to (fill in the blank)?

Fill in the blank, and then look wistful:

When I was kid, I could _____.

Walk to school and home again with a group of friends? Take the bus to the movies? Stay home alone while your parents went out for the evening? Spend the whole day at the neighborhood swimming pool without checking in periodically?

Maria Parigi of Dallas, who grew up in a “teeny tiny town in Texas,” says she and her friends had curfews, but “no parental supervision. We were free as a bird.”

Now she and other parents are filling in another sort of blank: When is it...

The Great War: A Book List

By Kevin LaCroix

Last August, in conjunction with the centennial of the start of World War I, I re-read Barbara Tuchman’s classic account of the war’s first days, The Guns of August. Tuchman is a great writer and she tells the story of the war’s first weeks well. One thing she captures particularly well is the way that poor military planning based on fatally flawed assumptions brought on catastrophes that affected all of the combatants.

Unfortunately, Tuchman’s book has some flaws and some critical omissions. Tuchman is a great story-teller, but all too often her desire to tell the story interferes with her...

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