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Professor develops game to build next electronic devices

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:50pm

Professor develops game to build next electronic devices 

With the help of a National Science Foundation grant, UNT electrical engineering professor Gayatri Mehta has launched the third version of  UNTANGLED, an online game. 

The game has users unlock and arrange blocks, which on the back end of the game help Mehta build more efficient algorithms. The game basically has users find new ways to organize components of electronic devices.

These combinations can then be tested as layouts for the space design of electronics, Mehta said. The goal is to crease devices that are smaller...

Narendra Dahotra Named UNT Interim Associate VP of Research

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:34pm

The University of North Texas June 20 named Narendra Dahotre its interim associate vice president of research and innovation.

Dahotre, who serves as a distinguished research professor in materials science and engineering at the university, will serve a one-year appointment while the university conducts a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Dave Schultz, who left for a position at Northern Arizona University.

“I am honored to be able to join the leadership team in UNT’s Office of Research and Innovation,” the Indian American professor said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting and contributing...

Meet the Women Behind Amazon's Alexa, including a UNT alumna

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:29pm

It's hard not to like Alexa. She's quirky—her celebrity crush is Benedict Cumberbatch, and she sings auto-tuned songs with impressive accuracy. According to the Myers-Briggs personality scale, a test popular in business schools, she's an ESFJ (which stands for extra version, sensing, feeling, and judgment): sociable lover of people, great with details, helpful, and gets stuff done. Alexa's also a bit of a troublemaker; last year, she ordered a Sparkle Mansion for a kindergartner and charged the $170 dollhouse to the child's parents' credit card. Oh, and she's a robot.

Alexa is...

UNT student forms nonprofit after 2016 Dallas police shootings

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:25pm

A University of North Texas student found his calling for helping others following last year’s July 7 ambush of police officers in downtown Dallas, which left five officers dead.

“The Dallas shooting was bad, but it sparked a fire in me and I’m going to let that fire shine bright,” said Ipinowula “Ipi” Adedokun, a junior majoring in finance.

Following the shooting, Adedokun wanted to help children who lost parents that night, but he didn’t know how – so he started a group in hopes it could become a nonprofit to lend him credibility. This June, just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the shooting, the...

North Korea claims to have tested ICBM

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:23pm

North Korea is claiming to have tested an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

University of North Texas Political Science Professor, John Ishiyama says until now North Korea has only been able to develop a single rocket with capability of hitting Japan.

“To develop intercontinental range, meaning to be able to hit other parts of the globe, they would have to have developed a successful two stage missile system,” said Ishiyama. “Apparently that’s what they’ve been able to do.”

Ishiyama said the test only reached the sea of Japan but believes the theoretical range of the missile could be to somewhere in...

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