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UNT researchers study effects of gamification for teaching young Americans about health insurance
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Wed, Nov 22, 2017 - 11:02am
Can Gamification Teach Young People How Health Insurance Works?

The health insurance market remains a confusing place for many Americans, and young Americans in particular. In studies, young adults have displayed inconsistent knowledge of health insurance terminology, and they are also the demographic most likely to be uninsured. In 2015, 14.4% of 18 to 24 year olds did not have health insurance, topped only by 17.9% of 25 to 34 year olds.

In a new study, researchers from the University of North Texas proposed a potentially novel solution to the problem: gamification. More than half of Americans play video games, the...

Research aims to keep drones in the sky for longer
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Agencies have come to rely on drones for bridge inspections and search and rescue operations. One of their major drawbacks, however, is the length of time unmanned systems can stay airborne without being recharged.

The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) drone from CyPhy Works, however, can climb to 400 feet and stay there for up to a week. Because it is tethered to the ground, it can’t range far from base...

On the thawing tundra, researchers race to understand black carbon’s climate impact
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On a morning in September 2015, sterile, gray Arctic light filtered through a blanket of woolly clouds as Matt Gunsch and Tate Barrett parked their rented pickup truck on a dirt road and clomped in rubber boots down a long, icy boardwalk to their air-monitoring laboratory on the tundra.

From the outside, the lab looked unglamorous — a dingy, white shack perched on a metal frame in a meadow speckled with snow and grass stubble. It felt distinctly like the middle of nowhere — though it was just a couple of miles beyond the main streets of Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the...

UNT research team analyzing effectiveness of trees
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It may not be long before residents of Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and surrounding counties feel the vicious heat of summer and, on certain days, hazy conditions caused by particle pollution in the air. When particulate matter levels in the air are high, anyone sensitive to them may need to limit time spent outdoors, particularly outdoor exercise.

Planting trees in certain urban areas may improve air quality because the trees’ leaves and branches in summer foliage become “urban air filters,” according to Alexandra Ponette-González, University of North Texas assistant professor of geography and the environment.

Ponette-...