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When You Do—and Don’t—Need a Pro to Manage Your Money

Time - “As soon as you have enough money that it’s keeping you up at night wondering what to do, then that may be when you need to find some help,” says Deena Katz, a certified financial adviser and associate professor of personal financial planning at Texas Tech University. “But that number will be different for everyone. Some people will feel it at $100,000, others at a million.”

Nonwoven cotton could be used to clean oil spills

Lubbock Metro Leader-Texas Tech University researchers recently discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat can collect up to 50 times its own weight in oil.

Internet Has One Billion Websites Now

KTRH-Houston – Every single second somebody, somewhere registers a new Internet website. Those who track things like this say we hit one-billion websites earlier this month. And, all that activity has caused some technical problems in recent weeks. Texas Tech pop culture expert Rob Weiner says it isn’t surprising.

Celebrate Banned Books Week

SWPACA – Every year the American Library Association “celebrates” Banned Book Week, which takes place this year on September 21-27. Its focus is on the right of citizens to have the freedom to read whatever they want, away from the prying eye of the censor. Even in the so-called age of the “anything goes” Internet world, it seems the censors would still like to ban books from the libraries, classrooms, and other institutions.

Gov. Perry prosecutor: no blanket pass to not attend certain hearings

Corpus Christi Caller-Times – Texas Tech University School of Law Criminal Law Professor Patrick Metze said for non-evidentiary hearings, which can be appointments to set up procedure, it is standard for people to be present, especially in a criminal setting.

Quail: For When You Have a Bird in the Hand

Texas Monthly – Let’s not leave out the parasitic eye worm recently discovered by researchers at Texas Tech, a nematode whose disgusting habits I’ll save for a non-food-related column.

Rain pounds Texas: A sign the drought is ending?

Los Angeles Times – Ken Rainwater, former director of the Water Resources Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, is more skeptical. “We’ve been behind on rainfall for several years in West Texas. We have thirsty watersheds,” said Rainwater, a professor of civil, environmental and construction engineering. “We need multiple, wetter years.”

Dog Wild

New York Times – Toto, a tiny terrier with a big personality, lives with John McGlone, a researcher at Texas Tech University who studies androstenone, a swine pheromone used by pig farmers.

Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health

Huffington Post – “There are many reasons why it just makes sense to replace our old, dirty ways of getting energy with clean new ways,” said Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, who was not involved in the study. “Our health is one of the most important reasons.”

Obama Administration Takes Aim At Antibiotic Resistance

Beef Magazine – Guy Loneragan, veterinary epidemiologist and professor of Food Safety and Public Health and at Texas Tech University, attended the meeting to share some of his research pertaining to antimicrobial resistance.

Cotton Could Clean Up Toxic Oil Spills, Say Texas Tech Researchers – Texas Tech University researcher Seshadri Ramkumar and doctoral candidate Vinitkumar Singh recently discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbant nonwoven mat can collect up to 50 times its own weight in oil.

2014’s Most and Least Educated Cities

Wallet Hub – Texas Tech associate professor of personal financial planning discusses education in the workforce.

2014′s Best and Worst Places to Retire

Wallet Hub – Texas Tech professor of practice in the department of personal financial planning discusses retirement and finance.

Far-Reaching Economic Impact in Permian's Resurgence

Natural Gas Intelligence – Those are some of the findings of a new economic study by a Texas Tech University energy economics team about the far-reaching impact that the resurgence the Permian Basin’s oil and gas industry has had on the region. Tech energy economics professor Bradley Ewing co-authored “Economic Impact of the Permian Basin’s Oil and Gas Industry,” which was sponsored by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA).

Soaking up oil spills — with cotton

Society for Science & The Public-To work well on oil spills, the substance used to pick up the mess — a sorbent — should sop up oil but not water. Cotton in its natural form has a waxy coating. As such, it will “absorb oil and repel water,” explains Seshadri Ramkumar. He’s a materials scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

US funds $4.5m wind research Tech University in Lubbock will receive $1.4m to develop a radar-based prototype to measure the flow of wind through wind farms, designed to increase data availability and lead to improved modeling.

Benefits of Using Probiotics / Prebiotics in Cattle Feed – “A lactobacillus product that Dr. Mindy Brashears developed at Texas Tech in her many feedlot studies reduces the numbers of E. coli O157:H7 in the gut. This E. coli is not a problem for cattle, but bad when it gets into human food.”

Frogs & snails or sugar & spice? Wine drinking gender stereotypes

The New Zealand Herald-Different styles of wine are entangled in gender associations, according to this study on the “perceived gender images of wine” conducted by researchers at Texas Tech University in the US.

Polar vortex linked to melting sea ice

CBS News-Katharine Hayhoe, a Texas Tech climate scientist in Lubbock, said the study “provides important insight into the cascading nature of the effects human activities are having on the planet.”

Nano-bubble graphene/polymer sandwich used to easily study graphene applications for flexible electronics from Texas Tech University developed a new way to study the interface between graphene and an elastic substrate, using AFM microscopy.