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Next big idea in forest conservation? DNA fingerprinting trees to stem illegal logging

Mongabay-As a professor at Texas Tech, Dr. Chuck Cannon has been, among other things, working to create a system of DNA fingerprinting for tropical trees to undercut the global illegal logging trade.

Who Owns Your iTunes Library After Death? Even if you reread your e-copy of The Hobbit twice a year for 10 years, you are no closer to owning it, and without Amazon’s permission, no closer to being able to hand it down to your children. Professor Gerry Beyer at Texas Tech University says that the Delaware statute does not override this feature of Amazon’s, or most, EULAs, which are protected by other forms of federal law. “The bill is not designed to change an asset you could not transfer into one you can,” he told me.

Truck Stop in Hill Country Threatens Llano River

Rivard Report-“I’d expect a new business coming to town would want to be a good neighbor and put in every available environmental protection to avoid harming this river we love so much,” said Dr. Thomas Arsuffi, a biologist and research professor at Texas Tech University’s CASNR Water Center in Junction. “We have enough information to know that 5 percent of impervious cover can have a negative impact on water quality. The truck stop will be 100 percent impervious cover.”

'Pig Perfume' Stops Dogs From Behaving Badly

Discovery News-The eau de oink, aka “Boar Mate” or “Stop That,” was formulated by Texas Tech scientist John McGlone, who was looking for a way to curb his Cairn terrier Toto’s non-stop barking. One spritz of the pig perfume seemed to do the trick in an instant without harming his dog.

Dinosaur Extinction Topic of Texas Professor’s Fulbright Grant, Texas — Sankar Chatterjee, a Horn Professor of Paleontology and Curator at the Museum of Texas Tech University, recently received a prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award.

Climate change: meteorologists preparing for the worst

Yahoo! News – “It’s irreversible and the world’s population continues to increase, so we must adapt,” said Jennifer Vanos, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas Tech University.

Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

Midland Daily News – Retired Maj. Gen. Walt Huffman, a Texas Tech University law professor who previously served as the Army’s top lawyer, said he finds it odd that a foreign government would try an American serviceman on charges of deserting the U.S. military.

Climate change: experts preparing for the worst -”It’s irreversible and the world’s population continues to increase, so we must adapt,” said Jennifer Vanos, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas Tech University.

Researchers Suspect Blood-sucking Parasitic Eyeworm Caused 2010 Quail Decline – Researchers from Texas Tech University say that eyeworms (Oxyspirura petrowi) may be responsible for the widespread decline of quail in Texas during 2010. It is no secret that quail have faring poorly in the Lone Star State for the past several years, but biologists and hunters were astonished to see a surge in bird populations early in 2010. Then, just as quickly as they came, the birds disappeared.

Where are the disabled in TV ads?

New Mobility – Olan Farnall, a professor of advertising at Texas Tech, conducted the study titled “Where Have All the Wheelchairs Gone?,” which focused on physical disabilities like people using wheelchairs or missing limbs.

Summer Pests like Ticks, Mosquitoes & Toxic Algae Worsened by Climate Change

National Wildlife Federation

“We used to think of climate change as a distant, far-off issue. Now, we can see it happening in our own backyards,” said Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. “By failing to cut our carbon emissions, we’re putting what we love about nature and the outdoors – and even more importantly, the health of our own kids – at risk.”

Climate change altering outdoor lifestyles

Delaware Online

Katharine Hayhoe, who directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and recently prepared a report on climate change for Delaware, said the wildlife federation report “really brings home one of the most important things we need to realize about climate change.”

Only gymnasts among dinosaurs turned into birds, shows new study

The Telegraph

Their study corroborates a model of dinosaur-to-bird evolution suggested by an Indian-origin paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee at the Texas Tech University in his 1977 book The Rise of Birds where he had argued that small size was critical for flight.

Blood-sucking parasitic eyeworm a culprit to 2010 quail decline, researchers believe

Science Daily

Now, as part of the largest quail disease study ever undertaken in the U.S., scientists at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University believe they have found a major culprit.

Aquifer Feeding Texas High Plains Rapidly Shrinks

Beef Today

“When anybody tells me it’s going to last for 50 years, I just laugh,” Lucia Barbato, associate director at the Center for Geospatial Technology at Texas Tech University, told the newspaper in a story published Sunday.

Wind researchers release findings on failed shelter door struck by Arkansas tornado

Civil + Structural Engineer

That’s the tragic take-home message two Texas Tech University wind researchers want homeowners to receive after completing forensic testing on a door that failed earlier this year during a tornado in Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. The April 27 EF-4 twister generated winds estimated at 166-200 mph that took the life of one person inside the above-ground shelter and 12 total.

2014’s States with the Best & Worst Health ROI

Wallet Hub – As we’ve determined in this study, expensive health costs are no guarantee of superior care. With that in mind, we’ve asked a panel of experts in various fields for advice on cost-cutting measures and local program implementation, including Texas Tech professor Jamie Cooper.

Texas Tech develops mat that could absorb oil spills

San Antonio Express-News
“With the 2010 crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in the major spill of about 4.9 million barrels of oil, it became apparent that we needed new clean-up technologies that did not add stress to the environment,” Ramkumar told Texas Tech Today. “This incident triggered our interest in developing environmentally sustainable materials for environmental remediation.”

Move over metrosexual, spornosexual is here – Rob Weiner, pop culture expert at Texas Tech University, says he is not at all surprised by this development. “Our society has become increasingly obsessed with our bodies. We want everything to be so perfect and the truth is that it’s all a dream. Men’s bodies are not perfect, but it’s like there is this weird reversal of roles that women were often obsessed with. So now men are so concerned with buying shoes and having perfect pristine bodies. These trends come and go, you know.”

Texas Tech's Rob Weiner Discusses Pop Culture

Spreaker Tonight on the show we are joined by Pop Culture guru, Rob Weiner.