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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.

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

Farmer & Rancher-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.

Next big idea in forest conservation? DNA fingerprinting trees

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? 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.

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.

'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.