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2010-11-05 18:00:00

Presented by the National Defense University Foundation; PBS NewsHour Anchor Jim Lehrer Emceed WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, received the prestigious 2010 American Patriot Award presented by The National Defense University Foundation (NDUF). More than 600 guests gathered to celebrate Gates' lifetime of patriotism at the 9th Annual American Patriot Award Gala, one of Washington, D.C.'s most prominent galas, held at the...

2010-10-04 23:15:44

Study addresses impact of deficit irrigation on quality and yield Texas AgriLife Research scientists have recently completed a two-year study on the impact of deficit irrigation and plant density on the growth, yield and quality of short-day onions. Deficit irrigation is a strategy in which water is applied to a crop during its drought-senstitive stages of development and is either applied sparingly or not at all during other growth stages, particularly if there is sufficient rainfall,...

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2010-09-22 08:20:00

Researchers in Beaumont share techno tools Figuring out how a rice crop was faring used to be a head-scratching exercise with predictably unpredictable results. But now a few punches on a keyboard can yield a pretty close forecast for a rice crop and tell a farmer what changes could improve the outcome at harvest. The program, Rice Development Advisory, stems from extensive data collected over the years by researchers at the Texas AgriLife Research Center in Beaumont. They methodically...

2010-09-01 12:45:00

New methodology leads to increased accuracy of congestion data AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using more accurate technology, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) unveiled an updated list of Texas' 100 most congested roadway segments Wednesday. In developing the update, the state used actual traffic speed data to calculate delay, rather than estimations based on traffic volume used in the previous list. Parameters for roadway segment length were also adjusted...

2010-08-24 10:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Motorists across Texas are safer on today's highways for many reasons--more people wearing seat belts and public campaigns that discourage drinking and driving--but there's no doubt that safer highways have also contributed to the significant decline in fatalities across Texas. Last year, there were 388 fewer fatalities on Texas highways, an 11 percent decrease from the previous year. "This is great news for Texans, and evidence that the...

2010-08-09 05:00:00

CONCORD, Calif. and HOUSTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas A&M University System's workers' compensation pharmacy benefit management strategy with Tampa, FL based myMatrixx, which integrates clinical pharmacy services with advanced technology to optimize recovery outcomes, features a collaborative connectivity arrangement assuring continuation of the Texas A&M System's compliance with state eBilling requirements. Jopari Solutions, a leading supplier of eBill Processing...

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2010-08-05 09:32:44

AgriLife scientist: 'Time to take the monoculture blinders off' Whether we can grow bio-energy crops such as switchgrass and forage sorghum isn't the question, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. The question is, where's the nitrogen going to come from to grow these crops and how much is it going to add to the cost of the end product, said Dr. Gerald Smith, AgriLife Research legume breeder based in Overton. And there also are hidden costs, such as the effect of fencerow-to-fencerow...

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2010-06-02 13:44:01

Breast cancer cells - even the most aggressive type - died after treatments with peach and plum extracts in lab tests at Texas AgriLife Research recently, and scientists say the results are deliciously promising. Not only did the cancerous cells keel over, but the normal cells were not harmed in the process. AgriLife Research scientists say two phenolic compounds are responsible for the cancer cell deaths in the study, which was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. The...

2010-05-05 11:30:00

HOUSTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), the largest university-based transportation research agency in the U.S., have agreed to collaborate on research and development of intelligent transportation projects in Texas and beyond. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) The agreement will bring together research scientists and engineers from IBM and TTI researchers, faculty and students, who will work with...

2010-03-25 12:06:00

WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined new guidelines for the enforcement of the law preventing open homosexuality in the military. Secretary Gates raised the level of officer authorized to initiate an investigation to carry out fact-finding, and to make a decision to separate a military service member for homosexuality. He also raised the standard of what would constitute "credible information" to begin an inquiry or separation...