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UT Arlington Research May Unlock Enzyme's Role in Disease

Published: January 3, 2014.
Released by University of Texas at Arlington  

A UT Arlington chemist doing National Science Foundation-funded research on enzymes that regulate human biology has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of cancer.

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UT Arlington Team Develops New Storage Cell for Solar Energy Storage, Nighttime Conversion
A University of Texas at Arlington materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's dark. The innovation is an advancement over the most common solar energy systems that rely on using sunlight immediately as a power source. Those systems are hindered by not being able to use that solar energy at night or when cloudy conditions exist.

Household Items, Toys Key to Infant Motor Skill Development, Research Finds
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Toys, appliances, and even a sofa and coffee table can impact the way or when a baby first crawls, walks or achieves other growth milestones, but a new UT Arlington study finds that many parents are unaware of the significant role household items play in their infant's motor skill development.

New Study Assesses Risks of Extreme Weather to North Texas Roads, Runways
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington finds a high likelihood that extreme storms and higher precipitation will lead to transportation disruption and widespread damage to roads, railways and airport runways in the Dallas-Fort Worth region by the end of the 21st century.

Comprehensive New Study Provides Foundation for the Future of Digital Higher Education
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New Evidence Shows Carbon's Importance to Ocean Life's Survival 252 Million Years Ago
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A new study led by scientists with The University of Texas at Arlington demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago.

Researchers Demonstrate Optogenetic Stimulation of the Brain to Control Pain
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A new study by a University of Texas at Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Samarendra Mohanty, an assistant professor of physics, leads the Biophysics and Physiology Lab in the UT Arlington College of Science. He is co-author on a paper published online Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE.

UT Arlington Bio-analytical Chemist Receives NIH, UT System Funding for Protein Research
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A University of Texas at Arlington bio-analytical chemist exploring proteins, their structures and functions by using cutting-edge analytical instrumentation called mass spectrometry has received an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health. The $354,749 in funding will help in identifying host-defense protein interactions networks caused by environmental and external agents.

UT Arlington Study Researches AT&T Stadium's Impact on Nearby Businesses
When businesses synchronized their operations around major events at the then-new AT&T Stadium, they experienced success, a study by management professors at The University of Texas at Arlington shows. The study also shows that businesses closer to the stadium that saw the stadium as a negative became paralyzed when trying to adapt to the changing economic environment.

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