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This U of A Invention Is Used by the Post Office Every Day

A device invented by U of A engineers can recognize these barcodes, no matter where they appear on the envelope. The wide area bar code reader allows the U.S. Postal Service to process mail faster and more efficiently than previous methods. The reader was developed by University of Arkansas engineering professors J.E. Bass, Randy Brown and Dwight Mix in 1991. Mix explained that Bass brought the idea to the university, proposing that the U of A take part in a large research endeavor sponsored by the Postal Service. Universities and research labs across the country were working on the...

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How Much Water Do We Need to Drink Daily?

Answered by Stavros Kavouras, professor and director of the U of A’s Hydration Science Lab and adjunct professor in medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The daily total water intake guidelines for American adults is 3.7 liters for males and 2.7 liters for females. However, this amount includes the water from solid foods (fruits, vegetables, rice, etc.) that accounts for approximately 20 percent of total water intake. Thus, the total daily fluid intake is around 3 liters (96 oz) for males and 2 liters (64 oz) for females. This amount includes water from all beverages. However,...

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