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Category: Fall 2004

The Future is Now

How do retail outlets track a four-pack of toilet paper from the time it leaves a warehouse until a consumer buys it? Researchers at the Information Technology Center are using new technologies to help businesses keep track of millions of items they store, move and sell every day.

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Digital DNA

Imagine that all of the information on the Internet could be stored in a drop of liquid. UA researchers are helping to make this idea become a reality using DNA. They are peering into the blueprints of life to see how the complex molecules might be used for computing.

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Rohwer

Art professor John Newman explores the landscape, history and culture of a world war II japanese internment camp in Arkansas and how its inhabitants related to the mostly African-American community that surrounded it.

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Fishing at Night & Water Tank Cosmology

As if what waited in the dark were different than what travelled through it: a chalk moon rose and filled the fossil beds with light. Print of a crinoid, print of a shell. Here at the slate bar’s end, where water swirls and eddies, I worked the bait into the dark, bent my concentration to its snags and cur- rent, the line going taut then slack. It wasn’t so much the river as it clucked and settled over eggs of chert, but how it hatched itself years deeper in its groove, how it whispered obsolescence with each cleaned hook, my own veins pressed like fish scales in a sunless, uncracked rock or book.

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Trade Threats, Trade Wars

A book by political science professor Ka Zeng examines domestic trade politics and how they determine responses to the threat of trade sanctions. “Trade Threats, Trade Wars” explores the driving forces behind trade disputes, the reasons U.S. coercive trade diplomacy has been more successful in opening markets in some of its trading partners rather than others, and the reasons trade wars more often take place between two democratic trading partners rather than between a democratic partner and an authoritarian one.

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SmarterArchitecture: Energy-Efficient Communities, Building Designs, Construction Techniques and Materials in Arkansas

Our grandparents knew what architects are rediscovering: solidly constructed, thoughtfully sited buildings and compact, walkable cities save energy. “SmarterArchitecture” demonstrates how Arkansas architects, landscape architects and urban planners have combined old-time common sense with new technologies to develop energy-efficient buildings and communities across the state. The first book to showcase sustainable design in Arkansas presents 23 case studies that range from invisible upgrades, such as the comprehensive plan to monitor and control energy use on the University of Arkansas campus, to high-profile projects such as the Clinton Presidential Library and Heifer International’s corporate headquarters, both in Little Rock. A separate section highlights community projects carried out by the UA Community Design Center and demonstrates the impact of thoughtful urban planning in creating communities where energy efficiency occurs naturally.

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