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December 15, 2005
Volume 32, Issue 4
With a judge now agreeing to an early 2006 trial for Representative Tom DeLay, fears of a spreading election year scandal may be rattling Republicans in Washington, but in staunchly Republican Texas the party faithful say they are standing by their man. With little to fear from Democrats, Texas Republicans can afford to stand with Mr. DeLay, said Bruce Buchanan, a professor of government at the University of Texas. "The Democrats will try to exploit it as part of the general ethics trend," Professor Buchanan said of Mr. DeLay's trial, "but I do not see it changing any election outcomes. There aren't enough influenceable voters." The notable exception, Professor Buchanan said, might be Mr. DeLay's own district, where a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found a 49 percent to 36 percent preference for a Democrat over Mr. DeLay.
Einstein explained it a century ago and won a Nobel Prize. Now we make use of it every day — inefficiently. It's called the photoelectric effect: light can produce electricity. Electricity produces light. But solar energy still costs more than the fossil-fuel variety. And our lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes waste half their energy. InnovaLight Inc. wants to help. The company's process for reducing silicon to nanosize, light-sensitive crystal dots could revolutionize solar energy and lighting. InnovaLight is exploiting the work of Brian Korgel at The University of Texas in Austin, a board member, to create nanoparticles of uniform size. The firm already tunes its fluid-stored silicon nanoparticle mix to capture everything from infrared to ultraviolet and the visible spectrum in between. Conversely, it can infuse the fluid into thin, flexible panels that emit a controlled range of light--2-nanometer particles for blue, 10 nanometers for orange. Blending particle sizes produces white light. InnovaLight wants product samples ready in a year and a product launch in two years. Should they succeed, the result could be revolutionary.
Online college applications are surging, stoked by an array of tactics schools have adopted to nudge applicants away from traditional paper filings. The development started as an effort by colleges to cut costs and make life simpler for admissions officers. Now it has turned into a way for families to save money. In a bid to encourage more applicants to apply online, fees are often waived for electronic applications. Because of the savings they reap on printing and processing costs, a few schools are making it harder not to apply electronically. The University of Dayton is one that accepts only online applications. The University of Texas no longer routinely prints and distributes paper admissions forms; students who want one must request it from a state agency. Although Yale officials say they treat paper and electronic applications equally, on the university's Web site they "strongly encourage" online applications, promising better speed and accuracy in handling
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