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ITT: Gearing up for the Solar Eclipse

Director Robert Morehead gazes up as the shutter of the Gott Observatory’s cranks open slowly. We’re here to talk about Monday’s solar eclipse, a happening that affords scientists a rare glimpse at the hottest part of the sun. The eclipse in Lubbock will start at 11:30 a.m. and the maximum coverage – about 72 percent –will occur at about 12:57 p.m. The moon will have entirely moved off the sun at just past 2:26 p.m. According to Morehead, “The sun’s disk has to be obscured by about 90 percent...

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ITT: Turning a Painful Past into a Bright Future

Some studies have shown that repeated moves in childhood adversely affect one’s well-being as an adult. Those researchers haven’t met Angel Carroll. In a four-year span as a teenager, the 22-year-old Texas Tech student lived in 20 different places across the state, the result of going into foster care when she was 15. Now, she’s a confident and articulate young woman who plans to make her mark in social work. “I’ve been told so many times what I can and cannot do in my past and I feel like my...

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Director Robert Morehead gazes up as the shutter of the Gott Observatory’s cranks open slowly. We’re here to talk about Monday’s solar eclipse, a happening that affords scientists a rare glimpse at the hottest part of the sun. The eclipse in Lubbock will start at 11:30 a.m. and the maximum coverage – about 72 percent –will occur at about 12:57 p.m. The moon will have entirely moved off the sun at just past 2:26 p.m.

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Game of Thrones has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Based on the unfinished books by George RR Martin, season seven of the TV version, on HBO, has been the most successful yet. 

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Some studies have shown that repeated moves in childhood adversely affect one’s well-being as an adult. Those researchers haven’t met Angel Carroll.

In a four-year span as a teenager, the 22-year-old Texas Tech student lived in 20 different places across the state, the result of going into foster care when she was 15. Now, she’s a confident and articulate young woman who plans to make her mark in social work.

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Texas is home to some of the best filmmakers in the world. Wes Anderson, the hipster king of quirkiness, who continues to create challenging and interesting cinema ever year, sometimes every other year. Richard Linklater, who like a chameleon can make a movie in any genre and any style with any budget...he’s a heck of a nice guy too. Matthew McConaughey, who isn’t a filmmaker, but who I could not write this piece without mentioning. And now emerges David Lowery from Dallas.

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Dr. Afzal Siddiqui has toiled for more than two decades searching for a way to eliminate a devastating parasitic disease. Schistosomiasis has infected an estimated 200 million people in 78 countries. It’s found in many sub-Sarahan Africa countries and in Brazil and China. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently gave the internal medicine researcher a second grant, allowing him to continue his work on a vaccine for the disease. This grant, awarded last month, is for about $2.4 million dollars.

Revolutionaries in Tango Music

Aug 5, 2017
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=601358

Tanda #1: Balada para un Organito Loco, Yo Soy Maria, Fuga y Misterioso, Aria de los Analistas, and Milonga de la Anunciascion

 

24 Frames Poetry Series: Jacob Shores-Arguello

Aug 3, 2017
http://jacobshores.com/

Make Believe

By Jacob Shores-Arguello 

(Narrated by John Poch)

 

When we were children, we dug into the side of our moutain

It was terrible brown work.

That morning we’d made the cold walk to the hospital 

And watched my cousin’s mother for a long time.

She was unchained from her machines

Shrinking into ordinary.

It was our first death

And we looked at our small hands.

But no, my cousin insisted,

These are not our hands.

Inside Texas Tech: New Sports Performance Center

Aug 3, 2017
Kaysie Ellingson

There’s a constant hum and whir as I approach the construction site of the new Sports Performance Center near Jones AT&T Stadium. Machines are buzzing and workers in hardhats are moving around like ants circling their mound. They’re working 24-7 these days so the indoor football space is useable in time for fall practices.

The structure looks big from the outside, but stepping inside, hardhat in place, I am wowed by enormity of the space. I’ve never been inside a 747 hangar, but it sure looks like one of those jumbo jets could fit inside.

A Week of Famous Collaborations and Adrianas

Jul 28, 2017
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Tanda #1: El Torito, Guitarerra, La Yumba, and El Otario

Singer Florial Ruiz began his career with Alfredo De Angelis in 1943, which was one of the first professional orchestras with whom he performed. He recorded only a small list of only eight tracks with De Angelis but these tracks became some of the most famous in his career. Listen to the collaboration between these two Tango greats in the week's first Tanda. 

Tanda #2: Aunque seas mujer, Chuzas, El Engobbiao, and As de Carton

Christopher Nolan's newest film, Dunkirk--based on the true story of the evacuation of the French and British soldiers from the sleepy French town during WWII--is the first original film, with no previous intellectual property, franchise or films, to reach number one at the box office this summer. 

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