3 Things: TCU Biologist Leading Effort to Save Bat Population


We’re high-fivin’ TCU’s effort to help save the bat population, Duncanville natives are making a name for themselves in the startup community, and Bottle Rocket Studios is expanding its offices abroad.

Texas Christian University researchers could save the bat population from an unlikely source of danger — wind turbines. While echo-locating, the bats may be confusing the moving blades for flowing water. Biologist Amanda Hale is leading the rescue effort by applying a texture coating on the turbines to detract the mammals. Although these flying mammals often have a bad reputation, Hale tells KERA News how they benefit the ecosystem.

Two Duncanville brothers launched a technology startup that fills in the blanks “If this, then that” in everyday situations. Named IFTTT for this reason, the company’s co-founders Linden and Alexander Tibbets find ways to give users creative control over their products and apps. These customized actions are called “recipes” and include tasks like setting up Craigslist to send emails about particular products, or planning automized text messages. The brothers shared advice with the Dallas Morning News on becoming a successful startup.

Addison-based Bottle Rocket Studios is opening its first international location in London. The company, which has developed apps for more than 200 brands since 2008, also has an office in New York City. The London location will start with two employees, and the majority will remain in Addison. Bottle Rocket CEO Calvin Carter tells D CEO more about its strategy for expansion. 

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