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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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New plan brings safety, efficiency to streets

March 5, 2019

The final draft of Austin’s Strategic Mobility Plan, the City’s newest effort to reduce traffic congestion and make roadways safer, was released by the Austin Transportation Department on Feb....

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UT’s constant construction is systemic problem, according to landscape architect

February 27, 2019

With UT estimated to physically grow 10 percent every decade, there are constantly construction projects around campus, some of which include the demolition and replacement of buildings.  Director...

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Wendy Davis asks students to help in Title IX fight

January 24, 2019

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis spoke to the Austin community on Wednesday asking students to share their opinion on changes possibly coming to Title IX, the federal law protecting students from sex-based...

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Science versus scripture: the UT community reconciles faith and science

December 10, 2018

The intersection of science and faith can be a diverse and storied discussion. This fall, the two met constructively in a sermon series held by Rev. John Elford at the University United Methodist Church...

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Six tips for sustainable shopping around the holidays

December 6, 2018

Household waste from food, wrapping paper and other holiday shopping list items increases by an estimated 25 percent, or about one million tons per week, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day,...

Experts discuss myths, tips for Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 14, 2018

It’s estimated one in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their life, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Still, there is very little known about epilepsy in terms of research and...

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2018 Undergraduate Research Showdown winners announced

November 14, 2018

Four undergraduate students were recognized for their excellence in science communication at the Texas Undergraduate Research Showdown reception held Tuesday at the Main Building. The competition gives...

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Dell Medical School makes music with medicine at SoundSpace event

November 5, 2018

Music meets human anatomy in SoundSpace’s latest show, Biosounds. This event, which was held at the Blanton Museum on Sunday, Nov. 4, featured a variety of performances from bands and interpretive...

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Experts say science advances art

October 31, 2018

The bright red sculpture made of steel beams adorning the front lawn of the engineering buildings sits perched like a ballerina in the eyes of Linda Henderson, professor of art history and specialist in...

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UT alumna builds app to tackle science education

October 26, 2018

A new science teaching app that engages and educates youth through hands-on experiences was just developed by Michelle Williams, a UT marketing alumna and CEO of Williams Learning Solutions. The app...

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Solar-powered sponge technology could save Texas water

October 17, 2018

A solar-powered sponge technology may be part of the solution for water scarcity. Researcher Donglei Fan and her team set out to solve this problem with solar steaming, a process that filters water with...

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Construction changes are key to decarbonizing Austin’s residential areas

October 16, 2018

A shift in how Austin houses source their electricity is key to reducing carbon emissions in residential areas of Austin, UT researchers found. Currently, many houses are set up to receive energy directly...

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Complex math concepts turn child-play using tinkertoys

October 10, 2018

Tinkertoys aren’t just for tots, they’re for mathematicians too. UT-Austin researcher Samuel Payne and alumnus David Jensen developed models that turn geometric shapes into games, providing...

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‘Another Green World’ Contributors Discuss Art, Nature and the Urban Environment

October 9, 2018

Tendrils of yarn may make for an interesting game of cat and mouse, but for artist Brooke Frank, they represent borders, forests and canyons.  Featuring the diverse work of Frank and four other...

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Being study subjects pays off, UT students say

October 4, 2018

Participating as a study subject in a research opportunity doesn’t always mean you’re a lab rat. In fact, it can make your wallet fat. Many students across campus agree that volunteering as...

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UT researchers extend battery life

October 3, 2018

Sometimes your “smart” phone doesn’t seem so smart when it dies after watching two YouTube videos. But researchers from UT Austin are developing technology to extend the battery life...

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Galactic winds detected 12 Billion light-years away

September 28, 2018

The one thing computers can’t get right is out of this world — literally. UT astronomer Justin Spilker worked alongside various researchers across the globe to uncover the secret to a self-sustained,...

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UT researchers develop new water filtration system

September 21, 2018

An explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico leaked thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean in 2010, according to National Public Radio. This resulted in a three-year-long...

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UT supercomputer improves chemical attack tracking

September 13, 2018

A wave of colorless, odorless and toxic gas spread over the Eastern Ghouta region in August 2013. It was one of many chemical attacks of the Syrian Civil War, contributing to the mounting death count in...

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Three new primate species discovered

September 12, 2018

Primates tell us a lot about humans as many species are genetically identical to us, according to The Smithsonian. UT researchers recently discovered three new species of our biological buddies, and it’s...

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2D artificial retinas may reshape vision restoration technology

September 10, 2018

Individuals combating incurable visual diseases and impairment may detect a glimmer of hope in overcoming often uncomfortable and damaging artificial eye implants with a newly designed, ultra-thin retina...

Geologist, astronaut explore the possibilities of humans on Mars

April 30, 2018

To understand Mars, we must first understand the most Mars-like place on Earth: Antarctica. Its harsh environment and only recently settled landscape make it invaluable in predicting expeditions to Mars. Joe...

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Climate variability affects biological systems

April 27, 2018

Mother nature is officially a Beyonce fan: From trees to fish, if she likes it, she puts a ring on it. For centuries, trees’ rings have been a measure of climate conditions used to study rates...

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TX Sprouts program grows healthy eating habits in Austin schools

April 6, 2018

Educators at TX Sprouts are growing more than just gardens in local Austin schools. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, TX Sprouts is an educational program spearheaded by Jaimie Davis, a nutrition...

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UT Marine Science Institute receives funding to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey

March 21, 2018

Almost seven months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute is still trying to get back on its feet. On Monday, the UT System Board of Regents...

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Fish get tired faster, react slower after exposure to an oil spill

March 6, 2018

In 2010, Deepwater Horizon, the largest oil spill in history, coated Gulf Coast birds, mammals and sea turtles in oil and, researchers have found, caused health problems in fish.  Researchers at...

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New Yorker reporter Lawrence Wright discusses social conservatives, the Texas energy market

February 8, 2018

An award-winning journalist came to UT and examined the power of Texas in a Tuesday discussion about energy. Journalist and author Lawrence Wright joined the Texas Political Union to discuss the influential...

Environmental science professor discusses the risks of denying climate change

February 8, 2018

Manifest destiny, the Berlin Wall, and the ridicule for belief in a round earth. All of this, accepted in the spirit of the time. Zeitgeist. The Campus Environmental Center, CEC, held its first campfire...

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Typography exhibit celebrates national parks

January 25, 2018

The polarity between nature and regimented design are two seemingly incompatible ideas, but one team is stitching the seams between this unlikely pair with a tool of their trade: typography. Type Hike,...