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Lyft goes carbon neutral

October 11, 2018

With a new commitment to full carbon neutrality and 100 percent renewable energy, you can now “Lyft” your environmental standards every time you use the ride-hailing app. Being carbon neutral...

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‘Mammoth’ play explores ideas of extinction, lost love through science

February 23, 2018

UT Theatre and Dance tackles “Mammoth” by Adam Burnett, an inventive paleo-fable following a team of scientists and hunters trying to resurrect the woolly mammoth. The play’s subtitle...


New astrophysics center brings astronomy experiments down to Earth

February 16, 2018

Although astronomy is normally an observational science, meaning that scientists can only take measurements from existing phenomena, UT’s new Center for Astrophysical Plasma Properties is designed...

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Machine learning helps researchers discover new planets

February 8, 2018

Our solar system is now tied for the most planets around a single star. In December, astronomers discovered an eighth planet circling the star Kepler-90. Though Kepler-90 is a sun-like star, the newly-discovered...

Open-source mapping becomes tool for humanitarian efforts

December 7, 2017

UT Libraries is helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by using the power of crowdsourcing to update online maps. Open-source, or free and collaborative, maps are an increasingly...


The Material Exchange recycles leftover materials for student use

December 4, 2017

A program in the School of Architecture is helping UT reduce, reuse and recycle by gathering excess materials and making them available to students. The Material Exchange, located within the Sutton...


UT celebrates Texas Arbor Day by planting and giving away trees

November 20, 2017

On Friday, UT students, faculty and staff gathered along Waller Creek to celebrate Texas Arbor Day by replanting native tree species and giving away seedlings grown from seeds gathered on campus. Last...

Data from on-campus solar charging stations to be available soon

November 15, 2017

The future looks bright for solar energy as design studio Sol Design Lab said they hope to improve energy knowledge by making the data from UT’s two solar charging stations visible. The two on-campus...

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Botanical medicine exhibit shows benefits of herbal supplements

November 3, 2017

Walk into any health food store across the nation, and you’ll find aisle after aisle of herbal supplements and natural remedies of dubious value. While alternative medicine often gets a bad rap,...


Science in Plain English contest makes complex ideas sound simple

October 20, 2017

What do Popeye and cancerous tumors have in common? Enough to lend insight to a possible treatment for T-ALL, a specific type of leukemia, according to biology senior Wesley Godfrey.    On...


Wildflower Center aids monarch butterfly migration through plant conservation

October 13, 2017

A fall project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is encouraging homeowners and businesses to plant milkweed to serve as monarch caterpillar nurseries in the spring.  In June 2015, the...


The Foundry fine-tunes functionality for upcoming year

October 4, 2017

It’s been just over a year since The Foundry, a makerspace in the Fine Arts Library, opened. The Foundry aims to give students from all disciplines the chance to learn hands-on technological skills.  Amber...

Eye on the ball: ball moss and UT’s urban forest

September 15, 2017

Glance up, and you might notice that UT’s trees are encrusted with sinister, green-gray pom poms.  These are colonies of ball moss, or Tillandsia recurvata, which can only be described as...

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