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UT researchers use satellites to measure climate, environmental changes

May 9, 2019

Using satellites that chase each other, UT researchers have measured changes in Earth’s environment, including rising sea levels, melting ice sheets and changes in land water storage. Published...

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UT researcher’s fossil study helps us learn about Texas’ past

May 2, 2019

A UT researcher has discovered animals, including elephants, camels and rhinos, once roamed through Texas about 12 million years ago.  Steven May, a researcher at the Jackson School of Geoscience,...

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First-ever black hole pictures give UT researchers a better view of their own work

April 23, 2019

The first-ever pictures of a black hole, released April 10, are helping UT researchers gauge the accuracy of their own studies.  Astronomy professor Karl Gebhardt, who studies masses of black holes,...

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UT students develop software to help satellites seek objects

April 17, 2019

A navigating software developed by UT students for a NASA satellite is launching today with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.  The software was developed by members of...

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UT researchers locate areas of the brain that house scary thoughts

April 11, 2019

A new study is helping to locate the areas of the brain that help suppress memories related to fear. Published on April 1 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the study can help us better understand...

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UT researchers develop device to make defibrillators less shocking

April 5, 2019

A new type of blood flow measurement technology can improve the safety of implantable defibrillators by reducing the number of unnecessary shocks to the heart. Lucas Holt, a UT postdoctoral researcher...

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UT researchers discuss 5G networks, the future of wireless communication

March 4, 2019

Fifth generation network, known commonly as 5G and the newest generation of wireless technology, will be launching in phases beginning this year and will require updates to cell phones and cell towers. 5G...

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Tower Girl may finally be a mother, experts and enthusiasts hope

March 4, 2019

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon that lives in a nest box atop the UT Tower, laid three eggs this past week. If the group of eggs, called a “clutch,” hatch successfully, they will be Tower...

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Austin Public Health warns of super bacteria increase

February 20, 2019

Austin Public Health released a statement Feb. 1 warning the public of increasing cases of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, an antibiotic-resistant super bacteria, in Travis County hospitals.  Kristin...

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Researchers develop computational model for heart valve

February 15, 2019

A new computational modeling technique for the heart’s mitral valve will help surgeons better customize each patient’s heart surgery.  Michael Sacks, the project’s lead researcher...

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Edison Lecture series aims to inspire school students about engineering

February 4, 2019

With exhibits ranging from electrical circuits made of playdough to optical lasers, the UT Edison Lecture Series hosted Friday aimed to expose local middle school and high school students to the world...

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Researchers at UT, in Texas sign letter for Governor Abbott that addresses climate change

February 1, 2019

UT researchers signed a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott in early January discussing the future impacts climate change will have on Texas. Spearheaded by environmental advocacy group Environment Texas and...

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UT researchers develop a new technique to efficiently join proteins together

January 24, 2019

UT researchers have developed a new technique called SUpercharged PRotein Assembly (SuPrA), which can combine individual proteins to construct molecular structures and synthetic products.  SuPrA...

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UT researchers find the love genes — sort of.

January 22, 2019

UT researchers identified several genes associated with monogamy, revealing why certain species have one mate at a time.  The study, published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy...

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UT researchers compare human growth to chimpanzees

November 30, 2018

While human growth patterns have been extensively studied, it is unclear whether these patterns are shared with other mammals, so UT researchers are using chimpanzees to analyze these growth pattern differences. Anthropology...

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Pregame meals for athletes should be adaptable, full of protein and fluids, experts say

November 20, 2018

While it’s called a pregame meal, athletes shouldn’t pregame for games like people do for parties. Keli Hawthorne, director of clinical research in the Department of Pediatrics at Dell Medical...

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New study links depression and immune system responses

November 12, 2018

Depression and stress have been studied for the psychological effects they have on the human body, but doctors are now looking at how the disease can affect the immune system. The Immune System, Stress...

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‘Dig’ a new dating app which connects dog-people will launch in Austin

November 2, 2018

Dating might get less “ruff” for dog-lovers with the launch of Dig-The Dog Person’s Dating App. The app will allow users to set dog-walking dates, give suggestions for local dog-friendly...

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Monsters in your shower: UT researcher says showerheads can be hotbeds of germs

October 25, 2018

You are about to take a warm and refreshing shower. You step in thinking of how you can finally get clean, but you may actually be entering a shower of germs. Eric Cambronne, associate professor...

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NASA’s GRACE-FO mission creates new possibilities for climate change research

October 21, 2018

Nearly everyone knows the story of Tom and Jerry, with Tom the cat’s never-ending quest to catch Jerry the mouse. “Tom” and “Jerry” also exist in space as two satellites that...

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SportsPsych: UT psychologist provides solutions for mental block in athletes

October 18, 2018

Editor’s Note: Balls on the Brain is a recurring column that discusses the psychological aspects behind sports.  Many athletes experience mental blocks, where their emotions get the best...

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From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, UT Professor Improves Imaging Techniques

October 8, 2018

Any student who has ever used a microscope knows how blurry the images can be, but computer science professor Chandrajit Bajaj is helping to make those images clearer.  The images produced by microscopes...

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Meet Project Mercury, a Safety Improvement in Robotics

September 20, 2018

Today’s robots are not known to be the masters of balance. This issue not only affects research advancement, but it also poses safety risks to humans, according to UT researchers.   Luis...