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30: Engineering nerd infiltrates Texan, brings sweets

May 5, 2017

The first step of the scientific process is to observe one’s surroundings and ask questions. Last spring I went undercover as a journalist, escaping my life as an engineering nerd to do what journalists...

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UT researchers go Loki’ing for new microbes

January 17, 2017

Recently discovered microbes named after Norse gods may explain how complex life evolved on Earth. A paper published in Nature last Wednesday found that a group of microbes from the archaea domain share...

Electronic Game Developers Society creates video games

November 17, 2016

Members of the UT Electronic Game Developers Society, or EGaDS, do more than play video games — they create them too.  The organization, which has been around for less than a decade,...

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UT engineer receives funding to develop empathy mirror

August 26, 2016

UT researcher Brian Korgel plans to build something that’s only been seen in science fiction — technology that will allow the user to feel what others feel. Korgel, a UT chemical engineer,...

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Sand from the Middle East may be a key player in India’s summer monsoons

August 22, 2016

Large-scale climate models sometimes depend on very small dust and sand particles.  A recent study involving research completed at UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences concluded that the more...

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UT alumnus Bryce Strauss discusses his role in NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter

July 15, 2016

While people watched fireworks on the Fourth of July, Bryce Strauss was concerned with something else in the sky: the space probe Juno. Strauss, who graduated from UT in May 2015 with an aerospace engineering...

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Bacteria has potential to clean up oil spills

June 6, 2016

Certain types of bacteria can assist in oil spill cleanups.  A team at UT’s Marine Science Institute recently sequenced the DNA of bacteria present during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill...

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Volcanoes play role in shifting Earth’s climate

May 5, 2016

The history of Earth’s climate has been shaped by volcanoes. In a recent study published in Science, UT geosciences researchers found that there was more volcanic activity during Earth’s...

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Protecting endangered Barton Springs salamander helps large scale conservation efforts

April 20, 2016

Think globally and act locally. According to integrative biology professor David Hillis, Austinites should use this mindset when approaching Earth’s conservation and protection.  This...

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Mars: the windy planet

April 14, 2016

Over two hundred million miles away from Earth, there is a planet shaped solely by wind.  Geosciences postdoctoral student Mackenzie Day recently discovered that the mounds on Mars’s surface...

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Vaccine creators must consider developing world

March 31, 2016

While vaccines have been effective in lowering childhood mortality, disparities still remain between high-income countries and low-income countries.  On March 29, Penny Heaton, director of vaccine...

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Researchers make fuels out of water, carbon dioxide

March 25, 2016

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have found a one-step conversion process that transforms carbon dioxide and water into hydrocarbon fuels.  Though it is in its early stages,...

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First Person Vision exposes hidden behaviors

March 3, 2016

In the future, wearable cameras could diagnose autism. During a talk on March 1 in the computer science department, Georgia Institute of Technology professor Jim Rehg discussed how combining wearable...

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Leukemia researchers think outside the tumor

February 26, 2016

The secret to cancer’s cure may come from noncancerous cells. Molecular biosciences assistant professor Lauren Ehrlich has made significant discoveries using an innovative method of cancer research....

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Researchers map Greenland ice sheet history over the past 9,000 years

February 19, 2016

UT scientists are breaking the ice with 9,000 years of glacial history.  Researchers at the UT Institute for Geophysics have begun modeling the Greenland ice sheet in order to learn more about...

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UT engineers develop self-healing battery gel

February 3, 2016

The future of electronics depends on the capabilities of next generation batteries.  The materials of these batteries typically expand during charging, which eventually damages battery electrodes....