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Science editor converts from rock-and-roll writer to writing about rocks
December 10, 2018
When I started in journalism, I was dedicated to my vision of being a no-nonsense, rock-and-roll reporter for Rolling Stone. But then I took a class on rocks and ironically, some “rolling stones” of sorts, and my vision completely changed.
Ancient near-mammalian fossil gives insight to brain evolution
September 7, 2018
Imagine if the average human gave birth to over 30 babies at a time. Ouch, right?
Study: Narcissism linked to mental toughness
August 8, 2018
A collaborative research project, led by UT faculty, found a relationship between narcissism and mental toughness, a characteristic believed to make narcissists better students.
Electric, self-driving buses coming to Austin
August 7, 2018
According to Capital Metro, the largest public automated vehicle bus pilot in the country will take place this fall in Austin.
Gender gap in STEM persists despite increased representation of women
August 6, 2018
Last year, UT ranked in the top 10 of U.S. universities for scientific research by the Nature Index database. Along with this came a litany of reports, such as the Elsevier global research group’s 2017 report, which found that the proportion of female researchers is growing.
New research projects higher sea-level rise
July 13, 2018
Humans have never lived with levels of carbon dioxide as high as they are today, and these increasing greenhouse gases are contributing to sea-level rise, according to a 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. A new discovery by researchers and UT geologists increases projections of future sea levels, which means the damaging effects could be greater than previously predicted.
Jackson School of Geosciences challenges perceptions about T. rex
July 9, 2018
The Tyrannosaurus rex, whose name translates to king of the tyrant lizards, is the aggressive poster child of dinosaurs. The proclaimed king of the dinosaurs reigns over our books, museums and most recently, movies such as “Jurassic World 2” — where the T. rex is featured on a poster.
The science behind ‘Black Panther’s’ vibranium suit
June 28, 2018
Vibranium, a fictional metal that can store and transform more energy than any known substance, is pretty super. It’s so super that it composes Black Panther’s suit and Captain America’s shield in Marvel comics. According to University of Texas engineers, the properties of vibranium are possible but very improbable outside of Wakanda.
Environment leaders talk about future of Texas resources
November 30, 2017
The 110th Hot Science Cool Talks featured environmental leaders discussing research initiative Planet Texas 2050, which plans for a texcellent future in climate resilience.
Distrust of clowns rooted in fear of the unknown
October 23, 2017
There are many psychological things going on in someone’s brain when they see Bozo, which according to many scientists, revolves around ambiguity.
Professor pokes holes in biology of SpongeBob SquarePants
October 2, 2017
Sea sponges are real — just not in the way portrayed by SpongeBob SquarePants.
Climate change: connected to but not the cause of Hurricane Harvey
September 6, 2017
While most scientists agree that climate change induces severe weather events such as hurricanes, many concede that it is virtually impossible to connect a single weather event to something as far-reaching as global warming.
Invasive zebra mussel species discovered in Lake Austin
August 27, 2017
Lake Austin is positive for Dreissena polymorpha, otherwise known as zebra mussels.
UT professor used a butterfly to verify climate change
May 4, 2017
UT geology professor Camille Parmesan studies the endangered North American, Edith’s Checkerspot butterfly, which serves as a living warning for climate change in North America.
Sci-Fact Column: Rick, Morty and the multiverse
May 2, 2017
Rick and Morty’s portrayal of the multiverse and wormholes isn’t entirely “riggity riggity” wrong.
UT researchers discover method to better predict glacial melting
April 28, 2017
Using glacial data and lots of geometry, UT researchers discovered what makes some glaciers more susceptible to melting.
Bureau of Economic Geology Project Reveals the “Realities Under our Feet”
April 25, 2017
UT’s Bureau of Economic Geology aims to educate the public about local geology though the Texas GeoSign Project.
Research reveals sweet appeal of e-cigarettes
April 23, 2017
UT researchers recently found that some people pick up electronic cigarettes not for the nicotine, but to satisfy their sweet tooth.
UT celebrating Earth Week through dinners, demonstrations and more
April 18, 2017
UT Earth Events include a local harvest dinner, a tabling fair, zero waste weekend and march for science.
UT Arlington and the Botanical Research Institute sign new research partnership
April 11, 2017
UT Arlington and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) are blossoming in their new research collaboration.
Stanford paleontologist to forewarn upcoming mass extinction
April 11, 2017
Five mass extinctions have occurred in Earth’s past, and some scientists say we are on track for a sixth.
Sugars in American diets increase breast cancer risk
April 9, 2017
UT researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center recently found that consuming sugar increases risk of cancerous growths in the lungs and breast cancer.
Sci-Fact column: Fact checking “Cucumber” claims
April 4, 2017
While Macka B is known in the social media sphere as a chill, clean and generally trustworthy face for promoting healthy living and compassion, his cucumber claims must be fact-checked.
Energy research organization testing new waters
March 28, 2017
Some Austinites are testing new tech to monitor their water use through Pecan Street, a clean energy research organization headquartered at UT.
Austin sees decrease in carbon dioxide emissions despite population increase
March 27, 2017
In 2015, Austin’s carbon dioxide emissions from city operations decreased five percent from 2014 and 32 percent from 2010. Emissions from 2015 were equivalent in weight to a large cruise ship
Kappelman explains Lucy’s life through death
March 26, 2017
UT anthropology professor John Kappelman said Lucy’s anatomy not only reveals she lived in trees, but that she died falling from one.
UT researchers possibly provide earlier Alzheimer’s diagnoses
March 24, 2017
Neuroscience professor Laura Colgin and her lab potentially found a way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier.
World’s most famous tigress gives insight into human-animal conservation relationships
March 21, 2017
A famous tigress named Machli captured the hearts of animal-lovers all over the world -- but ensuring her health into old age raises questions about elevating animals to “celebrity” status.
Science organization pushes public speaking preparation
March 9, 2017
Many STEM students would rather spend hours solving equations than speak in front of a crowd, but members of the UT Sciences Toastmasters organization challenge themselves every week to improve their speaking skills.
SXSW Interactive panel pitches music as medicine
March 8, 2017
One SXSW interactive panel will discuss bringing music to an unexpected place: hospitals.
Cosmologist connects God to galaxies
March 2, 2017
Luke Barnes is a cosmologist who believes our universe is the result of creation, not chance.
UT geologists prepare to drill for potential energy resource
February 27, 2017
A UT geologist is leading an $80 million project to study methane deposits in the Gulf of Mexico.
UT scientists recognized for drug research
February 21, 2017
UT researchers were honored for their work that enhances the effectiveness of drugs in the body.
Five million dollar grant expands computer science education
February 20, 2017
UT’s WeTeach_CS program is working to diversify the field of computer science and make computer science courses more available to students.
Dell Children’s Medical Center to receive New Mental Health Unit
February 20, 2017
Nyle Maxwell, a philanthropist in the automobile industry, and his family donated $3 million to Seton’s Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas to help provide more accessible health care to children.
What we know about March for Science Austin
February 8, 2017
Austin protesters are trading out their pink hats for volumetric flasks.
Climate Scientist Identifies Ways to Talk Climate Change
February 6, 2017
On Friday night, around 1,200 people heard Katharine Hayhoe, a nationally-acclaimed climate scientist, speak about the taboo topics of our time: politics, money, God and climate change.
Split’s depiction of mental illness divides movie fans
January 31, 2017
“Split,” a movie depicting a man with multiple personalities, sparked debate among both mental health advocacy groups and film societies after premiering this month.
Event preview: Climate scientist to reveal secret to talking about climate change
January 31, 2017
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will speak about the future of sustainability in Texas this Friday.
U.S. introduces program to certify more organic farmers
January 22, 2017
In response to the growing demand for organic food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a program at the beginning of the year that makes it easier for farmers to sell organic goods.
What Texas Hill Country Water Threats Mean for Wildlife
January 17, 2017
This month marks the anniversary of a UT study cautioning the Texas Hill Country community about rapid population growth and decreasing water resources.