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Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world’s most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics.

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Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a technique to move and position a single bacterium using a highly focused laser. The precise control offered by this tool will allow researchers to better study how bacterial biofilms form.

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Scientists in the Department of Physics have captured the ultimate high-speed movie of a laser pulse as it zips through a piece of glass at the speed of light. The new imaging technique will help scientists understand how intense laser pulses propagate through air, glass fibers and fusion pellets, and thus could have applications in atmospheric chemical analysis, fiber optic communications, and power generation.

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Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a simple scaling theory to estimate gas production from hydraulically fractured wells in the Barnett Shale. The method is intended to help the energy industry accurately identify low- and high-producing horizontal wells, as well as accurately predict how long it will take for gas reserves to deplete in the wells.

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Photographer Robert Shults looks for the sublime in his images of the Texas Petawatt Laser.

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Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator that can generate energies and speeds previously reached only by major facilities that are hundreds of meters long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build.

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Physicist-chemist received the award for his computational applications of quantum theories to understand and predict material properties.

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Physicists awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle.

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The breakthrough could lead to the development of photonic technologies in computing and medicine that are faster and smaller than current electronics.

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Will Berdanier shares his excitement about being named a Goldwater Scholar.

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Mike Downer, professor of physics, has received the Piper Award for excellence in teaching.
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Biophysicist studies how cells self-assemble into 3-D spatially organized structures.

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ESA's Vega rocket launched a satellite in orbit that supports an experiment proposed by UT scientists in the mid-1980s.

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In this special edition of the Life Science Library’s Science Study Break series, nuclear engineer, librarian, and comics writer Jim Ottaviani discusses his graphic novel biography of the Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist Richard Feynman.

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Physicist Manfred Fink has built a stripped down Raman Spectrometer that can cheaply test for earthquakes, lung cancer and lactose intolerance.