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Neuroscientist Studying Monkeys in Ecuador Finds His Field Site Under Threat

Neuroscientist Studying Monkeys in Ecuador Finds His Field Site Under Threat

Yasuní National Park in Ecuador, which is one of the most biodiverse places on this planet, has been opened up for oil exploration.

Ecuador Exposes Rain Forest and its Inhabitants to Oil Extraction Effort

The national park in Ecuador where neuroscientist Max Snodderly performs his research on monkeys is now being opened up for oil exploration. 

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery.

The Super Material Of The Future Will Be Cheap, Strong And Organic

In The Huffington Post

Physicist, Chemist Receive DOE Early Career Research Program Awards

Physicist, Chemist Receive DOE Early Career Research Program Awards

Keji Lai, assistant professor of physics, and Katherine “Kallie” Willets, assistant professor of chemistry, have received Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program awards.

A New Supermaterial: Nanocellulose

Perfecting the production process could help reduce greenhouse gases.
Engineering Algae to Make the "Wonder Material" Nanocellulose

Engineering Algae to Make the "Wonder Material" Nanocellulose

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco may help turn algae into solar-powered factories for producing nanocellulose.

The Origins of Evolutionary Innovation

The Origins of Evolutionary Innovation

Jeffrey Barrick uses TACC supercomputers to understand radical mutations and design artificial organisms.

Environmental Science Program Awarded $580,000 for Undergraduate Scholarships

The grant will help recruit, retain, and train the top environmental scientists of tomorrow.

Pediatric Geneticist Searches for Role of Environmental Contaminants in Birth Defects with $1.2 Million Grant from EPA

Pediatric Geneticist Searches for Role of Environmental Contaminants in Birth Defects with $1.2 Million Grant from EPA

The team will then develop mathematical models to predict which chemical exposures have the potential to harm a pregnant woman or her developing infant.