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Kaine was the science writing/communications intern for the College of Natural Sciences from 2011 to 2014. He graduated from UT with degrees in biology and journalism in May 2014 and is now a graduate student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Follow him on Twitter @KaineK.
Fire Ecologists Study Recovery of Bastrop State Park

Fire Ecologists Study Recovery of Bastrop State Park

Watch and learn about research being done on the recovery of Bastrop State Park after the devastating fire in the area in 2011. Video by Jeff Mertz. 

New Type of Energy Storage Device Opens Possible Solutions to Energy Challenges

New Type of Energy Storage Device Opens Possible Solutions to Energy Challenges

While the sun and wind provide great alternative energies, the supplies can be highly variable when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Also consider the Achilles' heel of electric vehicles: it can take hours to recharge them.

Researchers Discover Why It's So Hard to Grow an Extra Finger

Researchers Discover Why It's So Hard to Grow an Extra Finger

The fact that most humans have five digits on each hand and foot is due in part to a complex developmental pathway called Hedgehog. If something goes wrong in this process during development, say a mutation in a critical gene that affects its expression, a person might be born with extra fingers or toes, a condition known as polydactyly. New research shows that for at least one part of the pathway, there is a sort of failsafe mechanism that seems to make it harder for mistakes to happen.

You Probably Ate Fungus Today

You Probably Ate Fungus Today

That salad you had for lunch. Yeah, it had fungi in it.

That celery stick you barely nibbled that came with your basket of wings last night. It had fungi in it too.

Meet Two Robot-Programming Sophomores

Meet Two Robot-Programming Sophomores

Quadcopter demonstration in GDC. Photo by Alex Wang.

Two computer science sophomores are using the skills they gained in the Freshman Research Initiative to program flying robots and show them off to other students on campus. Robert Lynch and Matt Broussard, who were both involved in the Autonomous Intelligent Robotics FRI stream run by Dr. Peter Stone, had different ways of arriving in computer science but say research has enriched their undergraduate experience more than anything else.

Mason Hankamer's Life In Color

Mason Hankamer's Life In Color

Meet senior neuroscience and jazz performance major Mason Hankamer, who sees music in colors.

Tune In and Be 'Blinded with Science'

Tune In and Be 'Blinded with Science'

A troupe of intrepid Natural Sciences graduate students are DJ's for a KVRX radio show that brings science to a broader audience. 

Researcher Uses Aquatic Robots to Study Climate Change

Researcher Uses Aquatic Robots to Study Climate Change

Marine scientist Tracy Villareal has won a prize to use aquatic robots to study algal blooms and dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Scales Can Tell a Tarpon's Tale

Scales Can Tell a Tarpon's Tale

What are the benefits of being a tarpon fish with scales that can reach the size of a human palm? Scientists are able to tell what dark waters you’ve lived and traveled in by analyzing the scales chemically. 

Research Abroad Helps Physics, Math Major Earn Goldwater Scholarship

Research Abroad Helps Physics, Math Major Earn Goldwater Scholarship

Victor Rodriguez's research experience at UT has led to two trips across the Atlantic and a prestigious scholarship.